Management and Leadership

Advanced Management Program

Dates: May 26-Jun 26, 2015

Certificate Track: Management and Leadership

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tuition: TBD (For reference, 2014 AMP cost was $53,000 including accommodations.)

Program Days (for certificate credit): 25

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Formerly the Advanced Certificate for Senior Executives (ACSE)

The Advanced Management Program (AMP) is an intense, intimate, transformative learning experience designed to fit the time constraints of seasoned, mid-career executives. This senior executive program is selective and purposely limited to 25 participants who seek “something beyond an MBA” and are willing to create and sustain a learning community.

Held on campus at MIT Sloan in Cambridge, Massachusetts, AMP is an exceptional way to:

  • Develop skills and acquire planning/thinking frameworks that are useful to those in the C-suite at most companies--especially in the science, engineering, and technology sectors
  • Engage with more than 30 of MIT Sloan’s world class faculty around both their latest research in advanced management tactics and the “tried and true” in such areas as strategy, system dynamics, leadership, and innovation
  • Make new, life-long connections with experienced business people from a wide variety of geographies and companies
  • Leverage multiple perspectives to advance an important business issues away from day-to-day operating pressures
  • Develop critical leadership and change management skills via individualized 360° feedback assessments and 1-on-1 leadership coaching
  • See new ideas emerging from the labs, centers, and businesses that are part of the MIT/Sloan/Cambridge “innovation cluster”

“A holistic experience of the best concepts and faculty MIT Sloan can offer—plus practical advice for taking action.”         
                                                        -Region Head, Pharmaceutical Firm

How AMP Works
AMP delivers on its purpose as the leading senior executive program by combining a number of powerful features:

  • Exposure to MIT Sloan’s world-class faculty and their latest research
  • Access to the “innovation ecosystem” around MIT through company visits, executive panels, a tour of labs and centers in the area
  • Learning variety: classes and case studies, business simulations, leader panels, 360° feedback and 1-on-1 leadership coaching, team-building experiences, and work on personal assessments, surveys, and projects
  • Connection with other participants of similar experience and ambition through AMP-specific courses, open-enrollment executive programs that draws global participants, and the ACE alumni network

“I have two business degrees, an engineering degree, and over 20 years of business experience….only now I can confidently say I understand macro economics and how to apply it to planning in my business.”       
                                                   - Supply Chain Leader, Multi-National Mining Company

 Class of 2013:

 ACSE class of 2013

The guiding purpose of the Advanced Management Program is to deepen the ability of experienced executives to make significant and systemic changes in their companies and the world. AMP participants will acquire new frameworks and skills for which MIT Sloan is world-renowned; make connections that will last a lifetime with colleagues who share similar experiences; and develop a renewed and expanded sense of themselves as leaders. In short, AMP helps participants take another step in their career and be more effective change agents in the future.

What Makes AMP a Unique Program for Senior Executives
AMP is designed to help seasoned executives succeed in a world that is increasingly more, unpredictable, competitive, and complex. Alumni tell us their experience with MIT and the program is distinctive and special in a variety of ways, including:

  • Participation in the experience of the MIT culture and heritage, especially around innovation
  • Strong focus on taking practical action: “How does what I’m learning make me a better leader and a more valuable contributor to my business?”
  • Personal learning journals that track insights and growth over the program’s duration
  • Individual Projects: content application to a project of real importance and value to each participant and their organization
  • Systemic, cross-functional, and cross-border lenses applied to current business issues
  • Faculty, coaches, and alumni who are committed to applying and generalizing from the latest management thinking and frameworks
  • Integration of personal leadership concepts, skill-building, and coaching with large scale macroeconomic and systems thinking frameworks and tools

AMP Participant Benefits

  • An MIT Sloan email-forwarding-for-life (EFL) address
  • A 20% discount on additional Executive Education programs
  • Invitations to select MIT Sloan events
  • Participation in the MIT Sloan network
  • Inclusion in the MIT Sloan alumni directory

“Course offerings are practical, loaded with real-life examples, and useful to my business and my goals.”                                 -CEO, International Software Design Firm

Ideal Candidates for the Advanced Management Program
AMP is an intense and demanding experience. The best AMP candidates are seasoned executives who carry significant leadership roles in their companies either as: general managers, leaders of functions or business lines, or who have direct responsibility for profit/loss. All the key elements of the AMP experience – the professors, their content, the scope of the project work, 1-on-1 leadership coaching, simulations, etc. are designed specifically for senior executives with:

  • 15-20 years of work experience, across several different functional and business lines
  • Confident fluency in written and spoken English
  • Significant international exposure
  • An urgent agenda for change and support from their sponsoring companies
  • The ability to contribute to the learning of others and the Sloan alumni network
  • A graduate degree

Alumni Gathering
At the close of the program schedule, AMP participants will convene and learn with AMP/ACE alumni, past participants of the International Management Program, and selected Sloan alumni. A themed agenda will bring together all of these friends of MIT Executive Education to reconnect on campus, learn, and share experiences. Past themes have focused on a particular geography such as China, or an integrative, strategic issue such as reverse innovation. 

"The program brought a diverse group of senior executives from all over the world together during an intense five week course. The open environment, the exchange and application within the MIT network made the experience very valuable and created friendships that will last a lifetime."
-Finance Executive, U.S. Biotechnology Firm


Applicants will need to complete the application form. Then, upon contact from the Program Director, the applicant will need to submit their resume/CV, and participate in a Skype teleconference with the Program Director.



Please note that faculty are subject to change and not all faculty teach in each session of the program.

  • Pierre Azoulay

    Sloan Distinguished Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

    Pierre Azoulay joined the MIT Sloan School faculty in July 2006. In his research, he investigates how organizational design and social networks influence the productivity of R&D in the health care sector. Currently, he is studying the impact of superstar researchers on the research productivity of their colleagues in the academic life sciences... ... (more)
  • Court Chilton

    Senior Lecturer

    Court teaches in the Essential IT for Non-IT Executives program at MIT’s Sloan School. He has helped large organizations produce business results from learning, coaching, and enterprise-wide change efforts for the last 20 years. His clients have included GE Capital, Deloitte, Fidelity, MIT, Bank of America, Ixis Asset Management, Novartis, Merck, Genzyme; Shire, TJX, Home Depot, Clifford Chance, and Baker McKenzie... ... (more)
  • Joseph Coughlin

    Director, AgeLab

    Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. is Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. His research provides insights on how demographic change, technology, social trends and consumer behavior will converge to drive future innovations in business and government. Based in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, he teaches policy and systems innovation and is author of the on-line publication Disruptive Demographics... ... (more)
  • Steven Eppinger

    General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management
    Professor of Management Science and Engineering Systems
    Co-Director, System Design and Management Program

    Steven D. Eppinger has created an interdisciplinary product development course at the MIT Sloan School of Management, in which graduate students from engineering, management, and industrial design programs collaborate to develop new products. He also teaches MIT Executive Education programs in the areas of product development and complex project management... ... (more)
  • Vivek Farias

    Robert N. Noyce Career Development Professor
    Associate Professor of Operations Management

    Vivek is interested in the development of new methodologies for large scale dynamic optimization and applications in revenue management, marketing and healthcare. He is the Robert N. Noyce Professor of management at MIT, and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Vivek has been the recipient of a number of awards including the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and numerous paper prizes from the IEEE and INFORMS professional societies... ... (more)
  • Roberto Fernandez

    William F. Pounds Professor in Management / Professor of Organization Studies

    Roberto M. Fernandez is an organizational sociologist who currently serves as the head of MIT Sloan’s Behavioral and Policy Sciences area, and as co-director of its Ph.D. program in Economic Sociology. His executive teaching duties include the management of innovation, change, and human resources; negotiations; networks; and power and politics in organizations... ... (more)
  • Charles Fine

    Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management
    Professor of Operations Management and Engineering Systems
    Co-Director, International Motor Vehicle Program

    Charles H. Fine teaches operations strategy and supply chain management and directs the roadmapping activities in MIT's Communications Futures Program. His research focuses on supply chain strategy and value chain roadmapping, with a particular emphasis on fast clockspeed manufacturing industries. Fine's work has supported the design and improvement of supply chain relationships for companies in electronics, automotive, aerospace, communications, and consumer products... ... (more)
  • Andrew Lippman

    Associate Director, MIT Media Lab
    Co-Director, Digital Life
    Senior Research Scientist
    Co-Director, MIT Communications Futures Program

    Andrew Lippman has a more than 35-year history at MIT. His work at the Media Lab has ranged from wearable computers to global digital television. Currently, he heads the Lab's Viral Spaces research group, which examines scalable, real-time networks whose capacity increases with the number of members... ... (more)
  • Nelson Repenning

    School of Management Distinguished Professor of System Dynamics and Organization Studies
    Faculty Director, MIT Executive MBA Program

    Nelson P. Repenning is the School of Management Distinguished Professor of System Dynamics and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    Repenning currently serves as the faculty director for the MIT Executive MBA program. He is also the faculty director for the BP-MIT Operations Academy...

    ... (more)
  • Roberto Rigobon

    Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
    Professor of Applied Economics

    Roberto Rigobon is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a visiting professor at IESA. Since joining MIT Sloan in 1997, he has won the "Teacher of the Year" award three times and received the "Excellence in Teaching" award three times.

    His areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics...

    ... (more)
  • Donald Rosenfield

    Senior Lecturer, Operations Management
    Director, Leaders for Global Operations Program

    Donald Rosenfield has served on the MIT Sloan faculty since 1980 and has also served on the faculties of Harvard Business School, the State University of New York, and Boston University. Rosenfield has helped make the LFM Program a groundbreaking program in manufacturing education. At MIT, he has developed courses in manufacturing strategy, operations management, and international logistics... ... (more)
  • Leon Sandler

    Executive Director, Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

    As Executive Director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, Leon Sandler wears many hats: He is responsible for guiding the center’s strategic direction, ensuring successful execution of its mission, and managing day-today operations.

    With a strong background in the assessment of technologies for commercialization, Mr...

    ... (more)
  • David Simchi-Levi

    Professor of Engineering Systems
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    David Simchi-Levi is a Professor of Engineering Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Co-Director of Leaders for Global Operations. His research currently focuses on developing and implementing robust and efficient techniques for logistics and manufacturing systems. He has published widely in professional journals on both practical and theoretical aspects of logistics and supply chain management... ... (more)
  • Duncan Simester

    Nanyang Technological University Professor
    Professor of Marketing

    Duncan Simester investigates retail pricing and how customers form inferences about competitive prices from common marketing cues such as sale signs, price endings, installment billing offers, and credit card logos. Simester also investigates how operations research techniques can be used to optimize marketing decisions... ... (more)
  • Tara Swart

    CEO, The Unlimited Mind

    Tara Swart is an executive leadership coach, medical doctor, neuroscientist and frequent keynote speaker. She is passionate about disseminating simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people work and sustainably translate to tangible improvement in their business and their lives... ... (more)
  • Zeynep Ton

    Adjunct Associate Professor of Operations Management

    Zeynep Ton is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    Ton is currently examining how organizations can design and manage their operations in a way that satisfies employees, customers, and investors simultaneously. Her earlier research focused on the critical role of store operations in retail supply chains...

    ... (more)
  • Catherine Tucker

    Mark Hyman, Jr. Career Development Professor
    Associate Professor of Marketing

    Catherine Tucker is the Mark Hyman Jr. Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Marketing at MIT Sloan. Her research interests lie in how technology allows firms to use digital data to improve their operations and marketing and in the challenges this poses for regulations designed to promote innovation... ... (more)
08:30 AM - 05:00 PMWelcome, Economic Outlook, Learning Circles, Setting the Course Workshop
05:30 PM - 07:30 PMWelcome Reception & Dinner
08:30 AM - 05:00 PMLearning Circles, Transforming Your Leadership Strategy, 360 Feedback and 1:1 Coaching
05:30 PM - 08:00 PMStore Visits and Dinner
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMOrganization and Innovation Strategy
05:30 PM - 06:30 PM360 Work
08:00 AM - 04:30 PMOrganization and Innovation Strategy
04:00 PM - 06:00 PMProject and 360 Work
09:00 AM - 11:30 AMLeadership/Discussion
02:00 PM - 03:30 PMAdventure in Boston
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMFree Day
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMUnderstanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics (open enrollment program)
08:00 AM - 04:00 PMUnderstanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics (open enrollment program)
08:00 AM - 05:30 PMUnderstanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics for Executives (open enrollment program)
05:30 PM - 08:30 PMGroup Dinner
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMBuilding Game-Changing Organizations: Aligning Purpose, Performance, and People (open enrollment program)
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMBuilding Game-Changing Organizations: Aligning Purpose, Performance, and People (open enrollment program)
05:00 PM - 07:30 PMGroup Dinner
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMFree Day
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMFree Day
08:00 AM - 12:00 PMChange Management
01:00 PM - 02:00 PMProject Work
02:00 PM - 04:00 PMMind/Body Connection
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMNegotiation for Executives (open enrollment program)
08:00 AM - 04:00 PMNegotiation for Executives (open enrollment program)
05:30 PM - 08:30 PMGroup Dinner
DAY Seventeen SAMPLE
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMStrategic Marketing -OR- Managing Complex Technical Projects (open enrollment programs)
08:00 AM - 04:00 PMStrategic Marketing -OR- Managing Complex Technical Projects (open enrollment programs)
09:00 AM - 11:30 AMBusiness Simulation
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMFree Day
08:30 AM - 05:00 PMBusiness Simulation
05:30 PM - 07:00 PMAkamai Company Visit
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMDeveloping a Leading Edge Operations Strategy - OR- Transforming Your Leadership Strategy (open enrollment program)
DAY Twenty Three SAMPLE
08:00 AM - 05:30 PMDeveloping a Leading Edge Operations Strategy - OR- Transforming Your Leadership Strategy (open enrollment program)
05:30 PM - 08:30 PMProject Work, Coaching and Group Dinner
DAY Twenty Four SAMPLE
08:00 AM - 04:00 PMSupply Chain Strategy and Management (open enrollment program)
04:00 PM - 06:00 PMCIC Visit and Venture Café
06:00 PM - 08:00 PMGroup Dinner
DAY Twenty Five SAMPLE
08:00 AM - 04:00 PMSupply Chain Strategy and Management (open enrollment program)
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMFree Day
DAY Twenty Seven SAMPLE
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMFree Day
DAY Twenty Eight SAMPLE
08:30 AM - 12:30 PMTech Portfolio
01:15 PM - 05:00 PMHigh Velocity Experimentation
DAY Twenty Nine SAMPLE
08:30 AM - 03:00 PMHigh Velocity Organizations
03:00 PM - 05:00 PMProject Work
08:30 AM - 12:15 PMProject Report-Outs/Learning Integration
12:15 PM - 02:30 PMLunch and Graduation
02:30 PM - 04:00 PMBoston Tour
06:00 PM - 08:00 PMGraduation Dinner
08:00 AM - 05:00 PMAMP Reunion
06:00 PM - 08:00 PMAMP Alumni Reception and Dinner
08:30 AM - 10:30 AMAMP Reunion and Next Connection
10:45 AM - 12:15 PMDisruption Panel
01:00 PM - 03:30 PMWorld Café

  • Custom Learning
    Custom components are designed to meet the needs of mature executives who lead international business units, large functional areas, or highly complex projects that touch many stakeholders and teams. Custom learning topics include: innovation, change management, crisis management, leadership, system dynamics, as well as health/mental resilience for busy executives.

    In addition to classroom work, AMP also includes:

    • A leadership simulation in which teams of participants run a business
    • 1-on-1 coaching provided by highly experienced executive-level coaches around a rich set of behaviorally-based leadership assessments
    • Dedicated time to scope and advance a significant issue that is important to each participant’s business success
    • Visits to local companies, MIT research centers, and executives who are pioneering in new products, services, and sectors of the global economy (e.g., Akamai, Communispace, and Trader Joe's); these can also include presentations from the MIT Media Lab, Center for Digital Business, Center for Information Systems Research, and the Cambridge Innovation Center
    • 3 days of connection with returning AMP/ACE graduates who gather on campus to be exposed to the latest research of MIT faculty, engage with outside speakers, and exchange insights with other executives

    The small size of this cohort of leaders encourages open sharing and building networks of on-going support and collaboration. Several alumni have pursued new, joint projects together. The involvement of alumni is an additional connection to other executives who have shared the AMP experience.

    Open Enrollment Programs
    AMP students will also participate in several of MIT Sloan’s highly-rated open enrollment programs. Through these courses, executives access multiple professors’ expertise and research in areas such as macroeconomics, organization strategy, marketing, and operations. AMP students also connect with participants from all over the world in a wide variety of industrial sectors and draw on them for their projects and discussions. The open enrollment sessions planned for the 2014 session of AMP include:

    The larger open enrollment courses enable particpants to broaden their networks beyond their AMP cohort.

    To receive their certificate of completion, participants must make a presentation to professors, alumni, and other members of the cohort about how they plan to advance the business challenge/issue they brought to the program.

    “My time in the program changed my perspective on what it takes to be a business leader in today’s global marketplace. The program's focus on group diversity, application, and real-life learning simulations anchored the learning and networking experience. I have been able to successfully apply what I learned back in my business. The program truly lives up to MIT's motto of 'mind and hand."                                           
                                                                        – Supply Chain Lead, global beverage company

  • AMP (formerly ACSE) Themes, Content, and Flow

    What follows below is a detailed outline of each week in the AMP senior executive program; it’s important to note that each 5- to 6-day week of AMP has some common features:

    -At least a day focused on a personal leadership dimension
    -Work on a real project of value and importance to each participant and their company
    -Learning journals that track insights and growth over the program’s duration
    -A variety of learning simulations
    -Dinners with AMP participants, faculty, and open-enrollment participants

    2014 Schedule
    View the program schedule in calendar format. Please note that the faculty and schedule are subject to change.

    Pre-course – “Connection”
    Prior to AMP, participants connect as a group and individually via the web and begin the process of forming a learning community. The purpose of these pre-course connections is to help participants prepare for the 5-week experience and learn about each other’s objectives and projects. This involves accessing the AMP website (the hub for all AMP information and activities) and identifying a project to work on during the five weeks of AMP. 

    Week One – Connection and Reinvention
    The first week of AMP is made up of custom-designed, AMP-only experiences. The purpose of this week is three-fold:

    1. Connect AMP participants more deeply as a learning community and integrate them into the community of MIT and its surrounding environment
    2. Provide context and frameworks that will be useful touchstones throughout the AMP    experience
    3. Offer new ways of thinking about strategy, as well as themselves as leaders and change agents

    Current macroeconomic scan of the world
    -Becoming a learning community
    -Refreshing your business strategy
    -Bonding in Boston – an innovation experience
    -Framing one’s project

    “The first week of is like drinking from a fire hose…then you settle in and begin to reinforce concepts, expand and reinforce your understanding, and, most important, learn from your colleagues."     
                                                            - SVP, International Furniture Manufacturer and Retailer 

    Week Two – Managing in the Global Economic System
    The second week enables participants to manage more adroitly in a globalized economic environment. By the end of the week, participants will be able to analyze the market and non-market forces that affect corporate outcomes, and understand how the global market for capital and labor affects many business decisions. 

    Understanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics for Executives
    - Building Game Changing Organizations

    “What I found most impressive were the frameworks taught at MIT, which are different from what’s taught in most MBA courses. These frameworks are very useful and have helped me reframe my thinking. It was very useful for me, someone with an economics background.”     –Managing Director, International Finance and Banking Company

    Week Three – Leading and Organizing for Change
    The third week enables participants to integrate crisis management, system dynamics, strategic negotiation, and organizational skills into their thinking and projects. Finally, the team-based business simulation begins.

    A highly-interactive simulation at the end of the third week will prep participants for System Dynamics concepts and integrate many of the Leadership and Change Management frameworks to come in the subsequent weeks.

    -Crisis management
    -Negotiation style
    -Negotiation to create/capture value
    -System dynamics, feedback loops, systems thinking
    -Creating innovative cultures

    Week Four – Managing Systems and Supply Chain
    The purpose of the fourth week is to introduce students to two of the cornerstones of MIT Sloan’s business education: operations and supply chain management. The first program enables participants to develop a leading edge operations system. The second program covers key strategic choices and frameworks for managing a complex supply chain.


    -Risk Management
    -Integration of suppliers and partners
    -Supply chain dynamics and evolution
    -Supply chain integration

    Week Five – Innovation and Integration
    The purpose of the fifth week is to enable participants to integrate all their learning from the prior weeks and develop plans for returning to work. The week begins with two integrating sessions on entrepreneurship and organizing for speed and innovation. This is followed by a half-day of project presentations with a focus on how the scope, focus, deliverables, and structure of participants’ projects have changed after five weeks of learning and planning. The final two days are devoted to connecting with AMP/ACE alumni, refreshing everyone’s understanding about a particular issue, market, or geography, and developing plans for sustaining the AMP/ACE learning community. At this popular event, Exec Ed alumni from over the years are invited back to connect with the MIT Sloan community, and to catch up with faculty and each other. It is a time of continuous learning, connection, and community.

    Strategic speed
    -Innovation cultures and clusters
    -Funding innovation
    -Platform strategies
    -Project presentations
    -World Café
    -Alumni sessions on trends, issues, markets, geographies

    "The combination of individual leadership concepts, team-based project work, with the strategy and macro-economic concepts are excellent.”       
                                                                                 -SVP of IT, International Water Utility           


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