Management and Leadership
Essential Law for Executives: The MIT Advantage
Dates: Nov 21-22, 2013
Certificate Track: Management and Leadership
Formerly Fundamentals of Law for the Technical Executive
The U.S. legal system and legal style are in many ways business friendly. The law can help you protect intellectual property and design an effective IP strategy, develop sound plans for new products and marketing technologies, build and retain a successful management team, and shape complicated transactions such as M&A and tailored financial products. But it is also hard-edged, complex, contentious, and poses many risks—such as disputes that cloud IP, consumer class-action litigation which can discredit a brand and impose massive damages, lawsuits by terminated or aggrieved employees, structured financial products that carry hidden risks, and heavy-handed government investigations and sanctions.
Effective management of such issues will sometimes require consulting a lawyer, and this program will discuss making good use of lawyers. But professional legal advice is not a substitute for your own informed judgment and leadership. The ability to navigate tricky legal waters is a powerful source of value for a company and an important competence for a manager. Errors in judgment can doom a business strategy, create liability both for you and your company, and cast a long shadow over a career.
This program will give you the tools you need to plan, manage, and lead in the key law-sensitive areas of your business.
The MIT Advantage: Practical Advice for Innovative Companies
The view of law in this program is practical and hands-on. Faculty Director John Akula practiced law for 15 years, and was a partner at one of the top firms in the country when he returned to the academic world. He has been at the MIT Sloan School of Management for over a decade, working with students, managers, and companies. The materials in this course were developed in response to the distinctive concerns of these stakeholders. The program addresses the special legal challenges of innovation and cutting-edge technologies, and focuses on the needs of successful entrepreneurial managers, in new companies and established firms, whose responsibilities are broadening and who are confronting law-sensitive issues for which their experience and training may not have prepared them.
The program will mix quick lectures–laying out basic legal principles–with group discussions of realistic business opportunities and problems. Participants will be given additional materials to take home and further explore critical legal issues.
Join the MySloanExecEd Community Group for this program to network with past, present, and future participants.
You will leave this program better prepared to:
Protect yourself and your company from the risks of liability and litigation
Meet the special legal challenges of new technologies, products, marketing tools, and business models
Avoid regulatory problems, respond effectively to compliance concerns, and minimize the risk of criminal liability
Understand the key dimensions of transnational legal problems
Create, protect, and commercialize intellectual property including patents, software, and trade secrets
Negotiate and interpret contracts, including those relating to M&A and financial services and instruments
Understand the key legal options for resolving business disputes
Supervise employees, build and retain a successful management team, and plan for career transitions
- Utilize lawyers and legal advice and manage legal costs
“I found this course more rewarding and fruitful than I hoped. It helped me understand the complexities of our legal system.”
"Akula is very engaging. He clearly displays his applied and academic knowledge—great balance of the two."
“Great style and substance! This course was, by far, one of the most useful and best delivered courses I have taken.”
Global SAP/ERP Practice Director
Citrix Systems Inc.
Any manager in the U.S. with significant responsibility and an expanding leadership role would benefit from this program. One group for whom this course will be especially useful is managers who have strong technical expertise, but whose responsibilities have broadened beyond technical issues.
Many managers from outside the U.S. would also benefit. Foreign companies doing business in the U.S. must adapt to the U.S. legal system, and the U.S. legal style is a strong influence on transactions elsewhere—for example, in M&A and commercial finance.
The materials in this course have been found useful to managers from both young and established companies; and from the for-profit, not-for-profit, and public sectors.
Titles of potential participants may include, but are not limited to:
- Executive VP
- Head of Research & Development; Engineering;
- Manufacturing; and IS
- Chief Technologist
- Corporate Planner or Strategist
- VP of Marketing & New Venture Development; Supply Chain Management; Human Resources
- Other senior managers with business development responsibility
"In an increasingly complex legal landscape with proportionate liability exposure for companies and management, this is an excellent course that provides a framework of the key issues."
Hassan Basil Hassan
Associate General Counsel
United Arab Emirates
“The delivery was incredibly straightforward and useful. This was the best legal class I've taken, hands down.”
US Army Medical Department
|DAY One SAMPLE|
|07:45 AM - 08:30 AM||Registration and Continental Breakfast|
|08:30 AM - 12:30 PM||Welcome and Introduction; Liability and Litigation; New Technologies and Business Models|
|12:30 PM - 01:30 PM||Luncheon|
|01:30 PM - 05:00 PM||Regulatory Compliance and Criminal Liability; Transnational Legal Issues|
|05:00 PM - 06:00 PM||Reception|
|DAY Two SAMPLE|
|07:45 AM - 08:30 AM||Continental Breakfast|
|08:30 AM - 12:30 PM||Welcome Back and Preview of Day 2; Intellectual Property; Contracts and Business Disputes|
|12:30 PM - 01:30 PM||Luncheon|
|01:30 PM - 03:30 PM||M&A; Financial Services and Instruments; Employment Law; Building and Supervising a Team; Career Transitions; Managing Lawyers; Summary and Looking Forward|
Description: Professor John Akula discusses the importance of understanding criminal liability for managers. John is a faculty member at MIT Sloan Executive Education and teaches Essential Law for Executives: The MIT Advantage (formerly called Fundamentals of Law for the Technical Executive.)
Description: John Akula discusses the importance of understanding legal accountability for managers. He teaches in Essential Law for Executives: The MIT Advantage (formerly Fundamentals of Law for the Technical Executive.)
Description: Participant Discussion: Mariusz Jedra on Essential Law for Executives.
Description: This is the recording of the webinar that took place on November 1, 2012. Social media in the workplaceFacebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other platformsis expanding at a dizzying pace. New technologies and business models have raced ahead, and the law is playing catch-up. Every day business managers face many new questions, often with legal implications, but find few clear answers. How should a manager approach risks and opportunities in this shifting, uncertain legal environment? John Akula, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan, explores key issues related to social media in the workplace. Check out his related 2-day program Essential Law for Executives: The MIT Advantage http://sloanm.it/VRacG0
Description: U.S. prosecutors are imposing giant fines and imprisoning managers when regulatory compliance problems arise. Know how to protect your company and yourself when a legal crisis hits.
What an interesting teacher - talking about the subject and the real world experience. A must in Management and Leadership program!
I highly recommend this class for anyone who is in management, regardless of your industry or function. It hghlights the legal considerations of issues that we all face in the course of our business, and provides an important perspective for decision making.
Who would think that Law was a subject of interest to those of us in technology and management careers? I came out with a whole new perspective as to what to do, not to do, negotiations, behaviors, and as to how to make the right management decisions to ensure that my actions and those of the people I am responsible for, those I report to, do not hurt the public, the company, my coworkers and specially me and my family. John Akula is an excellent teacher. He makes you think really well as to how you would have acted if you were involved in any of the cases studied in the course. Before you know it, your mind is transported to situations in the real world and the right course of action during those situations.
Great structure and great discussions. Thanks
I think this is one the most enjoyable classes ,so far. Topics are well explained and keeps you attentive. I am glad I decided to take this course, great job. John is a world-class scholar and I am sure an excellent attorney. So far, so good.