Management and Leadership

Intelligent Organizations: Collaboration and the Future of Work

Dates: Jun 26-27, 2014| Oct 21-22, 2014

Certificate Track: Management and Leadership

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tuition: $3,300 (excluding accommodations)

Program Days (for certificate credit): 2

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This intensive new program is designed to help managers understand how to create competitive advantage by harnessing new organizational approaches made possible by the latest wide-ranging communications technologies. It will illustrate how people and computers can be connected in new, creative ways so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any person, group, or computer has ever done before.

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Drawing on real-world examples of Wikipedia, YouTube, InnoCentive, Google, and eBay, participants will learn to identify opportunities for using crowd intelligence, loose hierarchies, and other innovative ways of organizing work to apply to various business environments. Participants will acquire an entirely new perspective on organizational success by getting a better understanding of:

  • Why management is changing in profound ways, and what managerial skills are required for success in these new organizations
  • The significant shift in organizational market share from traditionally large, hierarchical corporations to new and more nimble, networked companies
  • When traditional hierarchies are useful and when they are not
  • How and when “crowd intelligence” can create knowledge and solve problems more effectively
  • How contests can often find the best solutions even when no one knows in advance where they are
  • How prediction markets work
  • Determining the key dimensions of all successful organizational designs
  • How to move from command-and-control to coordinate-and-cultivate leadership

This program will be most beneficial to CEOs, senior executives, and managers at all levels who are in a position to make significant changes in the ways work is organized in their units. Specifically:

  • Executives in knowledge-centric or information-centric industries, like publishing, entertainment, education, software development, and financial services
  • Executives in products and services industries, like high-tech or pharmaceutical companies, or medical device manufacturers
  • Managers in IT, HR, strategy, research, and other functions whose job responsibilities include implementing new organizational structures, processes, and tools
  • Entrepreneurs who want to understand new business opportunities in this space
  • Anyone in business or non-profit organizations who has an opportunity to influence organizational innovation in their organizations and wants to understand how work is changing

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

  • Thomas Malone

    Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor of Management
    Professor of Information Technology
    Director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

    Tom Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century"... ... (more)
07:45 AM - 08:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
08:30 AM - 12:00 PMThe Future of Work (How and why are organizations changing? What will the new organizations look like? When should you decentralize?)
12:00 PM - 01:00 PMLuncheon
01:00 PM - 05:00 PMDesigning Intelligent Organizations for the 21st Century, Organizational design in traditional hierarchies, Harnessing crowd intelligence, Collections, Contests
05:00 PM - 06:00 PMReception
07:45 AM - 08:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
08:30 AM - 12:00 PMDesigning Intelligent Organizations (cont.), Harnessing crowd intelligence (cont.), Collaborations, Group Decisions (Voting, Prediction Markets, etc.), Individual Decisions (Markets, Social Networks)
12:00 PM - 01:00 PMLuncheon
01:00 PM - 03:30 PMLeadership skills for the new world, From command-and-control to cultivate-and-coordinate, Core capabilities of distributed leadership, Organizational change in hierarchies and crowds, What is the purpose of your organization?

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Tom Malone: New technologies change essence of organizations

MIT Sloan Executive Education professor Tom Malone discusses how new new technologies can change the essence of organizations ...more

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