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Archive: January 2015

A reading list resolution that's easy to keep: Recent books by MIT Sloan faculty

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 years and 8 months and 21 days ago

Each new year brings with it the inevitable list of resolutions to improve ourselves, personally or professionally. While some goals may be more difficult than others to attain, MIT Sloan Executive Education offers a goal that is easy to achieve: a reading list of business books from MIT Sloan experts. Check out these recent titles, written by our faculty. 

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News on MIT's Innovation Initiative

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 years and 9 months ago

It's a big news week for the MIT Innovation Initiative. First, Associate Dean for Innovation and Co-Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative Fiona Murray was honored by Queen Elizabeth with the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) award. Murray received the award in recognition for her services to the United Kingdom in entrepreneurship and innovation. As the Boston Globe reported, fellow honorees included Joan Collins of Dynasty, British actress Kristin Scott Thomas, and poet Carol Ann Duffy.

And Murray isn’t the only "celebrity" involved with MIT's Innovation Initiative. On January 13, 2015, MIT announced that former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick would become a visiting fellow at the Innovation Initiative. In this new role, the former governor will make "regular appearances at campus events, including seminars with students and faculty."

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Authors of Leading Digital share how leadership and vision drive digital transformation

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 years and 8 months and 27 days ago

While young and eager employees are often credited with moving innovation at their companies, research shows that true technological transformation—such as those achieved by "Digital Masters"—must come from the top down.

For their new book Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation, authors Andrew McAfeeGeorge Westerman, and Didier Bonnet, spent years researching companies they call “digital masters:” organizations that were not born digital, but have leveraged digital technologies to drive new levels of productivity, profit and efficiency.

In this video, posted to MIT Sloan Reviews, the authors explain that Digital Masters "excel in two critical dimensions: the what of technology and the how of leading change."

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You can't eat a strategy

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 years and 9 months and 5 days ago

Contributed by Executive Certificate holder Charles Compo

In Developing and Managing a Successful Technology and Product Strategy at MIT Sloan School of Executive Education, Professor Rebecca Henderson asked the question, “Why even have a strategy?” The answer was surprisingly simple—to help us make choices. Effective strategies answer three key questions: How will we create value? How will we deliver value? How will we capture value?

Over the last twenty years I've had the unique experience of having interviewed and met with more than a thousand CEOs of privately-held middle market companies. These are companies spanning a variety of industries, from industrial manufacturing to food distribution to software and services, earning between $10 million—$500 million in annual revenue.  Most of these companies are founder owned, or multi-generational family owned businesses.

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Thought leaders at MIT Sloan weigh in on business trends for 2015

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 years and 9 months and 7 days ago

We asked five MIT thought leaders for their take on forthcoming business trends. Here’s what they have to say:

Entrepreneurship is on the increase

“Interest in entrepreneurship is accelerating. Corporations, governments, and students alike continue to seek people, processes, and initiatives that will make them more innovative and entrepreneurial. Leaders are coming to understand that entrepreneurship can no longer be seen as a magical, mysterious black box, but as a vital, teachable set of skills and knowledge.”

--William Aulet, MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer, Managing Director of The Martin (1958) Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Teaches in the Entrepreneurship Development Program, the Executive Program in General Management: India-U.S.-Online, and the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program
Author of Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup 

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