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Category: Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies

For true digital transformation, businesses must embrace agility

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 20 days ago

Jeanne Ross on Agility

Today, most companies are confronting the reality of how to integrate digital into their business. MIT's Jeanne Ross recently conducted a webinar in which she talked about leveraging agile IT for digital transformation. Agility is especially important for traditional companies that are going digital, because “what made them successful in the past is not necessarily going to make them successful going forward,” says Ross.

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Faculty spotlight: Vladimir Bulovic, MIT.nano Director, engineering professor, inventor, tech entrepreneur

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 9 days ago

Vladimir Bulović

Vladimir Bulović has been in the media spotlight lately as the director of MIT.nano, the brand new 200,000-square-foot nanoscience and nanotechnology center that opened in October in the heart of campus. (Bulović also teaches in our Advanced Management Program.) We recently caught up with Bulović between teaching sessions to get his thoughts on what makes MIT such a special place for "moving hard tech from the lab into the light."

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Study shows that STEM career ads are disproportionately seen by men

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 24 days ago

Woman in STEM career

When is the last time you saw an online ad for a STEM career? If you’re a man, it might have been recently. If you’re a woman, you might not have seen the ads at all. MIT Sloan Professor Catherine Tucker and Anja Lambrecht, a London Business School Marketing Professor, conducted an experiment about the display of STEM career ads and found that the ads are disproportionately seen by men.

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Thomas Friedman says lifelong learning is critical for keeping pace

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 24 days ago

Thomas Friedman MIT Lifelong Learning

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Thomas Friedman sees the world at a turning point. In a recent lecture at MIT, Friedman shared his belief that technology, globalization, and climate change are reshaping our institutions—and fast. “When the pace of change gets this fast,” Friedman says, “the only way to retain a lifelong working capacity is to engage in lifelong learning.” And we couldn't agree more.

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The human side of the Internet of Things

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 months and 14 days ago

The human side of IoT

Dr. Peter Hirst, Associate Dean, shares his takeaways from the recent meeting of the Internet of Things Talent Consortium (IoTTC) at the New York Academy of Sciences in Manhattan. You'll be encouraged to know that despite the gloom and doom around the Internet of Things and what it means for jobs, many leaders, particularly those in industry, are discussing the significant changes they are anticipating as well as the jobs that are being created—and very much needed—requiring very human skills and capabilities.

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Embracing the “hacking” mindset in executive education

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 months and 19 days ago

Annual workshop of UNICON at MIT

MIT Sloan Executive Education recently hosted the annual workshop of UNICON, the global consortium of university-based executive education providers. This year we brought our hacking culture alive in pursuit of new ideas, specifically about how to harness digital transformation for the future of executive education. Contributed by Peter Hirst, Associate Dean of MIT Sloan Executive Education.

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5 top ways to create a cybersafe culture

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 months and 30 days ago

Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan

Thousands of cyber-attacks on organizations both private and public will happen today. And tomorrow. And the day after that. Many will be malicious and cause significant harm. All too often, companies think of cybersecurity as a technology problem. But, in a recent article, MIT Sloan Professor Stuart Madnick tells us that companies are making it easy for the attackers to succeed. Cybercrime resiliency calls for a new kind of leadership and cybersafe culture—here are five effective ways you can create one at your organization.

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Want a successful digital transformation? Cultivate these 7 skills.

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 4 months and 23 days ago

George Westerman

When it comes to the digital transformation process in organizations, today’s leaders just aren’t measuring up, according to a recent report by Capgemini and George Westerman, Principal Research Scientist with the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. In fact, the research found that only 35% say they have the leadership capabilities to succeed at digital transformation, which is a 10% decrease from 2012.

Westerman says it’s no surprise, given the complex nature of many organizations, as well as the difficulty of working across silos in companies. He adds that to be an effective leader, an executive needs to have vision, engagement, and governance skills, and also be adept at building strong IT/business relationships. In addition, they have to deal with legacy issues explains Westerman, who is co-author of Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation.

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