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Faculty perspectives: What our thought leaders have to say about teaching executives at MIT Sloan

On this blog, we often share what participants in our programs think about the curriculum, the faculty, and their overall experience at MIT Sloan. But recently, we decided it would be interesting to put some our faculty in the hot seat instead, to hear what they had to say about teaching at MIT Sloan Executive Education. Interestingly, their collaboration with participants is one of the reasons these thought leaders love to teach Executive Education.

DEBORAH ANCONA: “It is a pleasure to teach in the Executive Education programs since there are motivated executives from around the world who are excited to learn and to apply our models to their organizations. These classes blend theory and practice so that each informs the other. Participants are usually ready to jump into action immediately forcing us to think about how our work can be applied to today’s organizational problems and challenges. The courses are also an opportunity to get to know participants and organizations in some depth so that our work is more about working collaboratively rather than as a transaction.”

Deborah Ancona is the Seley Distinguished Professor of Management, a Professor of Organization Studies, and the Director of the MIT Leadership Center at MIT Sloan. Her pioneering research into how successful teams operate has highlighted the critical importance of managing outside, as well as inside, the team’s boundary. This research directly led to the concept of X-Teams as a vehicle for driving innovation within large organizations. Ancona teaches in Neuroscience for Leadership and Transforming Your Leadership Strategy.

ROBERTO RIGOBON: “The world has become increasingly complex. Populism, central banking decisions, and trade wars are affecting companies everywhere. I love the fact that our participants bring the experience of how their businesses are affected by the global environment and share that dose of reality in our discussions. Macroeconomics should be intuitive, relevant, and fun. Their knowledge complements our discussions perfectly.”

Roberto Rigobon is an economist whose research focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries—the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. He is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and a Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a visiting professor at IESA. Rigobon teaches in Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application (self-paced online), Macroeconomics for Management (self-pace online) and Understanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics for Executives.

VIVEK FARIAS: I enjoy teaching in Executive Education. Our participants are acutely aware of the opportunity cost of their time. This awareness makes them eager to soak up every last morsel I have to offer in my lectures. At the same time, their diverse experiences across sectors and verticals adds a tremendous amount of context, color, and even counterpoints to the pedagogy. As such, I feel like I come away from a session rejuvenated and having learned as much as my students.

Vivek Farias is the Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor and an Associate Professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on the development of new methodologies for large-scale dynamic optimization under uncertainty, and the application of these methodologies to the design of practical revenue management strategies across various industries ranging from airlines and retail to online advertising. Farias teacher in teaches in Developing a Leading Edge Operations Strategy.

Jeanne Ross: Boosting brainpower

JEANNE ROSS: “Executive Education sessions provide a lab for sharing findings, testing frameworks, and planning how to apply useful insights. I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to engage deeply with thoughtful practitioners.”

Jeanne W. Ross is a Principal Research Scientist at The MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), where she directs and conducts academic research that targets the challenges of senior level executives at CISR's more than eighty global sponsor companies. She studies how firms develop competitive advantage through the implementation and reuse of digitized platformsRoss teaches in Revitalizing Your Digital Business Model.


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This entry was posted in on Sun Dec 02, 2018 by MIT Sloan Executive Education

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