Action Learning

Put your knowledge into action.

The EMBA Program curriculum emphasizes MIT’s credo mens et manus (mind and hand). This powerful integration of intellectual and experiential learning is manifested in applied projects and action learning experiences that magnify your learning and deliver impact for you and your company right from the day the program begins.

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Applied Projects

Applied projects, a central component of your courses, give you an opportunity to apply new methodologies to your organization and industries of interest. In Competitive Strategy, for example, you apply Porter’s Five Forces to gain insight into competitive dynamics in your own industry. In Operations Management, you analyze processes in your own firm, identifying opportunities for improvement. And in System Dynamics, you apply techniques created at MIT to model your organization’s complex systems so that you understand intended and unintended consequences and can drive successful change.

Organizations Lab (O-Lab)

Midway through the program, you will take everything you’ve learned so far and apply it in O-Lab, when you will undertake a change initiative within your company. You will build on courses like System Dynamics, Leading Organizations, and Operations Management to diagnose a problem and lead improvement.

Global Organizations Lab (Go-Lab)

The capstone action learning project is GO-Lab, which takes place in your final semester. You work as part of a tight-knit team of advisors helping the leaders of an international company solve a demanding global integration issue. This includes one week at multiple company sites worldwide for field research and immersion in the company’s challenges.

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“The students are from all over the world and represent very different industries. But they are all exceptional leaders in their fields, and we share a powerful camaraderie. Together, we examine core issues from multiple perspectives and share and test the “tribal practices” of our industries. I can’t emphasize enough how massively important this is to me and my company.”

Amjad Hussain ’12
SilkRoute Global

"We live in a world of interaction and complexity. To create a
high-performing organization, we have to move the focus beyond just
optimizing the pieces. That's why we've made systems thinking and
organizational design key components of the MIT EMBA curriculum."

John Sterman
Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management
Director of the MIT System Dynamics Group
MIT Sloan School of Management