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How Problem Definition Is Helping A Startup Find Success In The “Smart City” Space

Tim Piccirilli is vice president of community and business development at Soofa in Cambridge, MA and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015. Soofa is a startup working in the pedestrian-focused city information systems space.

Problem definition is a big challenge for all organizations. If you can’t identify your problem, how will you solve it? This comes up a lot with cities s ...

27
June
2017

Learning From System Dynamics Instead Of Trial And Error

Samia Bahsoun is cofounder and CEO of Capwave Technologies in Asbury Park, NJ and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

As a serial entrepreneur, I’ve learned a lot through trial and error. After launching a consulting business in the late 90s, I started a fiber optics field testing company. This was new territory at the time, and I was a pioneer. Within a few months, I was a ...

05
June
2017

How To Become A Better Potential Entrepreneur

Georg Caspary has been with the World Bank/International Finance Corporation since 2006, and is a member of the World Bank’s Emerging Leaders program. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

A common question for EMBA students at MIT is why we need an MBA at this stage in our careers. After all, most of us have decades of experience. The answer is that we are here to ...

21
April
2017

The Hidden Power Of Imposter Syndrome

Noopur Shukla is a U.S. team business leader for WPP as well as a startup consultant, angel investor, and board member. She also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

A member of the World Bank, a former blockbuster recording artist, and an internationally renowned economics professor are going point for point on the economic implications of changes in the music industry. This i ...

19
March
2017

Solving The Synergy Puzzle Of M&A Deals

Juan Higueros is a director of M&A deal advisory at KPMG in San Francisco, CA, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

Going through the process of a merger or acquisition is a lot like trying to solve a puzzle. A lot of different pieces need to come together for a successful deal. Much of this comes down to synergies. The biggest reason for failure is an inability to underst ...

04
March
2017

Moving Away From A Firefighting Model

Adriana Bokel Herde is vice president of people services at Biogen in Boston, MA and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

During our first intensive week in MIT’s EMBA program, Prof. Nelsen Repenning talked to us about two concepts that I immediately could relate to: 1) The “tipping point;” and 2) “Nobody ever gets credit for fixing problems that never exis ...

22
February
2017

Learning the Benefits of Keeping it Simple

Stephanie O’Dear is head of marketing at EMPOWER Retirement in Kansas City, MO and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

I remember it like it was yesterday. It was 3:00am and my life was anything but simple. My 2-year old and I both had the stomach flu, I was nursing a 6-week-old baby and had mastistis — when the phone rang. It was my husband on a business trip in Pari ...

07
February
2017

Don’t Underestimate The Power Of The Cultural Lens

Spyros Dimou is associate client partner, Middle East at Korn Ferry Hay Group and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

Managing client relationships is important for a lot of people. For management consultants, it’s absolutely critical. Relationships are at the core of what we do every day. When a relationship breaks down – or never gets off the ground – it&rsquo ...

07
December
2016

GO-Lab 2015: Akamai

Developing an Early Warning System for Competitive Threat Identification

Many companies seek the benefits of an early warning system for competition, but not every organization has the knowledge and resources to develop one. Recognizing this need, Akamai, the largest content delivery network in the world, tasked a GO-Lab team with building such a system to address emerging competitiv ...

07
December
2016

Capturing Value To Spark Innovation

By: Felix Moesner, Swiss Consul and CEO of swissnex Boston, in Cambridge MA. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017.

I am the CEO of swissnex Boston, the world’s first science consulate, which is part of both the Foreign Ministry and the Education, Research & Innovation Ministry of the Swiss Government. Our mission at swissnex is to connect the dots in educa ...

22
November
2016

The Challenge and Opportunity of Team Work

By Elizabeth (Liz) Goodman, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Associate Chief for Community Based Research at Mass General Hospital for Children. She also is a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2017.

Working in groups is incredibly rewarding and also quite challenging. You engage with smart, interesting people with a diversity of perspectives, and you have to navigat ...

19
October
2016

Learning How to Unlock Innovation and Creativity

By Dr. Carlos Estrada, associate professor of surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2017 and a budding entrepreneur.

I came to MIT’s EMBA program with my sights set on becoming CEO of a hospital. However, after taking a one-week course called Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Advantage ...

13
July
2016

Embedding Data and Analytics as part of your company’s DNA

Ritesh Ramesh is chief technologist for the global data and analytics practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, MA and a member of the MIT Executive MBA Class of 2017.

As the chief technologist for PwC’s Global Data and Analytics, I advise many external clients and internal stakeholders on building their core capabilities around data and analytics (D&A) to enable their ...

01
July
2016

Our Mission: “To Develop Principled, Innovative Leaders Who Improve the World”

By Johanna Hising DiFabio, Director of the MIT Executive MBA Program

A legacy of inventive, ground-breaking ideas. A forward thinking approach. An appetite for innovation. Certainly this can describe any aspect of MIT, but let me tell you about how this spirit of innovation demonstrates itself in our MIT Executive MBA community.

At MIT, innovation is defined as “the dr ...

09
June
2016

Learning How to Disrupt an Industry at MIT

By Chris Penny, senior vice president of business development and marketing at national IPA/TCPN and cofounder and vice president of The KiNETIC Group in Dallas, TX. He is a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2017.

At MIT, entrepreneurship is in the water. When you’re on campus, you’ll meet all kinds of people in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. You may even become an entrepre ...

07
June
2016