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Analytics in New-Edge Businesses

Sanjeev Jain is an entrepreneur in Boston, MA and a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2012.

Internet, technology, mobile and media startups continue to be bright spots in the U.S. economy. Many of these innovative ventures have grown into huge billion-dollar companies in less than five years. While many factors contribute to their success, they all use a new form of marketing known as ...

07
October
2015

MIT Sloan Women’s Week

We are pleased to announce a collaborative Admissions event for the recruitment of high-potential women to the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Women’s Week Beyond Gender: Stories from MIT Sloan Women who have defied expectations and forged their own paths.

Monday, August 3rd: Google Hangout Monday, August 3rd: Alumnae Panel – Chicago Monday, August 3rd: Alumnae ...

23
July
2015

Leading With Impact

Johanna Hising DiFabio is the program director of the MIT Executive MBA Program, in Cambridge, MA.

Since the MIT Executive MBA program began, Leading Complex Organizations (LCO) has been a capstone course celebrating students’ accomplishments and integrating what they’ve learned over the past 20 months. Its goal is to prepare them to transform not only their own businesse ...

15
July
2015

The Importance of Organizational Processes to Change Management

Dr. Abeel Mangi is associate professor of surgery (cardiac) at Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2016.

How do you change things in an extremely entrenched environment? This is a tough challenge for many executives. It’s also a common challenge in the world of medicine. However, by applying concepts from Organizati ...

15
July
2015

Recalibrating Value-Capture in U.S. Healthcare

Dr. Marco Costa is VP and Chief Innovation Officer at University Hospitals of Cleveland, in Cleveland, OH. He is also a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

Almost everyone agrees that the U.S. healthcare system needs innovation, but it’s unlikely that we all agree on the same principles.

A quick look at some of the fundamental drivers of innovation reveals that the U ...

16
June
2015

Using a Portfolio Approach to Strategic Planning

Dan Cosgrove is vice president of business development at DuPont Pioneer in Des Moines, IA and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

Many large corporations are organized into business units around specific product lines and market segments. Each unit has its own priorities and is responsible for its own profit and loss. While this allows each unit to develop a unique strategy, it ...

30
May
2015

Why Your Communication Style Matters and How to Take Control of It

Angel Crockett is president, founder and CEO of Inflow (Information and Logistics L.L.C.) in San Antonio, TX and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

Communication is at the heart of every aspect of business. Whether you’re preparing for sales presentations, talking in front of large audiences, or holding HR town halls with employees, you need to prepare thoughtful communica ...

29
April
2015

Action Learning: A Commitment to Impact

Johanna Hising DiFabio is the program director of the MIT Executive MBA program, in Cambridge, MA.

I’m often asked what makes MIT’s Executive MBA Program so unique. While many reasons come to mind, I think the biggest differentiator is our commitment to Action Learning (applying what you learn to the real world). Having spent the last 15 years in the adult learning space, ...

08
April
2015

The Power of Empowerment: How Culture Can Be a Strategic Advantage

Dr. John Wigneswaran is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015 and vice president of Clinical Affairs a DaVita Healthcare Partners. He also is a member of the board of directors at Nephroceuticals, which he founded, and Roo Healthcare Solutions.

I’ve bought shoes from Zappos, but I hadn’t realized how the cultural background of the company really dictates its entire ...

08
April
2015

Using Politics and Culture to Lead Without Authority

Aparna Ramesh is vice president of the Financial Support Office at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

How do you make change happen if you don’t have enterprise-wide authority? If you’re not the CEO or at a similar level, how do you lead change?

This is a challenging problem for many executives. It’s even more c ...

15
March
2015

4 Tips for Assessing Political and Regulatory Risk for Your Startup

Nathaniel Wienecke is senior vice president for federal government relations for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, which represents over 1,000 property casualty insurers nationwide. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

When entrepreneurs launch a new company, they tend to focus on ramping up their new product or service, applying for that first cont ...

06
March
2015

Leaving a Corporate Job for Entrepreneurship

Thomas Stephens is cofounder and managing director of the consulting firm Trinity in Boston, MA. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

If you want to launch a startup, there are a lot of resources out there with “how to” tips and advice. There are also plenty of mentors willing and able to help new entrepreneurs. However, the steps aren’t so clear for those who ...

29
January
2015

Virtual Teams: 7 Tips For Building High Performance

Zafer Sahinoglu, PhD is a Management Consultant at Mitsubishi Electric USA in Cambridge, MA and a member of the MIT Executive MBA class of 2013.

In today’s world, working in virtual teams is often a fact of life. Employees from different divisions, different functions, and oftentimes different locations need to effectively work together to solve problems and innovate for their ...

16
December
2014

Using Operations Management to Improve Public Housing

Trinh Nguyen is director of the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services in Boston, MA. She is the former chief of staff at the Boston Housing Authority and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2014.

With increasing demand for public services and dwindling federal funds, a big issue is how to efficiently run public programs. In other words: How do you get taxpayers the most b ...

12
December
2014

Using an Agile Framework for Strategic Execution

Karen-Leigh Edwards is an Associate Director, External Manufacturing at Biogen Idec, Cambridge, MA and a member of the MIT Executive MBA class of 2015.

Often we are tasked with strategic goals that when it comes to implementation seem monumental and destined for failure.  The line between magnitude of scope and immediate need under a tight timeline frequently needs to be balance ...

24
November
2014