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New MIT Executive MBA Program Director Welcomes New Class

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

I’m excited to introduce myself as the new Director of the MIT Executive MBA Program, and to welcome this year’s incoming class.  In August I took over as the program Director from Jonathan Lehrich, who helped launch the program four years ago. I am honored to lead the p ...

16
September
2014

How Ketchup Can Teach Us About Innovation

Jennifer Hansen is vice president of ad sales at The Walt Disney Company in Cleveland, OH and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

I’m not an inventor. I don’t develop drugs, research scientific cures, or create new forms of technology. “Innovation” used to be something I thought occurred on the technical and scientific side of the professional world.

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02
September
2014

4 Ways to Encourage Entrepreneurship in Established Organizations

Joe Schloesser is director at Iron Mountain, a global provider of data management and data center services in Boston, MA. He also is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

When I came to MIT’s EMBA program, I didn’t describe myself as entrepreneurial. I expected most of my learning to come from lectures and discussions in the classroom. However, my experiences five month ...

01
August
2014

How Predictive Analytics Can Help Secure Global Enterprises

John (Jack) Sullivan is vice president and chief security officer of Starbucks in Seattle, WA and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

The advent of social media has led to people becoming more comfortable living their lives online. The result is a massive increase in data. In fact, 90% of the world’s data was created in the last two years. All of it is eminently searchable ...

24
July
2014

Making a Human Impact with System Dynamics: A Healthcare Case Study

Vincenza Nigro is executive director of medical affairs at Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S in Edison, NJ. Rob Nachtrieb is a senior lecturer of System Dynamics at MIT and lead scientist of Lutron Electronics in Allentown, PA. Both Nigro and Nachtrieb are members of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

When you are evaluating a new drug, there are several key things you need to understand. For exa ...

21
June
2014

The Three C’s of a New Venture

Jonathan Hinton is the Founder and CEO of Apex Controls in McDonough, GA and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2015.

When embarking on a new venture, an aspiring entrepreneur asks, “What does it take to have a successful business?”  Sure, there are plethora of books, seminars and other resources that offer detailed information on all aspects of the subject (of which ...

30
May
2014

The Importance of Ecosystem Risk Management (ECORM)

Christina Kite is a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2014.

In business, you’re only as good as the decisions you make. However, a big part of most decisions involves uncertainty.

Risk management is the process of dealing with uncertainty, and is something we study at MIT to learn how to make better decisions. Effective risk management includes:

– identify ...

08
May
2014

Developing an Innovation Driven Entrepreneurial Advantage (IDEA)

Jonathan Lehrich is a lecturer and program director of the MIT Executive MBA program, and a member of the MIT Sloan MBA class of 2005.

The first-year MIT EMBAs recently completed the IDEA module, our deep dive into “Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Advantage.” Each one of those words is important. This is not a course about entrepreneurship or technology alone. Rather, i ...

10
April
2014

Leading Innovation in the Public Sector: An Interview with The World Bank’s Elizabeth Petheo

Elizabeth Petheo works for The World Bank in Washington, DC. Throughout her career she has led international development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. She is also a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2014.

Executive Insights: What would you say are the benefits of the MIT Executive MBA (EMBA) to someone comin ...

27
March
2014

Five Startup Strategies to Encourage Innovation

Diane Rucker is former Strategic Technology Manager at Seagate in Bloomington, MN and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2014.

One evening, as I was walking by the MIT Media Lab, I noticed a man ahead of me carrying four or five laptop cases slung over his shoulders. I called out, “Even for MIT, that’s a lot of computers!” Turning to grin at me, he introduced himself ...

19
March
2014

3 Lenses for Management Success

Dedric Carter is a former senior advisor for strategic initiatives in the Office of the Director National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2014. He is currently associate dean of engineering and professor of practice at Washington University in St. Louis.

In moving quickly, we can easily become entrenched in our own perspective, oblivious to ...

10
March
2014

The Consistency Trap: How to Avoid Predictable Mistakes

Jason Stack is a Program Officer at the U.S. Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va. and a member of the MIT Sloan EMBA class of 2014.

While working at my previous company our senior management made a bet-the-company move to fundamentally redesign our product lines. Unbeknownst at the time, the new design had a subtle yet fatal flaw. Once discovered and alerted to leadership, the ...

21
February
2014

Predicting Consumer Behavior with Data Analytics: Example Show of Hands Mobile App

Amjad Hussain is CEO of SilkRoute, a global e-Commerce and supply chain solutions provider in Detroit, MI, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012. He also is an investor in the mobile polling app Show of Hands. Tony Bacos is founder and president of Show of Hands in Beaverton, OR and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

If you’re not familiar with it, business analytics ...

01
February
2014

Predicting Consumer Behavior with Data Analytics: Example Show of Hands Mobile App

Amjad Hussain is CEO of SilkRoute, a global e-Commerce and supply chain solutions provider in Detroit, MI, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012. He also is an investor in the mobile polling app Show of Hands. Tony Bacos is founder and president of Show of Hands in Beaverton, OR and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

If you’re not familiar with it, business analytics ...

01
February
2014

How to Make a Reorganization an Opportunity for Renewal and Growth

Fernando Dangond, M.D. is head of medical affairs for neurodegenerative diseases for the U.S. at EMD Serono in Rockland, MA. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

Companies invariably go through cycles with ups and downs – and often the inexorable “re-org” period. How you come out of crises depends largely on your personality, your training, and your attitude ...

31
January
2014