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The Firefighting Tipping Point: Avoiding the Agile-Fall

Dan Bachiochi is a vice president of software engineering and technology in the Electronic Trading Platforms Group at State Street Corp. in Boston and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2014.

A friend of mine and I were recently discussing some problems he’s been having at work.  He is managing director of product and software development at a $130-million dollar business.& ...

28
February
2013

Using Consensus Building as a Global Workforce Strategy

Rob Lentz is vice president of international delivery at Acxiom in Little Rock, Ark. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2013.

If you look at the evolution of business footprints over the last 20 years, many companies began in one country like the U.S. and became optimized over time for that specific geography. However, they may have more recently bought into another market, sudd ...

12
February
2013

EMBAs Meet Global Business Challenges with GO-Lab

Jonathan Lehrich is the Program Director of the MIT Executive MBA Program, a lecturer at MIT Sloan, and a member of the MIT Sloan MBA class of 2005.

As our executive MBA program continues to grow, so does the program’s capstone project, Global Organizations Lab (GO-Lab). We recently kicked off the second year of the global management course with more companies in more locations ...

29
January
2013

Learning When To Say NO

Shankaran (Shanks) Srinivasan is an international program manager at 4D Security Solutions, Inc., a firm that provides integrated security solutions worldwide for critical infrastructure.  Shanks is a member of the MIT Sloan EMBA class of 2013.

Whether you are in a startup or a large company, you don’t want to have to say NO to a potential client. Every dollar helps to bui ...

25
January
2013

The Art of the Pivot: Applying the Scientific Method to Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Shehryar Ahmad is chief marketing officer of BMA Asset Management, former manager of the rock band Junoon (the “U2 of Pakistan” – The New York Times), and a member of the MIT Sloan EMBA class of 2013.

Having worked in finance and the music industry, I appreciate that business is both a science and an art. Some aspects are data-driven and analytical while others are m ...

11
January
2013

How To Turn An Idea Into A Startup

Andrea de Souza is director of informatics, data analysis and finance at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in Cambridge, Mass. and a member of the MIT Sloan EMBA class of 2013.

I was recently inspired by an entrepreneurship class at MIT Sloan to further explore an idea that I’ve been kicking around for awhile.  While I am new to entrepreneurship I thought I would sh ...

05
December
2012

From the Hunter to the Hunted: Think About Strategy Today

Tom Cole is vice president of Atlantis Operations at DENTSPLY Implants in Waltham, MA. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2013.

When your business is growing fast, you don’t always have time for long-term strategic thinking. If your product is successful and customers are willing to pay a premium price, then strategy often falls by the wayside. But eventually, there comes ...

20
November
2012

Finding Strategic Value In Your Tax Department

Rubi Iniguez is vice president/head of U.S. Tax for Reed Elsevier in Newton, MA and a member of MIT Sloan’s EMBA class of 2012.

Tax departments are often regarded as a necessary evil. Instead of being innovators, they often are perceived to be backward looking. This makes sense given that we usually deal with things that have happened in the past. But it’s also important ...

30
October
2012

Larger EMBA Class Enriches Learning Experience

Jonathan Lehrich is the Program Director of the MIT Executive MBA Program in Cambridge, MA and a member of the MIT Sloan MBA class of 2005.

This year we have doubled the EMBA program to two cohorts. We have increased the size of the class of 2014 to 114 students, up from 70 in the class of 2013. And we have welcomed an exceptional class, comprised 25% of women, that averages 16 years ...

18
October
2012

6 Ways to Capture Value in a Competitive Marketplace

Tom Dengenis is CEO of Synchro Ltd. in Birmingham England and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2013.

Knowing how to live in the woods doesn’t make you an environmentalist any more than running a business helps you to truly understand the underlying forces of the market. But the business environment we operate in demands an understanding of what levers to pull in order to move m ...

10
October
2012

The Power of Strategic Communication: How to manage change and corporate reorganization

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.

Corporate reorganizations are common in this economy. Yet they frequently cause a lot of frustration among employees who want more communication about what is going on. That’s not surprising, especially when lay ...

19
September
2012

4 Pieces Of Practical Advice for Women Entrepreneurs (From OnStartups)

The following is a repost from OnStartups by Kate Endress. Kate is the CEO and cofounder of DITTO.com, a new cutting edge ecommerce site selling a curated collection of designer eyewear including prescription sunglasses. Kate is a graduate of Stanford Business School and was previously a private equity investor before becoming an entrepreneur. This is such a good post on my friend and MIT MBA ...

07
September
2012

8 ways to effect change and drive value in healthcare (or any other industry)

Sree Koka is a professor and chairman of the Department of Dental Specialties at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. as well as a practicing dentist. He is a member of the MIT Sloan EMBA class of 2013.

In the world of healthcare, the concept of value is very poorly understood. Revenue generation is primarily from reimbursement for procedures performed and, consequently, often not pro ...

22
August
2012

6 Lessons for Encouraging Innovation in Large Corporations

Gary Smith is the founder of Beacon Management Consulting and a member of the MIT Sloan EMBA class of 2013.

There are many reasons why innovation is difficult for large companies. At the top of the list is the fact that their employees tend to be risk adverse and stay for a long time. While there are benefits to high employee retention rates, it also means they are reinforcing the ...

02
August
2012

When not to enter a market

Zafer Sahinoglu is a senior principal member of technical staff at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) in Cambridge, Mass. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2013.

Two years ago, I conducted research to develop fast charging stations for electric vehicles. Even though our business units in Japan were manufacturing and selling the entire components essential to build a charging ...

20
July
2012