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Finding the Right Framework for Globalization

Collaboration is the essence of globalization and managers play a critical role in sharing their knowledge across all of a company’s affiliates. Globalization is not about standardization and centralization, but rather about synergy and interdependence. As a result, going global (setting up country affiliates) and being global (sharing knowledge and best practices) are two very distinct ...

10
July
2012

Thinking outside of the box: How to Use an Innovation Council to Drive Change

Charles Rizzo is CFO at John Hancock Mutual Funds in Boston, Mass. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2013.

What can an investing company learn from a huge retail store like Wal-Mart? As I saw from our leadership coursework, the answer is: a lot. From Wal-Mart’s concepts of sustainability to its constant focus on generating cost savings, improving operations, using data, and ...

20
June
2012

Congratulations to Our First EMBA Program Graduates!

I'm delighted to announce the graduation of our inaugural MIT Executive MBA class. This is a remarkable group of executives. They juggled demanding jobs and a rigorous academic program in order to gain the advanced management techniques needed to drive their careers and make significant impacts on their organizations and the world.

When these 62 students began this program two ye ...

12
June
2012

Applying value creation lessons to consolidate an industry

Irshad Ahmed, is president and CEO of Pure Energy Corp. in Paramus, N.J. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

There are major changes happening in the biofuel industry. Public policy is aggressively attempting to shift our dependence away from nonrenewable energy sources. Our country’s goal is to produce and consume 36 billion gallons of biofuel by 2022 in order to decre ...

04
June
2012

MIT EMBA Survival Guide

Tony Bacos is General Manager at Hubbub Health in Portland, Oregon and a member of the MIT Sloan EMBA class of 2012.

Being a member of the inaugural MIT EMBA class of 2012 has nearly all been fantastic. For some of us (including me) the unpredictability and frontier nature was actually a big draw. One of the realities of going first at anything is that you have no point of reference ...

25
May
2012

Think globally but act locally

Willie Wu is managing director of PQD International in Plano, Texas and a member of the MIT Sloan EMBA class of 2012.

As companies grow from local to global, there are a lot of critical decisions to make. They need to decide whether to retain their hub and spoke system – where the headquarters is the hub and regional offices are the spokes – or to embrace a distributed ...

18
May
2012

Plugging into innovation

Shahriyar Rahmati is a vice president of the Gores Group in Los Angeles, CA and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

My day job is pretty amazing – I work with a group of highly intelligent, highly driven people at a private equity firm in Los Angeles.  I don’t lack opportunities to make impactful or important decisions. The key question for me is: Am I bringing t ...

11
May
2012

Applying lessons from entrepreneurship to public education

Shawn Atlow is director of facilities, legislation, and grants and funding for the Los Angeles Unified School District in Los Angeles, Calif.  and a member of the MIT Sloan EMBA class of 2013.

Working for a government agency, I wasn’t sure how the MBA curriculum would apply to my job. It turns out to apply more than I ever imagined. Even the entrepreneurship classes have b ...

03
May
2012

Moving Beyond Compartments with O-Lab

Nathaniel F. Wienecke is vice president of Global Government Relations at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Washington, DC and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

Compartmentalization is a human tendency. After all, when we’re at work, we think about work. When we’re at home, we focus on home. And when we’re at school we put our energy into studying. While we can appl ...

25
April
2012

What is your mocha?

Shajahan Merchant is cofounder and managing partner of Intellectual Capital Services, Inc. in New York City and a member of the MIT Sloan EMBA class of 2012.

When you go to Starbucks and order a mocha, it costs quite a bit more than a regular cup of coffee sold in that same store. Why is there such a price difference? Do the extra ingredients cost significantly more? Is a mocha much ...

21
April
2012

Lessons for Growing Your Business

Dave Markert is the founder and president of Tactical Systems Engineering in Newport, R.I. and a member of the MIT Sloan EMBA class of 2013.

As a Navy officer for more than 20 years, I didn’t have a lot of reasons to learn about venture capital, marketing strategy, or pricing. This all changed when I founded a defense engineering firm. I am now part of the MIT Executive MBA pro ...

11
April
2012

Business Analytics: An Un-tapped Competitive Advantage for Most Companies

Amjad Hussain is CEO of Silk Route, a global e-Commerce and supply chain solutions provider in Detroit, Mich., and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

When I started MIT Sloan’s EMBA program, I expected that my classes would include some business analytics, which is also my line of business. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that my core classes and electives ...

11
April
2012

Working Harder vs. Working Smarter: Why “doing more with less” can be a very costly decision

Liz Larsen is a management consultant in Boston, Mass. and member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.  

It’s natural to think that if you just work harder, you can do more with less. In a world with increasing economic pressures, everyone wants to find ways to cut costs, and many managers are staffing projects with leaner teams than ever. Maybe they’d ideally like to hav ...

05
April
2012

Lessons for Managing Your Innovation Pipeline

Megan Cramer, Ph.D., is the science and technology director for the US Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO) Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in Washington, D.C. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

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A significant part of my job for the U.S. Navy involves looking at both near- and far-term technologies and determining how to transition these technologies ...

16
March
2012

The Paradox of Learning (i.e. Sometimes to move forward, you need to take one step back)

Jeff Thomas is vice president of instrument development at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, Maine and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

It’s not unusual to see the price of new products go down over time. Look at the price of the first e-readers compared to the options available today. New products are refined over time to improve performance and enable production at high ...

16
March
2012