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MIT Campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Intelligent Organizations: Collaboration and the Future of Work

October 21-22, 2014

This intensive new program is designed to help managers understand how to create competitive advantage by harnessing new organizational approaches made possible by the latest wide-ranging communications technologies. It will illustrate how people and computers can be connected in new, creative ways so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any person, group, or computer has ever done before.

Drawing on real-world examples of Wikipedia, YouTube, InnoCentive, Google, and eBay, participants will learn to identify opportunities for using crowd intelligence, loose hierarchies, and other innovative ways of organizing work to apply to various business environments. Participants will acquire an entirely new perspective on organizational success by getting a better understanding of:

* Why management is changing in profound ways, and what managerial skills are required for success in these new organizations
* The significant shift in organizational market share from traditionally large, hierarchical corporations to new and more nimble, networked companies
* When traditional hierarchies are useful and when they are not
* How and when “crowd intelligence” can create knowledge and solve problems more effectively
* How contests can often find the best solutions even when no one knows in advance where they are
* How prediction markets work
* Determining the key dimensions of all successful organizational designs
* How to move from command-and-control to coordinate-and-cultivate leadership

This program will be most beneficial to CEOs, senior executives, and managers at all levels who are in a position to make significant changes in the ways work is organized in their units. Specifically:

* Executives in knowledge-centric or information-centric industries, like publishing, entertainment, education, software development, and financial services
* Executives in products and services industries, like high-tech or pharmaceutical companies, or medical device manufacturers
* Managers in IT, HR, strategy, research, and other functions whose job responsibilities include implementing new organizational structures, processes, and tools
* Entrepreneurs who want to understand new business opportunities in this space
* Anyone in business or non-profit organizations who has an opportunity to influence organizational innovation in their organizations and wants to understand how work is changing

Thomas Malone
Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor of Management
Professor of Information Technology
Director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

Tom Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century". Professor Malone teaches classes on organizational design and leadership, and his research focuses on how new organizations can be designed to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology.

For example, Professor Malone predicted, in an article published in 1987, many of the major developments in electronic business over the last decade: electronic buying and selling, electronic markets for many kinds of products, "outsourcing" of non-core functions in a firm, and the use of intelligent agents for commerce. The past two decades of Professor Malone’s groundbreaking research are summarized in his critically acclaimed book, The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your Management Style, and Your Life (Harvard Business School Press, 2004). This book has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian.

Professor Malone has also published over 75 articles, research papers, and book chapters; he is an inventor with 11 patents; and he is the co-editor of three books: Coordination Theory and Collaboration Technology (Erlbaum, 2001), Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century (MIT Press, 2003), and Organizing Business Knowledge: The MIT Process Handbook (MIT Press, 2003).

Tom Malone has been a cofounder of three software companies and has consulted and served as a board member for a number of other organizations. He speaks frequently for business audiences around the world and has been quoted in numerous publications such as Fortune, New York Times, and Wired. Before joining the MIT faculty in 1983, Malone was a research scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) where his research involved designing educational software and office information systems. His background includes a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees from Stanford University, a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Rice University, and degrees in applied mathematics, engineering-economic systems, and psychology.

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The Picower Institute Fall 2014 Symposium -- Neural Mechanisms of Behavior & Cognition

October 21, 2014, 8 AM - 5 PM

Distinguished neuroscientists from renowned global academic and medical institutions will gather on October 21, 2014 at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory to present their most recent findings associated with brain circuitry. Symposium presenters will highlight conclusions from the latest research related to the role neural circuits play in behavior and cognition. The panel will share insights regarding how the brain?s wiring system impacts and regulates everything from fear and anxiety to spatial perception, vision, sensory responses, decision making, sleep patterns, learning, and memory.

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A new edge gyrokinetic code: physics challenges and new discontinuous Galerkin algorithms

October 21, 2014, 3-4:30 PM

Greg Hammett and Ammar Hakim

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Finding Transiting Planets from the Ground

October 21, 2014, 4-5 PM

Gaspar Bakos

I will summarize our on-going efforts to find small and long period transiting planets from the ground. I will review the current statusof HATNet and HATSouth -- two transiting planet searches. I will discuss the near-future improvements and the HATPI project, a massive high precision, high time-resolution all-sky survey. I will conclude by discussing synergies between ground-based surveys and present and future space missions.

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On the Role of Common Information In Decision-Making Under Uncertainty

October 21, 2014, 4 PM

Demosthenis Teneketzis
University of Michigan

We discuss the role of common information in decision-making under uncertainty. We present the “common information methodology” and show how it can be used to solve a broad class of dynamic team problems that were previously unsolved. We briefly discuss how the common information methodology can be used to determine Markov perfect Bayesian equilibria in dynamic games with asymmetric information. Finally, we present some thoughts on the role of common information in mechanism design.

Demosthenis Teneketzis received the B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 1974, and the M.S, E.E and Ph.D. degrees , all in Electrical Engineering, from MIT in 1976, 1977 and 1979, respectively. He is currently Professor of EECS at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In winter and spring 1992, he was a visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he worked for Systems Control Inc., Palo Alto, CA, and Alphatech inc., Burlington, MA. His research interests are in stochastic control,decentralized systems, networks, stochastic scheduling and resource allocation, mathematical economics, energy markets, and discrete event systems.

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Princesses and Peas: Why are molecules in a tizzy about subtle bumps and curves along the reaction coordinate?

October 21, 2014, 4:30 PM

Barratt Park
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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The Challenges and Opportunities of Semiconductor Industry in Mobile Era

October 22, 2014, 12-1 PM

Dr. Roawen Chen

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The United Nations and Disarmament: Old Problems, New Opportunities, and Challenges Ahead

October 22, 2014, 12-2 PM

Angela Kane
UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs