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Cambridge, MA

Building, Leading, and Sustaining the Innovative Organization

July 18-19, 2019

This course outlines the steps that need to be taken to implement and manage a culture of innovation. Structured around a framework developed at MIT for leading and organizing breakthrough innovation, the program helps participants better understand how to develop sources of information on current and new technologies and consumer needs.

This program is designed to help organizations change how they approach new product and service developments to encourage rather than inhibit innovation. Too often the culture, structure, and organizational processes that promote efficient short-term developments make innovation very difficult to introduce. Drawing on over five decades of MIT research on innovation, the program will provide participants proven tools, concepts, and frameworks that will enable them to responsibly identify and commercialize the innovative products and services needed to survive and grow in the face of changing markets, technologies, and consumer demand.

In this unique session on identifying and bringing successful ideas to market, you'll learn about the steps you need to take as to drive strategic innovation in the organization, including how to:

* Get the right mix of people and skills you'll need to generate innovative ideas in a more timely manner
* Develop the processes required to support these people
* Build cultures that encourage innovative behaviors
* Decide which ideas are the right ideas in which to invest, and which are the new business opportunities you ought to pursue

Our faculty of senior experts and MIT researchers also will help you to understand:

* Tactics for dealing with the internal politics and resistance to change that can threaten innovation initiatives and early-stage developments
* Techniques you can use to build innovation streams
* Processes for collecting competitive intelligence, forecasting technology change and gathering information on user needs
* Methods for identifying better innovations more quickly, including the lead-user method for discovering breakthrough products, services and strategies, and toolkits for user innovation that enable users to design their own mass-customized products and services.

The Participants
Building, Leading, and Sustaining the Innovative Organization has been developed for senior corporate and technical executives, including Executive Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents of Marketing, New Product Development, Research and Development, Human Resources, and New Business Development, Chief Information Officers, Chief Technologists, Corporate Strategists, Corporate Planners, and other executives with leadership responsibility for their organization.


Ralph Katz, Principal Research Associate. For more than 35 years, Professor Katz has been carrying out extensive management research, education and consulting on technology-based innovation with a particular interest in the management and motivation of technical professionals and high performing groups and project teams.

Jay Paap, President of Paap Associates, Inc. He has been active in the management of technology for 30 years, and has consulted with industrial and governmental organizations for over 25 years. He has been a frequent speaker on the management of innovation, appearing throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Japan. Dr. Paap received his PhD from MIT's Sloan School of Management and has held faculty positions at MIT Sloan and Indiana University.

Downstream Processing

July 22-26, 2019

Continuing discoveries in molecular biology, genetics, and process science provide the foundation for new and improved processes and products in today's biochemical process industry. The production of therapeutic proteins, which is made possible by discoveries in biotechnology, will generate sales exceeding $100 billion in 2010. In addition, biotechnology has led to marked improvement and expansion in the traditional biochemical process industry for production of enzymes, diagnostics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and foods. Continued introduction of new technology necessitates innovation in process development scale-up and design. As a consequence, there is the need to design new, as well as to improve existing, processes. An integral and cost intensive part of these processes is associated with downstream processing for product isolation and purification.

The course covers fundamental principles of downstream processing with practical examples and case studies to illustrate the problems and solutions faced by the practitioner. It is intended to provide both insight into and an overview of downstream processing for individuals actively engaged in process research and development, as well as those who manage and innovate in the biochemical process industry. Increasingly, scientists and engineers engaged in fermentation and cell culture development attend the course to better understand the context of the whole process. Attendees include:

* Engineers and scientists interested in design, economics, validation optimization and scale-up of biochemical product recovery;
* Protein biochemists and chemists involved in design of recovery processes;
*Managers responsible for biochemical process development;
* Entrepreneurs, attorneys, and business leaders wanting an overview and insight into biochemical manufacturing.

Fermentation Technology

July 29 - August 2, 2019

Fermentation Technology is the longest-run course in the MIT Professional Education catalog, having been offered continuously for more than 40 years. This course emphasizes the application of biological and engineering principles to problems involving microbial, mammalian, and biological/biochemical systems. The aims of the course are to review fundamentals and provide an up-to-date account of current knowledge in biological and biochemical technology. The lectures will emphasize and place perspectives on biological systems with industrial practices.

This course has made some major additions, modifications, and revisions in the course topics and course contents over the past couple of years. In recognition of the increasing number of attendees from non-pharmaceutical industries, we are rebalancing the course to provide equal emphasis on mammalian and microbial technologies. More than half of the lecturers are currently working in industry or have industrial experience.

The course is intended for engineers, biologists, chemists, microbiologists, and biochemists who are interested in the areas of biological systems in prokaryotic and eukaryotic hosts. It is desirable that individuals enrolled be familiar with some of the general aspects of modern biology, genetics, biochemical engineering, and biochemistry. Some general knowledge of mathematics is also desirable for dealing with the engineering aspects of the course.

Crisis Management and Business Continuity

July 29 - August 2, 2019

Preparing for a crisis is not a luxury; it is a necessity. You know the odds are high that your company will suffer a disaster or crisis at some point. You cannot say you weren't ready; today's extreme public and government scrutiny demand that you should have been prepared.

MIT's "Crisis Management & Business Continuity" will help prepare you for the inevitable.

This comprehensive course provides up-to-date assessments and knowledge on issues that affect you - terrorism, pandemic, cyber security, communications, news media - from the experts involved with these efforts. You will have the opportunity to interact with these lecturers and with peers from industry and government.

By the end of the course, you will have the tools, knowledge, and understanding to benchmark, assess, and improve your business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management program. This includes the Course Manual (print and/or e-files), templates, and current articles. You will gain valuable contacts, have plenty of networking opportunities, and acquire insights for immediate implementation.

This course is for the Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Emergency Management, and Crisis Management practitioner or responder as well as for the executive who oversees these disciplines. Other staff who would benefit from this course include corporate executives, directors, and staff from IT/MIS, Environment Health & Safety, Risk Management, Public Relations, Human Resources, and Security. This course is also suited for federal, state, and local government officials and Emergency Managers.

Both novices and experienced personnel will benefit greatly from this course. If you cannot go, tell your director/executive so he/she can attend to better understand your complex profession.

One of a Series: MIT Holidays

MIT Closed - Labor Day

September 2, 2019

Cambridge, MA

Driving Strategic Innovation: Achieving High Performance Throughout the Value Chain

September 22-27, 2019

How do the most successful innovators generate more than their fair share of smart ideas? * How do they unleash the creative talent of their people? * How do they move ideas through their organizations and supply chains that are not only creative but fast to market?

The answers to these key questions form the core of Driving Strategic Innovation, a six-day program for business leaders and entrepreneurs who are determined to position their companies for future growth.

Offered jointly with IMD, this program will combine marketing, product development, technology assessment, value-chain design, project execution, and talent management in an end-to-end roadmap for achieving breakthrough performance. Using a dynamic and integrative value-chain framework created at MIT, participants will gain the capability to position their organizations for future growth.
Program Benefits

Driving Strategic Innovation will change the way you, as a business leader, think about innovation and technology strategy, giving you a deeper, richer, more comprehensive roadmap for executing change. You will leave the program armed with the knowledge of how to influence corporate culture, alter the way your organization responds to the challenge of innovation, and strengthen relationships with partners along the value chain.

The program knits together marketing, product development, technology assessment, value-chain design, project execution, and talent management in an end-to-end roadmap for achieving breakthrough performance. It demonstrates how to build organizational relationships that facilitate knowledge transfer, both within the firm and across the value chain. Using a dynamic and integrative value-chain framework created at MIT, you will gain the capability to position your organization for future growth.

This intensive learning experience delivers long-term value, helping business leaders to:
* meet technology challenges, from R&D to manufacturing, project management to engineering * link technology decisions with business strategy * integrate product development, process developments and value-chain strategy * develop organization and supply-chain strategies to position the company for future growth * leverage learning and innovation collaboration with customers, lead users and suppliers, maximizing the value of research * understand how technologies and markets evolve and how they are linked * outperform the competition by generating breakthrough ideas * cope with shorter product life cycles, while delivering greater customer satisfaction * optimize sourcing and “make-buy” decisions * integrate supply-chain design with concurrent engineering * engage talent within the organization and across the value chain

The Learning Experience

Executives attending the program will participate in wide-ranging and challenging discussions, project groups, simulations, and live case studies that bring them into the very heart of some of the technology labs under discussion.

Who Should Attend

Driving Strategic Innovation is designed for senior executives and entrepreneurs who have significant input into the technology and innovation strategy of their organizations. Participants should play a key role within their organizations that gives them the ability and the perspective to look up and down the value chain to appraise strategic technology options wherever they arise.

Business leaders who will take away the greatest value from Driving Strategic Innovation:

* CTOs, R&D directors, other senior executives, and entrepreneurs who are responsible for technology, R&D, and supply-chain strategy, especially where coordinated technology development issues are essential * CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and senior executives in charge of innovation or new business development * Teams charged with planning and implementing innovation or value chain strategy

The MIT Sloan/IMD Edge

MIT Sloan is the world leader in management thinking for technology-driven innovation and operating excellence, with a legacy of helping corporations develop the tools and capabilities to successfully adopt these ideas.

IMD is recognized worldwide for its dynamic “Real World. Real Learning” approach to executive education. Working with the top companies in a diverse range of industries, IMD's experienced, highly qualified, and multinational faculty prepares managers and executives for the challenges of international business, providing breakthrough learning experiences.

Working together, MIT and IMD have an unparalleled ability to meet the needs of global corporations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Feedback from Participants

“This program provides the challenges, answers, professional tools and values needed to drive breakthrough innovations in technology and operations management, and it delivers on a world-class level.” - Heinz Brasic Managing Partner, Level Five Consulting Austria

“Very exciting chance to think 'out of the box' and gain new perspectives.” - Francesco Fanciulli Senior Vice President, Pirelli Pneumatici SPA Italy

“This was one of the best educational experiences I've ever had. The faculty created an exciting environment for understanding innovation.” - Jose Francisco Mendez Chief Information Officer, Sodexho Pass Venezuela

Faculty Team*

Charles H. Fine, Program Co-Director Chrysler LFM Professor of Management Science at MIT Sloan and co-director of MIT's Communications Technology Roadmap project, Fine teaches in the operations management group at MIT Sloan. Author of Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage, Fine is widely respected for his research and writings on the technology supply chain. His research emphasis has been on quality improvement, flexible manufacturing, supply-chain management, and the evolution of industry value chains in technology-intensive sectors. Fine consults widely and has worked with companies in a wide range of industries.

William A. Fischer, Program Co-Director Professor of Technology Management at IMD, Fischer has been actively involved in technology-related activities for his entire professional career. He was a development engineer in industry, an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and has worked as a consultant on R&D/technology issues in such industries as pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. He has served as a consultant to a number of government and international-aid agencies on issues relating to the management of science and technology, and has been the president of a joint-venture in China.

Duncan Simester Professor of Management Science, Simester is the head of the Marketing Group at MIT Sloan and is an expert on how economic theory, statistics, and operation research can contribute to the understanding and practice of marketing.

Cambridge, MA

Developing and Managing a Successful Technology Strategy

September 26-27, 2019

This intensive program details a unique and powerful approach to integrating business and technology strategy and to developing profitable ventures and technologies. Participants are introduced to a set of tools to identify high-leverage projects, match product strategy to market dynamics, capture market value, and change organizational capabilities to reflect evolving markets and technological dynamics.

A great idea does not guarantee great profits. If a company's R&D dollars are going to pay off in profitable products and technologies, it needs a strategy that not only makes markets, but also beats the competition. This program presents a depth of challenges that extend from R&D to manufacturing, engineering, project management, product strategy, and new ventures. It provides an innovative and powerful approach to developing and managing technology and products that people want to buy. The program material will also explore ways to link those technologies and products with a company's business strategy.

Participants will develop the skill to identify profitable projects for their research dollars and find out how to capture the value of those projects. They will learn how to build technical capabilities for products that create value for their customers and how to restructure their organizations to respond to market and technical dynamics. Most important, they will leave the program with the know-how to implement their strategies for maximum benefit.

The Participants Developing and Managing a Successful Technology and Product Strategy is a must for senior general and technical executives involved in developing, managing, or marketing technology or products, or with managing organizations that sell their products in rapidly changing markets. The program is designed for managers in technology-intensive organizations, marketing and business development executives in technology organizations, and R&D managers in any organization.


Pierre Azoulay, International Programs Professor of Management Professor, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management. His current research focuses on empirical studies of the supply of biomedical innovators, particularly at the interface of academia and the biopharmaceutical industry. He also is interested in the topic of academic entrepreneurship, having recently concluded a major study of the antecedents and consequences of academic patenting. In the past, he has investigated the impact of superstar researchers on the research productivity of their colleagues, and the outsourcing strategies of pharmaceutical firms, in particular the role played by contract research organizations in the clinical trials process.

Ezra W. Zuckerman Sivan, Associate Professor of Strategic Management and course head of the Core Strategy Department at the MIT Sloan School of Management, is an economic sociologist with a focus on social network analysis. He studies how social structures of various kinds emerge and influence behavior and key outcomes for individuals, teams, and organizations. Zuckerman’s current research projects include a study of industry peer networks, exclusive groups of non-competing peer firms from the same industry that gather on a regular basis to learn from one another’s experiences and to motivate one another to achieve higher performance.

Cambridge, MA

Understanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics for Executives

October 14-16, 2019

Understanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics for Executives presents tools and frameworks to help executives understand and predict the medium-to long-run performance of economies in order to mitigate risk, develop growth plans, and make investment decisions, both locally and abroad. Participants will leave the program better able to make business decisions that take global markets and macroeconomics into account and how to interpret economic change in the context of their organization.

This course is designed to help business leaders understand monetary policy and central bank decision making, and how these factors impact the countries in which they operate. This popular program started as a two-day course, but due to participants enthusiasm, it is now offered in a three-day format. This additional time lets participants more thoroughly explore international monetary policy and how the economies across Europe, Asia, and the United States affect one another, especially in times of crises

MIT Sloan professor Roberto Rigobon brings this content to life. His fun, fast-paced, high-energy teaching style helps to convey how highly relevant macroeconomics are to businesses today.

The tools and frameworks presented in this program will enable participants to:

  • Understand the nature and behavior of financial crises
  • Learn to interpret financial indicators
  • Recognize economic trends
  • Predict likely actions of central banks and governments
  • Make informed off-shoring decisions
  • Be successful in international investments
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the dynamics of comparative advantage, sources of international conflict and the varied responses of economies to crisis.