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Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy (self-paced online)

September 18 - November 5, 2019

This online program from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) challenges common misconceptions surrounding AI and will equip and encourage you to embrace AI as part of a transformative toolkit.
With a focus on the organizational and managerial implications of these technologies, rather than on their technical aspects, you?ll leave this course armed with the knowledge and confidence you need to pioneer its successful integration in business.

What is artificial intelligence (AI)? What does it mean for business? And how can your company take advantage of it? This online program, designed by the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), will help you answer these questions.
Through an engaging mix of introductions to key technologies, business insights, case examples, and your own business-focused project, your learning journey will bring into sharp focus the reality of central AI technologies today and how they can be harnessed to support your business needs.
Focusing on key AI technologies, such as machine learning, natural language processing, and robotics, the course will help you understand the implications of these new technologies for business strategy, as well as the economic and societal issues they raise. MIT expert instructors examine how artificial intelligence will complement and strengthen our workforce rather than just eliminate jobs. Additionally, the program will emphasize how the collective intelligence of people and computers together can solve business problems that not long ago were considered impossible.


Machine Learning: Implementation in Business (self-paced online)

September 18 - November 5, 2019

Machine learning, a branch of artificial intelligence, is the science of programming computers to improve their performance by learning from data. Dramatic progress has been made in the last decade, driving machine learning into the spotlight of conversations surrounding disruptive technology. This six-week online program from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) aims to demystify machine learning for the business professional ? offering you a firm, foundational understanding of the advantages, limitations, and scope of machine learning from a management perspective.
How will machine learning affect your business? How can your company capitalize on this dynamic technology?
This program views the technical elements of machine learning through the lens of business and management, and equips you with the relevant knowledge to discover opportunities to drive innovation and efficiency in your organization. Although you can expect to explore technical aspects of machine learning, the focus is on empowering you, as a business leader, to ask the right questions about whether machine learning applications will benefit a particular business problem, or make your organization more efficient.
Through a mix of research insights reinforced by case examples, you?ll have the opportunity to critically apply your learning. You?ll learn to identify the realistic opportunities of this transformative technology as you develop an implementation plan for machine learning in a business of your choice. Whether you work in a strategic, operational, or managerial function, you?ll be equipped with an understanding of how machine learning can impact your organization?s business objectives, as well as knowledge of the key aspects of related implementation strategies. Over the course of six weeks, you?ll learn how to successfully lead teams tasked with executing technical machine learning projects, and strategically leverage machine learning for a powerful competitive edge in business.
MIT Faculty will guide you to understand the current and future capabilities of this transformative technology, in order to effectively unlock its potential within business. You?ll also have the opportunity to design a roadmap for the successful integration of machine learning ? tailored for your own organization. At the end of the course, you?ll walk away with a plan for immediate and practical business action.

Digital Transformation: From AI and IoT to Cloud, Blockchain, and Cybersecurity (online)

September 19 - November 6, 2019

In a rapidly expanding digital marketplace, legacy companies without a clear digital transformation strategy are being left behind. How can we stay on top of rapid—and sometimes radical—change? How can we position our organizations to take advantage of new technologies? How can we track and combat the security threats facing all of us as we are swept forward into the future?

Who is this Program for?
Professionals in traditional companies poised to implement strategic change, as well as entrepreneurs seeking to harness the opportunities afforded by new technologies, will learn the fundamentals of digital transformation and secure the necessary tools to navigate their enterprise to a digital platform.
Participants come from a wide range of industries and include C-suite executives, business consultants, corporate attorneys, risk officers, marketing, R&D, and innovation enablers.

Machine Learning: From Data to Decisions (online)

September 19 - November 20, 2019

It’s a common challenge for decision makers: how do we make optimal choices with so many unknown variables? It turns out that business insights come from turning what is unknown into what is known. Using the tools and techniques that facilitate that process is how machine learning can deliver tremendous impact to your organization.

Who is this Program for?

Decision makers across all business and technical functions will gain a practical understanding of the tools and techniques used in machine learning applications for business. If you manage, or plan to hire or manage, a team of data scientists in the future, this program will teach you the frameworks to be a more effective, forward-thinking manager.
Examples from retail, ecommerce, financial services, healthcare, social media, advertising, technology, gaming, and pharmaceuticals are included in this online program. However, participants from all industries and sectors will find these examples relevant.
Functional and cross-functional teams are encouraged to attend together, to accelerate the machine learning adoption process.

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

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

Leadership and the Lens: Reframing the Question to Unlock Insight and Impact

September 23-25, 2019

Breakthrough solutions start with assumption-challenging questions and it?s a leader?s obligation to surface them. This unique course uses photography as a powerful mode of learning the key skills required when asking and answering the right questions. Participants increase their capacity to frame new possibilities for their organizations, even as they learn to craft more compelling images.

A few days spent away is precious little time to make a difference in your leadership capability, but Leadership and the Lens makes the most of that time by immersing participants into a different world of dynamic possibilities. Co-taught by MIT?s Hal Gregersen (The Innovator?s DNA) and Sam Abell (The Life of a Photograph), this workshop uses a familiar tool?the camera?to explore how unseen opportunities reveal themselves?and how the most effective leaders spot them, before it?s too late.

Gregersen and Abell discovered for themselves the deep resonance of their work when they met at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Expecting Abell?s mentorship to make him a better photographer, Gregersen was surprised to find it also enriched his own research on leadership. His interviews with 200+ senior executives of the world?s most innovative companies?people like Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre?had led him to see that groundbreaking solutions start with catalytic questions. Now he saw that his core advice on how to reimagine organizational strategies and cultures mapped directly onto what Abell has taught for decades about creating photographs worthy of National Geographic.

To frame better questions, most leaders need to check habits and beliefs they have gained over life-long careers?for example, that they must always be confidently right and quick to call others to action. Seeing new possibilities for an organization often demands the opposite: an eagerness to find what one is dead wrong about, a willingness to step back and quietly listen, and a patience to take in the dynamics of a situation, especially an uncomfortable one. By putting themselves in contexts that compel them to adopt these new attitudes, leaders raise their odds of surfacing questions that can unlock entirely new avenues of value creation. In the same way, the best photographers commit themselves to daily habits that develop deep seeing skills. They patiently ?compose and wait? out in the field, where vulnerability often leads to inevitable, powerful images. They learn to study their settings as deeply as their subjects, and as they do, images (and life itself) light up.

Gregersen and Abell lead this workshop with all the enthusiasm that comes from their discovery of a novel, hybrid method of learning. Past participants have called it a transformative experience. To approach the world with eyes wide open and a camera in hand is to be inquisitive. It provokes questions like: What surprises will I encounter? How will I capture them? What message am I trying to share?and what will the images I produce say about me and my values as a leader? Spend these few days in Cambridge, and discover what new capabilities might develop in you.

This program is offered in association with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and is limited to 15 participants. Registered participants will be asked to submit 10-15 photographs they have taken, as valuable input to the instruction.

Please note: The program was formerly known as "Innovation and Images: Exploring the Intersections of Leadership and Photography."

Expect to leave this program with new insights regarding:

  • How leaders of the world?s most innovative organizations approach their work differently.

  • Why some questions prove especially ?catalytic?? capable of breaking down barriers and accelerating progress in new directions.

  • How exploring the intersection of two disciplines that combine art and science?leadership and photography?enhances creativity in both.

  • How simple changes in behavior and perspective increase your chances of encountering assumption-challenging input and exploring its implications.

  • Why the quest to uncover ?what you don?t know you don?t know? is central to both game-changing innovation and great image-making.

  • What prevailing conditions, deliberately sought or constructed by the leader, cause fresh questions to arise continually and productively?

MIT Campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Revitalizing Your Digital Business Model

September 24-25, 2019

MIT Sloan has created frameworks to help enterprises define and build powerful business models that will enable organizations to compete in the global digital economy. This program illustrates the frameworks with examples from successful companies such as Amazon, Apple, LexisNexis, USAA, and Procter & Gamble and includes assessment exercises and consulting group sessions.

As the world continues to digitize and grow in complexity, virtually every enterprise will need to have a great digital business model, one that creates value by engaging customers and helping employees work smarter.

This program is designed to guide senior executives as they attempt to leverage opportunities and overcome challenges associated with competing in the digital marketplace. Based on extensive MIT research, it provides insights into how firms can achieve competitive advantage by providing unique digital content, an exceptional customer experience, and superior digitized platforms.

At MIT Sloan, we have created frameworks to help enterprises define and build powerful digital business models that will facilitate their ability to compete in the global digital economy and thrive in emergent ecosystems. Revitalizing Your Digital Business Model will help senior managers address the following issues:

  • What is the source of competitive advantage for your digital business model?

  • How can you manage business complexity in the global digital economy?

  • How do you create digitized platforms that enable new and evolving digital opportunities?

  • How can you simplify your customer experiences without creating burdensome organizational complexity?

  • How can you create new information offerings that generate bottom-line value for the firm?

At the conclusion of this program, executives will be better prepared to address the following issues:

  • What digital capabilities do you most need to focus on?

  • What information offerings have the most potential for data monetization, and how can they most effectively generate value?

  • How can you derive value from business complexity while keeping that complexity manageable?

  • What metrics can you use to track whether you are delivering customer satisfaction on a daily basis?

  • How will you gain competitive advantage in the digital economy?

"Business success in the digital economy will rarely be a function of technology. Companies that succeed will likely distinguish themselves by working smarter."--Jeanne Ross, Director, MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR)

Leadership & Innovation (Spanish Language Course)

September 24 - November 26, 2019

Innovation transforms the world. Leaders in innovation are often the same individuals who become major players in global transformation. At MIT, innovation is our driving force and we make it our business to train the leaders of the new digital economy. Innovation is built on three pillars: inspiration, creativity and motivation. The end goal of this program is for participants to have a firm grasp of all three concepts. Moreover, they will be equipped to use this knowledge to take their own leadership skills to the next level. This is a results-driven program with a very practical approach.