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Cambridge, MA

Building, Leading, and Sustaining the Innovative Organization

October 1-2, 2018

This program is designed to help spark the breakthrough ideas business leaders need to create successful competitive products for the future. Drawing on the latest MIT Sloan research, the program will offer a set of strategies for growing companies in the face of changing markets, technologies, and consumer demand. Specifically, participants will be presented with:

  • Tactics for dealing with the internal politics and resistance to change that can threaten innovation initiatives and early-stage developments
  • Techniques for building 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 innovation toolkits that enable managers to design their own mass-customized products and services

Takeaways
Participants will learn about the steps required to drive strategic innovation in the organization, including how to:
  • Get the right mix of people and skills to generate innovative ideas efficiently
  • Develop the processes required to support these people
  • Build cultures that encourage innovative behaviors
  • Decide which ideas are right for investment, and which new business opportunities are worth pursuing

Transforming Your Leadership Strategy

October 1-2, 2018

This program is built around MIT's unique Distributed Leadership Model-a powerful, innovative approach to executive leadership that lies at the core of leadership development at MIT, and the result of an intensive, four-year research project at the MIT Leadership Center to identify more effective strategies for leading in a networked economy. Tested in diverse, real-world settings, the model allows managers to succeed as leaders by being flexible and adaptive in new and unexpected ways through the application of two key concepts:

  • A 4 Capabilities Leadership Framework that makes it possible to harness, align, and leverage the leadership capabilities that exist throughout an organization, and
  • X-Teams, a revolutionary approach to creating flexible, outwardly-focused project teams that enables managers to both keep current with shifts in markets, technologies, and competition, and accelerate the pace of innovation and change

Upon completion of this program, participants will gain an understanding of how to:

  • Innovate and move quickly from generating ideas to executing and diffusing them throughout the organization
  • Unlock crucial information, expertise, and new ways of working together, wherever these qualities reside within or outside the company
  • Succeed in a competitive “flat world” of new organizational architectures; smart, orchestrated networks; and tiny firms that do not need huge capitalization to compete
  • Make their organizations more agile, responsive, and creative

Cambridge, MA

Analytics Management: Business Lessons from the Sports Data Revolution

October 3-4, 2018

Analytics are the present and future of sports, on and off the field. While the sports industry is an analytics pioneer, data driven decision-making has become essential to business success in nearly every industry. Starting an analytics program, however, is easier said than done. Taught by renowned sports strategist Ben Shields, this program provides executives insight into the sports industry’s “secret sauce” and helps them apply it immediately to the development of their own analytics program.


The first day of the program focuses on designing an analytics strategy. Faculty will introduce a strategic framework for developing an analytics program. Executives will learn how sports organizations have applied this framework on both the team personnel and business sides. Day one will conclude with an action-learning exercise to guide students in developing a working draft of their analytics strategy.


On the second day, the curriculum will focus on implementation. The success of an analytics program is not only driven by sound strategy but also the ability of an organization (and its executives) to execute through effective leadership and management. Critical topics on day two include making the right technology decisions, building and organizing an analytics team, and communicating data for impact. The day will close with a capstone session on leading an analytics transformation during which participants will share their new analytics vision for their organization.


Note: This is not an advanced data science course. This program is designed for executives who are looking for strategic insights and action plans on the management of analytics.

Cambridge, MA

Strategies for Sustainable Business

October 3-5, 2018

For decades, MIT and MIT Sloan have been sustainability thought leaders, from Jay Forrester?s work on World Dynamics to our groundbreaking research on high performance work systems, to the formation of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan?an effort that is shaping modern discourse on sustainability.


Strategies for Sustainable Business connects executives with MIT professors and researchers who are currently breaking new ground in sustainability thinking and practice. Faculty combine interactive lectures, case studies, games, diagnostic exercises, and deep reflective work for a highly engaging experience. Participants place current business practices in a socioeconomic context and walk away with well-grounded strategies for making sustainability a reality in their organizations, industries, and communities.


Course curriculum


Day 1--WHY: This first day focuses on why sustainability is THE challenge of our generation, and its materiality to participants? particular business. Case studies reveal how industries are changing to adapt to the business risks--and opportunities--presented by megatrends like climate change and globalization.


Day 2--WHAT: Through lectures, discussions, and a hands-on system dynamics simulation (?Fishbanks?), participants will learn about available strategies at the operational level, in their extended supply chain, and across their industry. They deepen their understanding of the environmental and social dimension of sustainability and the limits of voluntary action.


Day 3--HOW: Participants chart a course toward the "hardwiring" of sustainability in their enterprise by building coalitions for change and undertaking process improvement. Lectures and discussions draw on the latest research by program faculty and include lessons on how to influence organizational culture, run experiments, conduct difficult conversations, and engage people to undertake important projects. Participants will leave the classroom knowing their next steps to move the ball forward.


"I joined this course with the highest expectations, and both professors exceeded them by far. Their work and ideas on the different dimension of sustainability gave me a different way to reflect about my professional goals and even personal beliefs."
?Froylan Hernandez-Ruiz
Senior Attorney for the Latin America Region
The Nature Conservancy

Participants will learn effective strategies for leading and effecting change on multiple levels?from the individual to the organization to the industry?and how to apply them effectively in both the short and long term.


In Strategies for Sustainable Business, participants will:

  • Gain an appreciation for the key dimensions of unsustainability and leverage points for change
  • Learn what strategies for sustainability are available at all levels of the organization, and which are most relevant to their organization
  • Understand opportunities for business value creation through more effective, sustainable use of natural and human resources and cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Learn to assess business strategies and some public policies with a distinctive, holistic, and systems-based perspective on sustainability
  • Build an action plan for innovation and continuous improvement on sustainability
  • Receive feedback from faculty so that they are better equipped to implement, influence, and lead when they return to work

One of a Series: MIT Holidays

MIT Closed - Columbus Day

October 8, 2018

Cambridge, MA

Developing and Managing a Successful Technology Strategy

October 9-10, 2018

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. 


Please note: This program was previously named Developing and Managing a Successful Technology and Product Strategy.

Drawn from MIT Sloan School's top-ranked MBA curriculum, this groundbreaking program will provide a framework for understanding how technologies and markets evolve; how they are linked; how technologies differ across markets; and how new technologies get accepted. This program will enable participants to:


  • Identify profitable projects for their research dollars and find out how to capture the value of those projects
  • Build technical capabilities for products that create value for their customers
  • Restructure their organizations to respond to market and technical dynamics
  • Implement their strategies for maximum benefit

Cambridge, MA

Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems

October 9-10, 2018

This program will introduce participants to "systems thinking"? as a response to the rapid changes in technology, population, and economic activity that are transforming the world, and as a way to deal with the ever-increasing complexity of today's business. Systems thinking was devised to improve people's ability to manage organizations comprehensively in a volatile global environment. It offers managers a framework for understanding complex situations and the dynamics those situations produce. Senior managers can use the system dynamics method to design policies that lead their organizations to high performance. The program is intended to give participants the tools and confidence to manage organizations with full understanding and solid strategy.


Participants will experience the Beer Game, a table game, developed by Jay Forrester. Played with pen, paper, printed plastic tablecloths, and poker chips, it simulates the supply chain of the beer industry. In so doing, it illuminates aspects of system dynamics, a signature mode of MIT thought: it illustrates the nonlinear complexities of supply chains and the way individuals are circumscribed by the systems in which they act.

The program will offer a new way of thinking about and resolving complex, persistent problems that emerge from change. Applying organization theory along with intuitive principles of feedback control, participants will learn to:

  • Assess the likely impact of different policies and decisions that relate to their organization's growth, stability, and performance
  • Recognize business system archetypes that can trigger persistent, long-term problems
  • Use state-of-the-art management tools to identify relationships
  • Intervene effectively to make fundamental changes

Cambridge, MA

Digital Marketing and Social Media Analytics

October 11-12, 2018

New digital technologies have fundamentally reshaped marketing theory and practice the last decade alone. Technology has changed the modes of communication through which firms engage with consumers. Moore's law has made the storage and analysis of consumer data scalable, creating opportunities for fine-grained behavioral analytics. New monitoring tools have fostered precise and personalized customer relationship management practices. The rise of mobile phones and tablets has enabled location based messaging and reciprocal communication. The ubiquity of video content has promulgated rich, native advertising programs. The global emergence of social networking has enabled networked based predictive modeling and new forms of targeting and referral strategies based on the preferences of consumers' peers. And finally, new social media have brought all of this onto the public stage, with word-of-mouth conversations driving brand awareness and brand loyalty, and user-generated content on review and ratings sites making or breaking demand for products or services.

This two-day course provides a detailed, applied perspective on the theory and practice of digital marketing and social media analytics in the 21st century. We will cover concepts such as the difference between earned and paid media, predictive modeling for ad targeting and customer relationship management, measuring and managing product virality, viral product design, native advertising, and engaging the multichannel experience. Throughout the course we will specifically stress the theory and practice of randomized experimentation, AB testing and the importance of causal inference for marketing strategy.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Search marketing
  • Social network marketing
  • Social media analytics
  • User generated content management and marketing
  • Mobile advertising and commerce
  • CRM strategy in the age of big data and digital advertising
  • Earned vs paid media
  • Predictive modeling for ad targeting
  • Viral product design
  • The multichannel experience
  • Randomized experimentation
  • A/B testing

Upon completion of this course you should have a fundamental understanding of:

  • The digital advertising ecosystem and attribution and pricing models for digital advertising
  • The fundamentals of web and app analytics and KPIs for web traffic and commerce
  • Search engine marketing, search engine advertising, ad auctions, and strategies for optimizing search engine advertising
  • Social network marketing and social network targeting
  • Predictive analytics using social network data, peer-to-peer marketing and personalized social advertising
  • Targeting and segmentation, specifically demographic targeting and segmentation, behavioral targeting and segmentation, social targeting and segmentation
  • Social listening?analysis of user generated content, reviews, ratings and their effects on consumer demand
  • Mobile commerce and analytics

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