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2017 MIT Innovations in Management Conference

Sept. 27-28, 2017

8:30 - 9:00

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10

Welcome & Introduction

9:10 - 9:55

Reflections on the Glass Ceiling
For years’ gender inequality has been prevalent in the work force. Numerous studies have examined these patterns of gender inequality in organizational advancement but findings have been less clear on the mechanisms that produce these descriptive patterns. How can we further research in this area? How can a manager prevent gender inequality? What must an organization do to ameliorate the glass ceiling? Professor Roberto Fernandez will critically review the research on gender patterns of allocation in organizational hierarchies, and present key findings drawn from his research conducted on this topic over the past 15 years.
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9:55 - 10:40

Managing the Last Mile: Density, Data, and Technology
There are three major complexities facing those who manage last-mile distribution: increasing density in megacities, increasing fragmentation of urban demand, and ever-increasing customer expectations. How can technology and data improve last-mile logistics? What unique challenges do managers face? How can you understand shifting consumer expectations and the evolution of omni-channel retail and delivery in city environments? Join Matthias Winkenbach to explore how companies can reach customers on their own terms, where they live, work, shop, or play, anywhere on the globe.
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10:40 - 11:10

Networking Break

11:10 - 11:55

Monetizing Your Data: Three Ways To Convert Your Data into Financial Returns
The possession of rich amounts of data is hardly unique in today’s world. But the ability to monetize data effectively — and not simply hoard it — can be a source of competitive advantage in the digital economy. Join Professor Barb Wixom to discuss three ways to monetize your data: (1) improving internal business processes and decisions to get process lift, (2) wrapping information around core products and services to get product lift, and (3) selling information offerings to new and existing markets. Each method offers unique capabilities and commitments that may not work for every corporation.
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11:55 - 12:40

Designed for Digital: How Companies Will Succeed in the 21st Century
It’s easy to think that digital business success depends on becoming more mobile, social, and analytical. But that barely hints at how digital technologies are changing business. SMACIT (social, mobile, analytics, cloud, internet of things)—and more recent technology arrivals like artificial intelligence, robotics, and biometrics—are ridiculously affordable, easy to use, and powerful. Anyone can acquire and use these technologies—your customers, your employees, your partners, your competitors (and your future competitors). Consequently, you will never generate a competitive edge by simply adopting some digital technology. How will companies create competitive advantage digitally? Speed and integration—the antithesis of what most established companies are designed for. Thus to become more agile and integrated, companies must not only use digital technologies effectively, they must fundamentally redesign themselves. Drawing on examples such as Philips, LEGO, Schneider Electric, and BNY Mellon, we describe how big, old companies are designing themselves for digital success.
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12:40 - 1:25

Bursting Out of the CEO Bubble: Knowing the Unknown
How can you know what you don’t know? What steps can you take to break out of your bubble and see the reality of what’s happening in the world and in your business? Professor Hal Gregersen will discuss concrete ways to help you ask the right questions so that you can gain access to information about your business and break out of the CEO bubble.


Adjournment with bagged lunch