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2017 MIT Innovations in Management Conference

Sept. 27-28, 2017

8:00 - 9:00

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome and Introduction

9:15 - 10:00

The Big Shift: Management and Strategy in the Second Machine Age
How does the work of running a successful company change when:
* Algorithms outperform human experts in more and more domains?
* Computers can be creative and personable?
* Asset-light platforms spread across industries?
* Even extremely sophisticated products become commoditized?
* Many organizations can be bested at their core competence by an online crowd?
* Blockchains, smart contracts, and other technologies of extreme decentralization promise the demise of the corporation?
Drawing on insights from Machine | Platform | Crowd, his most recent book with Erik Brynjolfsson, Dr. McAfee will address these and other questions. He'll provide a vision, sure to spark lively discussion, of what successful companies will look like in as we move deeper into a time of brilliant technologies.
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10:00 - 10:45

Slice Learning: Do More With Messy Data
How do you stitch together multiple disparate sources of data on your customers? How do you do this when the data you have on an individual customer is sparse? Join Professor Vivek Farias to hear about how Slice Learning can be used to learn from sparse, multivariate data. This new paradigm has broad ranging applications, from medical imaging to content personalization.

10:45 - 11:15

Networking Break

11:15 - 12:00

Dynamic Work Design: Visualizing Work
Most organizations are good at designing static work. They can draw the org chart, determine how work moves from one machine to the next, and set internal policies. Dynamic Work Design focuses on matching the skills and capabilities of workers to their work. Professor Nelson Repenning will discuss the value of Dynamic Work Design and how it can impact the engagement and success of your employees.

12:00 - 12:40

MIT Startup Exchange Introduction and Lightning Talks

MIT Startup Exchange actively promotes collaboration and partnerships between MIT-connected startups and industry. Qualified startups are those founded and/or led by MIT faculty, staff, or alumni, or are based on MIT-licensed technology. Industry participants are principally members of MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP).

MIT Startup Exchange maintains a propriety database of over 1,500 MIT-connected startups with roots across MIT departments, labs and centers; it hosts a robust schedule of startup workshops and showcases, and facilitates networking and introductions between startups and corporate executives.

STEX25 is a startup accelerator within MIT Startup Exchange, featuring 25 “industry ready” startups that have proven to be exceptional with early use cases, clients, demos, or partnerships, and are poised for significant growth. STEX25 startups receive promotion, travel, and advisory support, and are prioritized for meetings with ILP’s 230 member companies.

MIT Startup Exchange and ILP are integrated programs of MIT Corporate Relations.

Jose Chan, VP of Business Development, Celect
Aaron Howell, Chief Customer Officer, Relativity6
Abhi Yadav, CEO & Founder, ZyloTech
Jon Garrity, Founder & CEO, Tagup
Rony Kubat, Co-Founder, Tulip
Glynnis Kearney, VP of Product & Strategy, Gamalon
Joshua Feast, Co-Founder & CEO, Cogito
Vinayak Ranade, CEO, Drafted
Kalpesh Sheth, Co-Founder & CEO, Yaxa
Molly Bales, Chief Development Officer, Adappt Intelligence
Aidan Cardella, SVP of Operations, TVision
Matt Osman, CEO and Co-Founder, Legit Patents
Anjali Midha, CEO and Co-Founder, Diesel Labs

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12:40 - 2:00

Lunch with MIT Startup Exchange Exhibit

2:00 - 2:45

The Good Jobs Strategy: How Human Centered Operations Can Lead to Success
Just paying employees well isn’t enough. For a business to succeed it must have operational procedures that allow for high productivity and empower employees to contribute to a company’s success. Professor Zeynep Ton will discuss the importance of a human-centered operations strategy and how operational innovation can increase the productivity and contributions of workers and create positive outcomes where customers become fans and your organization is set up for success.

2:45 - 3:30

Lessons from SuperSoaker: Strengthening Your Patents to Protect Your IP
How do you take a patent from a place of weakness to a place of strength? How can you make sure that the right people are making the decisions about what to patent? Should patents be based on technology or is it more effective to approach patents from the business side? Join Professor Ben Roin to discuss strategies for creating powerful patents that will better protect your intellectual property.

3:30 - 4:00

Networking Break

4:00 - 4:45

Managing in Turbulent Times
How can you insulate your organization against volatile markets? What steps can you take to ensure you respond to turbulence with agility? Competing and succeeding in volatile markets relies on a mix of agility and absorption. Professor Donald Sull will discuss how agility and absorption can function as complements (even though many of their structural factors may seem diametrically opposed) and how getting the right mix can increase the effectiveness of these approaches during volatile times.

4:45 - 5:30

Winning the Fire Drill: How Not to Lose the “Middle Game” of Your Company’s IIoT Transformation
As in chess, the most perilous part of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) transition is the “middle game” – where the number of options to choose from is highest, yet visibility into the consequences of any individual decision or action is at its lowest. Fortunately, there are over fifty years of theory and experience in System Dynamics to help you make consistently better decisions as you lead your organization through the “quagmire of execution.” Join John Carrier to learn the fundamental system principles for managing the hundreds of “small decisions” that will ultimately determine the outcome of your IIoT initiative. Carrier will also highlight the cultural aspects of technological adoption within the context of an existing operation.
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5:30 - 7:00

Networking Reception

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