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Essential IT for Non-IT Executives

October 29-30, 2020

Overview


For non-technical business leaders and corporate strategists, IT can be a source of much frustration. In many companies, the relationship between IT departments and business leaders is like a troubled marriage?miscommunication is rife, leaving executives struggling to improve the situation. This course is intended to help organizations develop a language shared by managers from various backgrounds and areas of expertise, so they can work together efficiently and productively, propelling the company toward future success.


Do you feel as though everything regarding IT takes too long and costs too much? Do you lack the language and instincts to make good decisions regarding IT? Is your company falling behind the competition in your use of technology?


Essential IT for Non-IT Executives offers essential IT management training to help non-technical senior business managers work with, oversee, and generate value from IT. Drawing on MIT Sloan research, faculty present strategies for instituting a working relationship between IT managers and business managers based on transparency?clear communication about IT performance and decision processes. The program is not meant to make an IT specialist out of every manager, but to make every manager confident in resolving IT issues and working with IT staff to make better decisions and to deliver better process change.

Through case studies, research reports, hands-on exercises, and interactive discussions with industry experts, participants learn

* how to align IT with their organizations' business goals * how to communicate those goals * how to set business and technology priorities based on those goals

Participants come away from Essential IT for Non-IT Executives with a senior manager's perspective on the most important IT issues of the day. And they leave with a clear sense of their own role in streamlining company performance through technology.

The Participant Team

This program is designed for line managers and corporate strategists who want a better handle on their role in IT oversight and management. The material is especially relevant for non-technical managers with IT responsibilities. In turn, IT managers will gain a better perspective on how to work productively with the company's senior executives. In fact, we strongly encourage participants to attend this program in tandem or as teams of IT and non-IT managers. Away from the habitual patterns of everyday work, colleagues learn to collaborate in ways they've never thought possible. Past participants have included senior managers at the division or corporate level:

* CEOs * corporate and strategic planners * presidents * executive vice presidents * COOs * vice presidents of operations

Faculty

George Westerman, Faculty Chair and a Research Scientist at MIT Center for Information Systems Research, examines executive-level management challenges at the interface between IT and business units. His reasearch on risk management, innovation, and communicating about value, including award-winning publications, is used by organizations throughout the world.

Location

Cambridge, MA


MIT is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The campus, situated in close proximity to Boston's Logan International Airport, profits from Boston's excellent public transportation system and the on-campus Tech Shuttle. The closest subway station is Kendall Square, which acts as a commercial center for MIT and the local community.

Registration


ILP members receive a 15% discount on all MIT Sloan Executive Education open enrollment programs held in Massachusetts. ILP members receive a 15% discount on all MIT Professional Education courses. For more information, email execed-registration@mit.edu.