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It’s been a busy century.

Join us in June for the Course XV Centennial Colloquium

As part of our celebration of Course XV’s 100th anniversary, we are hosting an on-campus colloquium for the entire alumni community in conjunction with Reunion Weekend. This event will be an opportunity to hear our world-class faculty talk about the groundbreaking research and transformative ideas that are keeping MIT Sloan at the forefront of management education.

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Featured faculty speakers
Schedule at a glance

Featured faculty speakers

Erik Brynjolfsson

Rethinking Work in the Second
Machine Age

Erik Brynjolfsson
Schussel Family Professor of Management Science
Professor of Information Technology
Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Session 1A, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

Professor Erik Brynjolfsson has spent his career exploring the intersection of technology and business. In this session, he will talk about how massive technological advances are leading to what he and his co-researcher Andrew McAfee, Principal Research Scientist, call a “Second Machine Age.” Brynjolfsson argues that in a world where computers and robots have the ability to replace human beings in many industries, we must fundamentally rethink the way our society approaches work and education.

“Machines today can solve problems and diagnose illness—the ramifications for productivity and wealth are huge. But there is also a spreading of outcomes: those at the very top are making more money than ever before, while things have gotten worse for a huge segment of the population.”

Yasheng Huang

The Role of Democracy in
Economic Growth

Yasheng Huang
Associate Dean, International Initiatives and
Action Learning
International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business
Professor of Global Economics and Management

Session 2A, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

An expert in uncovering the forces that stimulate and stymie economic growth, Associate Dean Yasheng Huang has been challenging commonly held perceptions about emerging economies for more than two decades. In his most recent work, Huang explores the role of democracy in economic growth, arguing that there are important lessons the Chinese government can learn from the mistakes of established democracies like the United States. In this session, Huang will ask: does democracy hinder or promote economic growth?

Andrew Lo

Financing Biomedical Research

Andrew Lo
Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor
Professor of Finance
Director, Laboratory for Financial Engineering

Session 3A, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Professor Andrew Lo is an internationally recognized expert on hedge funds, financial markets, and risk management. He will talk about his groundbreaking work bringing financial engineering to biomedical research, including his bold proposal to create a $30 billion megafund for early-stage cancer research.

“The (new drug) pipeline is becoming thinner and thinner because there’s less and less venture capital money going into the industry. Drug companies may very well be the first investors if and when these cancer megafunds are launched.”

Deborah Lucas

Finance Education for the Public Sector

Deborah Lucas
Sloan Distinguished Professor of Finance
Director, MIT Center for Finance and Policy

Session 2C, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m

Professor Deborah Lucas has served as Chief Economist at the Congressional Budget Office and Senior Staff Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. She is director of the MIT Center for Finance and Policy (CFP), which investigates how financial analysis can and should inform public policy. Lucas will discuss principle-based policy making as a complement to data analysis, and the role of the CFP in bringing finance education to the public sector, where it can influence policy and regulatory practices.

“The government operates as an investor, whether building ports and highways or making loans to students. If it doesn’t have tools to serve that role effectively, then we won’t have nearly as productive of a society.”

Fiona Murray

Making Innovation Work

Fiona Murray
Associate Dean for Innovation
Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship
Faculty Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Co-Director, MIT Innovation Initiative

Session 2B, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

In the newly launched Innovation Initiative, MIT President Rafael Reif is challenging our community to “see an opportunity to substantially enhance our ability to deliver innovation: to identify problems and create solutions faster and more effectively, at every scale and for every context…” In partnership with School of Engineering Associate Dean Vladimir Bulovic, MIT Sloan’s Associate Dean Fiona Murray is directing this initiative and exploring the forces that will drive continued success for our students and faculty as they address global challenges of today and the future. In her session, Murray will explore how to make the next generation of innovation real at MIT.

Roberto Rigobon

Big Data in Financial Systems: Potential and Ramifications

Roberto Rigobon
Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
Professor of Applied Economics

Session 1B, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The age of Big Data has made it possible to collect more information than ever before, but how this data can be used to create knowledge remains unclear. Professor Roberto Rigobon, who helped launch the Billion Prices Project and PriceStats, two influential and widely used applications for measuring inflation around the world, will discuss the utility and ramifications of using Big Data to understand the global economy.

“There is a distance separating data, information, and knowledge. The world is not lacking in information, but it isn’t until decisions are made based on that data that it becomes knowledge.”

Tavneet Suri

Mobile Technology and Voting in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tavneet Suri
Maurice F. Strong Career Development Professor
Associate Professor of Applied Economics

Session 3B, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Last year, Professor Suri and her research team sent text messages to two million Kenyans in order to gauge the impact of mobile technology on voter participation in the country’s national elections. Suri, whose research is focused on sub-Saharan Africa, will discuss this project and explore how mobile phones and emerging technologies have the power to change economic and political systems in the developing world.

“Ultimately, our goal is to improve welfare in some way in developing countries. The idea is to create good, rigorous evidence on things that have a bearing on policy.”

Zeynep Ton

The Good Jobs Strategy

Zeynep Ton
Adjunct Associate Professor of
Operations Management

Session 3C, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Almost one in four American working adults has a job that pays less than a living wage. Conventional wisdom says that’s how the world has to work. Bad jobs with low wages, minimal benefits, little training, and chaotic schedules are the only way companies can keep costs down and prices low. If companies were to offer better jobs, customers would have to pay more or companies would have to make less. MIT Sloan Adjunct Associate Professor Zeynep Ton makes the compelling case that even in low-cost settings, leaving employees behind—with bad jobs—is a choice, not a necessity. Drawing on more than a decade of research, Ton shows how operational excellence enables companies to offer the lowest prices to customers while ensuring good jobs for their employees and superior results for their investors.

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Schedule at a glance

Saturday, June 7, 2014  
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Registration and Check-in
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast for Faculty Sessions
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Beer Game
Nelson Repenning
School of Management Distinguished Professor of System Dynamics and Organization Studies

Come join in this MIT Sloan tradition and try your hand at the renowned system dynamics simulation game. See whether you remember the lessons you learned when you participated as a student, or test your supply chain management instincts and your aptitude for beer distribution for the first time.
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Faculty Sessions I
Session 1A: Rethinking Work in the Second Machine Age; Erik Brynjolfsson
Session 1B: Big Data in Financial Systems: Potential and Ramifications | Roberto Rigobon
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Faculty Sessions II
Session 2A: The Role of Democracy in Economic Growth; Yasheng Huang
Session 2B: Making Innovation Work; Fiona Murray
Session 2C: Finance Education for the Public Sector; Deborah Lucas
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch and E62 Building Tours
Catch up with friends and fellow alumni at this informal luncheon. Guided tours of MIT Sloan’s newest and greenest building, E62, will also be offered at this time.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Faculty Sessions III
Session 3A: Financing Biomedical Research; Andrew Lo
Session 3B: Mobile Technology and Voting in Sub-Saharan Africa; Tavneet Suri
Session 3C: The Good Jobs Strategy; Zeynep Ton
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Course XV Commemorative Presentation
David Schmittlein
John C Head III Dean

In 1914, a group of visionary faculty and administrators at MIT introduced Course XV, marking the formal establishment of management education at MIT. As alumni of MIT Sloan, you are part of this bold and brilliant community that is advancing management practice and improving the world. Join Dean David Schmittlein as he reflects on 100 years of transformative work and looks ahead to the new ideas that will define the School as management education at MIT moves into its second century.
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Course XV Centennial Celebration
Our Colloquium program ends with a special reception to commemorate 100 years of rich history and innovation at MIT Sloan. Join Dean Schmittlein and your fellow MIT Sloan alumni as we celebrate the School with a reception of heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and great company.

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Register online to attend the Centennial Colloquium. All faculty sessions and celebratory events are complimentary; meal prices are $20 for breakfast and $30 for the networking lunch.

Registration deadline is May 22, 2014.

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Below you will find a list of local hotels near campus. We recommend that you book early—many hotels experience increased demand at this time of year and will sell out quickly.

Boston Marriott Cambridge
Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142
Reservations: 617-494-6600

Courtyard Marriott Boston Cambridge
777 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Reservations: 617-492-7777

Hotel Marlowe
25 Edwin H. Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02141
Reservations: 617-772-5838 or 800-825-7140

Liberty Hotel
215 Charles Street
Boston MA 02114
Reservations: 866-507-5245

Residence Inn Boston Cambridge
6 Cambridge Center, 120 Broadway
Cambridge, MA, 02142
Reservations: 617-349-0700

Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston
40 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02142
Reservations: 617-806-4200 or 800-766-3782

Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
5 Blossom Street
Boston, MA 02114
Reservations: 617-742-0461

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