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The MIT Sloan 50th anniversary celebration was a fitting tribute to the School’s 50 years of innovation and leading change in management.

It was both a celebration, with socializing and reminiscing, and a serious debate over the future of management. It was both a collection of alumni — bound by shared experience and fond memories — and a collection of global business leaders looking frankly and boldly at the current state and future of management.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, SF ’72, perhaps exemplified the dual purpose of the event. In a stirring speech Friday morning, he issued a call for greater corporate responsibility and reflected fondly on his MIT Sloan experience.

Addressing an issue that he deems pivotal to the world’s future, Annan advocated values-based management and urged corporations to uphold their obligations to citizens and the global community. He praised initiatives that have advanced values-based management, most notably the United Nation’s Global Compact, in which several MIT Sloan professors play key roles.

Reflecting on his MIT Sloan experience, he said he valued both the lessons he learned here and his continued association with the School and its innovative faculty and alumni.

Annan’s focus on policy for the future set the tone for two days of speeches and academic discussions — some hotly debated, some eye-opening — on the future of management.

The speakers were among the brightest luminaries in global business — MIT Corporation Chairman Alex d’Arbeloff; GM Chairman and CEO Richard Wagoner, Jr; HP Chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina; and Boeing Chairman and CEO Phil Condit.

The interactive faculty-led academic sessions, meanwhile, illustrated what goes on at MIT Sloan every day: groundbreaking research and rich dialogue on innovation and leadership in management.

 

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