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Enterprise Management Lab

Enterprise Management Lab (EM-Lab) develops students’ skills in taking an integrated approach to solving the most pressing challenges of today’s businesses.

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EM-Lab provides students taking the Enterprise Management Certificate at MIT Sloan with a unique opportunity to work hands-on with large enterprises to address their business challenges. Engaging with both for-profit and non-profit companies, students are able to help hosts with marketing, operations, and strategy. Though each project has a specific focus, we encourage students to think outside of their silos, looking at business challenges with a holistic approach rather than focusing on niche issues. 

WATCH: Enterprise Management Certificate academic head Sharmila Chatterjee on Enterprise Management Lab

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Taking a holistic approach

EM-Lab projects address business challenges in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Students work with their hosts to improve marketing, operations, or strategy, while also taking a holistic approach to the company's needs. 

Past companies include:

  • Amazon
  • BD
  • BMW
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Dell
  • Google
  • IDEO
  • Microsoft
  • NPR
  • Philips
  • Proctor & Gamble/Gillette
  • SAP
  • Verizon
  • VMWare
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The class

Enterprise Management Lab (EM-Lab) develops students’ abilities to take an integrated approach to solving the most pressing challenges facing today’s businesses. EM-Lab combines classroom lectures and faculty mentorship with challenging project work for real companies. The companies represent leaders and innovators in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. EM-Lab students work in small teams on tightly scoped projects focused on marketing, operations, and/or strategy for host companies. Though projects may take place in one of these functional areas, students are encouraged to stretch their thinking beyond their projects’ primary functional domain to develop holistic solutions. The projects culminate with the student teams giving formal presentations to their host companies that feature the teams’ findings and recommendations. 


EM-Lab is only available to students studying in the Enterprise Management Certificate of the MIT Sloan MBA program, and must be taken during their first fall semester. 

Student voices

  • Robin Ganek, MBA '15

    "EM Track is the best way to gain practical experience implementing lessons learned in the first semester core. It’s a great way to meet students outside of your cohort and learn from faculty not teaching the core. I was given the opportunity to work with a client on an initiative and in an industry that I had previously had no exposure to. It was great to be able to speak about these experiences during my summer interviews, and to understand better for myself the traits of a completely new industry.”

  • Mathieu Halpin, MBA '15

    "When I was recruiting for consulting last winter, my EM-Lab project was the first thing I would talk about when recruiters asked me questions on my experience at Sloan. It showed I had already started building the skills I would need as a consultant. I think it sent a really strong message to the firms.”

  • Doug Van Wie, MBA '15

    "Working with Cisco on their Internet of Everything initiative gave me experience working on an innovative solution within a large organization. I used the skills I gained to switch careers and get a summer internship in the consulting industry.”

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Interested in applying?

If your company is interested in becoming a host for EM-Lab, please contact Dr. Sharmila Chatterjee, academic head of the Enterprise Management Certificate. 

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