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Anjali Sastry

Senior Lecturer, System Dynamics
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Office: E62-433
Tel: (617) 253-0965
Fax: (617) 258-7579
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Name: Alison Prosek
Tel: (617) 324-2117


System Dynamics
Operations Management

Research Center(s)

MIT Leadership Center

General Expertise



Anjali Sastry is a Senior Lecturer in System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Anjali Sastry is a Senior Lecturer in System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Sastry investigates organizational and managerial effectiveness in practical domains where the challenges are complex and the needs pressing. Her expertise lies in three areas: system dynamics—particularly applied to organizational change and evolution, global health, and action learning. Sastry’s training in system dynamics informs her current research on business models and management systems for improving the delivery of healthcare in resource-limited settings. With collaborators from the Global Health Delivery Project, she designs and carries out field research and develops cases for teaching and research. A particular interest lies in applying system dynamics lenses to the study of programs and enterprises in order to generate new explanations for sustainability and scale in healthcare delivery.

These research interests translate into teaching innovations at MIT Sloan, where Sastry teaches both system dynamics and global health. She leads some 50 graduate students via a Global Lab that partners with a carefully selected set of enterprises on the front lines of delivering healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa and India. Built around the needs that partners identify, the Lab class addresses management, operations, and strategy. Students work at MIT, drawing on the Institute’s academic resources, to design a specific improvement to implement on-site where they work alongside the enterprise staff. Press coverage includes features in the Financial Times and Forbes, mentions by National Public Radio, and numerous MIT publications. Sastry’s study of tools and practices that support learning and adaptation enables her to connect teaching, research, and application. Her teaching experience includes undergraduates, MBAs, and PhD students; executive Sloan Fellows; and both custom and open-enrollment executive education courses, as well as faculty development and industry consulting. She links this teaching to a stream of ongoing research to explore how professional students learn from experience, practice, and action; materials are in development.

Her professional experience includes management consulting at Bain and Company and research positions at Rocky Mountain Institute, where she worked in India, and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. As an assistant professor at the University of Michigan and subsequently at MIT Sloan, she used system dynamics computer simulation to research imprinting in organizations, institutional theory, organizational learning, and patterns of change in organizations. Sastry’s research has appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly, Energy Policy, Corporate Reputation Review, and Technology Review. Her most recent book, Parenting Your Child with Autism, was published by New Harbinger Press in 2011.

Sastry holds an SB in physics, an SB in Russian Language, and a PhD in system dynamics from MIT.

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Janet Wilkinson

Janet Wilkinson

Senior Lecturer
Director of the Initiative for Health Systems Innovation
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Office: E62-490
Tel: (617) 253-7418
Support Staff

Name: Brenna Murphy
Tel: (617) 324-7782

Research Center(s)

MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation

General Expertise

Action learning; Entrepreneurship; Government; Healthcare; Healthcare delivery; Startups / Start-ups; System dynamics


Janet Wilkinson is a Senior Lecturer in Management Science at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Director of the Initiative for Health Systems Innovation.

Much of her career has been spent at MIT conducting research in System Dynamics, Organizational Learning, and in the educational theory and technology needed to create effective learning environments. She was also the director of two research centers at MIT Sloan, and developed senior executive programs. She currently uses her experience to work with students and senior leaders in global healthcare delivery.

Wilkinson founded an international consulting firm that specialized in developing System Dynamics simulation models, educational programs, and systems thinking consulting and coaching for their clients.  Inc. Magazine ranked her company as one of the fastest growing businesses in the US.

She was an elected member of municipal government, serving as the chair of the Board of Selectmen for a Massachusetts community.  She has served on the Governor’s Local Government Advisory Commission and as a senior board member for the Massachusetts Municipal Association and the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association.

Wilkinson holds a BA in economics from Boston University, an MEd in computer technology from Lesley University,  and an MEd and ABD from Harvard University in planning and social policy.


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