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Faculty

Donald Lessard

Donald Lessard

EPOCH Foundation Professor of International Management, Emeritus
Professor of Global Economics and Management, Emeritus
Professor of Engineering Systems, Emeritus
Contact Information
Office: E62-460
Tel: (617) 253-6688
Fax: (617) 253-2660
E-mail: dlessard@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Sumaiya Rahman
Tel: (617) 253-6679
E-mail: sumaiyar@mit.edu

Group(s)

Global Economics and Management
Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

Website:

http://dlessard.scripts.mit.edu/

Biography

Donald R. Lessard is the Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management, Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research interests are in global strategic management and project management, focused on the energy sector, with an emphasis on managing in the face of uncertainty and risk.

He has published extensively on these topics in academic and professional journals, and is co-author of Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects: Shaping Institutions, Risks, and Governance (MIT Press 2001 with Roger Miller).

A member of the MIT faculty since 1973, Lessard has served as Deputy Dean of the Sloan School with responsibilities for research, international programs, and executive education; co-chair of the Energy Education Task Force that launched an Institute-wide undergraduate energy minor; and founding director of the MIT Executive MBA, the BP Projects and Engineering Academy, and the Li and Fung Executive Development Program. He also led the MIT-Merrill Lynch Partnership, MIT’s first large-scale collaboration with a financial services firm.

A leader in international management education, Lessard is a past President of the Academy of International Business and Dean of the Fellows of the Academy. He is a Senior Fellow of the Fung Global Institute, a think tank based in Hong Kong. A senior advisor to the Brattle Group, he has led major consulting assignments with firms, banks, and government agencies throughout the world.

Lessard earned his BA in Latin American studies and his MBA and PhD in business administration from Stanford University.

Selected Publications:

Strategic partnering in oil and gas: a capabilities perspective (2014) Rodrigo Garcia, Donald Lessard and Aditya Singh. Energy Strategy Reviews Vol. 3C, (2014): 21-29.

The Evolution of EMNCS and EMNC Thinking: A Capabilities Perspective (2013) Lessard, Donald. In Understanding Multinationals from Emerging Markets, edited by Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Ravi Ramamurti, 108-128. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

"House of Project Complexity- Understanding Complexity in Large Engineering Projects." Lessard, Donald, Vivek Sakhrani and Roger Miller. Engineering Project Organization Journal Vol. 4, No. 4 (2014): 170-192.

Full list of publications

Mentors

Joseph Battat

Joseph Battat

Senior Lecturer
Contact Information
Office: E62
E-mail: jjbattat@gmail.com
Academic Area

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Academic Groups

Global Economics and Management

Biography

Joseph Battat is a Senior Lecturer of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He is also currently a Senior Consultant, the World Bank Group.  Battat joined the World Bank Group in 1989 where he held a number of positions, including the head of the Foreign Investment Advisory Services (FIAS).  FIAS advises governments of developing and emerging economies on ways to improve their investment climate to stimulate domestic and foreign investment conducive to their economic and social development.   Other positions Mr. Battat held in FIAS include program manager for the Middle East and North Africa, Central/East Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and China and Mongolia.  In the course of this work, he had the opportunity to work or supervise work in over 95 countries.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Mr. Battat was a marketing systems engineer at IBM Canada, developing application systems in the fields of health care and education [1968-72].  He was also a member of the faculty, School of Business, Indiana University, teaching, conducting research, and consulting with Fortune 500 multinational companies on international business (1982-89).

Mr. Battat was the founding co-Dean of the first MBA program in China for the First Ministry of Machine Building (1978-86).  He helped establish the International Management Center, Budapest (now the Business School), Central European University in 1987-88.  He was the academic co-Dean of the China Executive Education Program of General Electric in the 1980s.

Mr. Battat has served on boards of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.   Since the 1990s and for six terms, he was a trustee or chair of the board of trustees of the Institute of Current World Affairs, a, fellowship-granting organization, located in the United States.  He is currently a member of the advisory board for International Business, Indiana University.  He also served on the board of directors of China Nature Flooring Inc.(China), as a director for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and member of the World Bank Group (2009-11).

Battat received an MS in electronics physics from Université de Grenoble (France) in 1968, a diploma in political philosophy from Beijing University in 1978, and a PhD in international business and economics from MIT in 1984.

Donald Lessard

Greg Distelhorst

Mitsubishi Career Development Professor in International Management
Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management
Contact Information
E-mail: gregd@mit.edu
Website: http://www.gregdistelhorst.com
Support Staff

Name: Channa Yem
Tel: (617) 324-7519
E-mail: channay@mit.edu

Academic Area

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Academic Groups

Global Economics and Management

Biography

Greg Distelhorst is the Mitsubishi Career Development Professor and an Assistant Professor in Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  

His research explores the social impact of multinational business, focusing on how multinationals engage with labor-intensive manufacturers in the developing world. He examines initiatives to regulate labor standards in the supply chains of firms like Nike and HP. This research sits at the intersection of multinational management, industrial relations, and political economy.  

Distelhorst is also a scholar of contemporary Chinese politics and public policy, studying China's institutions of government responsiveness and accountability. He focuses on how citizens exploit these institutions and what prompts unelected officials to respond to citizen demands.  

His research findings have been published in Management Science, Regulation & Governance, Comparative Political Studies, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science

Distelhorst has worked and conducted research in China for over five years, including fellowships through the U.S. Fulbright Program and the Yale-China Association. He is also an investigator with The Governance Project, led by Francis Fukuyama at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. 

He joined MIT Sloan from the University of Oxford, where he was Associate Professor of International Business at Saïd Business School and an Associate Member of the Department of Politics and International Relations. He previously held fellowships at Stanford University Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law and the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. 

Distelhorst holds a BA in Cognitive Science from Yale University and a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

John Grant

John Grant

Senior Lecturer, International Action Learning Programs
(G-Lab, China/India Lab, GO-Lab)
Contact Information
Office: E62-421
Tel: (617) 324-4373
E-mail: jcgrant@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Sumaiya Rahman
Tel: (617) 253-6679
E-mail: sumaiyar@mit.edu

Academic Area

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Academic Groups

Global Economics and Management

Biography

John Grant is a Senior Lecturer in Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  His focus is in the domains of global strategy, corporate finance and valuation, entrepreneurship, and strategic management.  

Mr. Grant is a member of the teaching team for the MBA course 15.225 - Economy and Business in Modern China and India, where he is the Associate Course Lead.  He is responsible for overseeing the 30+ student consulting projects each year that are a component of the course.

In addition, Mr. Grant is a mentor in several of MIT Sloan’s International Action Learning Programs:  Global Entrepreneurship Lab, China Lab, India Lab, Enterprise Management Lab, and Global Organization Lab.  He has mentored teams supporting companies in East & Southeast Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America, in addition to the U.S.  Company issues have involved business strategy development, operations management, new market entry, global organization, and integrated strategic management. 

Mr. Grant’s management interests are the result of over 30 years’ experience as a global strategic management consultant.  He has worked on six continents with organizations ranging from startups to the world’s largest and most complex multinational companies. 

Mr. Grant has been a principal in three leading strategy consulting firms, managing consulting practices in Europe, Asia, and North America.  He has also been involved in the startup of new ventures in healthcare, energy services, and biotechnology, and has held the positions of chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

Mr. Grant holds a BS in applied mathematics from the University of Washington and an SM in management (finance concentration) from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Charles Kane

Charles Kane

Senior Lecturer
Contact Information
Office: E62-415
Tel: 617) 921-2541
Fax: (617) 452-3172
E-mail: ckane@mit.edu
Academic Area

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Academic Groups

Global Economics and Management
Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

Biography

Charles Kane is a Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management Goup and also in the Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Kane is currently chairman of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Foundation and was formerly the president of OLPC, a nonprofit organization that provides technology to enhance education in less developed countries.  Prior to OLPC, Kane was a founding investor and CFO of Global BPO Services Corp., a Special Purpose Acquisition Corp. that acquired Stream Global Services.

Prior to Global BPO, Kane was the CFO of RSA Security (acquired by EMC); CFO of Aspen Technology; president and CEO of Corechange, Inc. (acquired by Open Text Corp.); and CFO of Informix Software (acquired by IBM).  He has also served in financial executive positions at Stratus Computer, Prime Computer, and Deloitte.

Throughout his career, Kane has been involved in developing and executing sophisticated financial strategies in globalizing corporations and mergers and acquisitions.  He is a frequent speaker and writer on these topics, as well as other international financial topics and social entrepreneurial ventures.  Kane is the audit chairman on the boards of Progress Software (PRGS); Carbonite (CARB); Demandware (DWRE); RealPage (RP); and Photobox LTD.

He also served on the Boards of Applix (acquired by IBM); Borland Software (acquired by Micro Focus LTD; and Netezza Corp (acquired by IBM).  Kane is also on the Board and a founding member of the Hult Global Challenge which is now part of the Clinton Global Initiative.  He is a certified public accountant and has taught international finance at the business schools of Boston College and Babson College.  Kane is the coauthor of the book  Learning to Change the World—the Social Impact of One Laptop per Child

Kane holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in international  finance from Babson College.

Janice Klein

Janice Klein

Senior Lecturer, Organizational Change
Contact Information
Office: E40-393
Tel: (617) 253-8587
Fax: (617) 253-1462
E-mail: jklein@mit.edu
Academic Area

Management Science

Academic Groups

Operations Management

Biography

Janice Klein is a Senior Lecturer in Organizational Change at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Klein currently teaches leadership in the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) and System and Design Management (SDM) programs. Her recent research, summarized in True Change: How Outsiders on the Inside Get Things Done in Organizations (Jossey-Bass, 2004), explores knowledge transfer and the application of new ideas and concepts at the workplace. In addition, she leads a multidisciplinary research team investigating virtual collaboration and the development and maintenance of high-performance globally dispersed teams. Klein’s earlier research has focused on aligning operations and human resource strategies in the areas of job design, team leadership, employee empowerment, and organizational change.

She is a graduate of General Electric Company’s Manufacturing Management Program. During her years at GE (1972–1981), she held various manufacturing and human resource management positions. In addition, she coordinated several organizational change efforts aimed at increasing employee involvement. Klein has consulted on teams and organizational change with United Technologies, Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, and Goodyear. Her publications include, “Why Supervisors Resist Employee Involvement” (Harvard Business Review, August/September 1984), “The Human Costs of Manufacturing Reform” (Harvard Business Review, March/April, 1989), and “Job Design” (The Handbook of Technology Management, 1998). Her textbook, Revitalizing Manufacturing: Text and Cases (Homewood, IL: Richard D. Irwin, Inc., 1990), focuses on the implementation of new manufacturing systems and technologies.

Klein holds a BS in industrial engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA from Boston University, and a PhD in industrial relations from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

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