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Donald Lessard

Donald Lessard

EPOCH Foundation Professor of International Management Professor of Global Economics and Management 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: Petra Aliberti
Tel: (617) 253-6679
E-mail: aliberti@mit.edu

Group(s)

Global Economics and Management

Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

General Expertise

Capital budgeting; Corporate strategy and policy; Developing countries, economics; Energy; Executive Education; Foreign investment; Global business practices; Globalization; Green industries; Industrial partnerships; International finance; International management; Latin America; Management Education; Mergers and acquisitions; Mexico; Non-market strategy; Oil; Risk management; Strategic management; Sustainability; Taiwan

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.

Publications

Building Your Company’s Capabilities Through Global Expansion (2013)

Uncertainty and Risk in Global Supply Chains (2013)

Embracing risk as a core competence: The case of CEMEX (2009)

Mexican Multinationals: Insights from CEMEX (2008)

Real Asset Valuation: A Back-to-basics Approach. (2008)

“Frameworks for Global Strategic Analysis," Journal of Strategic Managment Education, 1(1). (2003)

“Risk and the Dynamics of Globalization,” in Birkinshaw, Markides, Stopford, and Yip, eds., The Future of the Multinational Company (Chichester, England: Wiley). (2003)

Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects: Shaping Institutions, Risks, and Governance (MIT Press, 2001)

Capital Flight: The Problem and Policy Responses. Washington, D.C.: Institute for International Economics, 1987.

International Financing for Developing Countries : The Unfulfilled Promise/Wp0783 (World Bank Staff Working Papers, No 783). Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 1986.

Financial Intermediation Beyond the Debt Crisis (Policy Analyses in International Economics, No 12, September 1985). Washington, D.C.: Institute for International Economics, 1985

International Financial Management: Theory and Practice. New York, NY: Wiley, 1985.

Control of Indirect Financial Subsidies in Canada's Budget: Diagnosis and Recommendations (1982)

Currency Changes and Management Control: A Note on the Integration of the International Controller's and Treasurer's Functions (1974)

Jonathan Lehrich

Jonathan Lehrich

Program Director and Lecturer, MIT Executive MBA
Contact Information
Office: E52-325
Tel: (617) 253-6011
E-mail: jlehrich@mit.edu
Biography

As Director of the MIT Executive MBA program, Jonathan leads all aspects of the program and works closely with faculty, staff, students, and external companies and organizations to deliver this world-class, mid-career, executive format MBA. In addition to launching the program, Jonathan has directed key action learning and international initiatives at MIT Sloan, including Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab), the China Lab and India Lab programs, and the MIT Sloan-Portugal Lisbon MBA collaboration. He currently co-teaches Global Organizations Lab (GO-Lab) within the MIT EMBA.

Jonathan is the co-author of two case studies published on MIT Sloan LearningEdge and the author or editor of nine others. From 2005 to 2007 he served as the Associate Director of the MIT Leadership Center. Prior to joining MIT, he worked as the Executive Director of Operations for the corporate education firm Linkage, Inc. An MBA graduate from MIT Sloan, Jonathan also holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Chicago, and is a trustee of Harvard Radio Broadcasting, Inc.

Web Site: http://emba.mit.edu/

Shari Loessberg

Shari Loessberg

Senior Lecturer, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management
Contact Information
Office: E62-483
Tel: (617) 253-5070
Fax: (617) 253-2660
E-mail: loess@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Keira Horowitz
Tel: (617) 253-3681
E-mail: keirah@mit.edu

Group(s)

Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

Research Center(s)

Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

General Expertise

Angel investing; Corporate governance; Cross-cultural awareness; Eastern Europe; Emerging markets; Entrepreneurial finance; Entrepreneurship / New ventures; Financial services; Global entrepreneurship; International entrepreneurship; New stock markets; Non-profits; Russia; Social networks; Venture capital; Vietnam

Biography

Shari Loessberg is a Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Loessberg is an experienced entrepreneur in established and emerging markets. She has particular experience in emerging market venture capital fund formation, entrepreneurship in emerging economies, and the evolving issues and standards of corporate governance in the United States and abroad. In the United States, she founded and runs Big World, a strategy firm focused on new ventures in new markets. She also co-founded Zeta Networks, an optical networking firm built on technology developed at MIT. In addition, Loessberg spent five years in Moscow, where she was a partner, director, and general counsel of Brunswick (now Brunswick UBS), a startup investment firm in the brutally entrepreneurial Russian equity market.

Loessberg is a director-designate of Parkhead Group Ltd., a startup investment firm in the Vietnamese equity market; a director of National Financial Partners; chairman of the board of the International Institute of Boston; and chairman of the board of overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Loessberg holds an AB from Georgetown University and a JD from the University of Texas.

Web Site: http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu/practitioners.php

Trond Undheim

Senior Lecturer in Global Economics and Management
Contact Information
Office: E62-419
Tel: (617) 324-6780
E-mail: tundheim@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Patricia Curley
Tel: (617) 253-5701
E-mail: pcurley@mit.edu

Group(s)

Global Economics and Management

General Expertise

Strategic management, Public policy; EU, Scandinavia; High tech (IT, Cleantech); impact, e-government; Knowledge work, networks; Leadership from below; New Ventures

Biography

Trond Undheim is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He teaches and mentors across MIT Sloan Action Labs (China/India Lab, G-Lab, EM-Lab, GO-Lab), and manages industry relationships. Trond is a leading expert on strategy, technology policy, entrepreneurship, and the role of technology in society. Previously, he was the director of standards strategy and policy at Oracle Corporation where he lead global business development, drove standardization, and influenced government policy in the EU. He also served as the national expert of e-government in the European Commission, where he created ePractice.eu, the world's most successful best practice initiative in e-government, e-health, and e-inclusion. As project manager at the Norwegian Board of Technology, he coached high-level expert groups on Cleantech and Software policy which led to government policy on open standards. At the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, his research project on electric vehicles was funded by the European Union. Undheim also ran the business incubator Innovision AS, where he sought seed capital for startups, two of which (Falanx and Plasus Technologies) were later acquired.

Undheim is the author of Leadership From Below (2008), which explains how the influx of ideas from Asia, Scandinavia, and social networking is changing the workplace. He is the editor-in-chief of the European Journal of ePractice, a Fellow at the Research Group for Marketing and Consumer Science, KU Leuven in Belgium, and a former visiting researcher at UC Berkeley. He is also the wine columnist for Color Magazine USA.

His research interests include strategic management, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and e-government, particularly applied to high tech and emerging markets. He regularly speaks to global audiences.

Undheim holds an MA in sociology and a PhD in sociological technology and policy studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Web Site: http://trondundheim.com/

Emilio Castilla

Emilio Castilla

Associate Professor of Management
Contact Information
Office: E62-332
Tel: (617) 253-0286
Fax: (617) 253-2660
E-mail: ecastilla@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Patricia Curley
Tel: (617) 253-5701
E-mail: pcurley@mit.edu

Group(s)

Institute for Work and Employment Research

General Expertise

Benefits; Career development; Changing work environments; Changing workforce; Compensation; Employment relations; Future of work; Gender/race issues, workplace; Hiring; Human resource management; Industrial relations; Labor market policy; Managing diversity; Organizations; Recruitment; Social networks; Sociology; Turnover; Worker / Management relations; Workplace inequality and diversity

Biography

Emilio Castilla is an Associate Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Castilla studies how social networks influence organizational and employment processes and outcomes over time. He tackles this question by examining different empirical settings with longitudinal datasets, both at the individual and organizational levels. His focus is on the hiring, retention, and job mobility of employees within and across organizations and locations, as well as on the impact of teamwork and social relations on performance. His research and teaching interests include organizational theory and behavior, economic sociology, and human resources management.

Castilla joined the MIT Sloan faculty in 2005, after being a faculty member for three years in the management department of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT, as well as a Research Fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and at the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School.

Castilla holds a Graduate Diploma in business from Lancaster University, UK; a BA in economics from Universitat de Barcelona; and a PhD in sociology from Stanford University. 

Web Site: http://web.mit.edu/ecastill/www/

Publications

The Paradox of Meritocracy in Organizations . Administrative Science Quarterly. (2010)

Gender, Race, and Meritocracy in Organizational Careers . American Journal of Sociology (2008)

Dynamic Analysis in the Social Sciences. Academic Press & Elsevier (2007)

Social Networks and Employee Performance in a Call Center. American Journal of Sociology (2005)

Charles Fine

Charles Fine

Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management
Professor of Operations Management and Engineering Systems
Co-Director, International Motor Vehicle Program
Contact Information
Office: E62-466
Tel: (617) 253-3632
Fax: (617) 258-7579
E-mail: charley@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: David V Merrill
Tel: (617) 253-3341
E-mail: dvm@mit.edu

Group(s)

Operations Management

System Dynamics

Research Center(s)

MIT Center for Digital Business

Operations Research Center

General Expertise

Offshoring; Outsourcing; Supply chain management

Biography

Charles Fine is the Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management, a Professor of Operations Management and Engineering Systems, and the Co-Director of the International Motor Vehicle Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

His research focuses on supply chain strategy and value chain roadmapping, with a particular focus on fast-clockspeed manufacturing industries. Fine’s work has supported design and improvement of supply chain relationships for companies in electronics, automotive, aerospace, communications, and consumer products. His current research examines outsourcing dynamics, with a focus on dynamic models for assessing the leverage among the various components in complex industrial value chains and the principles for value chain design, based on strategic and logistical assessments.

At MIT Sloan, he teaches Operations Strategy and Supply Chain Management and directs the roadmapping activities in the Communications Futures Program. Fine teaches and consults widely with such clients as 3M, Accenture, Agile Software, Alcan, BellSouth, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bombardier, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Delphi Automotive, Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, Embraer, Fluor, GE, GM, Goodyear, HP, Honeywell, Intel, Kodak, Lucent, Mercury Computer, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, NCR, Nokia, Nortel, Oracle, Polaroid, PTC, Research-in-Motion, Rolls-Royce, Sematech, Teradyne, Toyota, TRW, Unilever, Volkswagen, Volvo, and Walsin Lihwa. He also serves on the board of directors for Greenfuel Technologies Corporation, a biotechnology company that he co-founded, which focuses on renewable energy. Fine also serves as co-director of an executive education program, Driving Strategic Innovation, which is a joint venture between MIT Sloan and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He is the author of Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage (Perseus Books, 1998). His work on quality management, flexible manufacturing, supply chain management, and operations strategy has appeared in a variety of publications, including Management Science, Operations Research, Journal of Manufacturing and Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Annals of Operations Research, Games and Economic Behavior, Sloan Management Review, Supply Chain Management Review, and Interfaces.

Fine holds an AB in mathematics and management science from Duke University as well as an MS in operations research and a PhD in business administration from Stanford University.

Publications

Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage. Reading, Massachusetts: Perseus Books, 1998.

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: Jessica L. Anderson
Tel: (617) 253-6679
E-mail: jland@mit.edu

Group(s)

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.

Grant is a member of the teaching team for two MBA courses: 15.389 - Global Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies; and 15.225 - Economy and Business in Modern China and India, where he is the Associate Course Lead. He teaches strategy analysis, market entry strategy, private equity/venture capital, and multinational operating strategy.

In addition, Grant is a mentor in four of MIT Sloan’s International Action Learning Programs: Global Entrepreneurship Lab, China Lab, India Lab, and the 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.

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, most complex multinational companies.

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: E62-588
Tel: (xxx) 617) 253-3386
Fax: (617) 258-6855
E-mail: ckane@mit.edu
Biography

Charles Kane is a Senior Lecturer at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Kane is the president of One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a nonprofit organization that provides technology to enhance education in less developed countries. Prior to OLPC, Kane was chief financial officer (CFO) of RSA Security (acquired by EMC); CFO of Aspen Technology; president and chief executive officer of Corechange Inc. (acquired by Open Text Corp.); and CFO of Informix Software (acquired by IBM). He also served in financial executive positions at Stratus Computer, Prime Computer, and Deloitte and Touche.

Throughout his career, Kane has been involved in developing and executing on 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. Kane is the audit chairman on the boards of Progress Software, Applix Software, Netezza Corporation, and Egenera Corporation. He is a certified public accountant and has taught international finance at the business schools of Boston College and Babson College.

Kane holds a BBA in accounting from 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
Group(s)

Operations Management

General Expertise

Change management; Changing work environments; Employee motivation; Engineering management; Human resource management; Leadership; Management of engineers and scientists; Managing change; Operations management; Organizational change; Organizational culture; Organizational design and performance; Teams; Virtual teams and organizations; Working virtually

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. 

Publications

True Change: How Outsiders on the Inside Get Things Done in Organizations. Jossey-Bass, 2004.

The American Edge : Leveraging Manufacturing's Hidden Assets. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993.

Revitalizing Manufacturing : Text and Cases. Homewood, IL.: Irwin, 1990.

Christopher Noe

Christopher Noe

Senior Lecturer, Accounting
Contact Information
Office: E62-681
Tel: (617) 253-4903
Fax: (617) 253-0603
E-mail: chrisnoe@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Brenna Murphy
Tel: (617) 324-7782
E-mail: bcmurphy@mit.edu

Name: Ariel Leitao
Tel: (617) 715-4178
E-mail: aleitao@mit.edu

Name: Nancy Leonelli
Tel: (617) 253-6130
E-mail: leonelli@mit.edu

Group(s)

Accounting

General Expertise

Accounting, international; Accounting, US; Bankruptcy; Corporate disclosure practices; Earnings quality; Financial reporting; Financial statement analysis; Forecasting; Valuation

Biography

Christopher Noe is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the Sloan School of Management.

Noe specializes in the fields of financial accounting and corporate finance. Immediately prior to joining the faculty at MIT Sloan, Noe was a vice president at Charles River Associates, an economics consulting firm. His work at CRA included valuation of business enterprises, financial securities, and specific assets/liabilities; financial statement analysis; examination of accounting restatements; solvency assessment; and damages estimation. Noe has published on topics such as voluntary disclosures and insider transactions, analyst specialization and stock breakups, and stock return volatility.

Noe holds a BA in economics from Emory University, an MS in applied economics and a PhD in business administration from the University of Rochester.

Full curriculum vitae

Working Papers

Publications

The Sale of the Washington Redskins: Discounted Cash Flow Valuation of S-Corporations, Treatment of Personal Taxes, and Implications for Litigation (2005)

Analyst Specialization and Conglomerate Stock Breakups (2001)

Disclosure Quality, Institutional Investors, and Stock Return Volatility (2000)

Voluntary Disclosures and Insider Transactions (1999)

Henry Weil

Henry Weil

Senior Lecturer, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management
Contact Information
Office: E62-465
Tel: (617) 258-6101
Fax: (617) 253-2660
E-mail: hbweil@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Petra Aliberti
Tel: (617) 253-6679
E-mail: aliberti@mit.edu

Group(s)

Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

General Expertise

Aircraft / Aviation; Airlines; Alliances; Asia; Banking; Banking management; Bermuda; Business process modeling; Capital budgeting; China; Competition; Competitive strategy; Computer industry; Consumer behavior; Convergence; Corporate strategy and policy; Credit cards; Customer relationships and CRM; Customer service; Data acquisition; Digitization; Dot-com bubble bust; E-commerce; Electronic media; Emerging businesses; Emerging markets; Energy; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship / New ventures; Ethanol; Europe; European Union; Financial services; France; Globalization; Hong Kong; Industrial economics; Information technology; Innovation; International corporate strategy; International management; Internet telephony; Lead users; Management of technology; Marketing strategy; Media; Microeconomics; Mobile computing; New ventures; Nonlinear dynamics; Oil; Online banking; Online media; Pharmaceutical; Pricing; Research and development; Retirement planning; Singapore; Startup; Startups; Strategic management; Strategic planning; System dynamics; Taiwan; Technological innovation; Technology strategy; Technology transfer; Trust-based marketing; Wi-Fi; Wireless communication

Biography

Henry Weil is a Senior Lecturer of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Weil served as president and chief executive officer of Cambridge-based management consulting firm Pugh-Roberts Associates before bringing his considerable knowledge of corporate strategy in technology industries to MIT Sloan. He is particularly expert in telecommunications, financial services, transportation, energy, and the media. His research delves into the effects of management policies, technological developments, industry structure, and regulation on corporate competitiveness and market behavior. Weil is currently looking at the commoditization of air transportation, telecommunications services, and refined petroleum products. He uses computer simulation modeling to analyze the dynamics of market development, competition, and long-term profitability.

Weil holds an SB and an SM in management from MIT.

Publications

“Application of System Dynamics to Corporate Strategy: An Evolution of Issues and Frameworks,” System Dynamics Review, Vol. 23, Issue 2-3, pp. 137-156, October 2007.

“Dynamics of Social Factors in Technological Substitution,” (with B. Dattée), Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol. 74, June 2007, pp. 579-607.

“The Dynamics of Innovative Industries,” (with J. M. Utterback), proceedings of the 23rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Boston, July 2005.

“The Road from Dependency to Empowerment: The Destination is Worth the Journey” (with E. E. Weil), Sloan School of Management Working Paper #4102, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, August 1999; also in eBusiness Research@MIT, Volume 1, Issue 1, December 2001.

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