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LGO Labs
LGO Labs

LGO Labs

The LGO Labs are a Spring semester course designed for (Leaders for Global Operations) LGO students who are pursuing dual degrees in engineering and management. The LGO Labs are complementary to and not in place of Operations Lab.  The two labs can be taken concurrently or in sequential spring semesters. The LGO Labs projects are solicited from companies specifying that the students assigned to the projects (1) will have a background in engineering, and (2) will have the course work of the LGO summer program and MBA core as a minimum foundation prior to taking the LGO Labs course. 

There are two project types that are part of the LGO Labs course:

  1. Lion Teams, which are based in the Asia Pacific region and staffed by a combined team of LGO students and CLGO students
  2. GOAL (Global Operations Action Learning) Teams, which are based anywhere in the world outside greater Boston (>2.5 hour drive) but not in the Asia Pacific region.

Both project types are taught in a single course offering. The course size is limited to 22 students.  Non-LGO students or class size over 22 requires permission of the instructors. The class is 6 units and does not count toward Sloan maximum credit hours.

Lion Teams
The purpose of Lion Teams is to address the important tactical problems faced by businesses with operations in the Asia Pacific region. Lion Teams are comprised of three students from MIT’s LGO program and three students from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University China Leaders for Global Operations program (CLGO), giving each team a diverse international perspective. The projects accepted for Lion Teams are required to have an operations focus.  Projects in marketing, business strategy, and human resources are not accepted.  Lion Teams focus on identifying solutions to critical problems faced by their host companies. Projects take place during the spring semester, with MIT Sloan LGO students joining their CLGO counterparts in the Asia Pacific region for one week to work on-site at the host company during spring Sloan Innovation Period. The students have pre-meetings with their CLGO teammates as well as initial conference calls with the company during IAP.  At the project’s conclusion, each company receives their team’s recommendations as well as other deliverables outlined in the project scope.  

GOAL Teams
The purpose of GOAL (Global Operations Action Learning) Teams is to address the important tactical problems faced by businesses with operations in the domestic US outside the greater Boston area or anywhere in the world except Asia Pacific. GOAL Teams are comprised of three to five students from MIT’s LGO program, with the plan for each team to have a diverse set of skills and experiences appropriate for the project. Similar to Lion Teams, projects accepted for GOAL Teams are required to have an operations focus. Projects in marketing, business strategy, and human resources are not accepted. The GOAL Teams focus on identifying solutions to critical problems faced by their companies. Projects are done during the spring semester, with MIT Sloan LGO students traveling for one week to work on-site at the host company during spring Sloan Innovation Period. The students have pre-meetings with their teammates as well as initial conference calls with the company during IAP.  At the project’s conclusion, each company receives their team’s recommendations as well as other deliverables outlined in the project scope. A subset of the GOAL team companies also fly their teams back to company site to present the final report and recommendations at the end of the semester, prior to graduation and the start of internships.

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