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Matthew Amengual

Matthew Amengual

Assistant Professor
Contact Information
Office: E62-338
Tel: (617) 253-9410
E-mail: amengual@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Gloria Diane Clark
Tel: (617) 324-6246
E-mail: gdclark@mit.edu

Group(s)

Work and Organization Studies
Institute for Work and Employment Research

General Expertise

Global standards; Labor standards; Latin America; Regulatory policy; Sustainability

Biography

Matthew Amengual is an Assistant Professor in Work and Organization Studies at MIT Sloan. He is affiliated with the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER) and the Sustainability Initiative.

Broadly, he investigates the politics of promoting economic development that is both equitable and sustainable. His work focuses on the interactions between government bureaucracies, societal organizations, and firms in countries with weak institutions. Amengual is currently conducting a study on the local developmental impacts of large-scale mining operations in Latin America. This project seeks to inform strategies employed by various actors to make extractives more likely to foster inclusive and sustained development.

In addition, Amengual has an active research agenda on the ways in which labor and environmental regulations are implemented in middle-income and developing countries. One area of study has focused on the interactions between international and state labor regulation in the garment industry. This line of research began in the Dominican Republic and is now continuing with a study of an initiative of the International Labor Organization in Indonesia. Finally, through a detailed study of subnational differences in Argentina across a variety of industries, Amengual has been conducting research on how politicized states enforce labor and environmental regulations. His first book, Politicized Enforcement in Argentina: Labor and Environmental Regulation, will be published by Cambridge University Press. In addition, his research has been published in Politics & Society, World Development, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Desarrollo Económico.

Amengual coteaches Strategies for Sustainable Business and the Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab), an action learning class that gives students the opportunity to work on real-world problems on business, the environment, and society.

Amengual received his AB in environmental studies from Brown University, and his Master’s in city planning and PhD in political science, both from MIT.

Website

Publications

Politicized Enforcement in Argentina: Labor and Environmental Regulation. Amengual, Matthew. New York: Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming.

Pathways to Enforcement: Labor Inspectors Leveraging Linkages with Society in Argentina. Forthcoming, Industrial and Labor Relations Review. (2013)

“Linkages and Labour Inspectors: Enforcement in the Garment Workshops of Buenos Aires”, in Creative Labour Regulation: Indeterminacy and Protection in an Uncertain World, edited by Deirdre McCann et. al., International Labor Organization /Palgrave Macmillan, Geneva, 2013.

Pollution in the Garden of the Argentine Republic: Building State Capacity to Escape from Chaotic Regulation (2013)

“Cambios en la capacidad del Estado para enfrentar las violaciones de las normas laborales: los talleres de confección de prendas de vestir en Buenos Aires.” Desarollo Económico (Argentina), Forthcoming.  (2012)

Complementary Labor Regulation: The Uncoordinated Combination of State and Private Regulators in the Dominican Republic”, World Development Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 405- 414, 2010.

Virtue out of Necessity?: Compliance, Commitment and the Improvement of Labor Conditions in Global Supply Chains” with Richard Locke and Akshay Mangla, Politics & Society, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 319-351, 2009.

“Economic development and working conditions in export processing zones:A survey of trends,” with William Milberg, Paper prepared for the International Labor Organization Governing Board, Geneva 2008. “Economic development and working conditions in export processing zones:A survey of trends,” with William Milberg, Paper prepared for the International Labor Organization Governing Board, Geneva 2008.

Norms of Deliberation” with Jane Mansbridge, Janette Hartz-Karp and John Gastil, Journal of Public Deliberation, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2006.

John Sterman

John Sterman

Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management
Professor of System Dynamics and Engineering Systems
Director, MIT System Dynamics Group
Contact Information
Office: E62-436
Tel: (617) 253-1951
Fax: (617) 258-7579
E-mail: jsterman@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Jocelyn Climent (E62-431)
Tel: (617) 258-5583
E-mail: jcliment@mit.edu

Group(s)

System Dynamics
Operations Management
Work and Organization Studies

Research Center(s)

MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan

General Expertise

Action learning; Alternative energy; Automotive industry; Business ethics; Business process modeling; Carbon footprint; Clean energy; Climate change; Climate policy; Corporate social responsibility; Emissions trading; Emissions trading; Energy; Energy efficiency; Environment; Environmental economics; Environmental leadership; Environmental policy; Fishing industry; Fracking; Global climate change; Global warming; Hydraulic fracturing; Managerial change; Natural gas; Nonlinear dynamics; Oil; Project management; Simulation; Social responsibility; Solar power; Sustainability; Sustainable design; System dynamics; System dynamics; Total Quality Management (TQM); Wind power

Biography

John D. Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor in Computer Science, a Professor of System Dynamics and Engineering Systems,and the Director of the System Dynamics Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

His research includes systems thinking and organizational learning, computer simulation of corporate strategy and public policy issues, and environmental sustainability. He is the author of many scholarly and popular articles on the challenges and opportunities facing organizations today, including the book, Modeling for Organizational Learning, and the award-winning textbook, Business Dynamics. Sterman’s research centers on improving decision-making in complex systems, including corporate strategy and operations, energy policy, public health, environmental sustainability, and climate change. He has pioneered the development of “management flight simulators” of corporate and economic systems, which are now used by corporations, universities, and governments around the world. His research ranges from the dynamics of organizational change and the implementation of sustainable improvement programs to climate change and the implementation of policies to promote a sustainable world.

Sterman has been recognized for his work with an honorary doctorate from the Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland, has twice been awarded the Jay W. Forrester Prize for the best published work in system dynamics, has won an IBM Faculty Award as well as the Accenture Award for the best paper of the year published in theCalifornia Management Review, has seven times won awards for teaching excellence, and was named one of MIT Sloan’s “Outstanding Faculty” by the BusinessWeek Guide to the Best Business Schools. He has been featured on Public Television’s News Hour, National Public Radio’s Marketplace, CBC television, Fortune, the Financial TimesBusinessWeek, and other media for his research and innovative use of interactive simulations in management education and policymaking.

Sterman holds an AB in engineering and environmental systems from Dartmouth College and a PhD in system dynamics from MIT.

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Jason Jay

Jason Jay

Senior Lecturer, Sustainability
Director, Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan
Contact Information
Office: E62-362
Tel: (617) 253-0594
E-mail: jjay@mit.edu
Support Staff

Name: Gloria Diane Clark
Tel: (617) 324-6246
E-mail: gdclark@mit.edu

Group(s)

Work and Organization Studies

Research Center(s)

Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan

General Expertise

Carbon footprint; Change management; Corporate social responsibility; Cross-sectoral collaboration; Distributed leadership; Education; Energy efficiency; Environment; Environmental leadership; Global climate change; Hybrid organizations; Non-market strategy; Organizational change; Organizations; Purpose-driven company; Social entrepreneurship; Social responsibility; Sustainability; System dynamics

Biography

Jason Jay is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan.

He teaches courses on leadership, strategy, and innovation for sustainable business. Jason engages students and alumni in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations. These efforts help build a community of innovators for sustainability that includes MIT students and alumni, faculty and researchers, with partners in business, government, NGOs, and hybrid organizations.

Jason’s own research focuses on how people navigate the tensions inherent in the quest for sustainability, as they simultaneously pursue their own self-interest and the flourishing of human and other life. This investigation includes deep case studies of cross-sectoral collaboration and hybrid organizations that combine social and business goals. It also includes action research efforts that help people cultivate authentic, effective conversations about sustainability and escape common pitfalls of excessive moral and intellectual certainty. Energy efficiency has proven a useful context to explore these questions; Jay has conducted an ethnographic study of the Cambridge Energy Alliance, and serves as a research partner and facilitator for the EDF Climate Corps program and its network of companies.

Alongside these efforts, Jason is an active leader of sustainability efforts across MIT. Through the MIT Sustainable Societies Research Group, he brings together scholars from across the Institute to examine the invention, implementation, and transformation required for a sustainable society. He has helped improve the energy and environmental footprint of the MIT campus by founding the MIT Generator and the ’Greening MIT’ community engagement campaign, and serves as founding member of the Campus Energy “Walk the Talk” Task Force.

Prior to MIT, Jay ran an Internet startup, traveled around the world, taught kindergarten in a progressive preschool, and worked as a consultant with Dialogos International, where he consulted on leadership development and organizational change for major international corporations and NGO’s including BP, the World Bank, and the Instituto Libertad y Democracia.

Jay holds an AB in psychology and a Master’s in education from Harvard University, and a PhD in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Publications

Navigating paradox as a mechanism of change in hybrid organizations.  Forthcoming in Academy of Management Journal. (2012)

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