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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: Lisa Miyake
Tel: (617) 324-6246
E-mail: miyake@mit.edu

Group(s)

Institute for Work and Employment Research

General Expertise

Argentina; Comparative Political Economy; Labor standards; Latin America; Regulation; Sustainability

Biography

Matthew Amengual is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER) at MIT Sloan. 

His research investigates the ways in which institutions promote economic development that is both equitable and sustainable.  Amengual’s current project, based in Argentina, explores how weak and politicized states enforce labor and environmental regulations.  In addition, he has conducted research on the basis of complementary interactions between private-voluntary and state labor regulation in the garment industry of the Dominican Republic.  Amengual teaches 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 from MIT.

Publications

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

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

"Changes in State Capacity to Respond to Labor Standard Violations: Enforcement in the Garment Workshops of Buenos Aires" (2012)

“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.

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 in Computer Science
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
Organization Studies

Research Center(s)

MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

General Expertise

Alternative energy; B-school; Business education; Business process modeling; Carbon footprint; Change management; Climate policy; Energy; Environment; Environmental leadership; Managing change; Nonlinear dynamics; Organizational behavior; Organizational learning; Strategic planning; Strategy; Supply chain management; Sustainability; System dynamics

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.

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

Jason Jay

Jason Jay

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

Name: Lisa Miyake
Tel: (617) 324-6246
E-mail: miyake@mit.edu

Group(s)

Organization Studies

General Expertise

Cross-sectoral collaboration; Hybrid organizations; Overcoming organizational barriers to energy efficiency

Biography

Jason Jay is a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the MIT Sloan Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society.  

He teaches courses on sustainable business as part of the Sustainability Certificate, and gets students and alumni engaged in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations. Jason is an active leader of sustainability initiatives 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 serving as founding member of the Campus Energy “Walk the Talk” Task Force.

Jason’s own research focuses on cross-sectoral collaboration and hybrid organizations aiming to promote more sustainable business practices. His dissertation focused on “Paradoxes of Hybrid Organizing” that arise when organizations combine institutional logics from business, government, and civil society organizations.  This work builds on in-depth ethnographic research on cross-sectoral partnerships such as the Cambridge Energy Alliance.  As a research partner of the Sustainable Food Lab, Dr. Jay has also written case studies of company-NGO collaboration to foster sustainable and equitable food value chains. 

Prior to MIT, Jason 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. 

Jason holds an AB in psychology, an MEd 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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