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Letter from the Dean

David Schmittlein John C Head III DeanDavid Schmittlein
John C Head III Dean

Dear Alumni and Friends of MIT Sloan,

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of management education at MIT, it would be easy to sit back and rest upon our laurels and, indeed, there are many laurels. The last 100 years have been extraordinary! One need look no further than our groundbreaking research—from Douglas McGregor’s Theory X and Theory Y to the Black-Scholes-Merton model to Jay Forrester’s development in the field of System Dynamics—to find proof of our community’s contributions to society. We will permit ourselves the well-deserved indulgence of recognizing the achievements of the last century of innovation. However, and in the words of our philanthropist-in-chief Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., “nothing is finished in a world that is moving so rapidly forward.” Luckily for us, the future is bright at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

The Fall 2013 issue focuses on China Lab, one of our most popular action learning course offerings. Like Global Entrepreneurship Lab, our flagship action learning course, China Lab provides a setting for transformative learning outcomes. Our students partnered with Chinese management students and women entrepreneurs in Kunming Province, and their stories illustrate global impact, collaboration, and innovation. These layers of partnership catapult students into the reality of working in a global economy where language, culture, and tradition are equally or more important than finance, marketing, and supply chain management. By taking management theory out of the classroom and into the world, our students emerge ready to become the principled, innovative leaders that the future demands.

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