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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,

The MIT Sloan School of Management is distinctive and distinguished by its association with the greater MIT community. Simply put, there is no better place for solving the world’s greatest challenges than MIT. We are the place for innovation; the place for invention; the place for improving the world. Those of us who are part of this community have an incredible opportunity and feel an important responsibility to bring knowledge to bear on the issues and opportunities that face our country and our world.

A very particular type of person is drawn to MIT Sloan. Our faculty do not always say what is popular, but rather are committed to saying the things that matter; the things the world needs to know. Our students are not driven solely by personal interest or promotion, but instead exhibit a commitment to finding solutions for the betterment of humanity. This community never rests on initial discovery—always on our collective horizon is the next innovation, the next invention, and the tireless drive to improve.

This special edition of MIT Sloan provides a window into that leadership. “The Startup Files” (page 4) gives voice to the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit of our students, and shares how they maximize MIT resources to bring exciting new ventures into the world. Research briefs from Professors Catherine E. Tucker, Andrew W. Lo, and Fiona E. Murray highlight the breadth and depth of MIT Sloan’s thought leadership, as well as our faculty members’ commitment to providing relevant, timely insights that drive positive change. Our feature article on the work of Professor Erik Brynjolfsson and Principal Research Scientist Andrew McAfee exemplifies a hallmark of research at MIT Sloan—a firm and true commitment to predicting and preparing for transformative changes in business and society.

As the dean of the School, I am inspired daily through interactions with our faculty and students. It is my firm hope that this special issue and future issues of MIT Sloan will bring some of that inspiration to you, our alumni. You are part of the story that is MIT Sloan. Please accept my gratitude for all you do for the School, the Institute, and the world.

Best regards,

David Schmittlein
John C Head III Dean