MIT Executive MBA

Action Learning

Put your knowledge into action.

The EMBA Program curriculum emphasizes MIT’s credo mens et manus (mind and hand). This powerful integration of intellectual and experiential learning is manifested in applied learning projects and action learning experiences that magnify your classroom learning, ground them in real-time implementation, and deliver impact for you and your company right from the day the program begins.

Applied Projects

Applied learning projects, a central component of your coursework, give you an opportunity to apply new methodologies to your organization and industries of interest. For example, in Competitive Strategy you will apply Porter’s Five Forces to gain insight into competitive dynamics in your own industry. In Operations Management, you will analyze processes in your own organization to identify opportunities for improvement. And in System Dynamics, you will apply techniques created at MIT to model your organization’s complex systems, surface organizational complexity to better understand intended and unintended consequences and drive successful change.

Organizations Lab (O-Lab)

Midway through the program, you will take everything you’ve learned so far and apply it in O-Lab, when you will undertake a change initiative within your company. You will build on courses like System Dynamics, Leading Organizations, and Operations Management to diagnose a problem and lead improvement.

Executive Labs

The capstone action learning project, Executive Labs, takes place in your final semester. As a member of a tight-knit team of advisors, you will partner with the leaders of your host organization to help them analyze and resolve a demanding challenge relating to innovation, global management, or global social challenges. This five-month project can include one week at multiple company sites worldwide for field research and immersion in the organization’s challenges.

 Learn more about Global Labs

Questions about hosting an action learning project?

Beth Chartier
Corporate Sponsor Relations
MIT Executive MBA Program