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Noubar Afeyan

Noubar Afeyan

Department: Senior Lecturer, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Contact: (617) 868-1888, nafeyan@mit.edu

Expertise: International entrepreneurship

Deborah Ancona

Deborah Ancona

Seley Distinguished Professor of Management

Department: Professor of Organization Studies

Contact: (617) 253-0568, ancona@mit.edu

Expertise: Leadership; Organizational change; Teams; Training programs

Evan Apfelbaum

Evan Apfelbaum

W. Maurice Young (1961) Career Development Professor of Management

Department: Assistant Professor of Organization Studies

Contact: (617) 252-1427, epa1@mit.edu

Expertise: Cultural differences; Discrimination; Diversity; Experimental design; Gender issues; Gender issues; Leadership; Managing diversity; Organizational behavior; Organizational psychology; Race relations; Social psychology

Jean-Noel Barrot

Jean-Noel Barrot

Department: Assistant Professor of Finance

Contact: (617) 715-4820, jnbarrot@mit.edu

Expertise: Applied microeconomics; Corporate finance; Economics; Entrepreneurial finance; Entrepreneurial finance; Europe; European Union (EU); Finance; France; Innovation; Patents; Startups / Start-ups; Supply chain contracts; Venture capital; Venture capital

Kara Blackburn

Kara Blackburn

Department: Senior Lecturer, Managerial Communication

Contact: (617) 253-7479, kfb@mit.edu

Expertise: Communication; Communication practices; Education; International communication; Managerial communication; Organizational communications

John Carrier

John Carrier

Department: Senior Lecturer

Contact: , jfcarrie@mit.edu

Expertise: Action learning; Applied probability; Automotive industry; Bankruptcy; Business education; Business process modeling; Business process modeling; Business process modeling; Business transformation; Canada; Case studies; Change management; Competitive strategy; Crisis management; Data analytics; Education; Employee motivation; Energy; Europe; Executive education; Executive education; Experimental design; Family business; Fracking; Gas; Healthcare delivery; Healthcare industry; Healthcare operations management; Hospital operations management; Hostile work environment; Hydraulic fracturing; Industrial organization; Industrial relations; Industrial relations; Innovation; Innovation management; Innovative thinking; Inventory; Italy; Job creation; Leadership; Leadership; Logistics; Management education; Managerial change; Managerial vision; Managing change; Managing change; Manufacturing education; Manufacturing management; Manufacturing systems; Mexico; MOOCs; MOOCs; Natural gas; Non-linear dynamics; Nonlinear dynamics; Oil; Oil industry; Online education; Online education; Online feedback mechanisms; Open innovation; Operations management; Operations research; Optimal control; Organizational behavior; Organizational culture; Predictive analytics; Private equity; Probability; Process control; Product innovation; Production; Productivity; Project management; Quality; Research and development; Russia; Sampling; Sociotechnical system; Startups / Start-ups; Statistics; Supply chain management; Sustainability; System dynamics; System dynamics; Teams; Total Quality Management (TQM); Training; Training programs; Turnaround; United Kingdom; United States; Virtual teams and organizations

John Carroll

John Carroll

Gordon Kaufman Professor of Management

Department: Professor of Organization Studies and Engineering Systems

Contact: (617) 253-2617, jcarroll@mit.edu

Expertise: Action learning; Air safety; Change management; Distributed leadership; Experimental design; Health management; Healthcare; Leadership; Leadership; Managerial change; Managing change; Managing change; Medical decision making; Organizational behavior; Organizational change; Organizational culture; Organizational learning; Organizational psychology; Organizational studies; Organizations; Social psychology; Sociotechnical system; Teams

Elaine Chen

Elaine Chen

Department: Senior Lecturer

Contact: , eychen@mit.edu

Expertise: Business plans; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship; Hi technology companies; Hi-technology / Hi-tech; Innovation; Innovation management; Innovative thinking; Intellectual property; Intellectual property; Leadership; Leadership; Management of technology; Manufacturing management; Market research; New venture development; New ventures; Open innovation; Patents; Positioning; Product design; Product development; Product innovation; Research and development; Robotics; Robots; Software engineering; Startups / Start-ups; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technology; Technology strategy

Court Chilton

Court Chilton

Department: Senior Lecturer

Contact: (617) 253-2212, cchilton@mit.edu

Expertise: Action learning; Business education; Business school; Change management; Competitive strategy; Consulting; Customer relationships; Customer satisfaction; Customer service; Distributed leadership; Education; Employee motivation; Executive education; Executive education; Leadership; Leadership; Leadership; Management education; Marketing communication; Motivation; Negotiation; Organizational communications; Organizational culture; Sales and sales processes; Social networks; Strategy; Training; Training programs

Zen Chu

Zen Chu

Department: Senior Lecturer

Contact: (617) 699-4036, zenven@mit.edu

Expertise: Accelerators; Action learning; Affordable Care Act (ACA); Alibaba; Alibaba; Alliances; Angel investing; Apple; Apps; Asia; Asia Pacific; B-school; Big data; Biopharmaceutical; Biotechnology; Business education; Cancer; China; Clinical trials; Cloud computing; Cloud storage; Competitive strategy; Conflicts of interest; Conflicts of interest; Consumer electronics; Convergence; Corporate social responsibility; Cross-cultural awareness; Crowdfunding; Cultural differences; Cyber security; Developing countries; Developing countries, economics; Digital economy; Digitization; eBusiness; eCommerce; eGovernment; Electronic commerce; Electronic media; Emerging businesses; Emerging markets; Entrepreneurial finance; Entrepreneurial finance; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship; Executive education; Genetics; Genome; Global entrepreneurship; Global entrepreneurship; Hacking; Healthcare; Healthcare delivery; Healthcare operations management; Hi-technology / Hi-tech; Hospital operations management; Incubators; India; Information technology; Innovation; Innovation management; Innovative thinking; Insurance; Intellectual property; International corporate strategy; International entrepreneurship; Internet applications; Internet security; Internet software; Internet strategy; Internet telephony; iPhone; Knowledge management; Knowledge sharing; Lead users; Lead users; Leadership; Leadership; Medical decision making; Medical devices; Medical devices; Medicare; Medicine; Mergers and acquisitions; MOOCs; Multi-drug models; Nanotechnology; New venture development; New ventures; Obamacare; Open innovation; Open source software; Patents; Pharmaceuticals; Predictive analytics; Private equity; Privatization; Product design; Product development; Product innovation; Research and development; Silicon Valley; Silicon Valley; Singapore; Smartphones; Social entrepreneurship; Social networks; Social responsibility; Software; Southeast Asia; Startups / Start-ups; Strategic management; Strategic planning; Strategy; Taiwan; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technology strategy; Technology transfer; Technology transfer; Telecommunications; Thailand; United States; Venture capital; Venture capital; Vietnam; Virtual customer; Web-based marketing; Wireless communication; X-teams

Jake Cohen

Jake Cohen

Department: Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Master's Programs|Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Law

Contact: (617) 324-8107, jcohen28@mit.edu

Daena Giardella

Daena Giardella

Department: Lecturer, MIT Leadership Center

Contact: (617) 715-4842, daenag@mit.edu

Expertise: Communication; Innovative thinking; Leadership

John Grant

John Grant

Department: Senior Lecturer, International Action Learning Programs (G-Lab, China/India Lab, GO-Lab)

Contact: (617) 324-4373, jcgrant@mit.edu

Expertise: Action learning; Asia; Biopharmaceutical; Biotechnology; China; Competitive strategy; Corporate diversification; Corporate finance; Corporate finance; Corporate strategy and policy; Cross-cultural awareness; Forecasting; France; Germany; Global business practices; Global business processes; Global entrepreneurship; Global entrepreneurship; Healthcare; India; International corporate strategy; International corporate strategy; International finance; International management; Japan; Medical devices; Medical devices; Mergers and acquisitions; New venture development; Performance measurement systems; Pharmaceuticals; Southeast Asia; Strategic management; Strategic planning; Strategy; Taiwan; United Kingdom; United States; Valuation; Valuation; Vietnam

Neal Hartman

Neal Hartman

Department: Senior Lecturer, Managerial Communication

Contact: (617) 253-8624, nhartman@mit.edu

Expertise: Asia; B-school; Business ethics; Change management; China; Communication practices; Conflict management; Corporate social responsibility; Cross-cultural awareness; Cultural differences; Diversity; Electronic communication; Email; Ethics; Gender issues; Globalization; Hiring; International communication; International management; Korea; Leadership; Managerial communication; Managing change; Managing diversity; Motivation; Negotiation and conflict resolution; Organizational culture; Taiwan; Teams; United Kingdom

John Hauser

John Hauser

Kirin Professor of Marketing

Department: Professor of Marketing

Contact: (617) 253-2929, hauser@mit.edu

Expertise: Consumer behavior; Customer satisfaction; Market research; Marketing; Positioning; Product design; Product development; Product management; Product strategy; Trust-based marketing; Virtual customer; Web-based marketing

Jack Homer

Jack Homer

Department: Research Affiliate

Contact: ,

Expertise: Affordable Care Act (ACA); Energy; Healthcare; Healthcare delivery; Healthcare operations management; Hospital operations management; Medical decision making; Medicare; Obamacare; Predictive analytics; Simulation; Strategic planning; System dynamics

Tod Hynes

Tod Hynes

Department: Lecturer, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Contact: (617) 253-8653, thynes@mit.edu

Expertise: Accelerators; Alternative energy; Angel investing; Business plans; Carbon footprint; Clean energy; Cross-sectoral collaboration; Elevator pitch; Emerging businesses; Energy; Energy efficiency; Entrepreneurial finance; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship; Global entrepreneurship; Incubators; Innovation; Innovation management; Innovative thinking; New venture development; New ventures; Product innovation; Sales; Simulation; Startups / Start-ups; Sustainability; Sustainable design; Technological innovation; Wind power

Ralph Katz

Ralph Katz

Department: Senior Lecturer, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

Contact: (617) 253-5085, rkatz@mit.edu

Expertise: Engineering management; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Innovative thinking; Knowledge management; Lead users; Lead users; Leadership; Leadership; Management of technology; Managing change; Motivation; Motivation; Networking; Open innovation; Organizational behavior; Organizational change; Organizational culture; Organizational studies; Organizations; Product innovation; Teams; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technology transfer; Technology transfer; Virtual teams and organizations; Work environments

Janice Klein

Janice Klein

Department: Senior Lecturer, Organizational Change

Contact: (617) 253-8587, jklein@mit.edu

Expertise: Change management; Changing work environment; Employee motivation; Engineering management; Human resources; Leadership; Managing change; Operations management; Organizational change; Organizational culture; Organizational design and performance; Teams; Virtual teams and organizations

SP Kothari

SP Kothari

Gordon Y Billard Professor of Accounting and Finance

Contact: (617) 253-0994, kothari@mit.edu

Expertise: Accounting; Accounting standards; Capital market; Capital markets; Corporate disclosure practices; Corporate governance; Disclosure; Earnings management; Earnings quality; Econometrics; Finance; Financial reporting; Financial statement analysis; Foreign investment; India; Investment analysis; Portfolio theory; Statement analysis; Stock options

Thomas Malone

Thomas Malone

Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor of Management

Department: Professor of Information Technology

Contact: (617) 253-6843, malone@mit.edu

Expertise: Artificial intelligence; Business process modeling; Business process modeling; Changing work environments; Changing work environments; Changing workforce; Climate change; Climate policy; Cross-sectoral collaboration; Crowdsourcing; Digital economy; Digitalization; Digitization; eBay; eBay; eBusiness; eCommerce; eGovernment; Electronic commerce; Electronic communication; Future of work; Gamification; Global climate change; Global warming; Google; Groupware; Industrial organization; Information systems; Information technology; Internet; Knowledge management; Leadership; MOOCs; MOOCs; Online education; Online education; Open source software; Organizational communications; Organizational design and performance; Organizational psychology; Organizations; Social networks; Social networks; Social psychology; Teams; Telecommuting; Virtual teams and organizations; Wikipedia; Wikipedia

Matthew Marx

Matthew Marx

Mitsui Career Development Professor

Department: Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

Contact: (617) 253-5539, mmarx@mit.edu

Expertise: Business plans; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship; Innovation management; Labor market policy; Silicon Valley; Silicon Valley; Startups / Start-ups; Turnover

Fiona Murray

Fiona Murray

William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship

Department: Associate Dean for Innovation & Co-Director MIT Innovation Initiative

Contact: (617) 253-3681, fmurray@mit.edu

Expertise: Accelerators; Business plans; Competition; Crowdfunding; Entrepreneurial management; Gender issues; Global entrepreneurship; Global entrepreneurship; Government; Incubators; Innovation; Innovation management; Intellectual property; International entrepreneurship; New venture development; Open innovation; Patents; Research and development; Social entrepreneurship; Startups / Start-ups; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technology transfer; United Kingdom

Roberta Pittore

Roberta Pittore

Department: Senior Lecturer, Managerial Communications

Contact: (617) 258-7253, rpittore@mit.edu

Expertise: Action learning; Blogs; Business plans; Case studies; Channels; Communication; Communication practices; Conflict management; Conflict management; Conflict resolution; Corporate social responsibility; Cross-cultural awareness; Cultural differences; Dispute resolution; Dispute resolution; Electronic communication; Elevator pitch; Email; Email; Executive education; International communication; International communication; Investor relations; Knowledge management; Leadership; Leadership; Leadership; Management education; Managerial communication; Media; Negotiation; Negotiation and conflict resolution; Organizational communication; Organizational communications; Organizational culture; Public relations; Teams; Training

Douglas Ready

Douglas Ready

Department: Senior Lecturer

Contact: , dready@mit.edu

Expertise: Action learning; B-school; Change management; Distributed leadership; Executive education; Leadership; Leadership; Managerial change; Managerial vision; Managing change; Organizational change; Organizational communication; Organizational culture; Organizations; Strategic management; Strategy

Ray Reagans

Ray Reagans

Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Management

Department: Professor of Organization Studies

Contact: (617) 715-4154, rreagans@mit.edu

Expertise: Change management; Leadership; Networking; Organizational behavior; Organizational change; Organizational design and performance; Organizational learning; Social networks; Social networks; Sociology; Teams; Virtual teams and organizations

Lou Shipley

Lou Shipley

Department: Lecturer

Contact: , shipley@MIT.EDU

Expertise: Angel investing; Asia; Asia Pacific; B-school; Bank regulation; Banking industry; Banking operations and policy; Banking regulation; Big data; Blogs; Blogs; Business education; Business intelligence; Business plans; Business school; Business-to-business marketing; Career development; CEO compensation; Change management; China; Cloud computing; Cloud storage; Compensation; Competition; Competitive strategy; Competitive strategy; Component software technologies; Corporate governance; Corporate governance; Corporate governance; Corporate governance; Corporate strategy and policy; Cross-cultural awareness; Customer incentives; Customer Relationship Management (CRM); Customer relationships; Customer satisfaction; Customer service; Cyber security; Data analysis; Data assets; Data management; Data mining; Data mining; Database marketing; Economic history; Email; Emerging markets; Employee motivation; Enterprise information systems; Entrepreneurial finance; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship; Europe; European Union (EU); Financial information technology; Financial information technology; Global business practices; Global entrepreneurship; Hi technology companies; Hi-technology / Hi-tech; Hiring; Incentives; Information systems; Information technology; Initial Public Offerings (IPOs); Innovation; Innovation management; Innovative thinking; Intellectual property; Intellectual property; Intellectual property; Intellectual property; Intellectual property law; Intellectual property strategy; International communication; International corporate strategy; International entrepreneurship; International management; Internet security; Internet software; Inventory; Investment policy; Investor relations; Japan; Job creation; Job creation; Knowledge management; Knowledge management; Knowledge sharing; Leadership; Leadership; Leadership; Legacy information systems; LinkedIn; Logistics; Macroeconomics; Management control; Management of information technology; Management of technology; Managerial economics; Managerial vision; Marketing; Marketing communication; Marketing strategy; Mergers and acquisitions; Mobile banking; Mobile computing; Motivation; Networking; Online banking; Open innovation; Open source software; Optimization; Organizational change; Organizational communication; Organizational communications; Organizational culture; Product innovation; Product loyalty; Product management; Product strategy; Productivity; Recruitment; Regulation; Regulation and policy; Reporting; Risk management; Risk management; Sales; Sales and sales processes; Sales force automation; Sales force management; Sharing economy; Sharing economy; Silicon Valley; Silicon Valley; Social business; Social influence; Social media; Social networks; Social networks; Social networks; Social networks; Software; Software engineering; South Korea; Startups / Start-ups; Strategic management; Strategic planning; Strategy; Supply chain management; Talent management; Teams; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technology; Technology security; Technology strategy; United Kingdom; United States; Venture capital; Venture capital; Virtual customer; Web-based marketing; Web-based marketing; World Wide Web

Roger Stein

Roger Stein

Department: Senior Lecturer and Research Affiliate

Contact: , steinr@mit.edu

Expertise: Applied probability; Applied probability; Bankruptcy; Big data; Business intelligence; Data analytics; Data management; Data mining; Data mining; Data mining; Data mining; Decision making; Decision support; Econometrics; Econometrics; Financial econometrics; Financial engineering; Financial information technology; Financial information technology; Innovation; Innovation management; Innovative thinking; Knowledge management; Knowledge management; Leadership; Machine learning; Predictive analytics; Predictive analytics; Product development; Product innovation; Product management; Product strategy; Risk capital; Risk management; Risk management; Social entrepreneurship; Social responsibility; Strategic planning; Strategy; Talent management; Technology transfer

John Van Maanen

John Van Maanen

Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management

Department: Professor of Organization Studies

Contact: (617) 253-3610, jvm@mit.edu

Expertise: Career development; Change management; Changing work environments; Changing workforce; Conflict management; Conflict resolution; Cross-cultural awareness; Cultural differences; Cultural differences; Disney theme parks; Distributed leadership; Diversity; Education; Employee motivation; Employment relations; Employment relations; Executive education; Family issues; Flextime; Future of work; Future of work; Gender issues; Globalization; Human rights; Incentives; Labor relations; Leadership; Leadership; Managing change; Managing change; Motivation; Motivation; Organizational behavior; Organizational change; Organizational culture; Organizational psychology; Organizational studies; Organizations; Social networks; Social psychology; Sociology; Sociology; Teams; Training; Training programs; Turnover; Work / family issues; Work environments; Work-life balance; Worker / management relations

Darcy Winslow

Darcy Winslow

Department: Senior Lecturer, MIT Leadership Center

Contact: (503) 227-8820, dwinslow@mit.edu

Expertise: Change management; Climate change; Consumer behavior; Corporate social responsibility; Emissions trading; Environment; Executive education; Experimental design; Future of work; Global warming; Green industries; Leadership; Managing change; Marketing; Non-profits / Nonprofits; Organizational culture; Product development; Sustainability; United States

JoAnne Yates

JoAnne Yates

Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management

Department: Professor of Managerial Communication and Work and Organization Studies

Contact: (617) 253-7157, jyates@mit.edu

Expertise: Blackberry; Changing work environments; Electronic communication; Electronic media; Electronic media; Email; Global standards; Internet; Organizational communication; Organizational studies; Virtual teams and organizations

Ezra Zuckerman Sivan

Ezra Zuckerman Sivan

Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Contact: (617) 253-1918, ewzucker@mit.edu

Expertise: Competitive strategy; Corporate diversification; Strategic management; Strategy

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For MIT, sustainability starts at home

MIT is working to solve many of the vexing challenges facing humanity. Amid increasing scientific evidence of global warming, MIT thought-leaders are focused squarely on climate change. On this challenge the Institute has work to do at home, according to a team of students working through MIT Sloan's Sustainability Lab. Team member Nick Hofmeister told correspondent Scott Rolph that even though MIT has an array of carbon-reduction opportunities, the famously decentralized Institute faces organizational hurdles. It's an illustration, says Hofmeister, that moving toward more a more sustainable enterprise is about more than identifying opportunities and calculating return on investment.

Microfinancing aimed at financial, social sustainability

How do you balance social and financial sustainability? That rather sticky question was just one of many facing the S-Lab team working in Guatemala for the Grameen Project. Grameen, a microfinance organization funded by the Whole Planet Foundation, provides short-term loans to poor women in an effort to empower them to finance their own businesses. The businesses may be small -- based mostly in handcrafts and agriculture -- but the results for the women involved can make a big impact. S-Lab team members Faaiza Rashid and Juan Martin spoke with correspondents Scott Rolph and Michelle Choate about being on at the ground level in Guatemala and helping Grameen figure out ways to match their financial goals with formidable social challenges.

G-Lab '09: Smart Card, Kuala Lumpur

This chapter in MIT Sloan's G-Lab podcast series focuses on a team of Sloan Fellows working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a local technology company. The company, whose flagship product was a type of smart card, was seeking a short-term action plan as well as an assessment of smart card trends and technology recommendations. The team, consisting of four Fellows with a variety of cultural and industry backgrounds, was able to leverage the benefits of diversity for the success of the project. Team member Camilo Syllos, SF '09, talks about the importance of managing expectations--on the part of the client and the team--and his belief that a successful G-Lab result requires creativity, dedication, and an openness to other cultures and ideas.

Will sustainability sell?

Merida Meridian sells all-natural rugs. That's a noble distinction amid a market dominated by petroleum-based rugs. But company owner Hiram Samel, an MIT Sloan Fellows alum, has his sights set higher. He is eyeing the possibility of selling rugs that are "fully sustainable," a distinction that would incorporate an array of values associated with the production and distribution of the rugs. With that in mind, Samel asked a team of students in MT Sloan's Sustainability Lab to determine if a market exists for a sustainable rug. While the team found such a product is not yet viable, team member Basmaa Ali tells correspondent Scott Rolph that Merida and other companies would be well served by preparing for an era when "sustainable" is as valuable on the market as "ergonomic" and "organic."

Sparks fly for education in India

Sparks fly when entrepreneurial minds collide at MIT, and the repercussions can be felt across the globe. So it is with Spark, an idea incubator run by a number of MIT Sloan alumni and students. The Massachusetts-based organization is working to provide financial support to private schools in India, in the face of the Indian government's unwillingness to invest in its woeful public education system. As part of MIT Sloan's Sustainability Lab this spring, a team of current MIT students developed a model to help Spark determine which private schools to invest in. Correspondent Scott Rolph spoke with team member Ali Wyne on the model the team developed and the growing sense of social responsibility among MIT Sloan students.

Deep dive into India

Ploy Jensen had been to India before. But her visit to the Taj Mahal and other tourist stops were hardly a precursor to the deep dive into India's emerging technology market and diverse culture that she experienced as part of her Global Entrepreneurship Lab class. Working with a venture capital firm, she and her G-Lab teammates spent time at MIT Sloan last fall analyzing investment considerations for the firm's new Indian startup fund. Their efforts culminated in a trip to India in January that shed new light on their analysis, imbued her with respect for the intelligence and determination of the Indian people, and left her with vivid memories. Jensen, a 2007 MBA student, recounts her G-Lab experience and how it fits into her MIT Sloan education.

G-Lab '09: MAdeA project, Tanzania

The latest installment in MIT Sloan's G-Lab podcast series illustrates the critical importance of team being on the scene and in the thick of things before it can add maximum value to a project. Prior to leaving for Tanzania, the five-person student team was presented with what seemed on the surface a health care initiative for those afflicted with AIDS. Once one the ground in Africa, however, they were confronted with some sobering realities and a diverse slew of issues. Through meeting with AIDS patients and their caregivers and working with the MAdeA organization to properly assess its goals, the team realized that what was truly needed was economic empowerment for the patients and a new strategic direction for MAdeA. Ted Chan, MBA '09, and Krishna Venugopalan, SF' 09, discuss the importance of not jumping to conclusions, understanding the cultural motivation for decisions, and orders of magnitude.

G-Lab ’10: Mercy Corps, Jakarta

In Jakarta, Indonesia, street carts are a major source of food for children. In their efforts to combat childhood malnutrition, the Mercy Corps organization is trying to insure that such street carts offer healthy options for their young customers. With a well-run pilot program in place, Mercy Corps brought an MIT Sloan G-Lab team to the table to learn how to maximize their efforts and expand their business. The team spent several weeks in Jakarta, gaining valuable insights about the culture of the city and the conditions of the neighborhoods in which the food carts were operating. In the end, the team was able to provide Mercy Corp with the tools necessary to grow their business and advance their mission.

G-Lab ’10: Nam Mee Books, Thailand

Bangkok-based Nam Mee Books has made a name for itself as Thailand’s leading publisher of comics and children’s books, including Harry Potter, but it now faces the challenge of expanding into a broader market. The company’s openness to new ideas and willingness to follow whatever path the G-Lab team they worked with recommended meant more pressure on the team, but also a greater sense of ownership over the company’s future for the team members. Lia Cavalcante and Jeremy Bratt talk about the kind of research was required for such an undertaking and the willingness of their hosts to listen.

G-Lab ’10: Warmbath Hospital, South Africa

Witnessing multiple childbirths is not typically part of the business school curriculum. It was, however, an unexpectedly wonderful bonus for the G-Lab students working with South Africa’s Warmbath Hospital maternity ward. On site to collect information for the creation of an improved staffing model, the G-Lab team were also privileged to witness the efforts of the dedicated, if under-resourced staff, including the singing of a morning prayer for new mothers and their infants. Team members Kelsey McCarty and Jean-Nicolas Gagnon and talk about the nurses’ emotional approach to care as well as learning that the answers the team sought could be found only by learning to ask the right questions.

India Lab '09: Educational Enhancements

MIT Sloan's inaugural India Lab saw teams of students addressing specific challenges across a variety of industries across India. Here Ted Chan, MBA '09, talks about working with prominent industrialist and MIT alumnus Vinay Rai, MIT class of 1970, whose goal is to combat perceived voids in India's educational system by setting up a series of rural business schools. While on the ground in India, Ted and the team benefited from their firsthand knowledge of an underdeveloped infrastructure and local cultural norms. In the end, the team produced educational and business models for the would-be b-schools, schools which they hope will produce employable workers for India's current economy.

S-Lab '09: Jakarta

It's been predicted that within 16 years, Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta could sink up to 15 feet, leading to catastrophic flooding of the area. This devastating possibility is a direct result of the lack of clean drinking water available from the city's many rivers, which has caused area residents to pump excessive amounts of ground water, leading to massive drops in the land levels. In an effort to mitigate damage and prevent disaster, work is being done to clean up Jakarta's water supply and restore the habitat. A Sustainability Lab team from MIT Sloan was among those who traveled to Jakarta to provide insights on watershed management and insuring clean water. Team member Ian Lavery, MBA '10, talks about the challenge of merging environmental management and economic priorities, and the value of system dynamics.

G-Lab '09: Ras Resort, India

The first in a series of podcast exploring MIT Sloan's renowned Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab) focuses on a marketing challenge in Mumbai, India. A Mumbai-based entrepreneur hopes to capitalize on his belief that tourism in India will be growing--particularly among business travelers--by expanding his hotel business into other cities across the country. It's the job of the MIT Sloan G-Lab team to sift through his ever-shifting ideas and goals and steer him and his business in the right direction. Team members Gerardo Guzman and Karen Bruck (both MBA class of 2009) talk about zeroing in on the project's scope to build their client a solid business plan and the welcome assistance of MIT alumni contacts in India.

G-Lab ’10: Kampala Family Clinic, Uganda

For Irina Kogan, Emmy Linder, and Anne Reilly, all MBA ’10, flexibility was key when selecting a G-Lab project to work on, and Uganda’s Kampala Family Clinic provided plenty of it. The tradeoff, however, was some extra work to better define both the scope and the deliverables for the project. The for-profit clinic wanted to expand, but was unsure which way to go. One very important lesson that the team imparted to its client: It is important to understand why the organization has been successful in the past before deciding which direction to grow for the future. Listen to the podcast.

G-Lab ’10: Intergrupo, Colombia

In Colombia, says Ramy Hakim, MBA ‘10, “everyone tries to be your friend. Everyone is very genuine.” This value on interpersonal relationships was a major takeaway for Hakim and his teammates when they spent time this spring working with Intergrupo, a software company based in Medellin, Colombia. The team was charged with creating a human resource strategy, but the camaraderie they found within the company may be the real success story. Says Hakim, “The friendships you develop in the business place really propel the work you do.” Listen to the podcast.

India Lab 2009: Bangalore

Katie Barrett and her fellow MBA 2010 teammates spent four months working with Bangalore-based Adea, an IT solutions company, toward possible expansion into the Boston market. Two weeks on the ground in Bangalore gave the team insight into the impact a country and a culture can have on a business, and gave them the information they needed to come down in favor of expansion.

In Action: Assured Labor

Assured Labor is the latest start-up to rise out of the notorious entrepreneurial ecosystem of MIT Sloan. The company -- which matches dependable workers with honest employers via mobile phone text messaging -- first came to life when three of its founders met in the School's Developmental Entrepreneurship class. Now, after graduation, the team is pushing full steam ahead to assure the future of Assured Labor. Co-founders Matt Albrecht, Joseph Bamber, and David Reich, talk about what it takes to turn a good idea into a successful business.

Student Stories: Kristen Oldenburger

Kristen Oldenburger is interested in the business of flying, particularly in how to keep an airline aloft in a rather competitive climate. Up to this point, however, she's done most of her work at ground level, for the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Bureau, and a few startup airlines. Recent treks to Australia and the United Arab Emirates have given a global slant to her travel industry knowledge, as well as the opportunity to visit the Great Barrier Reef, and she's looking to her summer internship with Morgan Stanley to provide a better understanding of the management side of transportation. In the rare moments her thoughts aren't on the sky, Kristin can be found on the ice, competing as part of an award-winning synchronized skating team. Correspondents Scott Rolph and Michelle Choate sat down with Kristin to discuss her ideas on the future of the aviation industry, witnessing New Year's Eve fireworks over the Sydney Harbor, and her plans for learning to fly.

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