David Birnbach


David Birnbach

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David Birnbach is a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where his focus is in the domains of action learning, technology innovation, and entrepreneurship. He is also an affiliate with MIT’s World Education Lab (J-WEL) where he works with faculty and staff to address global opportunities for transformative change in K-12 education.

David is a member of the teaching team and a faculty mentor in several Action Learning programs, including Global Entrepreneurship (G-Lab), Enterprise Management (EM-Lab), China and India Lab, and Operations Lab (Ops Lab). He helps students put classroom theory into practice, as students work side-by-side with organizations to apply classroom lessons to high-impact business and society challenges.

His teaching interests emanate from 20 years’ experience launching startups, building markets, and creating innovative engineering teams. David has played leadership roles with startups and global firms and has held the positions of ceo, svp sales and marketing, and director of research & development.

David holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Arizona and an MS in management of technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Action Learning

How do experiential learning practitioners adapt? 5 key takeaways from the LEPE 2021 Conference

Formed in 2009 as a professional networking group, Leaders in Experiential Project-based Education (LEPE) meets annually to share insights and best practices on experiential learning, a pedagogy centered on learning by doing. Last year’s meeting, hosted by MIT Sloan Action Learning, brought together representatives from more than 30 peer schools to discuss the challenges and opportunities of running such programs in business schools—particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are five key takeaways for experiential learning practitioners.

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A 4-step framework for returning to the office

How shorter meetings and key metrics can help managers as they consider their return-to-work models.

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