MIT Sloan Fellows Blog

MIT Sloan Fellows, alumni, and faculty put themselves in situations around the world where they believe they can have the most impact—and dig in to uncover truth in uncertainty, reason in chaos, and tackle the tough challenges from refreshingly new vantages.

Hunger can be an organizational challenge

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on February 22, 2018

They’re called gleaners, and they’re an important force for good. These volunteers who harvest farmers’ expiring produce and deliver it to food banks have a worthy goal, but the outcome is not always what they envision—the hungry having fresh food to eat. In an article in the food trade publication The Griffin Report, MIT Sloan Visiting Assistant Professor Deishin Lee says that operational challenges often are thwarting the altruism of gleaners and the generous farmers who are donating the produce.…
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MIT and China partner to plot the growth of future cities

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on February 2, 2018

Where is the city going? What is the future of “urban?” How can we increase quality of life, solve transportation and energy issues, and provide affordable housing for millions of forthcoming city dwellers? MIT and China are partnering to find answers with the new Future City Innovation Connector (FCIC), which will be headquartered in a new space called the MIT China Future City Lab. MIT and Tsinghua University in Beijing have established this revolutionary collaboration to support research and startup…
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Shaping the Commerce of Sport: MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference starts February 23

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on January 26, 2018

What is the secret to building a team around a superstar? What is the future of ticket selling at sporting events? What’s the best way to engage the modern sports fan? These are just three of the dozens of topics to be explored by leaders in the realm of sport at the upcoming MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference February 23 and 24 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston. A limited number of tickets are still available for…
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AI pioneers MIT and IBM partner for a smarter future

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on January 16, 2018

Two of the world’s leading artificial intelligence pioneers are joining forces in a formal collaboration to advance AI hardware and software. The new MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, which is staffing up now, will be one of the largest university-industry AI partnerships ever forged. IBM will make a 10-year, $240 million investment to create the partnership, which will integrate the talent of MIT professors and students and more than 100 MIT and IBM scientists. Together, they will pursue joint research at…
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Will a robot be delivering your next pizza?

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on January 3, 2018

Robots have their limits. They’re not good, for example, at thinking outside the box. Humans have it all over robots when it comes to discernment and adapting to changing circumstances, but a team of engineers at MIT is working to improve a robot’s soft skills. One of those soft skills is learning to be a good pedestrian. Yu Fan Chen, the graduate student at LIDS (MIT’s Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems) who is heading the research, says that socially…
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Need to turn around an organization? Turn up your listening skills.

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on December 20, 2017

A leader who isn’t a good listener isn’t a good leader, says Margot Murphy Moore, SF ’07. President and chief strategy officer of Standard Homeopathic Company, Moore says she kicks off every turnaround situation with a listening tour, sitting down with each of the key players one by one and giving them the airtime they need to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the company and the culture. The aggregate value of these conversations is a big picture that…
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