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.

Building better buildings with digital tools

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 27, 2016

Ingenious apps are exploding on the marketplace daily, but they have little worth if the people they’re designed for have no interest in using them. Keiko Miyazaki, SF ’14, head of global strategy and marketing for PanaHome Asia Pacific, Panasonic’s real estate arm, says the construction industry is a case in point. Not everyone is comfortable living and working in digital environments, Miyazaki points out, and professionals in the construction industry, as a group, tend to be more resistant than…
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Effective negotiation: Seven essential elements

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 22, 2016

“Only at MIT,” a few students grumbled. Only at MIT would you be relegated to a 400-student waiting list for a negotiations class—held during the winter break. MIT Sloan Professor Jared Curhan’s three-day crash course “Negotiation Analysis” was one of 700 courses—some for credit, some just for fun—offered during MIT’s legendary Independent Activities Period. IAP takes place every January and many students come back to campus a month early just to take part. Why were so many trying to get…
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New MIT competition rewards ideas that support earners on lower economic rungs

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 18, 2016

In a prime example of innovation breeding innovation, MIT’s revolutionary new Inclusive Innovation Competition (IIC) rewards ideas that are just as groundbreaking. Sponsored by the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) in collaboration with the MIT Innovation Initiative (MITii), the competition will award a total of $1,000,000 dollars in prizes to organizations that are inventing a more sustainable, productive, and inclusive future. In particular, ideas must improve economic opportunity for middle- and base-level income earners. The competition was invented…
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Lester Thurow: Tribute to a Global Economic Pioneer

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 6, 2016

MIT Sloan Professor Lester Thurow, dean of the School from 1987 to 1993, was one of the few economists in the 20th century to become a household name—in part, because he discussed topics of interest to ordinary citizens in words they could understand. Thurow, who died on March 25 at the age of 77, spoke out early and eloquently about income inequality, believing that a more equitable sharing of economic burdens and benefits would generate prosperity. In a tribute to…
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How the US Coast Guard met the America’s Cup Challenge

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on March 28, 2016

Beset by dense fog and powerful currents, San Francisco Bay is one of the most treacherous waterways in the country. In 2007, a container ship plowed into the Bay Bridge in heavy fog. Five years later, an oil tanker followed suit. So when America’s Cup organizers approached the U.S. Coast Guard in 2012 about hosting the iconic cup races in San Francisco Bay, the prospect furrowed a few brows. For Coast Guard Commander Jason Tama, SF ’11, however, it was…
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Healthcare: There’s an app for that

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on March 21, 2016

Digital doesn’t necessarily mean impersonal. At least not in the healthcare industry, according to Dapo Tomori, SF ’09, Senior Director of Medical Affairs, CNS, at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. “Digital tools give us the opportunity to personalize care to an unprecedented level,” he says. “Digital can be a better way to get information to patients, physicians, payers, and policymakers so that all of them, individually and in concert, can make more informed decisions with better outcomes.” Dr. Tomori believes that the healthcare…
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