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.

How much is a living wage? MIT Sloan faculty experts weigh in

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on October 4, 2016

Arguably, a living wage is the goal of all civilized societies—that is, the amount of money a person needs to maintain a basic standard of living. But what exactly is a sufficient wage? And will increasing the minimum wage create a knee-jerk effect among employers to hit the brakes on hiring? At present, the hourly minimum wage in the United States is $7.25, and the Democratic Party platform is advocating more than doubling that rate to $15. MIT Sloan asked…
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Robert McKersie merges management theory and activism

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on September 26, 2016

What does advanced management theory have to do with social and economic justice? Everything, according to MIT Sloan Professor of Management Emeritus Robert B. McKersie. In his latest book, A Decisive Decade: An Insider’s View of the Chicago Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s, McKersie reveals how his convictions and his scholarship merged on the front lines of historic events in the civil rights movement—strategy sessions, marches, boycotts, and negotiations. McKersie is best known for his pioneering work in industrial…
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Annual EmTech Conference—a window on the digital frontier

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on September 9, 2016

Every fall, technology, business, and culture converge at MIT for the EmTech Conference, organized by MIT Technology Review. The 16th annual EmTech, which takes place October 18-20, 2016, at the MIT Media Lab, will offer participants a look at what’s just over the horizon in the digital world. Those present will also get the opportunity to meet and network with the entrepreneurs who are poised to bring those innovations to the world stage, including MIT Technology Review’s “35 Innovators Under…
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MIT’s Hong Kong “Innovation Node” gives students and faculty an Asian perspective on entrepreneurship

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 23, 2016

Is Hong Kong the next new enterprise frontier? In June, MIT unveiled its Hong Kong Innovation Node, a collaborative space designed to connect the Institute community with partners and resources in what has become a key global business hub and a gateway to Asia. The “node,” which will be run by the MIT Innovation Initiative, convenes MIT students, faculty, and researchers to work on entrepreneurial and research projects with Hong Kong-based students, faculty, MIT alumni, entrepreneurs, and business leaders. The…
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Platform companies: Does the chicken really come before the egg?

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 4, 2016

Platforms make the digital world go round. Apple, Microsoft, Google—they’re all platform companies. So are billion-dollar startups like Uber and Airbnb. But what exactly is a platform? MIT Sloan Professor Michael Cusumano, who teaches internet entrepreneurship, among other IT-related management subjects, explains. “Platforms are foundation technologies or services that bring multiple people together for a common purpose. Platforms are where we find each other or where we transact business that would be difficult without that intermediary component. Computers, the internet,…
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Transforming workplace culture with micro-affirmations

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on July 27, 2016

Earlier this year, a group of undergraduates launched Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week at MIT. Members of the community encountered various “kindness crews” dispensing an array of happy surprises—from hugs to hot chocolate. RAK, which has burgeoned into something of an international phenomenon, illuminates the pioneering work of IWER’s Mary Rowe, adjunct professor of negotiation and conflict management at MIT Sloan’s Institute for Work and Employment Research. An economist and conflict management specialist, Rowe joined the Institute in 1973,…
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