Courses and Programs for Academic Year 2014Expand all

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Description: Analyzes the causes, effects and policy responses to major global economic issues. Focuses on financial crises, beginning with historical examples in emerging markets and building up to recent crises. Also focuses on current economic debates and challenges facing countries around the world. Possible topics include unsustainable debt, European union, aging populations, global warming, inequality and poverty, oil and commodity markets, international institutions, and the implications of rapid growth in the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) and "frontier" economies. Some background in international economics recommended.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Kristin Forbes
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Description: Focuses on the international dimensions of strategy and organization, and provides a framework for formulating strategies in an increasingly complex world economy, and for making those strategies work effectively. Topics include the globalization of industries, the continuing role of country factors in competition, organization of multinational enterprises, building global networks, and the changing managerial tasks under conditions of globalization.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Valerie Karplus
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Description: Focuses on the international dimensions of strategy and organization, and provides a framework for formulating strategies in an increasingly complex world economy, and for making those strategies work effectively. Topics include the globalization of industries, the continuing role of country factors in competition, organization of multinational enterprises, building global networks, and the changing managerial tasks under conditions of globalization. Restricted to Sloan Fellows in Innovation and Global Leadership.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Donald Lessard
  • Jose Santos
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Description: Examines opportunities and risks firms face in today's global market. Provides conceptual tools for analyzing how governments and social institutions influence economic competition among firms embedded in different national settings. Public policies and institutions that shape competitive outcomes are examined through cases and analytical readings on different companies and industries operating in both developed and emerging markets.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Matthew Amengual
  • Simon Johnson
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Description: Provides an integrated approach to analyze the economies of China and India through action learning. The classroom portion covers macro issues of China and India, project-related issues and personal and learning reflections. The onsite portion involves working with a host company in China or in India. Students work in teams to tackle a real world business problem with an entrepreneurial Chinese or Indian company and produce a final deliverable for the host company. Students are required to take a mid semester trip during SIP and Spring Break to China or India to work onsite with the host company. Past lab projects have included creating a business plan for fundraising, developing a new market strategy, and crafting financial models; the projects have included both for-profit and NGO projects. Limited to graduate students who participate in China Lab or India Lab.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Yasheng Huang
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Description: Group study of current topics related to international business.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Renee Gosline
  • Roberta Pittore
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Description: Explores the ways in which energy efficiency is enabled by innovations in technology, business models, and public initiatives, and its potential to create societal, economic and carbon benefits. Supported by guest interviews with government and industry efficiency leaders, students critically examine current practice methods and issues. Develops skills in areas such as building energy analysis, economic resource planning, energy information and behavioral analysis, and business/program strategy development and evaluation. Assignments challenge students to discover, analyze, and articulate strategic approaches to scaling transformative ideas. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. Limited to 25.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Harvey Michaels
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Description: Examines how new approaches to operations, revenue, marketing, finance, and strategy enable improved health care in resource-limited settings across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Draws on system dynamics, design thinking, and strategic analysis. Explores success and failure in innovative healthcare delivery. Analysis of novel business models draws on case studies, videos, industry reports, research, and guest speakers. Students present their assessments of innovative base-of-the-pyramid health enterprises that aim to do more with less. Students who have not taken at least three management or business classes must apply to the instructor for permission to enroll before the first day of class.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Anjali Sastry
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Description: Pairs faculty-mentored student teams with enterprises on the front lines of health care delivery in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Custom-designed projects in strategy, business model innovation, operations, marketing, and technology designed to tackle specific barriers identified by each partnering organization. Interactive cases, practical exercises, and conversations with experts, all designed to support project work before, during, and after an intensive two-week onsite collaboration with entrepreneurs, leaders, staff, and stakeholders. Assignments include a portfolio of host deliverables, a foundational toolkit designed to support each project, and a distillation of learning from the field. Enrolled students must be available to work on site in Africa or South Asia for the entire weeks of SIP and Spring Break. Admission by application and interview in the prior November and December. Preference to students who have taken 15.232. Graduate students only.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Anjali Sastry
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Description: Building upon 15.395, discusses the issues and policies that affect the climate for innovation and start-up success around the world. Enables teams of students to work with the top management of global start-ups and gain experience in running, and consulting to, a new enterprise outside the US. Focuses on start-ups operating in emerging markets throughout the world. Restricted to graduate students.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Yasheng Huang
  • Michellana Jester
  • Simon Johnson
  • Shari Loessberg
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Description: Intensive module on international management, combining the key perspectives of macroeconomics, global business, and global strategy. Focuses on the policy and economic environment of firms, as well as on the development of a truly global market in products, services, and capital, and its effect on competition for businesses and industries. Presents key insights into national economic strategies for development, and into the evolving rules and institutions governing the new international economic order. Develops an appreciation of the international dimensions of strategy and organization in an increasingly complex world economy. Restricted to Executive MBA students.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Simon Johnson
  • Athanasios Orphanides
  • Tavneet Suri
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Description: Provides students with the evidence, concepts and models for understanding company performance in a global world and the issues facing executives in the early 21st century. Prepares students to manage effectively in todays interconnected world by understanding this changing environment, principles of global strategy, and the relation between global strategy and organization. Focuses on the specificities of strategy and organization of the multinational company. Restricted to Executive MBA students.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Donald Lessard
  • Jose Santos
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Description: Student teams collaborate with senior management at a global organization to complete a strategic consulting project. Includes a week-long, site visit for research. Teams conclude their projects with rigorous analyses and persuasive recommendations for their clients, including detailed implementation plans. Restricted to Executive MBA students.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Jake Cohen
  • Roberto Fernandez
  • Janice Klein
  • M. Lehrich
  • Donald Lessard
  • Nelson Repenning
  • Roberto Rigobon
  • John Van Maanen
  • Henry Weil
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Description: Group study of current topics related to management not otherwise included in curriculum. Coursework may continue into the following term.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Athanasios Orphanides
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Description: Opportunity for group study by graduate students on current topics related to management not otherwise included in curriculum.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Athanasios Orphanides
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Description: Group study of current topics related to management not otherwise included in curriculum. Coursework may continue into the following term.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Athanasios Orphanides
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Description: Group study of current topics related to management not otherwise included in curriculum.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Anjali Sastry
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Programs

The MIT Sloan Policy Forum will be holding a discussion between Prof. Simon Johnson (Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan and a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute) and Dr. Dan Rodriguez (Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer for Credit Suisse's Systematic Market Making Group). The theme of the talk will be on the impact of banking regulation on both the financial markets and the wider economy.  The event will be open for everyone from MIT and the wider public.  Please see below for further details and the link to RSVP.

Title: [Un]Intended Consequences: The Impact of Bank Regulation on Economic Growth
Date: Feb 12
Time: 6pm
Location: E51-335
RSVP HERE

About Prof. Simon Johnson:
Prof. Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  He is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., a co-founder of BaselineScenario.com (a much cited website on the global economy), a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers, and a member of the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the private sector systemic risk council founded and chaired by Sheila Bair in 2012.  From March 2007 through the end of August 2008, Prof. Johnson was the International Monetary Fund's Economic Counsellor (chief economist) and Director of its Research Department. He is a co-director of the NBER Africa Project, and works with non-profits and think tanks around the world. He is also a weekly contributor to NYT.com's Economix, is a regular Bloomberg columnist, has a monthly article with Project Syndicate that runs in publications around the world.  Simon holds a BA in economics and politics from the University of Oxford, an MA in economics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in economics from MIT.

About Dr. Dan Rodriguez:
Dr. Dan Rodriguez is a Managing Director with Credit-Suisse who serves as the Chief Risk Officer for the Systematic Market Making Group in the Investment Bank. His focus is on the front-office risk management responsibilities for a global cross-asset class, trading portfolio within Credit-Suisse. His primary responsibilities include the development of portfolio risk limits, daily and intraday monitoring of portfolio risk profiles for the group’s trading desks, as well as, recommending and trading attractively priced relative value hedges to hedge the global portfolio against emerging tail risks. He has over a decade of risk management experience including previous positions with Morgan Stanley reporting to the CRO of the firm, with responsibility for market risk methodology for the Institutional Securities Group. He began his career in financial services in risk management monitoring the risk of the Commodities Division at Morgan Stanley. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member with NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering and Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business. Dan holds a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T. and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the United States Military Academy.

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