Courses and Programs for Academic Year 2015Expand all

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Description: Investigates the different perspectives a general manager must take, how to integrate those perspectives, and the role of leadership in setting and realizing goals. Students work intensively in teams and with multiple faculty, using a deep dive into the challenges faced by a major global firm operating in complex global markets. Restricted to Executive MBA students.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Pierre Azoulay
  • Jake Cohen
  • Vivek Farias
  • Donald Lessard
  • Fiona Murray
  • Nelson Repenning
  • Duncan Simester
  • John Van Maanen
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Description: Introduces system dynamics modeling for the analysis of business policy and strategy. Provides the skills to visualize an organization in terms of the structures and policies that create dynamics and regulate performance. Uses causal mapping, simulation models, case studies, and management flight simulators to help develop principles of policy design for successful management of complex strategies. Considers the use of systems thinking to promote effective organizational learning. Restricted to Executive MBA students.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Nelson Repenning
  • John Sterman
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Description: Introduction to systems thinking and system dynamics modeling applied to strategy, organizational change, and policy design. Students use simulation models, management flight simulators, and case studies to develop conceptual and modeling skills for the design and management of high-performance organizations in a dynamic world. Case studies of successful applications of system dynamics in growth strategy, management of technology, operations, supply chains, product development, and others. Principles for effective use of modeling in the real world.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • J. Morrison
  • Hazhir Rahmandad
  • John Sterman
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Description: Continuation of 15.871, emphasizing tools and methods needed to apply systems thinking and simulation modeling successfully in complex real-world settings. Uses simulation models, management flight simulators, and case studies to deepen the conceptual and modeling skills introduced in 15.871. Through models and case studies of successful applications students learn how to use qualitative and quantitative data to formulate and test models, and how to work effectively with senior executives to implement change successfully. Prerequisite for further work in the field.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • J. Morrison
  • Hazhir Rahmandad
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Description: Doctoral level seminar in system dynamics modeling, with a focus on social, economic and technical systems. Covers classic works in dynamic modeling from various disciplines and current research problems and papers. Participants critique the theories and models, often including replication, testing, and improvement of various models, and lead class discussion. Topics vary from year to year.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Hazhir Rahmandad
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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:

  • Robert Nachtrieb
  • John Sterman
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