“I actively work to get students to find teammates who think differently than they do. You can’t be successful in management if you only have a single point of view or a particular set of skills.”
China Lab and India Lab
Action-based learning is a defining characteristic of an MIT Sloan education, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the school’s Action Learning Labs. These labs give student teams the opportunity to put management theory and knowledge to the test by working on a real project for a client organization. Students learn firsthand about organizational models and modern-day business challenges through client site visits and meetings with managers. This exposure, combined with the experience of working as part of a dynamic and diverse team, results in a singular career training platform for students.
MIT Sloan’s international Action Learning Labs include:
- China Lab – Students in China Lab engage in a three-month consulting project for a Chinese entrepreneurial firm. Students work in teams of four: two MBA students from MIT Sloan and two IMBA students from Chinese partner schools. Each team spends two weeks at the firm’s headquarters in China to meet with employees and gather information. IMBA students also visit MIT Sloan toward the end of the project to attend classes with their teammates and finalize project recommendations and deliverables. To learn more, visit the China Lab website.
- India Lab – Students in India Lab work side by side with India-based organizations on a broad range of challenges, from analyzing new markets and designing marketing plans to developing strategies for raising foreign capital. The lab kicks off with an intensive two-week internship at the client’s offices in India, followed by a five-week period of remote research, data, and analysis. At the end of the project, student teams present their findings and recommendations to senior management. For more information, visit the India Lab website.
“Chinese culture has many rules and behavior. The culture here is more relaxed. Students have more freedom. Freedom encourages more creation. Professors put out questions with no answers, ask students to think. It’s good to make students think, learn from each other. I will teach students with more freedom.”