"People here go out of their way to help you when you’re struggling. They want to support you in everything that you do."
Leaders for Global Operations
Students in MIT's Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program receive two degrees in two years: an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Master of Science degree from one of seven participating programs in the School of Engineering. LGO looks for students who have strong academic records in engineering or science, at least two years of work experience and who want to become industry leaders in operations and manufacturing.
Hands-on Program Integrating Engineering and Leadership
LGO's educational mix of management, engineering, and leadership as well as the program's close interactions with partner companies create an exciting learning environment. Corporate partners host six-month research internships leading to the dual-degree master's thesis and provide generous fellowships for all students.
A Global Perspective on Goods and Services
Founded in 1988 as Leaders for Manufacturing, the program was created to help strengthen the U.S. manufacturing industry in the face of emerging global competition. Since then, the program has expanded and evolved to address the rise of service based companies as well as the increasingly global orientation of manufacturing. Today, LGO students are immersed in the full spectrum of operations related to the global production and distribution goods and services. Equipped with strong leadership skills and technical acumen, LGO graduates go on to effect transformative change in the world through their groundbreaking careers at operations-based companies.
“The assistant to the CEO was like our host mom while we were there. She arranged our housing for us, she took us out to her friend’s game farm, and we got driven around in 4x4s. She was just wonderful to meet, and we developed a personal as well as professional relationship with her.”
“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”
“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”
“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”
“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”
“We are very much an action-learning environment. The way to learn leadership is not only through reading cases, not only through learning theory — in fact we don’t want people to regurgitate the theory. We want people to take theory and to live it, use it.”
“The concept behind enterprise architecture is that you have all these machines, you have all these business processes, you have all these people doing things, how do you make sure they all come together and achieve business objectives that make you more competitive.”
“You could talk about watershed management and conservation of energy all you want. But until you put numbers to it and financial analysis to it, you’re not going to get much done. I came to business school to speak that language, speak with people in terms of numbers, financial numbers so that I can get projects done.”
“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”
“These companies are really excited to work with MIT students.They reach out to the community to set up these projects and are great to work with. They give us access to all their resources and are very open to us.”
“I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”
"The relationships that we forged helped us to turn out a better project. We were able to test our hypotheses with the people that we spoke with every single day. And really, I think the friendships that you develop really propel the work that you’re doing."
“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”
“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”
“It has made an enormous difference to have so many other wonderful women here, students and faculty.”