Enterprise Management Lab

Applying integrated management perspectives

The Enterprise Management Lab (EM-Lab), entitled “Introduction to Enterprise Management,” is available to students studying in the Enterprise Management Track of the MIT Sloan MBA program. The EM-Lab is designed to develop students’ ability to apply integrated management perspectives and practices in their roles within large organizations. The goal of every EM-Lab project is to promote an integrated mindset through which students will view and address business issues.

How EM-Lab Works

EM-Lab students work in small teams on tightly scoped projects focused on marketing, operations, and/or strategy for host companies. Though projects may be housed in one of these functional areas, students are encouraged to stretch their thinking beyond their projects’ primary functional domain to develop holistic solutions. EM-Lab combines classroom lectures and faculty mentorship with challenging project work for real companies. The companies represent leaders and innovators in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Sample past and current host companies include:

  • The Boston Red Sox
  • Biogen Idec
  • Cisco
  • GE Healthcare
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Nike
  • Nokia
  • Proctor & Gamble

The EM-Lab Process

EM-Lab project work typically takes place over an eight-week period starting in October. Students receive project descriptions from participating companies and work with their respective clients for several hours per week. The projects culminate with the student teams creating formal presentations for their client companies that feature the teams’ findings and recommendations.

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