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Enterprise Management Track
MIT Sloan’s MBA program is excited to announce the launch of our latest Track: Enterprise Management. The goal of the Enterprise Management Track is to develop students’ capability to apply integrated management perspectives and practices in their respective roles within large organizations via innovative classroom and project-based activities. Specifically, skills in marketing, operations, and strategy will be developed into a coherent perspective for cutting-edge performance. The curriculum prepares students for career tracks related to large organizations in the for-profit & not-for-profit sectors such as: consulting (different practices), functional and cross functional positions within large organizations (e.g., rotational management programs, marketing, branding, strategy, supply chain and operations management), product development and innovation management.
Innovative Classroom and Action Learning Projects
The Track retains high flexibility within the program; no more than 50% of the MBA credit requirements are necessary to qualify for a Track certificate. The Track will use MIT Sloan’s signature action-learning curriculum to promote an integrated mindset towards viewing and addressing business issues. Students are broadly trained in the components of management including accounting, marketing, operations, strategy and finance within the context of core requirements. Electives are drawn from Strategy, Management Practices, Industries and Sectors, Business Analytics, Product Development and Innovation, and Global Management. As part of the Track, students may complete a recommended set of courses. The recommended sets of courses linked to specific careers are intended to guide students and signal potential employers.
The first semester curriculum includes a special project-based seminar in which small teams of students work on live integrative projects sourced from large organizations. The project is coupled with guest speakers who are leading practitioners in their respective fields. Special programs will include seminars with the faculty, practicing managers, and senior consultants, networking events to meet leading practitioners, and cohort treks. A second-year project-based course integrates experiences across the program. Graduates receive a Track certificate in addition to the MBA degree.
“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 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!”
“For 35 years, we’ve been studying how companies get value from information. … We try to help organizations take a more holistic view of what they are trying to do.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Technology interests me because it is the mechanism by which we can improve our lives. It also can have unintended consequences, which is why it is important to study its adoption and diffusion through the market.”