Photos: MIT Sloan Action Learning Conference 2012
Published: August 31, 2012
MIT Sloan held its inaugural Action Learning Conference, “New Dimensions in Action Learning: Reinventing Leadership Development,” August 1 and 2 on campus. The conference brought academic and business leaders to Cambridge to discuss best practices in developing leaders through experiential, project-based learning programs.
MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Peter Senge opened the conference with a critique of education in America, arguing that action learning presents a “radical innovation in pedagogy.”
In Global Health Delivery Lab, MIT Sloan students take on practical challenges at the front lines of health care delivery. Students in the course, founded in 2008 by Senior Lecturer Anjali Sastry, have led more than 40 projects in Africa and India.
Michellana Jester leads the School’s Action Learning program, a growing portfolio of more than a dozen project-based learning lab opportunities to support the development of principled, innovative leaders. Student teams use their collective experience and core course work to tackle the real world business problems of companies in more than 45 countries across the globe.
The conference featured education consultants like Yury Boshyk, center, of the Global Executive Learning Network. A select group of 100 academics, practitioners, and industry leaders in action learning attended the conference, which provoked thoughtful dialogue and exchanges among audience members and panel presenters.
Panel discussions included experts from the world’s leading universities. Pictured are Trond Undheim of MIT Sloan, Maarten Nijhoff Asser of THT Consulting, David Coghlan of the University of Dublin, Maria Jenson of Stanford University, Goran Todorovic of Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University, and Erin Sullivan of Wellesley College.
MIT Sloan Professor Emeritus Edgar Schein closed the conference by leading a panel on the future of action learning in developing managers.