Enterprise Management Lab
The Enterprise Management Lab (EM-Lab) develops students’ abilities to take an integrated approach to solving the most pressing challenges of today’s businesses. 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. EM-Lab students work in small teams on tightly scoped projects focused on marketing, operations, and/or strategy for host companies. Though projects may take place in one of these functional areas, students are encouraged to stretch their thinking beyond their projects’ primary functional domain to develop holistic solutions. The projects culminate with the student teams giving formal presentations to their host companies that feature the teams’ findings and recommendations.
EM-Lab is available to students studying in the Enterprise Management Track of the MIT Sloan MBA program.
ROBIN GANEK, Sloan MBA ’15
"EM Track is the best way to gain practical experience implementing lessons learned in the first semester core. It’s a great way to meet students outside of your cohort and learn from faculty not teaching the core. I was given the opportunity to work with a client on an initiative and in an industry that I had previously had no exposure to. It was great to be able to speak about these experiences during my summer interviews, and to understand better for myself the traits of a completely new industry.”
SITORA MUZAFAROVA, Demand Planning Director, Nike (EM-Lab Host)
"The students immediately grasped what Nike was missing and they analyzed our strengths and challenges—and those of our competitors—in a new and fresh way. The recommendations the team presented to Nike senior leaders really resonated.”
DOUG VAN WIE, MBA ’15
"Working with Cisco on their Internet of Everything initiative gave me experience working on an innovative solution within a large organization. I used the skills I gained to switch careers and get a summer internship in the consulting industry.”
SHARMILA CHATTERJEE, Academic Head, Enterprise Management Track, MIT Sloan
"We want to see that students have developed a capacity to apply different management perspectives and practices in their respective roles. This is the mindset that we believe is crucial for successfully managing the risks, complexities, and challenges of today’s business environment.”
MATHIEU HALPIN, MBA ’15
"When I was recruiting for consulting last winter, my EM Lab project was the first thing I would talk about when recruiters asked me questions on my experience at Sloan. It showed I had already started building the skills I would need as a consultant. I think it sent a really strong message to the firms.”