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About the MIT Executive MBA Program

The MIT Executive MBA Program (EMBA) is an extraordinary opportunity for rising executives to challenge themselves and to challenge convention. The EMBA Program is built on MIT’s culture of rigor, inquiry, teamwork, and taps into deep roots in innovation, research, and management. The MIT Sloan School of Management has defined the science of management and has led innovations that have changed the face of business. MIT Sloan continues to be at the forefront of management education, empowering executives with a rigorous and data-driven approach to solving complex challenges and seizing strategic opportunities.

 
MIT Executive MBA Students/Working Executives

The MIT Executive MBA Program boasts the most senior executive MBA cohort in North America. Each class of 126 working executives will undertake this rigorous 20-month executive-schedule program. EMBA students travel to campus 30 times in 20 months, while remaining actively engaged in their careers at the same time. The EMBA students learn while they work, and work while they learn. The curriculum is designed to build General Management skills, a scientific approach to management and includes:

  • Global Leadership
  • Data-Driven Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • System Dynamics
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
EMBA Global Labs

Aligned to the Mission of MIT Sloan, the EMBA strives to equip students to address the world’s greatest challenges. Each Global Lab course focuses on a different aspect of that goal. The MIT Executive MBA Class of 2019 Action Learning lab classes will run from January – April 2019 with March 16-23, 2019 set aside for concentrated Field Study. Some teams will travel outside of the U.S.

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MIT Executive MBA Class of 2019 Student Profile

  • 126

    global executives

  • 82%

    director-level and above

  • 40

    average age

  • 62%

    non-local (outside MA)

  • 17

    average years of work experience

  • 44%

    international origin

  • 52%

    advanced degrees

  • 100%

    employed full-time

EMBA Global Labs

GO Lab

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About GO-Lab

GO-Lab is a four-month intensive team engagement (January – April), partnering with a multinational organization to collaborate in addressing a critical cross-border management challenge, with a one-week Field Study period in March. To date, over 80 organizations world-wide have leveraged GO-Lab teams for focused, objective analysis of their strategic organizational challenges and opportunities.

GO-Lab explores cross-border management challenges and opportunities.

Global Organizations Lab (GO-Lab) explores challenges facing executive leaders of organizations which operate in multiple countries. GO-Lab offers final-semester EMBA students opportunities to draw on their entire EMBA experience, apply new skills, explore new organizations and industries, and take advantage of the MIT ecosystem and networks. Working as executive advisors to senior management, GO-Lab teams develop a shared understanding of relevant global and national economic and institutional contexts. This experience will advance how EMBAs think about and respond to the challenges of managing complex organizations (business firms, NGOs, and other organizations) within and across business, strategic, marketing, cultural, and other critical contexts.

Project hosts will meet with their GO-Lab teams via face-to-face and virtual meetings between January – April, with a one-week on-site Field Study in March.

 

Teams will leverage data-driven research, field research: interviews, focus groups, shadowing, and observation, consultation with classmates, GO-Lab faculty mentor, and other experts. The course provides a rare opportunity for personal engagement with managers, employees, and stakeholders as they wrestle with global challenges.

GO-Lab project teams complete the project by providing the project hosts with an experienced, objective analysis of a business challenge or opportunity. The project team delivers a set of recommendations along with actionable proposals, supported by a specific set of tools or “play books” and more depending upon individual project scope.

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GO-Lab Faculty

Donald Roy Lessard

Donald Roy Lessard

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management, Emeritus

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Stuart Krusell

Stuart Krusell

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Senior Director, Global Programs, Senior Lecturer, Behavioral and Policy Sciences

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Hiram M Samel

Hiram M Samel

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Senior Lecturer

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GO-Lab Mentors

Joseph J. Battat

Joseph J. Battat

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Senior Lecturer, Global Economics and Management

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John C. Grant

John C. Grant

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Senior Lecturer, International Action Learning Programs (G-Lab, China/India Lab, GO-Lab)

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Charles Kane

Charles Kane

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Senior Lecturer, Global Economics and Management and Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

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Valerie J. Karplus

Valerie J. Karplus

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Assistant Professor, Global Economics and Management

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Janice Klein

Janice Klein

Management Science

Senior Lecturer, Organizational Change

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Donna Levin

Donna Levin

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Program Manager / Lecturer, Entrepreneurship

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Henry B. Weil

Henry B. Weil

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Senior Lecturer, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

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Melissa Jane Webster

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Lecturer, Global Economics and Management

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Contact
 

To learn more about hosting a GO-Lab project, contact Stu Krusell.

EMBA Global Labs

IDEA Lab

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About IDEA Lab
Explore Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship and Ecosystems

IDEA Lab is MIT Sloan’s executive-level Action Learning lab focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Building Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Advantage’ (IDEA) is deeply embedded in the culture of MIT and is an intellectual and practical cornerstone of the MIT Executive MBA Program. In the first year of the program, EMBAs take ‘IDEA Week’ which introduces them to key concepts and MIT frameworks supporting innovation-driven entrepreneurship (e.g., on iterative innovation loops of experimentation and evaluation), the innovation ecosystem (e.g., the key ecosystem’s stakeholders, and the foundations of innovation-/entrepreneurial-capacity).

In the second year, IDEA Lab is an opportunity for EMBAs to work with interested organizations—or on their own startup (perhaps resulting from IDEA Week)—to explore and leverage innovation ecosystems to build greater strength in innovation-driven entrepreneurial advantage and to build a stronger culture of corporate innovation. IDEA Lab projects will be co-created by faculty and students along one of two tracks: the Innovation one (focused on organizations wishing to become more innovative and/or engage the ecosystem); and the Entrepreneurship one (principally for EMBAs with startup enterprises/ventures).

To those ends, IDEA Lab will further explore the themes of innovation ecosystems, stakeholders and the innovation loop of experimentation and evaluation. In keeping with the emphasis on global issues critical to Global Labs experience, each Innovation project will be a team-based one that can be Boston-based (as this is a globally important innovation ecosystem in its own right): Entrepreneurship projects can be a solo enterprise (but teams are also encouraged). Both tracks will include consideration of the global elements of the innovation economy, comparison/selection of innovation ecosystems, and/or global expansion. Two types of projects are envisioned.

IDEA Lab Tracks

The two IDEA Lab tracks will encompass two distinctive types of group projects, each with a theme of innovation-driven entrepreneurial advantage (IDEA) in a global context:

  • INNOVATION TRACK: Expanded Corporate innovation through engagement with Boston’s globally important innovation ecosystem: 
    Exploration of the potential for expanded engagement into the local innovation economy by a corporation or other large organization through an expanded presence in Boston or elsewhere. May also include an emphasis on internal ‘corporate innovation’ processes that complement ecosystem engagement e.g. through internal accelerators etc. Considerations will include the nature of Boston-based engagement, choices of specific location and program design/development. Client organizations may be global corporations, government agencies or not-for-profits.
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK: work on your own Boston-based startup venture:
    These projects will emphasize location and expansion opportunities, drawing on the globally distinctive elements of Boston’s ecosystem; or identify the strategic rationale for global expansion into another innovation ecosystem, determining the operational nature of this expansion. These projects may be proposed by an individual founder-EMBA who is driving the startup venture and can be delivered with a team of EMBA students for IDEA Lab (or by the founder working alone). They can also be delivered for an existing Boston-based startup.
IDEA LAB PROJECTS

IDEA Lab projects will draw from three distinctive types of group projects, each with a theme of innovation-driven entrepreneurial advantage (IDEA) in a global context:

  • GLOBAL EXPANSION OF A BOSTON-BASED START-UP VENTURE: These projects will emphasize location and expansion opportunities, drawing on the globally-distinctive elements of Boston’s ecosystem; or identify the strategic rationale for global expansion into another innovation ecosystem, determining the operational nature of this expansion. These projects may be proposed by an individual founder-EMBA who is driving the start-up venture and can be delivered with a team of EMBA students for IDEA Lab (or by the founder working alone). They can also be delivered for an existing Boston-based start-up.
  • EXPANDED CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT INTO BOSTON AS A GLOBALLY-IMPORTANT INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM: Exploration of the potential for expanded engagement into the local innovation economy by a corporation through an expanded presence in Boston. Considerations will include the nature of Boston-based engagement, choices of specific location and program design/development. Client organizations may be global corporations, government agencies or not-for-profits.
  • START-UP EXPANSION INTO BOSTON FROM OTHER GLOBAL INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS: Working through a series of partner regions (e.g., Singapore, London, Israel, Chile, etc.), a small number of projects may be sourced that explore the opportunities for innovation-driven enterprises (IDEs) from other global ecosystems to expand from their current locales into the Boston innovation ecosystem. Projects will explore the timing, location, and strategic choices implicit in this decision.
SPONSORING AN IDEA LAB PROJECT

IDEA Lab is an annual opportunity to work with a seasoned team of MIT Executive MBA students (near the end of a rigorous 20-month program) on an intensive four-month engagement. Organizations partner with teams of 5-6 EMBAs – each team averaging 100 years of experience – to collaborate on a business challenge or opportunity and provide focused, objective analysis. EMBA teams provide objective, executive input from multiple viewpoints (including MIT’s).This short-term resource is not a consulting engagement, expects no follow-on business, and EMBA student teams’ only objective is to create value for hosting organizations, while leveraging MIT and surrounding Kendall Square innovation ecosystem and entrepreneurial resources.

IDEA Lab projects are co-created by faculty and students and by project hosts/sponsors.

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ABOUT IDEA LAB and MIT EMBAs

About the MIT Executive MBA Program (EMBA): The MIT EMBA boasts the most experienced executive student cohort in North America. Students average 40 years of age, and almost half have already earned at least one graduate degree. Our General Management curriculum focuses on global leadership, data-driven analytics, operations management, system dynamics and innovation. 

Experience and Expertise. The MIT EMBA Program attracts a diverse student cohort (120 EMBAs per year) from a broad array of industries to benefit from MIT’s focus on science and technology, and reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship. Over 20 months, students travel to campus 30 times (every 3 weeks) for 26 weekends, 4 one-week modules, and a Field Study week.  For IDEA Lab, teams of 5-6 MIT second-year EMBAs bring a combined average of 100 years of work experience.

The EMBA Program Attracts A Diverse Student Cohort

  • 120

    EMBAs per year

  • 20+

    Months students travel to campus

  • 100

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  • 26

    Weekends per year

  • 4

    One-week modules and a Field Stu

  • 30

    Times students attend class on c

Info for Students

IDEA-Lab is the pilot amongst the EMBA Global Labs, so those interested should liaise directly with the faculty. IDEA Lab projects will be co-created by faculty and students.

Faculty

Phil Budden

Phil Budden

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Senior Lecturer, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

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Fiona E. Murray

Fiona E. Murray

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship

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Application

Application Deadline: Late October
Online application
: https://actionlearning.mit.edu/idea-lab/apply/

Contact

To learn more about sponsoring a GO Lab project, contact Beth Chartier at bethc@mit.edu.

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