Using innovative classroom and project-based activities, the Enterprise Management Track of MIT Sloan's MBA program is designed to develop students’ abilities to take a holistic approach to solving the most pressing challenges of today’s businesses. Both coursework and projects will help students to develop their skills in marketing, operations, and strategy and prepare them to be future business leaders with multi-disciplinary perspectives. The track prepares students for careers in large enterprises where such a cross-functional viewpoint is critical.
The EM Track provides a unique experience: students participating in projects sourced from real companies from day one of their first semester. Lectures, faculty mentors, and MIT Sloan’s signature Action Learning curriculum train students for careers in large organizations in areas such as marketing, operations, strategic management consulting, product development, and innovation management.
Action learning is a cornerstone of the track, and all students complete the EM Lab in their first semester and the Management Practice Hack-a-Thon in their second semester.
Special features of the EM Track include track exclusive dinners and networking events to meet leading practitioners, faculty, and business leaders. Students also have the opportunity to learn with a cohort of like-minded classmates through EM Track community events.
Graduates receive an EM Track certificate in addition to the MBA degree.
By Drawing on Expertise from Multiple Domains, Students Can Solve Problems Creatively
In the EM Track, classroom lectures, faculty mentors, and cross-functional teams promote a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing business issues. The track is highly flexible within the MBA program, allowing students to tailor their coursework to their interests. No more than 50 percent of the MBA credit requirements are necessary to qualify for an EM Track certificate.
Building upon the broad training provided by the core management requirements, the EM track requires electives in marketing, operations, strategy, and finance to deepen cross-functional expertise. Students choose additional electives from management practices, business analytics, product development and innovation, and global management. A recommended set of electives, linked to specific careers, is intended to guide students and act as a signal to potential employers that the student has completed highly relevant coursework.
15.830 EM Lab: Intro to Enterprise Management
ES.608 SIP Workshop: Management Practice Hackathon
Developed in part due to the kinds of opportunities students were pursuing after graduating and the types of companies that were coming to MIT Sloan to recruit, the EM Track is flexible, allowing students to focus on their specific areas of interest and pursue their career goals. MIT Sloan worked to shape a curriculum that would help graduates succeed in the kinds of roles they were seeking.
Coursework for the EM Track strongly supports some of the most common career paths of Sloan graduates: of the graduating class of 2018, 38.5% accepted positions in consulting or strategic planning, 14.7% in product management, 12.9% in operations, and 9.7% in leadership development programs.
EM Track students are well-suited to a wide range of management roles, including:
Functional and cross-functional positions in rotational management programs and leadership development programs
Positions in marketing, supply chain management, and operations management
Product development and innovation management roles
Consulting in large strategic management and boutique firms
Recent summer internships of EM Track students include: Amazon, Bain, Boston Consulting Group, IBM, and Nike. In addition, last year EM Track graduates accepted positions at Fidelity Investments, Genentech, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, and Tesla.
The EM Track has two major Action Learning components: the EM-Lab, which takes place during the students’ first fall term, and the Management Practice Hack-a-Thon, which takes place during the Sloan Innovation Period in the first spring term.
The Enterprise Management Lab, or EM-Lab, titled “Introduction to Enterprise Management,” is the first Action Learning component of the EM Track and is available only to students studying in the EM Track of the MIT Sloan MBA program.
The EM-Lab, taken during the fall of a student’s first year, is designed to lay the foundation for the track by developing a student’s abilities to apply integrated management perspectives and practices to real business challenges in large organizations.
As with all Action Learning initiatives, EM-Lab combines classroom lectures and faculty mentorship with project work for real companies. EM-Lab host companies represent leaders and innovators in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Sample past and current host companies include:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Proctor & Gamble/Gillette
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. The goal of every EM-Lab project is to promote an integrated mindset through which students will address and view business issues.
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. In some cases, student teams may be offered summer internships to continue their project work.
Past EM-Lab projects had extensive impact on the operations, strategy and marketing of their host companies, including these profiled projects from academic year 2016-2017 at SAP and BMW.
Companies interested in hosting MIT Sloan students for an EM-Lab project should contact Dr. Sharmila C. Chatterjee, Academic Head, EM Track at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Management Practice Hackathon
The Management Practice Hack-a-Thon is the second Action Learning component of the EM Track, and is completed by participants in the spring of their first year. It is an innovative competition that enables students to integrate the lessons they’ve learned in the classroom with their business experience to help companies solve their most pressing interdisciplinary challenges.
Collaborating with EM Track students on cross-functional problems, host companies gain access to talented system thinkers and contribute to the community by providing critical experiences necessary for developing seasoned professionals. Participating students benefit from real-world experience in a tightly scoped, fast-paced, and exciting four-day competition environment.The Management Practice Hack-a-Thon pits three to four student teams against each other as they compete to solve a marketing, operations, or strategy problem. They then present their recommendations to a panel of judges. The goal of the competition—and of the EM Track as a whole—is to encourage students to stretch their thinking beyond functional silos to design the best solution to the problem at hand.
Companies interested in working with MIT Sloan students as part of the Management Practice Hack-a-Thon should contact Dr. Sharmila C. Chatterjee, Academic Head, EM Track at email@example.com .
In 2017, over a four-day Action Learning Hack-a-Thon, EM Track students were challenged with improving the quality of life for seniors.
Students in the EM track come together throughout the year for a series of formal and informal community events, including special track dinners and networking events with industry leaders, a year-end gala, and a regular speaker series. They also participate in popular MIT Sloan clubs that connect them with other students with similar interests in the enterprise management field.
Connect With MIT Sloan
There are many opportunities for companies to connect with MIT Sloan and access the creative problem-solving skills and fresh perspectives of EM Track students. We welcome leading strategy, operations, and marketing executives to join us for our speaker series or to meet with students at a dinner or networking event. And we encourage companies to contact us to participate in the EM-Lab or the Management Practice Hack-a-thon, where student teams can help advance your thinking and work to solve one of your pressing business challenges.
For more information about working with MIT Sloan and its EM Track students, please contact Dr. Sharmila C. Chatterjee, Academic Head, EM Track, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life as an EM Track Student
Student Advisory Board
EM Track students are also welcome to join our Student Advisory Board, a group that contributes to the ongoing development of the track and its features. The members of the Student Advisory Board solicit feedback from current students to continue to develop and improve the track, interact with prospective students, and serve as student ambassadors, promoting the EM Track around the School. The Community Building and Events Subcommittee focuses on building camaraderie among students in the track and on planning engaging and informative events together with the business community.
In the past, guest speakers have included executives from Amazon, Phillips Healthcare, McKinsey & Company, Capgemini Consulting, Bain & Company, and the Toyota Production System Support Center. These executives share their insights into lessons they’ve learned and problems they’ve solved by taking multidisciplinary approaches to business challenges and breaking out of company silos. They discuss their successes and failures and present instructive case studies that enhance students’ classroom learning and encourage them to think broadly about business problems.