MIT Sloan Fellows Blog

MIT Sloan Fellows, alumni, and faculty put themselves in situations around the world where they believe they can have the most impact—and dig in to uncover truth in uncertainty, reason in chaos, and tackle the tough challenges from refreshingly new vantages.

Enhancing Customer Relationships with Consumable Data

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on June 29, 2020

In the early days of big data, organizations invested heavily in analytics talent, data platforms, and business intelligence units in the hopes of making key business activities better, cheaper, and faster. The majority of these efforts were for internal consumption only and had no direct value for customers. In 2013, however, scientists at the MIT Sloan Center for Systems Research (CISR) began observing a nascent approach toward data monetization they dubbed “data wrapping” that focused on assisting and delighting consumers.…
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How Organizations Can Fight Racism

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on June 15, 2020

During MIT’s online vigil on June 3, 2020, members of the Institute community voiced their anger, grief, and determination to lead change in response to the killing of George Floyd and the loss of other Black lives as a result of police brutality and racism. MIT Sloan MBA/MCP candidate and PKG fellow Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor expressed a sense of urgency, resolve, and optimism shared by many who spoke during the event. After describing the experience of growing up in the under-resourced,…
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Uncovering the truths of workplace culture

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on March 20, 2020

In this issue of the MIT Sloan Fellows MBA Program Newsletter, we explore the workplace of today and get an evocative glimpse of the workplace of tomorrow. Five experts on the subject from the MIT Sloan Fellows community share their ideas about how workplaces are rapidly becoming more human-centric. And no, human-centric does not have to disadvantage the bottom line—in fact, building a human-centric workplace can be a profitable move in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Enthusiastic, well-trained employees do better…
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The pioneering “Good Jobs Strategy” is heading mainstream

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on March 20, 2020

After MIT Sloan Professor Zeynep Ton published The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits in 2014, executives en masse began reaching out to her for guidance in implementing the concepts in their own organizations. A subsequent TEDx talk, celebrated presentation at the Aspen Institute, cover story in Harvard Business Review (“The Good Jobs Solution”), and numerous reviews and interviews in major publications only boosted the number of leaders who wanted…
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Only we can bind ourselves to technology

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on March 20, 2020

“The media landscape is full of futurists, academics, and members of think tanks making erratic predictions about robots eating jobs,” says Tom Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management at MIT Sloan. “Even the World Economic Forum has published some wild numbers about anticipated job loss and job creation linked to advanced technologies. The problem is that few of those forecasters are managers in the workplace, and managers will have the greatest influence on how this plays out.” What the…
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Scaling company culture in a worker-defined workplace

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on March 20, 2020

The organizational culture at HubSpot that everyone is talking about, wasn’t supposed to be talked about at all, according to the company’s CEO and cofounder Brian Halligan, SF ’06. His initial approach to company culture was inspired by the Fight Club credo—the first rule about culture is that you don’t talk about culture. Halligan decided to break that rule, however, after a chat with Colin Angle ’89, SM ’91, chairman, CEO, and founder of iRobot. “Colin convinced me that to…
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