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.

Landing A Jumbo Jet In A Hurricane

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

An aviation metaphor is particularly apt for the high-growth enterprise EDZCOM that Mikko Uusitalo, SF ’08, founded in 2014. The company—which operates the fastest high-performance private network systems in Finland for demanding environments such as energy plants, mining operations, and transportation hubs— counts Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport among its high-profile clients. Uusitalo and his team labored for six years to bring their venture to a cruising altitude that would attract a buyer in the global telecommunications sector. EDZCOM was on a…
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Surfing The Waves Of Four Crises

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

If you ask Rocio Fonseca, SF ’14 , how she is tackling the present crisis, don’t be surprised if she retorts, “Which one?” Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fonseca, Chief Innovation Officer of the Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO), was navigating three other nationwide challenges—severe economic inequality, social unrest, and the climate crisis. The stakes on each are high. Chile must rapidly innovate its way out of 200 years of institutional siloing or face even more serious economic,…
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Lessons From The Second Law Of Thermodynamics

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

In the realm of crisis management, few leaders have as venerable a reputation as Thad Allen, SF ’89. Former Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, Allen has been summoned by the country’s leaders to tackle the most formidable challenges of their presidencies. Former President George W. Bush called on Allen to reboot the disastrous Hurricane Katrina recovery effort, and when the Deep Water Horizon oil spill defied containment, former President Barack Obama asked Allen to take the helm. In…
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The Time For Thinking Big Is Now

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

As our work lives shrink to the size of laptop screens. As our personal lives contract to the size of a room, an apartment, or—if we’re lucky—a house and garden. Even as our minds are narrowed relentlessly to the immediate necessities of day-to-day life, Célestin Monga, SF ’95, says loud and clear that we should be thinking bigger and broader than ever. Monga, a visiting professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, former Managing Director at the United…
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In the Next Issue

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

How has the social contract between employers and employees changed as a result of the turbulence of 2020? Let us know if you’d like to share your perspectives and experiences on this topic for the next MIT Sloan Fellows MBA Roundtable, and we’ll schedule a time for discussion.

Better Jobs for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx Workers in a Post-Pandemic World

Posted by Belen Zuniga on July 29, 2020

“With Covid-19, the future of work became the present,” said New Profit Partner Angela Jackson in a recent conversation with Quartz.com reporter Anne Quito. “We realized that many jobs disappeared overnight … and that any training we offered around the future of work needed to be rapid, cost efficient, and time efficient.” New Profit is a Boston-based venture-philanthropy organization that backsbreakthrough social entrepreneurs who are advancing equity and opportunity in the U.S. Jackson, a member of MIT Solve’s Challenge Leadership…
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