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Professor who helped pop junk bubble says trace slows trade

MIT Sloan Professor Paul Asquith's work was featured in a recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek article. Asquith, whose 1989 paper on junk bonds helped burst a bubble in that market, and other MIT and Harvard researchers found that the decade-old system of publicly reporting U.S. corporate bond transactions reduced trading while cutting price volatility in the $4.2 trillion-a-year market.

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MIT professor nominated for U.S. Secretary of Energy

Ernest J. Moniz is director of the MIT Energy Initiative

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MIT Sloan's Erik Brynjolfsson talks economic growth at TED

Brynjolfsson is director of the MIT Center for Digital Business

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MIT Sloan faculty talk meritocracy at diversity summit

Castilla and Denise Lewin Loyd speak at annual MIT event

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Innovation professor named "exemplar of excellence"

James Utterback was honored by KU Leuven in Belgium

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Bloomberg Businessweek: Shayna Harris, MBA '11, on how a chocolate sustainability program works

Shayna Harris, cocoa sustainability manager at Mars, planting a cocoa tree in Kambori Village in Indonesia, an area where the company is increasing the productivity of local farmers' cocoa plants

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Innovation Risk: How to Make Smarter Decisions

Professor Robert Merton is interviewed by the Investment Management Consultants Association on "Harnessing the Building Blocks of Economic Valuation" in the latest issue of The Journal of Investment Consulting.

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Andrew Lo: Thinking about health as an investor

A new study by Professor Andrew Lo, James Watkins and Dimitrios Bias shows that investment in disease research brings significant returns and that there is significant variation among diseases, with some harder to diagnose and treat.

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Xavier Giroud: The Ultimate Value Add

Thanks to hard-to-obtain access to plant-level data retained by the U.S. Census Bureau, MIT Sloan School of Management Prof. Xavier Giroud recently found that companies invest more in plants located closer to headquarters and that those plants tend to be more productive. But proximity, he says, needs to be defined by travel time, not geographic distance.

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Professor Simon Johnson and James Kwak speak about the national debt

An independent study project using coconuts as a biofuel had Divya Agarwal, MBA '13, working in Fiji and Vanuatu for five weeks over winter break.

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With brain scanning, MIT Sloan faculty probe spending habits

Led by Drazen Prelec, research scientists use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure brain activity in experimental subjects making real decisions.

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Andrew McAfee, LFM '90, SM '90, MIT SB '89, MIT SB '88, on riding the "technology wave"

In the webcast Elements of the Digital Transformation, Andrew McAfee, LFM '90, SM '90, MIT SB '89, MIT SB '88, of the MIT Center for Digital Business shares his take on "riding the technology wave" of cloud computing, big data, smart computers, and social business. The webcast is a conversation between McAfee and MIT Sloan Management Review. It is available in its entirety for a limited time.

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MIT Sloan marketing award presented to Prof. Glen Urban

Award is sponsored by General Motors Corp.

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Collective Intelligence 2012": Prof. Tom Malone on how new technologies are changing the ways people and computers work together

Collective intelligence, in some form, has been around at least as long as humans have. Families, armies, countries, and companies have all—at least sometimes—acted collectively in ways that seem intelligent.

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Visiting Prof. Laurence Capron on the corporate growth dilemma: Build, borrow or buy?

There is something broken in the way many businesses obtain the resources necessary for growth. Most companies are very good at identifying what those new resources are, and nearly all of them take that challenge seriously.

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Teaching savoir-relier or 'relational intelligence': A leadership approach developed by Valérie Gauthier

As the global business community becomes more interconnected by the minute and big companies adopt a hyper-specialized model, today’s managers are caught in the middle. They feel a constant tension between the need for agility to move in this fast-paced and changing world, and the quest for purpose, direction, and meaning.

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Professor Andrew Lo: Risk allocation reduces volatility surprises

In an interview with InvestmentNews, Professor Andrew Lo discusses how investors can reduce the surprises in risk through asset allocation.

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Professor Andrew Lo and alumnus Benjamin Netanyahu, MIT SB '75, SM '76, make Time's most influential people list

If Adam Smith had a mind meld with Charles Darwin, Andrew Lo might result. A professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, Lo is known for his multidisciplinary approach to finance, using everything from statistical analysis to neuroscience to better understand the markets. One of his most important ideas involves the "adaptive markets" theory.

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Xconomy: 12 Investing and Business Gems from Avalon's Kevin Kinsella, SB '67

Current and former MIT students gathered at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, Tuesday night to hear one of San Diego's most renowned venture investors, Avalon Ventures founder Kevin Kinsella, SB '67, share insights from a long and adventurous career.

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Twitter: Check out Dean David Schmittlein on Twitter

Be among the first to follow MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein on Twitter @MITDeanDave. Just a mouse click away, you can check out Dean Dave's latest tweets about alumni, faculty, students, admissions, athletics, events, and more. Re-tweet away!

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Bill Audet: Current trends in venture capital (audio)

Bill Audet talks about current trends in venture capital.

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The Boston Globe: "Business school worked for me and here's why"

After looking at schools with MBA programs all over the United States, Ted Chan, MBA '09, chose to enroll at MIT Sloan School of Management. He couldn't be happier with the choice he made. Today, Chan is founder and CEO of mobile education companies Noyo and Upward Mobility.

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CBS News: "The case for unwinding Fannie and Freddie"

Read Professor Antoinette Schoar's recent commentary. Schoar is the Michael Koerner '49 Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Network World: MIT Sloan seeking innovative CIOs, startups for May symposium

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is seeking nominations for its annual CIO innovations award as well as applications from startups that would like to grab some face time with CIOs at the annual event.

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Boom or Bust? Which environment your career began in can shape your career

That's according to MIT Sloan researchers Antoinette Schoar and Luo Zuo. In their working paper, "Shaped by Booms and Busts: How the Economy Impacts CEO Careers and Management Style," Schoar and Zuo write that the CEOs who enter the labor market during an economic downturn tend to enjoy less success than those who begin careers in a buoyant economy.

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Forbes: Mark Cuban closes out MIT Conference with candor on Lockout, CP3, and jobs in sports

In early March, thousands gathered at Boston's Hynes Convention Center for the very popular MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. In this article, Forbes praises MIT Sloan students "for a job well done. Great panels, competent moderators, professional presentations, and simply a well-organized event."

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Schoar: The case for unwinding Fannie and Freddie

"Unwinding Fannie and Freddie over a period of time seems the best way to go. This could happen through restructuring the overall loan support that is provided or by lowering the CLL every year by a preset amount", explains Professor Antoinette Schoar in a recently published article.

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MIT faculty speak at World Economic Forum

MIT President Susan Hockfield leads group in Davos.

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Deborah Lucas: Student loans: Welcome to subprime university

Deborah Lucas, MIT Sloan Professor of Finance, recently talked to fortune magazine about government credit programs.

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Books by Professor Michael Cusumano and David A. Aaker, SB '60, were named to strategy+business magazine's list of the Best Business Books of 2011.

Cusumano book lauded for use of case studies.

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Retroficiency, a startup from Bennett Fisher, MBA '09, and Bryan Long, MBA '09, that helps commercial property owners evaluate the energy efficiency of their properties, raised $3.3 million in a series A round of funding.

Company aims to help clients reduce carbon footprint and cut costs.

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Merton says hedge funds not contributing to EU crisis

Professor Robert Merton talks about possible risks posed by hedge funds to financial markets, and Europe's sovereign debt crisis at the MIT Sloan CFO Summit.

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The Chicago Cubs hired Joe Bohringer, SB '93, as director of pro scouting for the storied Major League Baseball franchise.

: Move to Chicago marks Bohringer's 23rd year in professional baseball.

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Colleen King, MBA '11, launched Local Hem to expand the online reach of small shops and specialty boutiques.

Idea was hatched while studying at MIT Sloan.

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Yahoo! Editor in Chief Jose Siade, MBA '05, moderated a roundtable discussion with President Obama as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Wide-ranging discussion included questions about immigration law and Latino political participation rates.

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The New York Daily News examines the "MIT effect" that alumni and the School have had on the Cambridge and Boston business and technology landscape.

Cambridges companies, including HubSpot and Akamai Technologies, credited with providing growth.

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Rocket scientist turned entrepreneur Brian Lim, SDM '98, created tripdibs.com to offer flexible travel discounts.

Frustrated with finding deals while traveling on business spawned Lim's idea, which will compete with sites like Priceline.

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John Snow Inc. President Joel Lamstein, BO '70, talks with The New York Times about the value of working for social change.

Lamstein first considered applying management principals to public sector issues while at MIT Sloan.

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Christopher Gallant, MBA '06, brings pride to the Bronx as general manager of Bronx Brewery.

Bronx Pale Ale debuts in September.

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MIT executive vice president and treasurer Theresa M. Stone, SM '76, will leave her post in the fall after nearly five years of service.

A member of the MIT Corporation since 1996, Stone will continue to be involved as a volunteer.

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MIT Sloan alumni and faculty were featured in The Boston Globe's rundown of MIT's contributions to management and economics.

E*Trade founder William A. Porter, SF '67, is among those featured.

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Brad Feld, SM '88, gives career and life advice to graduating MBAs.

Step one: Move, immediately, to where you want to build a life.

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Michael Ginzberg, PhD '75, SB '69, was named dean at American University's Kogod School of Business.

Ginzberg joins Kogod from Yeshiva University.

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Amanda Peyton, MBA '10, advocates more "awesome" cash for Boston startups.

Boston has the energy, Peyton argues. Now it just needs some money.

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A new show of Berenice Abbott photographs at the Dean's Gallery and MIT Sloan's new building, with works donated by Ronald Kurtz, SB '54, is called "subversive and stunning."

Acclaimed show is on display through June 17, 2011.

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Jumpstart, Inc. CEO Ray Leach, SF '02, predicts the growth of entrepreneurial activity in the Midwest.

Leach argues policymakers and communities are making no-coast states attractive to entreprenuers.

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The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, co-chaired by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, MBA '00, drew 1,500 attendees in its fifth year.

Sold out conference marks expansion to two-day event.

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Former Washington, D.C., Deputy Mayor for Education Victor Reinoso , MBA '97, was named senior adviser for new project development at Georgetown University.

A direct report to the University president, Reinoso will focus on international education and distance-learning initiatives.

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Fast Company founder William C. Taylor's , SM '97, new book Practically Radical, which profiles successful companies, is hailed as an "eye-opening joy."

The book explores a variety of industry, all with opportunity for revolutionary brand realignment.

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Venrock partner Matt Trevithick , SM '94, led a $1.8 million round of funding for MIT Sloan-student-led company OnChip Power.

OnChip last year won second prize in the national Cleantech Open competition.

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Former Rocket Software chairman Michael Beasley, MOT '91, advocates for educational programs to help African-Americans enter the technology industry.

Now in venture capital, Beasley began his career in the 1970s with IBM.

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John Brynjolfsson, SM '89, hedge fund manager at Armored Wolf LLC, believes the dollar may be the next bubble, possibly collapsing along with other significant currencies.

In-depth interview covers inflation, interest rates, and emerging markets.

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Joan Rubin, LGO '93, joined MIT's System Design and Management program as industry co-director.

Rubin comes to MIT from medical device manufacturer Covidien.

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Medical device startup Semprus BioSciences, led by co-founder and CEO David Lucchino, SF '06, raised $18 million in a second round of funding.

Company would make implanted devices resistant to infection.

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Aetna chairman Ronald Williams, SF '84, joined Boeing's board of directors.

Williams, 61, left Aetna in November.

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Takako Ebata, SM '92, a member of Japan's House of Representatives, discusses Japanese politics and international relations.

Ebata talks about health care, studying overseas, and her work with the Democratic Party of Japan.

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Sonia Sikorav, SF '89, was named chief purchasing officer of Total SA, one of the six supermajor oil companies.

With Total since October, Sikorav's appointment is effective January 1.

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Shivan Subramaniam, SM '78, chairman and CEO of FM Global, discusses leadership and three simple goals for management.

Interview is part of The New York Times' "Corner Office" series interviewing top executives.

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Eiichi Katayama, MBA '00, joined Bank of America to lead research on Japanese consumer electronics.

Katayama will manage coverage of telecommunications, media and technology, Bloomberg news reports.

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Iker Marcaide, MBA '10, secured funding for peerTransfer, an online money transfer company conceived while he was at MIT Sloan.

Spark Capital, as well as angel investors Dave McClure, John Landry and Jim Hornthal have invested in Marcaide's company.

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Mike Volpe, MBA '03, advises on how to prevent customers from "unfriending" your brand on Facebook.

Business rules for Facebook don't vary much from personal rules. Don't be boring, don't rant, and don't be rude, Volpe says.

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Thad Allen, SF '89, joined Rand Corporation as a senior fellow

Adm. Thad W. Allen announced that after completing his service as national incident commander of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he will join the RAND Corporation as a senior fellow, effective Oct. 4.

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Nobby Akiha, SM '82, writes about shifting software products toward open source

Innovative, rapid and cost-effective development and market share expansion are leading an increasing number of software vendors to incorporate open source, both as a technology and a business strategy, into their organizations.

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David Reich, MBA '08, CEO of Assured Labor, brought EmpleoListo, an SMS-delivered job board for emerging markets, to Mexico

Assured Labor's Founder and CEO, David Reich, thought up his idea for a mobile, text-message-based employment service for low-income individuals while a graduate student at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

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Timothy Jones, SF '07, founded Buzzient, a social media analytics company that helps other companies understand what consumers are looking for.

Buzzient, a tenant of the Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square, is taking a different approach to social media analytics. The startup's Web-based software is targeted directly at those in the company who make decisions about which products to offer consumers, and what features to offer within those products, says CEO and founder Timothy Jones.

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Sandata Technologies LLC appoints Mark S. Rangell, SM '89, as COO.

Sandata Technologies, LLC, a leading national provider of information technology solutions to the home healthcare community, today announced the hiring of Mark S. Rangell as its Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Rangell will be in charge of Sandata's day-to-day operations and will report directly to Sandata's CEO. He is responsible for developing and implementing Sandata's operational strategy and managing the business's recent rapid growth.

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Yang Hua, MBA '04, named CEO of China National Offshore Oil Corp

In Beijing, the State Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) announced a major reshuffle yesterday in senior positions at power generator Guodian Corp, mining company Shenhua, the country's largest food trader Cofco and a leading chemical company SinoChem. Fu Chengyu is keeping his role as chairman of the company, while his CEO position has been filled by Yang Hua, the former chief financial officer.

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MIT helps hatch Russian entrepreneurs

In a bid to generate entrepreneurial businesses in Russia, Rusnano, the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies, which combines an economic development body with a venture capital firm, has turned to MIT Sloan to develop an executive education programme to help it in its quest.

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peerTransfer, founded by Iker Marcaide, LGO '10, named as most promising early stage start-up at HIT Global Entrepreneurship Competition

Boston based start-up peerTransfer has been the winner in this year's HIT Barcelona World Innovation Summit Global Entrepreneurship Competition. Twenty three high potential companies from all around the world were competing for a final prize of 20,000 Euros and one of the most prestigious global awards in entrepreneurship and innovation. Judging were some of the most renowned global investors.

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Fazzio: Financial advice from the nation's top grads

Two MIT Sloan students offered advice in a story on new MBA graduates' tips for financial wisdom in trying times. "You have to know what you don't know. I think that's real intelligence," says MIT Sloan MBA Tom Fazzio, who encourages consumers to ask plenty of questions. MBA Mike Regan urges calm during a drop in stock prices. "If nothing has changed, and it's actually cheaper, you should buy more. You shouldn't necessarily think that you did something wrong and sell out of it," he says.

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Roberts: Google touts its role, state by state, in U.S. economic growth

Ed Roberts, a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management who co-wrote a major study of MIT's contribution to the global economy in 2009, says economic impact studies like Google's usually end up with estimates much larger than the company's revenues, since the sponsoring company usually counts things like spending on local vendors and the multiplier effect from salaries, which translate into consumer spending on housing, taxes, and the like.

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Forbes: Impact of European debt crisis on US economy

"If we did a fundamental reform of our tax system, shifted to more of a vat, or sales tax, we could probably reduce some of our income taxes, make the overall system more efficient, and raise money in the process," says MIT Sloan Prof. Kristin Forbes in this broadcast interview.

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Johnson: US, world markets jittery

"If financial regulations do not go far enough to address the core weaknesses in our financial system, stock market worries will continue to come back. It will recede from time to time, people will feel confident, but then there'll be problems around the world and people will worry again about the stability of the financial system," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in this radio interview. The Takeaway is a co-production of Public Radio International and WNYC Radio in collaboration with the BBC World Service, The New York Times and WGBH Boston.

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Johnson: Hazy global outlook

In this live television broadcast on the European debt crisis, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "The big question is France. Does France move from being viewed as a safe haven to being viewed as a risky sovereign borrower? That has not happened yet, and as long as that doesn't happen, I think the eurozone will come through this."

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Is the SEC still working for Wall Street?

"Nothing other than a balanced panel on June 2 would be acceptable. At the very least, the SEC needs to increase the panel to 10 people - 5 for and 5 against," writes MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "And all the issues need to be on the table."

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Eppinger: Making progress in product design

"The course has evolved a lot over 20 years... The students use the best tools and modern techniques. There are more environmental concerns today," says MIT Sloan Prof. Steve Eppinger of his Product Design and Development class. MIT Sloan student Stephen Andrew Hale, who worked with design and engineering students in the course to develop products related to green living, global health, and clean transportation says, "I learned a lot working in a cross-functional team under a tight time pressure."

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Cusumano: How Apple became the new tech king

"Apple has all these interesting products, the future is bright, and it's all tied to digital content," says MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano of Apple's new status as the world's largest technology company.

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Brynjolfsson: Global CIO: The Innovation Revolution And IT's Indispensable Role

MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson has a new theory on how leading companies are leveraging IT to unlock unprecedented waves of innovation -- and are reinventing research and development.

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Shari Loessberg elected to the board of directors for National Financial Partners Corp.

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Shari Loessberg was elected to the board of directors for National Financial Partners Corp., a leading independent financial services distribution company

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Huang: Memo from Beijing: Chinese economy treads risky path. (Ask Japan.)

"The Chinese fundamentals are good. All I am saying is that the policy has not changed. You cannot rely on an artificial external stimulus to keep your economy going," says MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang on China's practice of seizing people's savings to finance state projects and investments.

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Johnson: Senators named to work out sweeping bank-reform bill

"The Lincoln provision is likely to be removed or new higher capital requirements for the derivatives units may be eliminated," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Kochan: States face hurdles in cutting worker benefits

In this story on the recession's affect on public worker benefits, MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan says, "It's changing because so many private sector workers are taking such a big hit on their 401(k) plans and lost their defined benefit plans."

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Forbes: MIT professor works to "Deworm the World"

MIT Sloan Prof. Kristin Forbes and founding member of Deworm the World (DtW) says, "One of the most cost-effective ways of getting more children in poor countries into school is deworming them with one or two tablets a year, which costs pennies per dose and reduces school absenteeism and illiteracy."

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Barnett: America's most dangerous airlines

"A kid who goes to the airport today is more likely to grow up to be president than die on a flight he or she takes today. The risk is on the order of one in 25 million," says MIT Prof. Arnold Barnett.

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Demandware appoints Charles Kane to board of directors

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Charles Kane has joined the board of directors of Demandware, a global leader in on-demand ecommerce.

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Hadzima: Firms with strong intellectual property strategies fare better in raising capital

"The future winners will be those companies that used the rough times to put together intellectual property strategies that support their broader business strategies," says MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Joseph Hadzima Jr.

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Merton: The Black-Scholes Model in Context

An interview with Professor Robert Merton on the history and origins of the option pricing model was recently published in Nekst, the quarterly magazine of Asset | Econometrics.

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Lo: NYC 2010 financial engineering annual conference

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo will participate as a panelist at the 2010 International Association of Financial Engineers Annual Conference.

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Johnson: The new feudal overlords of Europe will be the bankers of the ECB

"Unregulated finance, the ideology of unfettered free markets, and state capture by corporate interests are what ended up undermining democracy both in North America and in Europe," writes MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in this opinion piece.

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Lo: Rule No. 1: Make money by avoiding rules

"Technical advantage has far outstripped our capacity to manage it," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo in this blog entry on the increasingly complex rule-bending practices of financial innovation.

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MIT Sloan teams up with Brazil research institute

MIT Sloan will be signing an agreement with Brazil's Vale Technological Institute to collaborate on academic and research efforts directed at innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development.

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Technology transfer -- from an institute of technology

This column describes the strengths and challenges of international business school partnerships, using MIT Sloan's collaboration with four leading Chinese business schools as a model.

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Best business programs by specialty

As part of Bloomberg/ BusinessWeek's annual ranking of the top undergraduate business programs, senior business students from the 139 participating schools were asked to assign letter grades to their business programs in 12 specialty areas. Based on those grades, scores were calculated for each of the ranked schools in each area. Not surprisingly, the top-ranked schools in the overall ranking, published in March, have the most top-10 specialty rankings, as well. MIT Sloan was ranked #3 overall.

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Aulet: More than the money

Ultimately, said Bill Aulet, managing director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, the $200,000 Clean Energy Prize money is not an end in itself, but rather an incentive to learn. "The prize is a head fake to get them to eat their vegetables. We're very focused on building entrepreneurial capabilities," says MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer William Aulet...says MIT Sloan alumnus Justin Ashton, who lead a team in the 2008 competition, "Even though it didn't work out with NanoPur, the competition really galvanized my desire to be an entrepreneur.

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A truly concrete business plan

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's entrepreneurship competition, the MIT $100K, gave a new venture, C-Crete Technologies, top honors and a $100,000 cash prize on C-Crete has invented and patented a new type of cement, which it says is harder and more durable than any other on the market. The company's co-founders, Rouzbeh Shahsavari, the chief executive, and Natanel Barookhian, chief of finance, say their innovative building material will help meet a rising global demand for cement and concrete, while allowing the industry to reduce its negative impact on the environment.

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Johnson: How the eurozone encouraged a race to the bottom

"Given the incentive problems in the eurozone, it is no wonder more nations want to join -- the requirement is just to appear prudent for a few years," writes MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in this co-authored opinion piece.

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Nitin Nohria, PhD '88, named Harvard Business School dean

MIT Sloan alumnus Nitin Nohria has been named the new dean of Harvard Business School. He has been a professor of business administration at the school since 1988.

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Adm. Thad Allen, SF '89, to direct Gulf of Mexico oil spill response

MIT Sloan alumnus Adm. Thad Allen was named by the Obama administration to oversee the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown with Simon Johnson

"The US banks were definitely involved early on in the European schemes. But they probably were more of a pump and dump kind of role -- so they sold it to other people and then they got out before the balloon went up," says Simon Johnson in this live radio interview.

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Anderson: Special Report: Can that guy in Ironman 2 whip IBM in real life?

"When everybody else was standing on the sidelines, he went deep and he went long," says MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Howard Anderson of acquisitions made in 2003 by Oracle Corp CEO Larry Ellison.

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Hanlon: Companies dodge $60 billion in taxes even Tea Party condemns

MIT Sloan Associate Prof. Michelle Hanlon explains how pharmaceutical companies have been able to avoid some income taxes using transfer pricing, a process that converts sales in one country to profits in another.

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Johnson: PIIGS can't fly. Here's why

In questioning European Union countries' ability to contribute to a Greek financial rescue, the author of this opinion piece refers to MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's point that Portugal, Spain, and Italy owe "a great deal of money to their EU neighbors."

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Kochan: MIT labor relations prof to review BFD contract

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan has been tapped to conduct an independent review to assist City Council in their decision to fund or reject a controversial new contract for the Boston Fire Department.

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Forbes: 3 Questions -- The euro mess

"Hopefully these other nations will use this period to reduce their budget deficits and regain competitiveness so that they can avoid being in as difficult a situation as Greece is today," says MIT Sloan Prof. Kristin Forbes of Greece's European Union neighbors.

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Schrage: A Tolstoyvian perspective on revitalizing Michigan's economy -- or "It's the customer, stupid"

"So what's the most important step entrepreneurs and innovators can take to invigorating the regional economy? That's an easy question... They have customers who appreciate the region's goods and services and will pay for them," writes MIT Sloan Visiting Scholar Michael Schrage.

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Stern: Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to hold workshop on promoting innovation

MIT Sloan Visiting Prof. Scott Stern will participate in a panel at a joint public workshop on the intersection of patent policy and competition policy and its implications for promoting innovation.

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Kritzman: Twisting the facts on active management

The author quotes MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Mark Kritzman from a 2009 study: "It is very hard, if not impossible to justify active management for most individual, taxable investors, if their goal is to grow wealth."

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Kochan: Did anyone at Harvard Business School get the no-layoff message this year?

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan says most employers avoid no-layoff policies because "few organizations in America are willing to have as egalitarian a compensation system in terms of income levels from top to bottom."

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Lo: An alarming ride on Wall Street

"It was pretty breathtaking," said MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo after the Dow experienced its worst single trading day of the past year. "People are uncertain about many things, and what we saw today was that uncertainty playing out."

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Johnson: Why Greece's economy should matter to everyone

"It feels like a whole set of dominoes," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson on the risk of Greece's debt crisis spreading damage to other European nations.

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Kochan: Unions want plan for labor peace before backing United-Continental merger

"The question is whether Continental management will bring its experience to help change the United culture and integrate the organizations, or whether Continental will get swallowed up by the adversarial traditions at United," says MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan.

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Anderson: Welcome to the New World Order, where our gadgets rule us

"I refuse to live in a world where my computer appliances are now smarter and more powerful than I am," writes MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Howard Anderson in a humorous opinion piece.

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Aulet: Celebrate entrepreneurs like the Red Wings winning the Stanley Cup

"The injection of 'innovation adrenaline' can not only be incrementally beneficial economically, it can make a profound change in the spirit of the region and give it new hope for renewal," writes MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Bill Aulet in this blog posting on reinvigorating Michigan's economy.

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Urban: eHealth acquisition to help seniors maneuver through Medicare

eHealth, Inc. has acquired PlanPrescriber, Inc., an online tool originally founded as Experion Systems in 2000 by MIT Sloan Prof. Glen Urban to help seniors navigate Medicare health insurance options.

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McAfee: Evaluating SharePoint 2010 as an Enterprise 2.0 platform

The author cites MIT Sloan Principal Research Scientist Andrew McAfee's SLATES model in an evaluation of SharePoint 2010.

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Blackburn: Ten tips for better business writing

"Simplicity doesn't mean simplicity of thought," says MIT Sloan Lecturer Kara Blackburn. "Start by asking yourself what you want the person to do as a result of this e-mail. Just asking yourself that question can make your communication much clearer."

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Johnson: '13 Bankers,' financialization and the real economy

The author cites excerpts from MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's 13 Bankers in a story on the impact of the existing financial sector on the real economy.

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Braun: Tylenol, generics and trust

In order to counter consumer skepticism about safety and higher costs for brand-name drug manufacturers like Johnson Johnson, "they are going to have to go to greater lengths. The greater the harm to the reputation, the more expensive it is to fix it," says MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Braun.

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Schrage: Moneyball, geeks, and the new era of human performance analytics

MIT Sloan's Michael Schrage outlines non-sports-related business management tips to be gleaned from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference panel, "What Geeks Don't Get: The Limits of Moneyball."

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Johnson: The impact of banking deregulation

This review of 13 Bankers calls MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's recommendation to break up big banks "a provocative prescription for avoiding a repeat of the panic of 2008."

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GRE is fast becoming a GMAT alternative for b-school applicants

Julie Strong, MIT Sloan senior associate director of MBA admissions says, "We wanted to be able to open up our possibilities. Maybe they're taking a GRE instead of a GMAT. Do they not go to business school because they're thinking, 'Oh, I already took a GRE, I'm not going to do that'?"

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Kulkarni: KickFour aims to bring friends together online around favorite TV shows

MIT Sloan student Ajay Kulkarni talks about his new start-up, KickFour, a web-based social network for friends to connect around their favorite television shows.

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Unlikely collaborators take on venture

Three MIT Sloan students who are among the members of finalist teams in the MIT Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Prize competition appear in this story. "Everybody [on the team] brings a different philosophy to the table," says Emmanuel Magani, a member of the team Oscomp Systems with Pedro Tomas Santos. "The world is looking for simple, scalable ways to deal with the carbon footprint -- ours is probably one of the quickest and one of the most efficient ways to deal with it," says Natanel Barookhian, of the startup C-Crete Technologies.

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Interview with Michael Kaiser, SM '77, of the Kennedy Center

MIT Sloan alumnus and internationally regarded arts management expert Michael Kaiser was interviewed following a moderated discussion co-presented by several Oregon-based arts organizations.

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Intellectual Ventures President Adriane Brown, SF 91, on global impact, benefits of being uncomfortable, and "positive change through people

In this interview, MIT Sloan alumna Adriane Brown says, "You have to get out of your comfort zone... It's not about giving people tough goals they can't accomplish. I believe in positive change through people."

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Immersion appoints Shum Mukherjee, SM '78, chief financial officer

MIT Sloan alumnus Shum Mukherjee was appointed chief financial officer at Immersion, a leading developer and licensor of haptics technology.

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John W. Thompson, SF '83, Symantec Board Chairman and former CEO, joins Virtual Instruments as CEO

MIT Sloan alumnus John W. Thompson has been named CEO at Virtual Instruments, a leader in storage area network solutions.

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Andrew J. Hoffman on trusting your gut: what they don't teach you in b-school

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan alumnus Andrew J. Hoffman writes, "Trust is everything in business, particularly in the construction business. Working in construction, I learned that one crooked contractor can put your entire company in the red so deeply that it could take years to pull yourself out."

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Jane Buchan: 100 Women in Hedge Funds celebrates 200th educational event

MIT Sloan alumna Jane Buchan, CEO of Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, will participate in a panel discussion during 100 Women in Hedge Fund's 200th educational session.

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Does CSR matter in a job hunt?

MIT Sloan is mentioned as one of an increasing number of business schools to address sustainability and corporate responsibility in their curriculum.

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Rules of thumb for managing your sales team

This blog post outlines three tips for sales managers gleaned from panelists at the MIT Sloan Sales Conference.

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Experts: Interview with Simon Johnson

In this online video interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson answers questions about 13 Bankers and the 2008 financial crisis. "Everything that caused this massive financial crisis will remain undisturbed at least for the time being... That is I think almost unprecedented in the history of financial crises," he says.

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How IBM aims to tackle childhood obesity

MIT Sloan is a potential collaborator in IBM's upcoming project using computer simulations to better understand the factors that may affect childhood obesity.

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Suri: Holiday in Ghana -- the impact of cellular in developing countries

"In these sorts of economies, there's not much of a bank presence, but money transfers are still important," says MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Tavneet Suri of M-PESA, a cell-phone based money transfer system introduced in Kenya.

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Find the best of two research worlds

In an assessment of The Financial Times 2010 Executive Education rankings, MIT Sloan is cited as traditionally strong in research, lending to its success in open-enrollment business education programs.

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Winds of change blow for business schools

"Organisations have come to understand the differences between schools and where schools have expertise. I find that reassuring. Having my tenured faculty in a classroom produces a different experience from a lecture in a hotel room or an online programme," says Rochelle Weichman, executive director of Executive Education at MIT Sloan, on the demand for short programs in business education.

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In the world: Clean water for Ghana

MIT Sloan students are working with water filter non-profit Pure Home Water to conduct product research and consumer studies, and to build a factory in northern Ghana in order to help the organization become more locally and financially self-sufficient.

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Johnson: Big bank breakup time gets boost from Goldman

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson stresses that we shouldn't lose track of the broader economic and political context around the Securities and Exchange Commission case against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. In fact, the SEC lawsuit and associated discussion make clear three points.

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Johnson: Your money, their pockets

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's co-authored book, 13 Bankers, is reviewed in the Sunday Book Review.

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Schmittlein: Consumers spending more money, selectively

MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein appeared in an online video interview about recent increases in consumer spending. "This is not a rising tide that's going to lift all boats, and we all know that. Innovation-driven firms, firms that have been able to find new ways to add value -- those are the firms that are going to be lifted here," he says.

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B-school student presidents form group

MIT Sloan student government presidents are among those from seven US business schools to form a new organization, the MBA Peer School Forum. The group's purpose is to discuss common challenges and goals, including promoting collaboration and student-led initiatives among participating schools.

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Johnson: The men behind the curtain

"This is very sophisticated disinformation... This group -- they call themselves 'Stop Too Big To Fail' -- is wrapping itself in some of the same appearances. Of course, when you see the TV ad there is absolutely no mistaking it. This is an anti-reform ad," says Simon Johnson in a television interview with Rachel Maddow about his experience with an anti-financial reform group that falsely represented itself as pro-financial reform.

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Massachusetts is the unsung hotbed for video games, MIT conference panelists say

Panelists at the MIT Sloan Business in Gaming Conference discussed the slow growth of video game start-ups in Massachusetts, and the potential to beef up the industry with state tax incentives and ending employee non-compete enforcement.

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Jon Gensler on mining practices, US dependence on foreign oil, climate change, and national security [AUDIO]

MIT Sloan student Jon Gensler talks about his recent op-ed piece connecting West Virginia mining practices to US dependence on foreign oil, climate change, and national security:

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Simon Johnson and James Kwak on bank reform

In this television appearance, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson discusses 13 Bankers and the concept of oligarchy in America.

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Curt Schilling: Mass. will lose video game business without tax credits, startup support

"I'll make it easy for you. If this state doesn't find a way to bring tax credits to this industry, the best possible scenario is that this industry will stagnate in an epic way," says Red sox World Champion Curt Schilling and founder of 38 Studios while at a video game industry conference at MIT Sloan.

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Marx: Innovation at the intersection: Lee Fleming studies the influence of social-network structure on innovation

MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Matthew Marx is cited for his research on the effects of state enforcement of non-compete clauses on innovation and inventors' social networks.

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Johnson: Timid response to Wall Street

This opinion piece includes an excerpt from MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's co-authored book, 13 Bankers.

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Huang: Panelists: Democracy would suffer if Google left China

"The Internet was born on unfettered access, a strong value behind freedom. China has a different set of values, there is an emphasis on control," says MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang at an MIT panel discussion, 'Should Google Stay in China?'

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McAfee: Spigit announces the second annual Innovation Summit

MIT Sloan Principal Research Scientist Andrew McAfee will keynote the second annual Spigit Innovation Summit for leaders in innovation and enterprise 2.0.

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Reagans: Assumptions about contacts can hinder a job search

It's because certain types of people fail to see the connection-or lack of connection-among individuals in their network, and consequently, they make erroneous assumptions about their network contacts," says Ray Reagans, associate professor of organization studies at MIT Sloan.

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Aulet: Entrepreneurs fish for fresh perspectives

"Can it make a difference? The answer is a resounding yes... We are often told the five days were transformational to the participants and it totally redirected them or at least re-energised them," says William Aulet, director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center in a story featuring two recent participants in MIT Sloan's Entrepreneurship Development Programme.

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Venk Shukla, SM '86, All about EVE

MIT Sloan alumnus Venk Shukla is mentioned as a member of the board of directors for Emulation Verification Engineering, an electronic design automation start-up featured in this story.

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Johnson: Why not just limit the size of banks?

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's 13 Bankers is included in a list of expert viewpoints about breaking up "too big to fail" banks.

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Lawmakers seek to preempt election advertising by contractors

This story cites a 2002 MIT Sloan study, which found that "Legislators' votes depend almost entirely on their own beliefs and the preferences of their voters and their party. Contributions explain a minuscule fraction of the variation in voting behavior in the U.S. Congress."

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MIT Sloan CIO Symposium highlights early-stage companies at the forefront of technology

The 7th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium announced the finalists for its first Innovation Showcase, which highlights ten outstanding early-stage companies that provide cutting-edge technology and new levels of advancement to Enterprise IT.

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Johnson: Goldman finds resume a pariah with governments: Albert R. Hunt

"Clearly, they've become a toxic asset," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson of the now tainted reputation of Goldman Sachs alumni hoping to work in government service.

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Lo: Janus's Intech to revise stock-picking after client outflows

"From a marketing perspective, they need to differentiate their process going forward in order to stem the tide of these outflows," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo regarding Janus Capital Group Inc.'s recent client withdrawals of $6.7 billion.

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Eppinger: New models for product development

In a story on new methods of bringing products to market on time and on budget, MIT Sloan Prof. Steve Eppinger says that spiral development can offer greater flexibility during the review process "because you aren't doing the whole product definition up front."

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Johnson: Debate centers on 'bailouts' of failed banks

Simon Johnson, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and now at MIT, has insisted for months that large banks need to be downsized. Some of the largest U.S. banks have $2 trillion in assets, or 20 percent of the economy.

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Brainard: Debt burdens risk prolonging credit weakness, I.M.F. warns

Former MIT Sloan Associate Prof. Lael Brainard was confirmed as undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs.

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Johnson: The eternal life of America's megabanks

"Responsible policymakers in other G-20 countries are very clear on this point: no one will agree ex ante to a specific way of handling the failure of any global bank," writes MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in this opinion piece

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Lamberson: Pitch may fail on Facebook

"You would think that the more people you talk to about a new product, the greater the number of people who'd adopt it. But it turns out that that's not always true," says MIT Sloan Visiting Assistant Prof. P.J. Lamberson.

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Johnson: Sen. Lincoln unveils broad derivatives regulatory bill

"You start with a small exemption and later you will have big businesses built all around it. It's all just as dangerous as it sounds," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson of end-user exemptions from proposed derivatives-trading rules.

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Murry: Is it fair to patent genes? ACLU takes on biotech over issues

"Once we know what is in fact patentable, firms can then focus their attention on those investments that will lead to protectable innovations that can be the basis for their competitiveness," says MIT Sloan Prof. Fiona Murray regarding gene patents.

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How to get in: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan admissions officials answered questions about the application process, what they look for in applicants, and what sets the school apart.

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Grad student uses physics to analyze basketball

A story on a graduate student's research on physics and basketball mentions the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, where the student recently presented his paper.

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Dan Smolnik, SF '06, key member of the committee overseeing funds to survivors of shooting

MIT alumnus Dan Smolnik was a key member of the committee formed to oversee the distribution of funds to survivors and victims' family members after the April 3, 2009 shooting at an immigrant aid center in Binghamton, NY that killed 13 and wounded 4.

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Schilling urges help for video game start-ups

At the MIT Sloan Business in Gaming Conference, former professional baseball player and 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling encouraged state financial incentives for video game start-ups in order to prevent industry stagnation.

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Twitch your pitch and win some MIT dough

"Social media has become an important tool that helps new companies grow and expand successfully," says MIT Sloan student and $100K Entrepreneurship Competition managing director Daniel Vannoni on the Twitter sales pitch contest.

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William C. Mills, SM '81, appointed to the board of Interleukin Genetics

MIT Sloan alumnus William C. Mills was appointed to the board of directors at Interleukin Genetics, Inc., a developer of genetic tests that allow consumers to prevent chronic diseases.

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Alex Edmans, PhD '07, will join a team of academic advisors for RHReward.com

MIT Sloan alumnus and Wharton professor Alex Edmans will join a team of academic advisors for RHReward.com in order to answer homeowners' questions about strategic default and negative equity.

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Sterman: MIT professor illustrates global warming with a carbon bathtub. Is there a matching carbon sink in that bathroom?

"MIT Sloan Professor John Sterman asked 212 MIT grad students about global warming," writes this blogger. "When queried as to how much we needed to reduce carbon emissions in order to stop accumulation in the atmosphere, 84% of the students dramatically underestimated the severity of the problem."

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MIT's John Sterman: A call to action on the world's gravest problems

"There are technical solutions that can contribute to solving climate change and improving health care, but they aren't sufficient. There is no purely technical solution for these problems," says MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman at the IBM Almaden Institute 2010 conference. The blog post also contains a clip from Sterman's keynote speech, in which he compares elements of the civil rights movement to climate change and health reform efforts.

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Climate interactive simulation and Climategate ("Right, this calls for immediate discussion")

"On the panel was John Sterman of MIT Sloan School of Management whom I met last December when he was in Los Angeles giving a talk," writes this blogger. "I found his presentation shockingly interesting, so when he invited me on Thursday to take part in his Climate Interactive simulation exercise the next morning, I figured why not."

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Ancona: It's not all about you

"Our research has shown that distributed leadership is more complicated than we originally anticipated," writes MIT Sloan Prof. Deborah Ancona in a co-authored blog entry.

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Brynjolfsson: What start-ups can teach big companies

Modern Internet technology "allows you to do things faster and be much more responsive than in the past. That's true for big companies as well as small ones," says MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson.

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MIT CIO conference announces 'innovation showcase' participants

"The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium doesn't happen until May 19, but today they're announcing the ten start-up companies that'll be part of the 'innovation showcase at the event," writes this blogger.

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Johnson: Financial debate renews scrutiny on bank size

Simon Johnson, an MIT professor, has been leading the intellectual charge to break up banks. In his book 13 Bankers, he urges that no financial institution be permitted to control more than 4 percent of G.D.P. and no investment bank more than 2 percent. All six of the big financial institutions exceeds those limits.

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Johnson: What's missing in the financial rules bill?

"Why would anyone think that today's size of banks is the right place to stop? After all, it is the banks at their current size who brought us such disaster," writes MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in response to questions about financial reform proposals.

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Michael Birnberg, a candidate for the Millburn district school board, is profiled

MIT Sloan alumnus Michael Birnberg, a candidate for the Millburn district school board, is profiled

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Can you write a business plan with fewer than 140 characters?

And today, the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition (@MIT100k) announced it will also offer a "twitch" prize of $500. MIT's Twitch competition will run from April 20th until May 10th and be open to submissions from anyone at least 18 years old who is following the competition on Twitter. The event is meant to challenge contestants to summarize their plans and incite as many people as possible to re-tweet their ideas during the contest. The competition's organizing committee will choose a winner.

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Finalists announced for 2010 Innovation Leadership Award, winner to be named at 7th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium announced four finalists for the 2010 Award for Innovation Leadership.

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Outcome-driven supply chains

In this adaptation of a Winter 2010 MIT Sloan Management Review article, the authors outline four ways to effectively differentiate a supply chain from its competitors.

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Social entrepreneurship achieves what centralized aid could not in India

MIT Sloan alumnus Dr. BP Agrawal, whose initiative for providing clean water and medical services to rural Indian villages won the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability, is proflied in this blog post.

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MIT Sloan ranked #3 in this year's US News World Report MBA rankings

MIT Sloan ranked #3 in this year's US News World Report MBA rankings, up two places from last year. U.S. News surveyed 426 MBA programs to secure the information used in the ranking of top business schools

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MIT's Huang interview on China currency policy, economy

China's "exchange rate adjustment itself is not going to do it. It's going to depend on the domestic tightening of the bank lending, coupled with the exchange rate adjustment. These two things together may actually pop the real estate bubble," says MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang in this live television interview.

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Slaughter: MBAs with a social conscience

Sarah Slaughter, MIT Sloan senior lecturer and coordinator of the Sustainability Initiative, says businesses are looking for MBAs with the skills to address environmental and social issues, thus creating a new market for MBA talent. MIT Sloan sustainability efforts also include a new certificate program and sustainability-oriented internships.

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Johnson: To battle Wall Street, Obama should channel Teddy Roosevelt

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "For Teddy Roosevelt, it did not matter how important you were, or claimed to be, to the economy. If you were too powerful, and if your actions were hurting other people in the economy, Roosevelt wanted to take you on -- and he instructed his lawyers accordingly."

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13 Bankers: Why Wall Street banks must be "small enough to fail"

"There is no evidence that anybody else in the economy benefits when banks are above $100 billion. So these banks are ten times too big, from a social point of view," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in this interview with Matt Lauer.

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Johnson: The next financial meltdown?

In order to prevent another financial meltdown, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson recommends setting a hard size cap of about $100B on the largest banks, enforcing capital requirements of 20% or more, and exchange-trading all derivatives.

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Johnson: Citi claims ignorance on risky investing

In this radio broadcast, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson questions how Citigroup's senior adviser was unaware of mortgage investment risks.

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Johnson: Daily Digest -- 'Thirteen Bankers'

"Big banks are dangerous in this country and in the financial scene right now, and the last thing we need is an even bigger JP Morgan Chase," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Johnson: What's next for financial reform

"The tax will be far too small to make a difference. It will just institutionalize the too-big-to-fail dimension of our systems. You really need... to reduce the size of our biggest banks if you're going to make any progress at all," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson on the prospects of a global bank levy.

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Johnson: Is it fair to call the financial bill a 'bailout'?

"'Dangerous and deliberately misleading' would be my headline...What this legislation tries to do -- and I think it should be tougher -- is more akin to an FDIC resolution structure. It doesn't protect management; it boots them out," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson regarding characterization of new finance legislation.

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Johnson: As Greek epic drags on, Germany rises

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says that aftershocks from the Greek financial crises are still causing problems throughout Europe.

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Kritzman: A quant's explanation of market fragility

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Mark Kritzman will present a paper on how to measure financial system fragility at the April 20 Quantitative Work Alliance for Applied Finance, Economics and Wisdom meeting

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Cusumano: Top 20 New England hardware companies

According to MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano, manufacturing in New England is gaining strength. "It may not be the smokestack manufacturing like we saw in the past, but it's happening," he says.

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Murray: Is it fair to patent genes? ACLU takes on biotech over issues

"Once we know what is in fact patentable, firms can then focus their attention on those investments that will lead to protectable innovations that can be the basis for their competitiveness," says MIT Sloan Prof. Fiona Murray regarding gene patents.

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Johnson: Gensler takes aim at derivatives exemptions in bank bill

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson argues against end-user exemptions from derivatives-trading rules in proposed bank-reform legislation.

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Johnson: MIT's Johnson says would like pre-emptive support for Portugal

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says that Euro region governments should consider "pre-emptive" economic aid for Portugal.

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Johson: Greek aid terms may be 'red herring' amid recession

"This is not fixing the issue. The Greeks could seize the opportunity. You have taken away their incentive to solve the problem," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson on the EU's economic rescue package for Greece.

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Sastry: Looking abroad for lessons in health care

Anjali Sastry, a global health delivery and system dynamics researcher who lectures at the MIT Sloan School of Management, says her MBA students are increasingly using what they learn to experiment with different models for care delivery. "Ghana tried a national health insurance system, for instance," she says. "What can the U.S. learn from Ghana?"

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Simon Johnson: A second financial shock is inevitable

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson hopes that 13 Bankers will lead to further discussions about financial policy. "The broad, mainstream consensus on what is good finance and bad finance is shifting," he says.

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Johnson: 'Failure is good'

"This country is based on our ability to take risks, to create new things -- and our ability to fail, individually and in a corporate setting," MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson said at the kick-off event for his book tour.

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Johnson: Break up big banks, MIT economist says

In a post on the newly released 13 Bankers, a blogger cites MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's online faculty profile.

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Lo: Economists need their own uncertainty principle

This story on a recent paper co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo describes his proposal for a five-tiered categorization of uncertainty to more effectively understand and calculate risk in economic systems.

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The Grill: Andrew McAfee

In this Q+A, MIT Sloan Research Scientist Andrew McAfee says, "We're asking people to rethink how they think about technology and collaboration. There's a lot of shift in perspective required. Companies will be transformed. It will be a quiet, subtle transformation, though."

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Michael Schrage on "the failure of failure"

"Failure can and should be a productive managerial resource," writes Michael Schrage, visiting scholar at MIT Sloan, taken from an excerpt from one of his blog postings.

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Doyle: After health bill, a push to curb costs

In a story about MIT faculty and departmental research and reactions to health care reform, MIT Sloan Associate Prof. Joseph J. Doyle says, "I don't like the idea that if you get sick, you might stop working, and if you do that, you will lose your insurance."

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Huang: Voice of the middle class getting louder

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang attended a monthly seminar discussion of China's Western Returned Scholars Association to compare the economies of China and India.

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Rahul Swani, MBA '05, promoted to vice president at the investment firm Harris Williams and Company

MIT Sloan alumnus Rahul Swani was promoted to vice president at the investment firm Harris Williams and Company

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Fine: A manufacturing renaissance for America?

At a roundtable discussion on the future of manufacturing, MIT Sloan Prof. Charles Fine discussed lightweight cars as an area for the US to re-establish a competitive advantage in manufacturing.

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Hanlon: Alleged fraud sparks renewed U.S. debate

In a story on the debate about whether smaller publicly traded companies in the US should stay exempt from an independent audit review of internal controls for financial reporting, MIT Sloan Associate Prof. Michele Hanlon says, "In terms of a cost-benefit analysis, we know this regulation is costly to implement, and there are fixed costs, so it's disproportionately costly for a small firm. That's always the issue with this type of regulation."

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XIII Annual MIT Latin American Conference: Latin America's top business leaders to gather at MIT to explore building a solid financial base for a sustainable future

On April 24, top business leaders, government figures, and academics will gather under MIT's iconic dome in Cambridge to explore the fundamentals of shaping a new development cycle during the XIII Annual MIT Latin Conference.

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Jon Gensler: West Virginia mine disaster shows high cost of fossil-fuel dependence

"Without an aggressive push to diversify the options for our Appalachian workers, they will be forced to continue the work of their fathers and grandfathers, and we will see more tragedies like this in the future," says MIT Sloan student Jon Gensler in this opinion piece.

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MIT Sloan student Allen Breed is engaged to be married in June to Tarah Donoghue

MIT Sloan student Allen Breed is engaged to be married in June to Tarah Donoghue.

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Data analysis is running its course

The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is mentioned in a story on the growing field of baseball analytics.

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Hot humanitarian: Chris Lin

MIT Sloan MBA Chris Lin was interviewed about his G-Lab trip to Jakarta to work with Mercy Corps on a business model to expand their pilot program, which offers healthier food choices from popular street carts.

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Huang: What China's currency shift could mean

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang and other experts weigh in on the effects of China's new exchange rate policy. "China is already in the middle of a huge real estate bubble. A gradual exchange rate adjustment will make it worse -- and thus will make its eventual bursting even more of a calamity," he writes.

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Johnson: Ending 'too big to fail'

"There remains sharp disagreement on what exactly would end 'too big to fail'," blogs MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in an outline of the three camps of financial reform strategy.

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Schrage: The Future in Motion: We can't reinvent the automobile

MIT Sloan Visiting Scholar Michael Schrage participated in an online video interview for a 13-part series on transportation innovation. "There is a tension between disruptive innovation, and rapid, iterative, incremental innovation. But if you have enough incremental innovation in a short period of time, you've got a revolution," he says in this first segment.

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Schrage and Brynjolfsson: MIT, IT and the science of business -- Part 2

MIT Sloan Visiting Scholar Michael Schrage and Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson are featured in an analysis of their interviews with the Sloan Management Review on business intelligence.

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Leland Cheung: Politics isn't rocket science -- or is it?

MIT Sloan student and Cambridge City Council member Leland Cheung is quoted in this blog post. "It's important to realize what you do in your backyard has a really immediate impact," he says.

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Johnson: Top fed official wants to break up megabanks, stop the fed from guaranteeing Wall Street's profits

A blogger cites MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's Baseline Scenario post recommending Tom Hoenig as a candidate to succeed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner if he steps down.

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Johnson: Extreme makeover, Wall Street edition

A quote from MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's blog appeared in a Times blog entry comparing banks' reputations in Washington and the media. "The public relations machines of today's bankers may be even more effective than those of Morgan and Rockefeller," he wrote.

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Top line growth and bottom line results

An ongoing column highlights emerging trends in technology leadership, including subjects that will be discussed in May at the 2010 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

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McAfee: MIT, IT and the science of business -- Part 1

A blogger cites MIT Sloan Principal Research Scientist Andrew McAfee's recent interview, "Putting the science in management science," for the Sloan Management Review, part of a series of interviews geared for business intelligence practitioners.

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Undergraduate b-schools with bang for the buck

MIT Sloan is ranked number four in the top five undergraduate business programs for return on investment at private schools, based on annual tuition and median base salary at graduation.

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The art of being a good manager

MIT Sloan is cited as one of a small selection of business schools offering courses on Shakespeare as a way to foster creativity in communication and leadership skills.

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Top ten survival tips for remote work teams

In a list of ten ways to promote productivity and success among virtual work teams, the authors cite research from MIT Sloan showing that virtual teams using specific processes for goal setting, planning, problem solving, and role assignment outperform other teams.

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Bland nerd central seeks hip flavors

MIT Sloan's Marketing Lab will conduct a survey of Kendall Square retail establishments and identify potential sites for new retailers in support of collaborative efforts to expand the area's business-oriented reputation.

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Top line growth and bottom line results

An ongoing column highlights emerging trends in technology leadership, including subjects that will be discussed in May at the 2010 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

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Doron Harlev, MBA '04, co-founder of Rhythmia, ready to prove heart-mapping system works

Doron Harlev, an MIT Sloan alumnus, is preparing to launch a clinical trial of Rhythmia's catheter-based heart mapping system in Europe. MIT Sloan Prof. Ed Roberts is also mentioned as one of the start-up's investors.

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Ron Williams, SF '84: How to make a difference, All about values

In this editorial interview, MIT Sloan alumnus and Aetna Inc. CEO Ron Williams says, "The notion of corporate social responsibility at Aetna goes beyond our work with the Aetna Foundation and community relations. It also includes leadership in public policy, valuing diversity, and a commitment to the environment."

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Branchburg Board of Education candidate Andrea Waller, MBA '84

MIT Sloan alumna Andrea Waller is a candidate for the Branchburg schools' board of education.

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MIT Sloan alumnus Eran Shavelsky's Boston area startup, MedMinder Systems offers wireless pill organizer for medication adherence

MIT Sloan alumnus Eran Shavelsky's Boston area startup, MedMinder Systems, offers an electronic pill box called "Maya" that alerts patients when they do not take their pills on time. "Within a week they report more of a feeling of control, greater confidence and peace of mind," he says.

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Laurie Slap, SM '92, elected member of the Belmont School Committee

MIT Sloan alumnus Laurie Slap was elected as a member of the Belmont School Committee, with about 37% of the vote in a four-way race.

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Huang: Why Google should stay in China

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang writes, "Thanks to the Internet, Chinese citizens have acquired the technological means -- although not yet the full legal protections -- of free speech, defined as the ability to question and criticize the government"

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The Colbert Report, Simon Johnson

Prof. Johnson thwarts Stephen Colbert's notoriously contrary interviewing style to explain the tie between "too-big-to-fail" banks and the ongoing boom-bust cycle.

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Johnson: A future financial meltdown?

Big bank leaders "managed their way into an enormous crisis that cost us trillions of dollars, and yet we kept every one of them in their jobs. We kept their board of directors, they got to keep their pensions, their bonuses, their empires. In fact, they're bigger now than they were before," says Prof. Johnson.

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Johnson: A fix for banks too big to fail: Cut 'em down to size

Prof. Johnson says, "What we're talking about here is a system of incentives and beliefs in and around Wall Street that leads into big trouble both for the firms involved and for the country."

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Spain is a country that has to make difficult decisions about the economy [Spanish]

[Translation] MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein and Deputy Dean Richard Locke are featured in a story on Spain's economic challenges. "The real challenge lies in restoring the confidence of the population," says Schmittlein. Locke adds that the recovery of confidence will lead to "the creation of new jobs, and also an increase in job stability in segments of the youth population."

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MIT students tap on Indian startups for internships

Four MBA students from MIT Sloan's India Lab are interning at the online entertainment portal, 'Buzzintown.' "The experience I gathered here will help me become an entrepreneur," says MIT Sloan MBA Olivia Hui-Salva. Sloan MBA students Christy Trang, Jai Ashvin Kapadia and Terry Chun-Hong Yee are also quoted.

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MIT Sloan India Lab 2010

MIT MBA students participating in India Lab are featured in a video broadcast about the collaboration between universities and global start-up businesses. The broadcast is available on YouTube

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Loessberg: Today in Washington -- Women in Finance Symposium: Landscape and challenges for women in finance

Shari Loessberg, a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan, asks, "One of the real bastions of male control -- access to money -- remains at that early stage investment level in venture capital...Does anybody have insights on venture capital, either here in the states or abroad, in how women can increase or enhance their profile in that small, vital sector?"

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The Greatest Trade Ever

CSPAN covered Gregory Zuckerman's talk at MIT Sloan on his new book, The Greatest Trade Ever

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Raila's rare debate

Kenyan university students debated issues affecting their country at the University of Nairobi during an event organized by MIT MBA students. This video broadcast is available on YouTube.

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Johnson: Will the Dodd bill do the job?

"There is almost nothing here that will address the central problem, which is that we built large banks that are too big to fail, and well on their way to becoming too big to save," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Johnson: Three to see -- Take them to the bank

The Boston Globe announced the release of MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's co-authored 13 Bankers, and his appearance at the Harvard Book Store on April 2.

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Anderson: Seeking lower-cost care

Health care reform, according to this article, is a potential opportunity for private equity firms to turn charity hospitals into competitive lower-cost for-profit businesses. "Caritas becomes the template for elsewhere, and if it works, they can expand it," says MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Howard Anderson.

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Kochan: Medical insurance reform [Japanese]

[Translated] "This is the most historic social reform in this century," says MIT Prof. Thomas Kochan on the passage of health care reform in the US.

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Johnson: Summers leaving White House? Report

This story cites a recent New Republic article by MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Hafrey: College picks new Cabot, Eliot, and Mather House Masters

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Leigh Hafrey is stepping down after 18 years as a Harvard University Mather House Master.

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Urban: Three top b-schools look for new deans

"If we believe the economy is going to respond in the next couple of years, it's not going to be a bad time to be dean," says MIT Sloan Prof. and Dean Emeritus Glen Urban of top business schools' search for new deans.

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Lo: Making allocation more complete

"What we thought was diversified became very highly correlated because of the global integration of the financial markets. Assets we thought were uncorrelated have moved together, so we have to be much more thoughtful about asset allocation," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo.

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Johnson: Cantillon

"A strong lobby of real-estate developers, the investors who bought the bank bonds, and politicians with links to the failed developments (and their bankers) have managed to ensure that taxpayers rather than creditors will pay," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Huang: U.S. companies suddenly shy over China yuan squabble

"One policy lever the Chinese have, but the Americans do not, is they can restrict the operations of U.S. companies operating in China. There are not that many Chinese companies operating in the United States and the legal processes here are more complicated," says MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang.

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DeTore: The waning of analysts, active managers -- a new market risk?

"We know that there are huge piles of money on the sideline. The problem is everyone is kind of looking at each other and saying: 'You go first,' says MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer John DeTore.

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McAfee: The emergence of Firm 2.0

MIT Sloan Principal Research Scientist Andrew McAfee's book, Enterprise 2.0, is cited in this commentary on the effects of Web 2.0 on accounting firms.

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Johnson: Creating a healthier Eurozone by teaching creditors a lesson

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson co-authored this opinion piece on potential solutions to the European debt crisis.

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Aulet appointed managing director of MIT Entrepreneurship Center

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Bill Aulet was appointed managing director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, which works with students, faculty, and others to foster entrepreneurship. MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein says, "With his depth of experience and dedication to entrepreneurship, Bill Aulet will be a great asset to the Center as it continues to develop and support MIT's many entrepreneurial programs and activities."

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Lo: Back to nature

"Economies evolve, dictated by the behaviours of individuals, who learn from experience and positive feedback," explains MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo in a story on the use of biological ecology principles in financial models.

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Michael Schrage on "honesty" in the workplace

"One person's 'discretion' is another person's 'dishonest.' It's getting harder to determine where one ends and the other begins," writes Michael Schrage, visiting scholar at MIT Sloan, in an excerpt from one of his blog posts.

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10 of the best-ever blog posts about enterprise IT

A blog post from MIT Sloan Principal Research Scientist Andrew McAfee is featured in the third-annual Blogging Idol competition as one of the ten "best-ever" blog posts about enterprise IT.

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DeTore: Shoddy research hampers investors

"Ten years ago, powerful research teams, both in investment firms and on Wall Street, had a deep understanding of the major public firms...Now, we're left with a bunch of bloggers who just want to know if you meet your quarter or not," says MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer John DeTore.

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Ellerman: EU greenhouse gas plan: Better than it sounds

"While the EU Emissions Trading Scheme has its problems, it has had a great deal more success than its alternatives... Those considering a similar cap-and-trade system in the U.S. can learn a lot from the E.U.'s experiment," writes Denny Ellerman, former senior lecturer at MIT Sloan, in this opinion piece.

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Hax: New book by MIT Sloan professor presents unique approach to corporate strategy

In this coverage of his new book, The Delta Model, MIT Sloan Prof. Emeritus Arnoldo Hax says, "Following the conventional ways of thinking about management strategy is not an option because those ways are anchored on competitors and rivalry. This is a new approach with powerful concepts and tools to help managers make this model a reality."

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Kochan: The training imperative

Thomas Kochan, MIT Sloan Prof., says U.S. manufacturing never has developed a close community of private industry and technical schools in any systematic way, although pockets of success exist. "There is underinvolvement in training because we leave it to the individual manufacturers," he says.

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Brynjolfsson: Testing, testing: The new innovation game

"IT has created a platform that makes data analysis a lot easier. If something works they can do more of it, and if not, there's a bunch of other experiments running. It's a rapid-feedback system. That's the new type of innovation, and it's very much driven by IT," says MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson.

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Brynjolfsson: Gap widens between tech richest and the rest

MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson describes how tech companies' large cash accumulation allows them to take risks that smaller companies can't in a fragile economy, creating a bifurcated tech landscape.

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McAfee: Enterprise 2.0 changing the way we work

"We're asking people to rethink how they think about technology and collaboration. There's a lot of shift in perspective required. Companies will be transformed. It will be a quiet, subtle transformation, though," says MIT Sloan Research Scientist Andrew McAfee in this Q+A.

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Google and WPP Marketing Research Award Program advances into second round of grants

MIT Sloan Prof. Glen Urban is part of a committee overseeing the Google and WPP Marketing Research Awards Program, and will help to guide the project implementation process for winning submissions.

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Senge: Systems thinking and counter-intuitive nature of social systems

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Peter Senge and MIT Sloan Prof. Emeritus Jay Forrester are cited for their work in systems thinking and systems dynamics in this opinion piece on the application of dynamical systems to disciplines such as management, sociology, and psychology.

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Today an MBA student, tomorrow a luxury consumer

Last week, a group of MIT Sloan MBAs were in Europe to visit some of the top luxury brand companies. While the company visits were ostensibly for the students to explore career opportunities, Renée Richardson Gosline, assistant professor of marketing at MIT Sloan, says companies aim to get student feedback as well.

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Statistical analysis in sports

A story on the recent MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference focuses on finding a balance in sports between objective statistical analysis and more subjective measures, such as fans' attachment to players.

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"It's complex to calculate, but simple to understand"

MIT Sloan operations research students Douglas Fearing and Jason Acimovic, along with MIT Sloan Prof. Stephen Graves, developed ShotLink, a new metric designed to measure golfers' putting performance.

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Kamal Meattle, SM '67, Unique and innovative solution to air pollution

"I decided that if we could build the world's greenest, most energy-efficient building, and showcase the technologies used, it would serve as a model for all future buildings," says MIT Sloan alumnus Kamal Meattle.

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Joel Wachtler, director of strategy and business development

MIT Sloan alumnus Joel Wachtler was appointed as director of strategy and business development at the communications firm Eircom Group.

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China: To the money born

MIT Sloan alumnus George Li is cited as one of China's prominent private equity princelings, whose father was one of the country's senior leaders from the late 1980s until 2003.

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Sarno to run for Town Meeting in Precinct 3

MIT Sloan alumnus Robert L. Sarno announces his candidacy for Town Meeting member in Precinct 3 of Belmont, MA.

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PIMCO announces promotions

MIT Sloan alumni Lorenzo Pagani and Melody Rollins were promoted as executive vice presidents of PIMCO, a global investment management firm based in Newport Beach, CA.

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Minor League Notebook: International draft could be coming

"The scouts vs. stats thing that you see written about in some places, we try to integrate it and see that both parts are brought to bear," MIT Sloan alumnus John Abbamondi said at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

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Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. announces new appointment to its board of directors

MIT Sloan alumnus Christos Ioannou was appointed to the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. board of directors and was also nominated to be a member of their audit committee.

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Professor posts most recent health care bill

MIT Sloan alumnus Douglas Lowry has completed half of his project, that of providing to the public with a searchable, online, and current version of the US health care reform legislation.

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Israel deserves better

The author of this opinion piece on the controversial building of housing units in East Jerusalem cites Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an alumnus of MIT Sloan, a credential he feels that should make others take him seriously.

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Goldman said to hire Nomura's Masuda for convertibles

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. hired MIT Sloan alumnus Takashi Masuda to head its convertible bond underwriting business in Japan.

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Rhythmia Medical lands $2.7 million

Rhythmia Medical Inc., a medical device maker founded by MIT Sloan alumnus Doran Harlev, has raised $2.7 million in equity financing, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Boston-area tech tells people to take their meds, targets billions in wasted healthcare spending

MIT Sloan alumnus Eran Shavelsky's Boston area startup, MedMinder Systems, offers an electronic pill box called "Maya" that alerts patients when they do not take their pills on time, potentially saving the US healthcare system $290 billion per year.

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EMCOR Group, Inc. announces continued strengthening of its EMCOR government services unit through new appointments

MIT Sloan alumnus Joseph Gleeson was appointed President of EMCOR Government Services.

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Kogan: Innovation poses risks for older workers and firms

"Innovation expands the productive capacity of the economy by increasing output, consumption, and wages. However, it also has a dark side that creates risks, particularly for older businesses and workers," blogs MIT Sloan Prof. Leonid Kogan.

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Sterman: On energy: Focus on the scalable, not the possible

"There is just no question, the current transportation model does not scale. It isn't going to happen -- because everybody wants to be as rich as we are, and we all want to be richer than we are today," says MIT Sloan's John Sterman.

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Carroll, Parcells, Belichick and brains

This blog posting highlights the "What Geeks Don't Get" session of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, including video of the panel.

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Analyze this: Kerr using science to gain edge in front office

The author blogs about some of the panels and speakers at the 2010 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics leadership training.

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Johnson: Dems might pass financial reform that does nothing to protect from big threats to our economy

"When a major bank fails, in the years after the Dodd bill passes, we will face the exact same potential chaos as after the collapse of Lehman," writes MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in this blog post.

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Sterman: Climate model for the people

"The C-ROADS climate policy model we developed runs essentially instantly, so people get immediate feedback on the consequences of their assumptions and can try many experiments in a short time," says MIT Sloan's John Sterman in an interview about climate models.

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Video: The simple game of basketball

This blog post focuses on the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference panel, "What the Geeks Don't Get," including full video coverage of the debate over the value of statistics.

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von Hippel: Innovation researchers survey kayakers

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric von Hippel and a colleague are surveying kayakers for insight on the history of innovation in whitewater kayaking according to this post.

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Lo: The financial industry needs its own crash safety board

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo authored this opinion piece supporting the creation of a "Capital Markets Safety Board" (CMSB) patterned after the National Transportation Safety Board, dedicated to investigating, reporting, and archiving the "accidents' of the financial industry."

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Lo: Evaluating and preventing a massive financial crisis [Video]

In this TV interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo says, "The first thing I think we ought to do is to create an independent agency, whose sole function is to sift through the wreckage of every financial disaster, and to be able to produce publicly available reports as to what happened, why it happened, and what may need to be done in order to prevent it from happening again."

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Fearing: A stat is born -- Golf's new way to measure putting

"The data set is spectacular. It gives us a chance to try out new analytic tools and experiment with complex concepts," says MIT Sloan operations research student Douglas Fearing of ShotLink, a new metric designed to measure golfers' putting performance. Fellow student Jason Acimovic and MIT Sloan Prof. Stephen Graves teamed up with Fearing to develop the new tool.

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Wilbur: Where MBAs are finding jobs

"One area that's really grabbing students' interest is consumer product companies, which include medical devices and clean energy technology, which are growth areas," says Jackie Wilbur, senior director of the career development office at MIT Sloan, in this interview.

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Gensler: From coal to clean energy: An Iraq war veteran's next fight

MIT Sloan student and Iraq war veteran Jon Gensler authored an opinion piece on U.S. energy policy. "Our energy policy is limiting our global competitiveness, hurting our national security, and destroying our heritage of wild, natural beauty," writes Gensler

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The Journal's all-purpose sports report

The 2010 MIT Sloan Sports Analytic Conference attracted a record 1,000 participants this year, double the 2009 participants, with 400 on the waiting list. The post also cites other bloggers' coverage of the event.

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Milicic preps for return to Europe, What's hot

A columnist cites a research paper presented at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on the value of a blocked shot.

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A tale of joint programs

MIT Sloan's collaboration with the Fudan International MBA Program has been named one of the country's most successful b-school joint ventures. "It is the longest-running joint program at Fudan and we have benefitted from it immensely," says Forkson Fu, executive director of the Fudan IMBA program.

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A partnership of rivals

"Working with the Lisbon MBAs provides our faculty and students with opportunities for overseas experience, co-operation and research that is increasingly important in the global economy," says MIT President Susan Hockfield of MIT Sloan's collaborative MBA program with two of Portugal's business schools.

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The best b-schools vs. the recession

MIT Sloan rounds out the top three in BusinessWeek's 2010 top undergraduate business school rankings, up four spots from number seven in 2009. More than 90% of Sloan undergrad students boast summer internships, and its graduates' median starting salary -- $62,000 -- is the highest in the ranking. Students say, "Sloan undergraduates always joke about not having to worry about getting an MBA because they've already finished the curriculum. We are given ample opportunity to mingle with the MBA students and learn from the best."

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Kochan: On campus hiring rebound?

In this live interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan explains contrasting reports on job prospects for new MBAs. "What we're witnessing here is the variation. At the very top tier business schools and the very top tier large banks there are lots of job opportunities coming back, because there were none last year. So those opportunities are getting better. But the regional banks, the other parts of financial services, the manufacturing sector that many of our state schools and business schools around the country rely on for the large number of jobs, are still in the doldrums."

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Parsons: Oil volatility settles near long-run average

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer John Parsons attributes increased oil market volatility to the dramatic growth in futures and options trading.

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Schrage: What shoves and tugs high-performing leaders

MIT Sloan Visiting Scholar Michael Schrage recommends using employees' e-mails to identify best practices or problem areas in their ability to communicate and initiate ideas.

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Brynjolfsson: Testing, testing: The new innovation game

"IT has created a platform that makes data analysis a lot easier. If something works they can do more of it, and if not, there's a bunch of other experiments running. It's a rapid-feedback system. That's the new type of innovation, and it's very much driven by IT," says MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson.

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Q+A: Enterprise 2.0 changing the way we work

"We're asking people to rethink how they think about technology and collaboration. There's a lot of shift in perspective required. Companies will be transformed. It will be a quiet, subtle transformation, though," says MIT Sloan Research Scientist Andrew McAfee in a Q+A.

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Lo: The best econ book I've read recently

Andrew Lo, director of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering, posted his commentary on a recent economics book in this online Q+A.

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Johnson: Senator calls for aggressive financial reform, deplores current 'incremental' steps

"It's the speech for which we have been waiting," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson of Sen. Ted Kaufman's address to the Senate regarding financial reform.

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McAfee: Enterprise 2.0 Conference: How new tools, processes are creating value

MIT Sloan Research Scientist Andrew McAfee is cited as a keynote speaker in a story on the themes and messages of the Enterprise 2.0 Conference.

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Huang: Mismanaging China's rural exodus

MIT's Yasheng Huang says that China's system for documenting rural citizens who work in the city of Beijing is "inhumane and economically damaging."

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Johnson: China's mercantilist strategy creates imbalances

The U.S. Treasury data almost certainly understate Chinese holdings of our government debt because they do not reveal the ultimate country of ownership when instruments are held through an intermediary in another jurisdiction," according to testimony by Simon Johnson at the February U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission hearing.

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Brynjolfsson: Research and Markets: an essential report on managing customers through economic cycles

"As John McKean points out in his compelling new book, successful firms have built a core competency in leveraging information technology not only to survive economic transitions but thrive in an ever-changing economy," says MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson.

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Lo: Cat and mouse

"Maybe we should provide more government support for financial PhDs, as we already do for engineers, so the pay scales would seem less skewed and government service not look such a poor choice," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo.

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Senge: Reinventing your business: It can start by taking this simple test

This commentary cites Peter Senge, director of MIT Sloan's Center for Organizational Learning, for his single-question approach to reinventing business, and his book, The Fifth Discipline.

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Ellerman: ETS can work -- MIT report

Denny Ellerman, MIT Sloan senior lecturer and lead author of a report on emissions trading schemes says, "The European experience confirms that cap and trade systems can be constructed, that markets emerge to facilitate trading, that emissions are reduced efficiently, and that the effects on affected industries are less than predicted."

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Spear: Toyota -- Too big, too fast

"Capabilities are the source of their competitive advantage, and the gap between business growth and capability growth is the source of their vulnerability," says Steven Spear, senior lecturer at MIT.

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Brynjolfsson: Studies of Web searches offer preview of hiring trends

Using Google search volume to forecast home sales, MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson predicted two months in advance that National Association of Realtors' reading of home-sales volume would rise 6.4% in the third quarter, compared with a forecast of 8% by the NAR. The actual rise was 6.1%.

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Bailyn: Risk and opportunity for women in 21st century

"We need more TV shows with women forensic and other scientists. We need female doctor and scientist dolls," says MIT Sloan Prof. Lotte Bailyn, who has studied the stereotypes that create barriers for women in science.

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von Hippel: It's not just our imagination -- mobile patent lawsuits are everywhere

Eric von Hippel, MIT Sloan professor, blamed the rise in mobile patent lawsuits on "patent trolls" -- companies or people who obtain patents they have no intention of using, then wait for someone else to become successful with similar technology, and sue them.

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Johnson: Greece announces new $6.5 billion austerity plan

"Sarkozy absolutely does not want Strauss-Kahn to do anything that can be presented as a statesman-like contribution to the world," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson of IMF head Strauss-Kahn's potential candidacy in the 2012 French presidential election.

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Schrage: The strange phase of space travel

Michael Schrage, a visiting scholar with MIT Sloan's Center for Digital Business, will be featured April 7 in the series, "The Future in Motion," a set of interviews with innovators and entrepreneurs on the theme of transportation

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Osterman: Public policy gains a foothold at b-school

MIT Sloan Prof. Paul Osterman's class, Urban Labor Markets and Public Policy, is cited in a story on government's increasing role in business and the economy, and the implications for business education. "They don't intend to go into public policy, but they are interested in issues and hope to bring these lessons into traditional, mainstream businesses," says Osterman. MIT Sloan MBA student Michael Norman took Osterman's course to discover how to create businesses that help low-income communities. "When talking about policy, you can ask big questions, such as 'What kind of society would you like to have?' And there are no right or wrong answers," says Norman.

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Doyle: Second opinion? Diagnosing doctors

MIT Sloan Associate Prof. Joseph Doyle co-authored a study examining what kind of difference great doctors can make for their patients' health. "As a patient myself, I always hope to go to a prestigious hospital, but I wonder how much more of an advantage that is," asks Doyle.

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Weil: Global IT management: Structuring for scale, responsiveness, and innovation

MIT Sloan Senior Research Scientist and chairman of Sloan's Center for Information Systems Research Peter Weill co-authored a report on the three key elements of successful global IT management.

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Kane: Former president of One Laptop Per Child to speak at IU's Kelley School

Charles Kane, MIT Sloan senior lecturer and board member of One Laptop Per Child, will speak about the organization at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

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In Memoriam: Howard W. Johnson

Howard W. Johnson, who became MIT's 12th president in 1966 after seven years as dean of MIT Sloan, died December 12

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McCormick, Martin wed

MIT Sloan student Thomas H. Martin Jr. and Meaghan Schmitt McCormick were married December 31, 2009 in Longmeadow, MA

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Cheung discusses plans for council

MIT Sloan student Leland Cheung shared his experiences as the first Asian American Cambridge Councilor with a group of students and community leaders in Boylston Hall for an event hosted by the Harvard Radcliffe Asian American Association and the Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. Cheung said that the most important vision he has for the Asian American community is to encourage this demographic to run for public office, because although Asian Americans typically outperform other minorities in areas like education and income, they are severely underrepresented in leadership roles

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Debby Soo: Expert panel discusses censorship in China

Internet censorship "runs exactly counter to what Google is all about," says Debby Soo, an MIT Sloan student and former content acquisition associate at Google, during a panel discussion at Harvard's Kennedy School on the ongoing conflict between Google and China

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MIT To Publish Entrepreneurial Review

MIT announced the launch of the MIT Entrepreneurship Review, a free online publication produced and written by MIT students dedicated to analyzing trends in entrepreneurship at MIT and beyond.

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MIT Sloan BioInnovations 2010 Conference

This year's BioInnovations Conference, sponsored by the MIT Sloan BioMedical Business Club, brings together more than 300 healthcare pioneers to discuss life sciences technology, policy.

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Red Sox value defense (and everything else)

A blogger and moderator of the Baseball Analytics Panel blogged about the debate on how defensive metrics came into play for the Red Sox this winter.

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Cheryl Kellond, MBA '96, will join Panache, an advertising platform for digital video, as vice president

Panache brings additional scale to its operations with Executive Vice President Cheryl Kellond.

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Bruce Jamerson, SM '75, joins Osage Bio Energy's board of directors

MIT Sloan alumnus Bruce Jamerson was elected to Osage Bio Energy's board of directors

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SXSW Panel: E-Food revolution: Interactive tools to feed the world

Elizabeth McVay Greene: During a panel discussion on using technology to solve the world's food problems, MIT Sloan student Elizabeth McVay Greene said, "It won't require some radical new technology, but it will just require an application of existing technologies."

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MIT Clean Energy Prize announces semi-finalists who will compete for a $200,000 grand prize

"We're really excited about the quality of the entries this year. The teams are extremely committed to turning these fledgling ventures into real businesses, creating real jobs, and ultimately having a real impact on society," says Janet Lin, MIT Sloan student and co-managing director of the Clean Energy Prize.

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Engineering majors top list of highest-paid college graduates

MIT Sloan undergraduates' median starting salary of $62,000 is lower than average salaries for undergraduates in engineering programs, according to a new survey.

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Akerlof: Want to maintain your authority? Don't make these four mistakes

Robert Akerlof, a postdoctoral associate at MIT Sloan, discussed his research on what managers sometimes do to undermine their own authority. "Ideally, showing confidence, ability and intelligence will help a manager establish a deeper sense of authority over time," he says.

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Aulet: Tuning the energy innovation engine at MIT

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Bill Aulet finished the 2010 MIT Energy Conference on an optimistic note, saying that entrepreneurs are the most valuable 'renewable resource.' "We need to solve this problem not with dictates from above but from innovation from below," he says.

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Educated and fearing the future in China

"You cannot tell a Chinese college graduate, 'you've invested years and money in a college education, but your job prospects are in your home village.' So there is now a geographic mismatch between locations of jobs and locations of college graduates," writes MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang in his commentary on China's employment problems.

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Senge: Choices, choices, choices: How sustainable are yours?

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Peter Senge says, "The 800 lb. gorilla behind virtually all of the 'sustainability challenges' is you and me, the consumer. The problem is not that we are bad, but that we have been blind to the impacts of our everyday choices, which are about to change."

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Johnson: Why, exactly, are big banks bad?

"It is not the power of big finance to control everything that has us worried — except maybe in some movies. Rather it's the ability of major banks to generate the conditions that make major international financial crises possible," blogs MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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von Hippel: An explosion of mobile patent lawsuits

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric Von Hippel blogs about a new genre of patent lawsuits that has changed the nature of disputes. In the past, companies "would usually come to an agreement to simply share each other's patents. But now they hope instead to reap large sums of money from the lawsuits."

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von Hippel: What Apple vs. HTC could mean

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric Von Hippel says, "Only 5 percent of these types of cases actually go through the judicial system, and that the patent system is "a bad scene right now."

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E2 Conference agenda / Call for papers -- Status report

MIT Sloan Research Scientist Andrew McAfee will serve as a keynote speaker at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in June 2010

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Show me the IP! Venture capital success based on patents

This article cites a collaborative study with MIT Sloan faculty that found a higher percentage of successful venture capital backed companies have strong patent portfolios.

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Beyond Mad Men: It's time for brand school

MIT Sloan is cited as one of few US business schools to offer a brand management course.

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Jeffrey Hollender added to World Innovation Forum lineup

HSM's 2010 World Innovation Forum, set for June 8-9 in NYC, is sponsored in part by MIT Sloan.

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Brynjolfsson and Ross: This year's MIT Sloan CIO Symposium academic keynote panel, "IT Organization of the Future: Driving Business Change," announced.

On May 19, the seventh annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium will include MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson and Jeanne W. Ross, director of MIT Sloan's Center for Information Systems Research

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Kamal Meattle, SM '67: A commercial building raises the bar

"I decided that if we could build the world's greenest, most energy-efficient building, and showcase the technologies used, it would serve as a model for all future buildings," says MIT Sloan alumnus Kamal Meattle.

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Personajes más ricos del mundo que impresionaron en los últimos días (World's richest characters that impressed in recent days)

MIT Sloan alumnus and Venezuelan businessman Lorenzo Mendoza is featured as one of the wealthiest people in the world based on a Forbes magazine list, jumping to 258 from 334 in 2009

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On Leadership and Ethics

BJ Hess, a former Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Arrow Electronics, Inc., spoke at MIT Sloan in March 2010 at the invitation of SWIM (Sloan Women in Management) and the MIT Leadership Center.

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The Greek tragedy that changed Europe

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson co-authored an essay on Greece's economic crisis, and the European Central Bank's deliberations to continue providing financial support across the European Union. "If these problems are not addressed quickly and effectively, Europe's economy will be derailed -- with serious, if hard to quantify, implications for the rest of the world," he writes.

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Gosline: Counterfeit labels: Good for luxury brands?

In this first-person account, MIT Sloan Prof. Renee Richardson Gosline says she became interested in the implications of counterfeit consumption when a friend invited her to a "purse party" at her neighbor's house. The event, she writes, was attended by a loose network of friends, coworkers and other neighbors. The hostess served wine, appetizers and ... fake, illegal designer handbags.

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Catalán and Bernain: A foreign-educated bunch: A look at Chile's new cabinet

MIT Sloan alumna Camila Merino Catalán and former MIT Sloan lecturer Ricardo Raineri Bernain will take office in the new Chilean president-elect's minister cabinet. Catalán will serve as Labor Minister, and Bernain as Energy Minister starting March 11.

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Cusumano: Recall woes show new challenges for 'Toyota Way'

MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano is quoted on Toyota's recent fumble over global recalls due to defects in gas pedals and floor-mats that resulted in faulty braking. "As far as we know, Toyota is still the best manufacturing company in the world when it comes to production management. Workers have nothing to do with this," Cusumano says.

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Sterman: Carbon targets pledged at Copenhagen 'fail to keep temperature rise to 2C'

MIT Sloan analysis spearheaded by Prof. John Sterman shows pledges submitted to the UN falls short of reduction targets by at least 11bn tons of CO2.

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Akerlof: Don't get smart at job interviews

MIT Sloan Prof. Robert Akerlof's new research on "how bosses stay in charge" recommends avoiding the hiring of overqualified employees. "An overqualified person may be difficult to maintain authority over. They can have a bad attitude that's infectious," he says.

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Huang: Collapse of the dragon

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang is quoted in an analysis of China's economy that predicts an imminent bubble burst within the next five years. For electricity consumption to drop in a supposedly growing economy is "an extraordinary pattern, a pattern, I might add, that is absent in all other countries," Huang says.

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Laubacher: Hollywood dollars roll in

Robert Laubacher, director of MIT's Center for Collective Intelligence, co-authored a report showing that the influx of Hollywood filmmakers in Massachusetts provides big benefits for local businesses.

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Simon Johnson: Obama on CEO bonuses: He doesn't 'begrudge' wealth

"I don't begrudge success and wealth, but I would like for it to be socially productive and socially constructive, not massively damaging," MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says in response to Obama's recent, more moderate comments about executives' bonus pay, with the administration's stated intent to curb big banks.

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Jacoby: A silver lining to the Copenhagen cloud?

Participants in an MIT panel discussion on the outcome of the December Copenhagen conference, including MIT Sloan Prof. Henry Jacoby, who co-directs MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, are optimistic despite early negative reactions. Any action is worthwhile "because almost anything we do plays a part in reducing the risk" of severe climate change effects, Jacoby says.

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Simon Johnson: Opinion: Bank CEO's won't police themselves

In this opinion piece, the author cites MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson as having said, "Unless and until we break the political power of our largest banks, the middle class will be hammered down."

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Brynjolfsson: New research shines spotlight on the growing role of information technology in driving innovation

The MIT Sloan Management Review published video interviews with Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson and Research Affiliate Michael Schrage describing their long-term research project. They are exploring the ways that IT components such as measurement, experimentation, sharing, and replication drive innovation in various markets and industries.

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Lo: Why economists hate physicists: Why are economists so bad at making forecasts?

"In physics, it takes three laws to explain 99% of the data; in finance, it takes more than 99 laws to explain about 3%," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo.

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Cusumano: Running on all cylinders

"He walked into a $12 billion loss in 2006," says MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano of Ford's top executive, Alan Mulally in a story about the company's economic resurgence despite a rough road for the auto industry in recent years. MIT Sloan Prof. Emeritus Arnoldo Hax, who taught Mulally at MIT in the 1980s adds, "Ford is bringing a sense of confidence under his direction that no other major car manufacturer has."

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Tucker: How not to market on the web: Highly visible ads are twice as effective

A new study, co-authored by Catherine Tucker of MIT Sloan School of Management, suggests ways companies can better target individuals without crossing a line. This article was adapted from "How Not to Market on the Web," appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review.

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Simon Johnson: The debtor the world still bets on

"They have no easy option," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson of Europe's debt dilemma against a backdrop of the changing credit ratings of global superpowers. "They can cut spending or raise taxes."

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Osterman: U.S. wage growth: The downward spiral

"It isn't a healthy economy," says MIT Sloan Prof. Paul Osterman on the bleak short- and long-term outlook for wages and incomes. "There is a broad sense that it's a precarious labor market."

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Wolk: City Fresh caters to community needs

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Andrew Wolk is cited as the co-founder of Inner City Entrepreneurs, which provided MBA-level training and networking opportunities to City Fresh owners in 2004.

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Aulet: Highlands and Islands businesses top of the class at MIT

Two Scottish business people won top prizes during MIT Sloan's weeklong Entrepreneurship Development Program. "I was very impressed by the whole Scottish group... Their capability and confidence grew throughout the week as a result of their hard work," says Bill Aulet, managing director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center.

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Bouwman: Bangor University spearheads new research into bank regulations

Christa Bouwman, MIT Sloan visiting assistant professor, was a collaborator in Bangor University's research on the effects of financial regulations on banks.

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Aulet: XL Hybrids charges up with $850K

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Bill Aulet is cited as a board member of XL Hybrid, a startup that helps organizations manage fleets of hybrid or electric vehicles. The company has collected $850K of its proposed $1.2 million in capital.

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Andrew Lo's new paradigm

This article features MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo's Adaptive Market Hypothesis, which attempts to update Modern Portfolio Theory. "The MPT model is not wrong, it's just incomplete," says Lo.

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New 'GWAMIT' women's group

A new group, Graduate Women at MIT, will collaborate with events for departmental groups, such as MIT Sloan Women in Management (SWIM). SWIM President Veena Jayadeva says, "GWAMIT is a much more formalized way to go to one place and say 'Ya, this is what's going on.'"

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Roberts: Pixable launches Photo Mosaics tool

Pixable, a social media photo storing, sharing and printing tool created by three MIT Sloan students, launched the new Photo Mosaics tool today, which allows users to create digital photo mosaics for digital use, with an option to buy poster prints. This article cites MIT Sloan Prof. Edward Roberts as one of the key investors in the year-old company.

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4th annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference to bring sports industry leaders to Boston on...

The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference kicks off its fourth year on March 6, 2010 with a new presenting sponsor and a roster of speakers that will include NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, EPL and NBA owners, coaches, and industry leaders, and the journalists that follow them. ESPN has agreed to become the presenting sponsor of Sloan's most popular conference, says Daryl Morey, an MIT Sloan alumnus and general manager of the Houston Rockets, who co-chairs the conference.

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David J. Lam, MBA '00, named AAMA 2010 president

The Asian America MultiTechnology Association, a business network for entrepreneurship and capital investment, has named MIT Sloan alumnus David J. Lam as its president.

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Heather Tow-Yick, MBA '07, eager to start new education program

Heather Tow-Yick, MIT Sloan alumna, will be the new state executive director for Teach for America, a teacher placement program serving low-income and minority students. "[Business school] gave me insight about how business leaders effect change in their own industry, and how they could be leveraged in the efforts to achieve education reforms," says Tow-Yick.

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Conseco names Charles Murphy, MBA '84, to its board of directors

MIT Sloan alumnus Charles Murphy has joined the board of directors for Conseco, an insurance provider targeting the middle income market and seniors.

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Matthew Gardiner: How to improve cloud security in your enterprise

MIT Sloan alumnus Matthew Gardiner describes six ways enterprises can improve cloud security. "Enterprises must never forget that they will face the majority of the blame if security breaches occur," he writes.

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Simon Johnson: After the tape: U.S. losing edge on export-led growth

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is quoted in an article about the strength of the U.S. dollar's effect on efforts to double U.S. exports. If the dollar continues to increase in strength, rather than weaken, "it would wipe out all the other bits and pieces [the president] is putting together to encourage exports," Johnson says.

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Converted motorbike performs various field operations

MIT Sloan provided legal and business plan support to Indian farmer Mansukhbhai Jagani to produce his innovative tilling, weeding, and sowing invention called Santi, a tractor built from his old motorcycle.

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Top ten survival tips for remote work teams

In a list of ten ways to promote productivity and success among virtual work teams, the authors cite research from MIT Sloan showing that virtual teams using specific processes for goal setting, planning, problem solving, and role assignment outperform other teams.

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Andrew Phillip Bechtel, MBA '09, and Russell to wed

MIT Sloan alumnus Andrew Phillip Bechtel will marry Casey Jackman Russell in June 2010.

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Agnes completes 'loaned executive' program

MIT Sloan hosted the "Loaned Executive" training program coordinated by the Charitable Campaign Coalition and Action for Boston Community Development program.

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MIT Sloan offers sustainable business certificate

The new certificate program is open to all MIT Sloan graduate students who fulfill five required core courses and two elective class requirements with a focus on strategies for sustainable business, global climate change, and system dynamics.

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3Play Media finds funding from angel investors

3Play Media, the Somerville-based company founded by MIT Sloan alumni Josh Miller, Chris Johnson, Chris Antunes, and Jeremy Barron, received $450,000 in angel funding, according to a lead investor.

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Global MBA rankings 2010

MIT Sloan ranked eighth among 100 full-time global MBA programs, moving up one spot from last year's Financial Times rankings.

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Schmittlein: Foreign offices

The past year has seen a whole raft of new business school ventures set up across the Middle East and Asia, as the regions' corporations, governments and students develop a taste for formalised management training....MIT Sloan set the trend for these ventures, helping schools in China in the 1990s and, more recently, in Portugal. Dean David Schmittlein and CDO Director Jackie Wilbur are quoted in this piece.

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Simon Johnson: Obama's plan to be judged by a Goldman breakup

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "After more than a year of tough argument, Paul Volcker has finally persuaded top aides to President Barack Obama that the unconditional bailouts of 2008-09 planted the seeds for another major economic crisis. Unfortunately, in their scramble to announce this major policy shift ahead of Wall Street's bonus season, the administration didn't line up all relevant details."

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Simon Johnson: Obama's right to tame the big banks

In this opinion piece on next steps for the Obama Administration on curbing financial risk, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson recommends two key elements of successful regulation: tripling capital requirements and shrinking big banks.

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Simon Johnson: A bank levy will not stop the doomsday cycle

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson co-authored an opinion piece on the latest developments in regulating the American-European financial system. "Rather than recognising the dangerous systemic failures in our financial system, their leaders are proposing bandages that can - at best - only postpone another, possibly much larger, meltdown," he writes.

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MBA students see signs of job market thaw

MBA students from MIT's Sloan School recently took their annual "tech trek," testing out the demand for summer internships for the class of 2011 and full-time jobs for this year's graduates. Students fanned out across Boston, Silicon Valley and Seattle, meeting with energy and high-tech enterprises. In December others visited six Boston-area biotechnology companies. And what they found gave them reason to hope; tech outfits are finally seeing demand pick up, energy companies are pushing hard to develop renewable fuels and together the two sectors could lead the way out of a job market morass..."The general consensus is that things are better, particularly in Silicon Valley." MBAs Jacklyn Loo and Mike Norelli are quoted.

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MBA graduates test Seattle's job market

MIT Sloan MBAs Hilda Tang and Ryan Thurston were interviewed about their experiences during the Seattle Tech trek. "It's very competitive right now. So we have to make sure that during the recruiting process we're aware of the skill set they are looking for, and we target towards those," says Tang. Thurston noted the broad range of positions that are available to job seeking MBAs, "They want someone who has done technical development, who has done management, who knows what a balance sheet looks like... someone who is optimistic. They need all these pieces to drive their products forward."

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MIT Sloan offers sustainable business certificate

The new certificate program is open to all MIT Sloan graduate students who fulfill five required core courses and two elective class requirements with a focus on strategies for sustainable business, global climate change, and system dynamics.

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Simon Johnson: Making the move to community banks

Simon Johnson, MIT professor and economist, spoke with host Guy Raz about the Move Your Money campaign.

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Lo: Gambling with house money

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo discusses the pros and cons of proprietary trading in light of proposed strict new regulations on banks. "We have to recognize that proprietary trading has a number of positive benefits, which if we end up constraining it, we will have to face those consequences," he says.

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Reviews mixed on President Obama's business plans

The biggest shortcoming of the Obama's business plan overall is that it won't significantly help young entrepreneurial companies, according to Edward Roberts, founder of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center.

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Drezen Prelec, leading behavioral economist at MIT, joins Micronotes board

MIT Sloan Prof. Drazen Prelec has joined the advisory board at Micronotes, an outbound interactive marketing company.

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Hill: Open-source alive and thriving

During his presentation at the Linux.Conf.Au 2010 for open-source software developers, MIT Senior Researcher Benjamin Mako Hill criticized proprietary software's use of "antifeatures," such as spyware and code limitations, to exploit users and prevent the use of third-party accessories. "The world of proprietary software is a world full of software that people hate," Mako Hill says.

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Simon Johnson: Axeman Barack Obama cometh again

In a report on reactions to Obama's strict financial policy announcement from Wall Street, bankers, the United Kingdom, international media, and expert economists, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "they think the big banks should just carry on as usual."

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Simon Johnson: Obama's 'Volcker Rule' shifts power away from Geithner

"It's a fundamental shift," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson on Obama's policy move in favor of stronger financial regulations. "This is coming from the political side. There are classic signs of major policy changes under pressure...but in a new and much more sensible direction."

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Huang: Don't underestimate India's consumers

Yasheng Huang, a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, estimates that China's absolute levels of poverty and illiteracy have doubled since 2000. In India, he says, they've been halved.

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Bouwman: First research to study effect of how bank regulators' interventions into troubled banks affect liquidity provision...

Christa Bouwman, MIT Sloan visiting assistant professor, is noted in this article for her research collaboration on the effects of financial regulation on banks.

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Geek Squad founder and Oakland Athletics GM headline Allegiance Engage Summit 2010 User Conference

Rama Ramakrishnan, MIT Sloan senior lecturer and data-mining expert, will provide one of the keynote presentations at a conference exploring how to capitalize on customer and employee engagement.

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McAfee: Defining Enterprise 2.0

"I want to stress one more time that technologies that are not freeform are not bad or shortsighted or somehow deficient," writes MIT Sloan's Andrew McAfee in this opinion piece.

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Cusumano: Google vs. China: Is Google screwed?

MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano is quoted in a story about whether Google's threat to close their operations in China due to censorship and account hacking is likely to affect China's policies. "I don't think they have any leverage," he says. "The Chinese government has been pretty clear in the past that it does not cave in to outside pressure of any sort."

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The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series: Charles Kane

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Charles Kane spoke to Carnegie Mellon University students about the business world in this lecture series.

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Huang: Brics: China's hinterland picks up baton

"Consumption as a proportion of GDP has declined to levels not seen anywhere else in the world. This is the root of global imbalances," says Yasheng Huang, an economist at MIT. "The stimulus plan is probably only making things worse."

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Malone: ALA 2010 midwinter meeting: Reports from ALISE

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Malone provided the keynote presentation at the 2010 Annual Conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education. He addressed how new information technologies affect collaboration in business, government, and academia.

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Malone: The end of the office... and the future of work

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Malone is featured in an article about the growing trend of freelance, temporary, and self-employed workers, and other changes in how we define careers. "What I'm just now realizing is that many people today see their career portfolio including a combination of jobs at the same time," he says.

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Braun: In recall, a role model stumbles

In a climate in which Americans have come to expect perfection in consumer goods, companies are better off overreacting than underreacting when product problems arise, says Michael Braun, an assistant professor of marketing at MIT Sloan School of Management. Such an extreme measure as Johnson and Johnson's nationwide recall of Tylenol in 1982 may not have been warranted for safety reasons, he says, but it reflected well on the company. "These kinds of actions have tremendous public relations value and that can protect a brand because it engenders trust. They probably haven't done that in this case," he says.

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Cusumano: Tech firms find China a challenging market

MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano noted that China's strong infrastructure makes starting businesses easier. "There is corruption in China," he says. "But it doesn't compare with the levels of corruption you see in India."

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Sterman: New year, new climate (re)solution?

The Accord, a 12-paragraph statement of intention, mentions a global ambition to keep the average global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius. However, Professor John Sterman of MIT notes that the average global temperature may increase by 3.9 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

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Entrepreneur must define product, rivals, resources

MIT Sloan MBA Oscar Pedroso interviewed Jerome Mahone, executive director of the Rochester Institute of Technology's high-technology incubator Venture Creations, about entrepreneurship.

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Student "Tech Treks" lend reality to B-school case studies

MIT Sloan MBA and Boston Tech Trek energy track organizer James Luong blogged about his visits to energy companies during this year's treks on the West Coast and in Greater Boston tech treks. "Each company has found disruptive technology-driven solutions for new or developing market spaces," Luong says.

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The biggest small business competitions

The MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and the MIT Clean Energy Prize were featured in a summary of 15 small business competitions open to students and entrepreneurs.

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Real deals -- To be an intern

At MIT Sloan School of Management, a popular elective for students returning from their summer internship involves reflection on the practice of management. As part of the course, students are asked to think of their internship as a project, and consider what they would do differently and what they learned. At Sloan, about 35 per cent of students who are offered a full-time position as a result of their internship accept a job.

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Good news: More MBA students touring Boston companies

MIT's Sloan School of Management is one of the few that has consistently given students a chance to visit local companies, but Harvard Business School is joining in this year.

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Simon Johnson: Will the 'Volcker Rule' do anything?

In this blog post, MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson analyzes President Obama's new, tough demeanor in confronting big banks. "If the Obama proposal is the start of a serious debate on these issues, we are at last moving in the right direction," he writes.

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Simon Johnson: Witnessing Obama's first step off Wall Street

This blog entry on Obama's shift to more controlled banking highlights comments made by MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson, which appeared in The Washington Post's 1/22/10 story.

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Simon Johnson: Economists' reactions to Bernanke re-nomination

"Bernanke is an airline pilot who pulled off a miraculous landing, but didn't do his preflight checks and doesn't show any sign of being more careful in the future -- thank him if you want, but why would you fly with him again?" asks MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Simon Johnson: Bernanke on the hot seat

"Now that the administration and the president himself have recognized the danger inherent in big banks and defined a new reality, what is Ben Bernanke's view?" asks MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Simon Johnson: An antitrust investigation of the banks?

In this blog posting, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson authors looks at the political backdrop of the Obama Administration's proposed limits for big banks, exploring the implications for bank regulation after the Republican Senate victory in Massachusetts, application of antitrust theory, and how politicians might play the issue in upcoming elections.

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CUs offer loans at four top MBA schools

MIT Sloan School of Management was one of four schools to have launched credit union loan programs in 2009, and all were ranked in the top ten global MBA schools.

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In reversal, federal regulators now propose to limit oil and gas commodities

Federal regulators proposed a limit on energy commodity trading to prevent higher oil costs that can result from excessive speculation. John Parsons, executive director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at MIT Sloan says, "This is preventing an individual trader from capturing a large enough position to manipulate or impact the price in an outsized way."

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MIT faculty study finds diversity is lacking

Denise Loyd, an African-American professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, said that while she does not believe her race has hindered her, minorities must constantly process how much their experience has to do with race, versus factors such as personality or expertise. She recalled attending an MIT event where she felt she was mistaken for a member of the wait staff. "There's a reality of being in that kind of environment that can represent a challenge," Loyd says. "Do people really think I belong here? You are navigating the world with that in the back of your mind."

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Job retraining program welcomes white-collar workers

"Since the 1991 recession, you began to see more white-collar workers laid off than you had in previous recessions. That's gotten more widespread with each one," says MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas.

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Illume Software names Daniel Ross president and CEO

Daniel Ross, who has lectured at MIT Sloan and other business schools, was recently named president and CEO of the developer Illume Software.

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U.S. holds fire in Google-China feud

MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano was quoted in this article about the implications for other U.S. businesses following Google's threat to China over censorship and e-mail security. Although he doubts that other companies will follow, "All of the eyes of the world are on Google right now. They have planted the idea that someone can stand up and say we are not going to take this anymore to the Chinese government. And somebody has to be first," he says.

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Vishal Mehta, SM '02, to give Amazon's Kindle run for its money

MIT Sloan alumnus Vishal Mehta Pi has unveiled his Infibeam Pi, an e-book reader that looks like the Amazon Kindle, has the same e-Ink screen that the Kindle sports, and has a rights architecture than is more open than the Kindle. The Infibeam Pi, which can now be ordered online, supports, among other things, 13 Indian languages.

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Craig Barberio, SM '80, was appointed as director of investor relations for First American Corporation's Financial Services group

MIT Sloan alumnus Craig J. Barberio was appointed as director of investor relations for First American Corporation's Financial Services group.

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Brian Halligan, MBA '05: Is your marketing team going for the goal?

MIT Sloan alumnus Brian Halligan authored this piece about how marketing teams can keep up with changing consumer viewing and shopping habits. "Is your company ready to cope with the fundamental changes happening in your prospect base? Here are a few actionable suggestions that will help you change the way you market today," he writes.

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Reevaluating China's promise

Yasheng Huang, a professor of international management at MIT Sloan School of Management, heard the news about Google's threat while traveling in China. Reached by e-mail, he said his concern was not for Google, or other US companies with investments in China, but for China itself. "I think that this is a highly significant development," he wrote. "Google is one of the most admired technology companies in the world, and indeed, in China." Huang said Google's statement "signals in very concrete terms the vast gulf between China's current environment and the environment that has created the kind of technological miracles such as Google." Noting that China has its own technology ambitions, Huang said its success so far has been mainly as a manufacturer, and mostly of low-tech products. "For the country to move to the next level and for the country to make true technological breakthroughs as Google has done in this country," he said, "it has to revamp its system in some fundamental ways."

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Route 128 vs. Silicon Valley: Stop the noize!

MIT Sloan Prof. Bill Aulet authored this piece about the collaborative approach to innovation that he and this year's Seattle Tech Trekkers espouse. "We can all gain by a mindset of working together," he writes.

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Simon Johnson: China to fuel huge catastrophe

The author quotes MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's latest assessments that have appeared in the media: "The market is very clearly saying that they think there is going to be another bailout... And those expectations of course are self-fulfilling," Johnson says.

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Tulsa native working in Indonesia's slums with Mercy Corps

MIT Sloan MBA Libby Putman is featured in this article for her G-Lab project in Indonesia with the Mercy Corps. She is working to expand a pilot program designed to improve nutrition by training local food carts to provide healthy food options.

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Questions for the big bankers

The New York Times opinion page editors asked MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson and other experts what questions they would ask the CEOs of the four big banks under review by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

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Obama to push tax on being 'too big to fail'

MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson argues that the administration's $120 billion tally for TARP losses is 'low ball.' TARP is a direct cost, he says. But the country needed a fiscal stimulus to restart the economy, which "was only needed because of what the banks did. They should pay for that also. There is no logic that says: reimburse us for TARP but the rest is on the house."

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Lee Holcomb, SF 84: Progress and best practices

Lee Holcomb, an MIT Sloan alumnus, will participate in a radio panel on February 3 about best practices and new developments in cyber security technology.

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Frank Troise, MBA '95: Joins J.P. Morgan as global head of electronic client solutions

J.P. Morgan announced the appointment of Frank Troise, MIT Sloan alumnus, as Global Head of Equities Electronic Client Solutions.

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Why Citigroup's going to take the fall

Simon Johnson, MIT Sloan professor and economist, blogs about Citi's conspicuous absence from the first day of hearings for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. "The bank CEOs interviewed Wednesday may reasonably be considered the current kings of Wall Street. But Weill and Rubin are the titans who built the modern Citi," Johnson writes.

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East Meets West - 5 observations on Silicon Valley from an MIT Sloan perspective

MIT Sloan MBAs Rob Lemos and Erdin Beshimov provide five observations on the entrepreneurial and industry trends, local investment perspective, and Silicon Valley culture after their visit.

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Craig Rottenberg MBA '03: joins Long's Jewelers Hall of Fame

MIT Sloan alumnus Craig Rottengerg works in finance for his family's business, Long Jewelers, which was recently inducted into National Jeweler's 22nd Annual Retailer Hall of Fame.

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Kill Wall Street's bonuses or tax them to death, says Simon Johnson

In this video broadcast and online news piece, MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson addresses anticipated bonuses for big bank employees. "People working at our largest banks - say over $100 billion in total assets - should get zero bonus for 2009," Johnson says.

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IT survey finds executives planning converged network strategy: Using both InfiniBand and Ethernet

Voltaire surveyed more than 120 members of the Global CIO and Executive IT Group who attended the 2009 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, and reported that IT executives plan to use both InfiniBand and Ethernet technologies to maximize efficiency while building new data centers.

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The bonus boomerang

In an opinion piece on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson asks, "Did the extraordinary size and irresponsible structure of bonuses in 2007 help lead the financial system into trouble? Don't today's stunning bonuses point in the same direction?"

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What appears like problems in Africa are opportunities to be tapped

MIT Sloan's peer school relationship with the Kellogg School of Management is cited in this story on an upcoming Kellogg Africa Business Conference.

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Diversity efforts uneven in U.S. companies

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan says, "It is true that diversity can have positive effects, but only if we manage it in a creative way to draw out the different experiences people bring to bear from their backgrounds. It's not an automatic kind of thing."

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How to make America more innovative

This article highlights MIT Sloan Professors' Pierre Azoulay and Gustavo Manso's research on how scientific researchers' output and motivation are affected by funding streams.

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Sales, marketing must cooperate

Grace Ueng, a faculty member of the MIT Sloan MBA joint venture at Fudan in Shanghai, offers the 11th and 12th steps in her 12-step marketing guide for new and existing businesses.

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Jobs, economy on state conference agenda

MIT Sloan Prof. Paul Osterman will participate in a panel discussion on Texas' economic competitiveness and education.

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Retired professor applies search technology to huge reform effort

Doug Lowry, MIT Sloan alumnus and a retired professor, is featured in a story about his work to create a searchable copy of the Senate and House bills on health care reform. "I'm not plugging either party at all. I'm trying to equip both sides. Let's get everything out in the open. Let's be more transparent," Lowry says.

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MIT Sloan Tech Trekkers "bullish" on prospective job market

In a follow-up with MIT Sloan Tech Trekkers about their Silicon Valley experience, students report continued optimism. "My class is very confident that we're actually on the upswing and that the economy is turning around. Given that we'll be interning next summer and graduating in 2011, we're very bullish about our job prospects," says Marc Piette.

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Call of duty

MIT Sloan Prof. Tavneet Suri discusses the economic impact of the mobile money transfer system on struggling Kenyans in this podcast. "I think they have completely embraced it, because so many people use it," Suri says.

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The recession hits science

MIT Sloan Prof. Fiona Murray conducted research with her students to learn how the recession has affected funding for scientific research. "The generation of ideas still seems to be strong, but the mingling of ideas and people and money just isn't happening at the same rate," she says.

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Mary Bombardier and Michael Shellman

Michael Shellman, MIT Sloan alumnus, and Mary Bombardier have announced their engagement to be married in May 2010.

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Does Silicon Valley need MBAs in 2010?

MIT Sloan Tech Trekkers are optimistic about their degree and job prospects, as this blogger reports. "Some of the people at the larger companies we've been meeting with do have MBAs, so it's great to see their progression," says MIT Sloan student Jackie Loo.

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Crisis just beginning: Economist

In this live television interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "All of the big banks left standing believe that they are immune from any future failure...crazy things happen when you have a financial system like that".

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Our uncertain economy

In this radio interview, MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson talks about the risks of re-nominating Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Despite Bernanke's assertion that he plans to avoid future bailout scenarios, "The market is very clearly saying that they think there is going to be another bailout, more bailouts, unlimited bailouts, as necessary. And those expectations of course are self-fulfilling," Johnson says.

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Testing the professional waters

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan MBA Ash Martin writes about the experience of an MBA internship. "The MBA internship is like a test-actually it's not like a test, it is a test. It is an opportunity for a company to evaluate you in a particular role," he writes.

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MIT MBA "Tech Trekkers" in Seattle

Xconomy Seattle invited readers to join MIT Sloan Tech Trekkers for an evening of networking and a discussion of their activities in Seattle.

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Media marketing consultancy firm SVP takes Burlingame 3BD

Deepali Abhyankar, MIT Sloan alumnus and senior vice president, recently purchased a home in the Burlingame neighborhood of San Francisco.

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Investing in independent financial regulators

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson blogs about the risks of employing finance sector experts, who often also work for major broker-dealers, as government advisors on financial derivatives. "It would be great if people from hedge funds or other financial institutions were willing to step forward and play this role...but while these independent people eloquently criticize the major broker-dealers in private, very few of them are willing to step forward in public," he says.

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The future of decision making: Less intuition, more evidence

MIT Sloan research scientist Andrew McAfee authored a blog post explaining the importance of relying more on evidence than intuition when making important decisions. "Intuition is similar to what I think of Tom Cruise's acting ability: real, but vastly overrated and deployed far too often," McAfee says.

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MIT Professor takes a closer look at counterfeiting and the consumer

MIT Sloan Prof. Renee Richardson Gosline's research on consumer views of authentic and counterfeit luxury goods is still securing press, with coverage in this popular New York fashion publication this month.

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The quest for MIT's next billion dollar idea

"You are Harrison Ford or Matt Damon and you've been dropped into an alien world. Your mission: find the Golden Key which will save the comely damsel and/or unlock the next Billion Dollar Idea from Fortress MIT," blogs MIT Sloan's Howard Anderson. "You know it's hidden behind one of the 1,000 doors, each of which is virtually identical. Your time is limited...and evil competitors are racing against you for that exact Golden Key! What would you do first? Second? That's exactly what Bill Aulet and I are exploring in an upcoming class at MIT's Sloan School of Management, 15.390A: New Enterprizes".

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Climate simulator plays role in COP15

MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman and the C-ROADS climate simulation model are highlighted in this update on the recent Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. "C-ROADS is both grounded in and consistent with the best available climate science, as well as transparent, fast and easy to use," Sterman notes.

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The weakness of COP15

MIT Sloan's John Sterman is quoted in another opinion piece on the results of the climate change conference in Copenhagen. "The longer we delay ... the more costly it will be to cut emissions, the worse warming will be, and the more the people of the world, rich and poor, will suffer," Sterman says.

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If Fed missed this bubble, will it see a new one?

MIT Sloan's Andrew Lo is cited in this blog post about preventing future oversight of economic warning signs by the Federal Reserve chairman. Lo had proposed an independent body to review and report on crashes or busts.

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Study shows Kellogg's 'great brand name' improves resume appeal

MIT Sloan is among the top five business schools whose graduates pull in the highest salaries, according to a recent study from Admissions Consultants, a group that provides counseling to prospective students.

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Apple, LinkedIn, Salesforce.com, and... Rapid7?

Credit is due to the members of MIT Sloan's Media Tech Club for organizing a Massachusetts Tech Trek at all. Most business schools in the area focus exclusively on journeys out west -- and don't offer any opportunities at all to visit companies here.

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Global boom builds for epic bust: Peter Boone and Simon Johnson

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson and London School of Economics' Peter Boone warn about the "dangerous financial system in Europe and the U.S." resulting from bank bailouts, excessive risk-taking, and the dynamics of global lending practices.

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Crisis from 'super-sized finance' looms

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's recent presentation on economic recovery is featured in this story. His "conclusion is that we may be entering a period of great instability, with more frequent crises and more serious ones," writes the author.

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Why the pessimists are worth listening to

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is quoted in this opinion piece weighing economists' varying predictions about the recession. Says Johnson, "The crisis is just beginning. Have bankers won? In the short term, absolutely. The immediate opportunity for change has already been missed".

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Mike Richter goes green with NHL panel at Fenway

"If global warming produced the same results as smog, we would be working at a faster rate to find a solution," said MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman who was among participants on a panel on sustainable business and sports held at Fenway Park.

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Should enterprises be skeptical of UC productivity claims?

The relationship between information technology and productivity is a matter of serious debate. In the 1980s and early 1990s, empirical research generally did not significant productivity improvements associated with IT investments, Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, says.

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New year, new reality

This article looks at themes from the MIT Sloan CFO Summit, held in November 2009, with an eye on 2010.

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Bringing order to the address book, Sensobi targets underserved Blackberry Mobile App customers

Ajay Kulkarni, MIT Sloan alumnus and CEO of Cambridge-based tech startup Sensobi, discusses a new application designed to organize Blackberry users' contacts. "We realized your phone knows more about you than anything else does," says Kulkarni.

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A financial lifeline for foreign MBA students

MIT Sloan is one of several schools to recently make deals with credit unions to provide no-co-signer loans for international MBA students, making it easier for them to obtain financial support.

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MIT on track despite $1.8B investment loss

Construction at MIT Sloan is among the major projects set to be completed over the next two years, despite the decline in endowment.

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China's century: On the march

Yasheng Huang, MIT Sloan professor and author of Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics, is cited in an opinion piece about China's global influence in the climate debate, economy, and production and labor. "He is optimistic the present leadership... whose rhetoric has championed equality and opposed corruption, may restore a better balance," the author notes.

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Brookline resident inducted into BC High Hall of Fame

MIT Sloan alumnus Timothy Driscoll was inducted into the Boston College High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his talents on the varsity hockey team.

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How not to market on the Web

MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Catherine Tucker co-authored a report on an investigation of online targeted advertising. "Don't try to both complement and compete with a Web site's content," says Tucker.

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Connecting the dots in the enterprise

The MIT Sloan Management Review interviews Professor Andrew McAfee about his latest book, Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges.

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In Spain, a soaring jobless rate for young workers

In the United States, workers on the first rungs of the job market run the risk of lower earnings even after the recovery gets going, says Paul Osterman, a professor at the Sloan School of Management at MIT who also teaches at the Institute de Empresa business school in Madrid.

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Marathon negotiations cap climate summit

Because the deal envisions emissions cuts no bigger than what countries pledged coming into Copenhagen, U.S. experts say the world's temperature is already on track to increase by 3.9 degrees Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels, says John Sterman of MIT.

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Authors and Ideas

Peter Weill, director of MIT Sloan's Center for Information Systems Research, is interviewed in this Web cast about the research behind his new book, IT Governance. "We looked at how the key five decisions in IT were made," Weill says.

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Barnett: What's missing in airport security?

MIT Sloan professor and transportation expert Arnold Barnett provides insight on developing airport security solutions without sacrificing timeliness and consumer privacy. "If we act, even belatedly, to close loopholes in security, we might force aviation terrorists to adapt new methods that have a lesser chance of success," he says.

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Simon Johnson: For banks, the worst of times became the best

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson reviews three recent books detailing the key events and players of the 2008 bank crisis, and cautions against a repeat fiasco in the future. "Without really serious reform, we have every reason to start counting down to the next financial crisis," he says.

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Huang: Human capital development: The reason behind China's growth

"While explaining the growth differences between China and India by pointing to this difference in infrastructures and FDI, this Indian observer--and many others like him in India--committed a classic analytic error known as reverse causality, i.e., he thinks that it is infrastructures or FDI that caused the Chinese growth when in reality it is the growth that caused China to have infrastructures and FDI," writes MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang in this opinion piece.

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Osterman: In Spain, a soaring jobless rate for young workers

"There is a cohort of people who are condemned to a permanently stagnant career path in Spain. It's very worrisome," says MIT Sloan Prof. Paul Osterman, who also teaches at the Institute de Empresa business school in Madrid.

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McAfee: Social media's direct communication builds business success

MIT Sloan's Andrew McAfee's recent McKinsey interview is cited in this opinion piece about the importance of businesses using social media.

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Ueng: Use web marketing to boost sales

Grace W. Ueng, a faculty member of the MIT Sloan MBA joint venture at Fudan in Shanghai, offers the tenth step in her 12-step marketing guide for new and existing businesses.

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Malone: Human Capital: People on the move

InnoCentive, Inc., a Waltham-based technology company, appointed Thomas Malone, Patrick McGovern professor of management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, to its strategic advisory board.

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Simon Johnson: Business Outlook will appeal to a wide audience

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson will provide the keynote address at the annual Cayman Business Outlook conference in January 2010. This year's theme, "Prospering in a Grave New World," and attendees can expect a big--picture view of the latest economic and social issues impacting Cayman.

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Online advertising: Better targeted, but not always profitable, says MIT Sloan professor Bonatti

Alessandro Bonatti, assistant professor at MIT Sloan, describes the paradox of online advertising that occurs when technology advances spur more affordable and targeted ads.

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Kochan: Companies won't rush to ease workloads as economy recovers

Recent layoffs have resulted in an increase in productivity among those still employed, and contributes to the delay in new hiring. MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan says the jump in productivity is stronger than in many past economic recoveries.

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Huang: India, China diaspora: Winning the world's factory and tech lab race

This article quotes a study co-authored by MIT Sloan's Yasheng Huang titled, "Business: Can India Overtake China?"

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Sterman: Climate reality -- Voluntary efforts not enough

Systems dynamics expert John Sterman of MIT compares our carbon problem to a bathtub. Each year we pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, much of it remains there. It lasts for about a century, although about half of the carbon dioxide produced is removed each year by forests and oceans. Sterman figures the world can afford to churn out another 920 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide between now and 2050. Holding emissions to that level offers a better than even chance at keeping the world under 450 parts per million and avoiding a crucial temperature rise.

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Why is Microsoft fighting so hard over Internet Explorer?

MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano's contributions to an article about the browser wars and the incentives for companies to offer free Internet browsers to their customers is cited.

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Grubb: Selling to overconfident consumers

According to new research by MIT Sloan Assistant Professor Michael Grubb, consumers may overestimate the precision of their demand forecasts. This overconfidence creates an incentive for both monopolists and competitive firms to offer tariffs with included quantities at zero marginal cost, followed by steep marginal charges. This matches observed cellular phone service pricing plans in the United States and elsewhere.

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Mazonson: 2009 Review -- The year in awards, achievements

Jessica Mazonson, an MIT Sloan MBA student, was one of five MIT and 80 worldwide students to be named a Siebel Scholar. The Siebel Foundation recognizes students with outstanding academic performance and leadership at top graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering.

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Cheung: Election a milepost for council

MIT Sloan MBA candidate Leland Cheung is the first Asian-American to be elected to the Cambridge City Council. Cheung tapped fellow students and the Asian community using traditional campaigning and social networking to build support.

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Lawton: Commentary on the war in Afghanistan

Timothy Lawton, an MIT Sloan MBA and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, provides commentary on U.S. troop deployment in Afghanistan.

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Howard W. Johnson, President of MIT during Vietnam War protests, dies at 88

This story from the Times focuses on Johnson's leadership at MIT during the late sixties, with admiration for his diplomacy through protests of the Vietnam War.

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Krisztian Orban: Walker floats $20 million Danube Fund

Hungarian businessman and MIT Sloan alumnus Krisztian Orban, with business partner Bert Walker, have created a $20 million private equity fund to buy Eastern European businesses.

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Scott Seidewitz: N.Y. consultant buys Las Vegas 5BD

Scott V. Seidewitz, MIT Sloan alumnus and principal at the New York-based boutique consulting firm The Seidewitz Group, bought a five-bedroom, five-bath home in Las Vegas in November.

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Sterman and Senge: What's up with Copenhagen?

Research by MIT Sloan's John Sterman and Peter Senge are cited an ongoing series on the recent climate talks in Copenhagen. The blog entry also provides a link to Senge's video summary about MIT's work with Climate Interactive on climate simulation tools.

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Simon Johnson: Making sense of 2010: The next crisis

Simon Johnson, MIT Sloan professor, shares his thoughts on potential economic crises for the year 2010.

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The alternative M.B.A.: One-year master's degrees

MIT Sloan's yearlong master's program in finance is featured in this article about specialized alternatives to two-year MBA programs. Shane Torchiana, a student in the new finance program, talks about how the program supports his career goals. Says Debra Luchanin, program manager of the program, "The master's in finance degree isn't designed for broader management positions. We're gearing students up for more specialized quantitative positions, such as asset management."

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Pindyck: Costing catastrophe

So would people be prepared to pay to avoid future disasters? And if so, how much? That is the question tackled by Robert Pindyck of MIT's Sloan School in a recent paper he co-authored titled, "The Economic and Policy Consequences of Catastrophes."

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Gosline: Fake Louis Vuittons look fake without a Tony Aura, study says

This article describes MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Renee Richardson Gosline's recent study, which showed that shoppers can more accurately distinguish between real or fake designer bags if the product owners "look authentic to the brand."

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[Video] Howard Anderson predicts the coming year to be challenging for start-ups seeking capital

MIT Sloan's Howard Anderson predicts the coming year to be challenging for start-ups seeking venture capitalist investors. "When the market is rational, and right now it is rational, then you're going to find it very hard to start companies," he says.

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von Hippel: Turning CIOs on to open source

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric von Hippel is quoted in an article about new applications of the Open Source Development Model.

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Former MIT President Howard W. Johnson dies aged 87

Former MIT President Howard Wesley Johnson, who drew upon his management acumen to guide the Institute during the tumultuous late 1960s, has died.

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Paul A. Samuelson, economist, dies at 94

MIT Institute Professor Emeritus and Nobel Prize laureate Paul Samuelson, who had held a joint appointment with MIT Sloan and the Department of Economics, died Sunday at his home in Belmont.

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Hartman: In a global economy, American CEOs are a different breed

MIT Sloan's Neal Hartman provides insight on why American executives have unique methods of operation. "One trademark of the American style is a focus on achieving results, short-term and long-term," he says.

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Azoulay: How to encourage big ideas

A new study suggests that funding with a long-term focus and more freedom results in more innovative and influential research. Study co-author MIT Sloan Prof. Peter Azoulay says, "If you want people to branch out in new directions, then it's important to provide for their long-term horizons, to give them time to experiment and potentially fail."

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Berndt: Is the Robinson-Patman Act the right Rx for the pharmaceutical industry?

Ernst Berndt, MIT Sloan professor of applied economics, is part of the faculty team for a teleconference and webcast program offered by the American Bar Association Center for Continuing Legal Education.

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Lo: Technical library paves its way

MIT Sloan's Andrew Lo received the first Market Technicians Association Educational Foundation (MTAEF) Mike Epstein Award in honor of his long-term support of technical analysis in academia and practice.

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Urban: You'll buy more from web ads that know how you think

Glen Urban and John Hauser, professors at MIT Sloan, developed an "ad morphing" system designed to tailor website banner ads to individual users. The program uses cookies to monitor users' click patterns and predict the types of advertising cues to which they are likely to respond.

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Sterman: Obama alters Denmark visit to aid climate deal

The president is putting "a little more skin in the game," says MIT Sloan's John Sterman, of Obama's scheduled delay in attending the climate summit in Copenhagen. "The closer to the end of it that he attends, the more he's connected to whatever the outcome is."

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Schoar: Why changing the CEO may not change the company

MIT Sloan Prof. Antoinette Schoar explains why the best CEOs manage to make struggling businesses more profitable just 60% of the time. She says, "Our results show that managers do matter, but they don't change everything."

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Kochan: Unclear whether labor law update would expand employee choice

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan debates the Employee Free Choice Act with former Department of Labor Solicitor Eugene Scalia in a recent panel. He describes the union process as "clearly broken," and says, "we ought to fix the law and fix it systematically."

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S.P. Kothari of BlackRock Barclays Global Investors talk on economic recovery

Dr. S.P. Kothari, MIT Sloan professor and finance expert, gave a lecture on "Economic Recovery: Global Trends and Implications for India" at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science -- BITS Pilani. He highlighted recovery trends and ongoing challenges worldwide

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Sterman: Employees want to be able to look out, both literally and metaphorically

Companies are increasingly affected by their employees' high expectations for sustainability in the workplace. MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman says, "People are hungry for the opportunity to work professionally in a way that is consistent with building a sustainable world instead of one that undermines it". Adds Deputy Dean Richard Locke, "The risk of asking people to care is that you have to then walk the talk."

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Cusumano: EPHS grad among most influential

MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano was named one of Silicon.com's most influential people in technology. Cusumano shares this year's honor with distinguished leaders such as the CEOs of Apple, Google and Twitter, the founder of Facebook, and President Barack Obama.

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Kimberly Picciola: Increasing uncertainty for J.C. Penney

MIT Sloan alumnus Kimberly Picciola authors this piece on the increasing uncertainty of the J.C. Penney department store chain's fair value rating.

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Hossein Askari: Convergence of Islamic and conventional finance imminent

Hossein Askari, an MIT Sloan alumnus and former economics instructor, is co-author of a recently released book, Globalization and Islamic Finance: Convergence, Prospects and Challenges.

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Tim Rowe:Cambridge Innovation Center turns 10: Looking inside a landmark for Boston-area entrepreneurs

MIT Sloan alumnus Tim Rowe reflects on the Cambridge Innovation Center's history while celebrating its 10th year as an office rental facility for small and start-up technology companies. "One thing led to another, and we never looked back," says Rowe

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AMS Project Director Kristyn Desjardins profiled in London Times

Kristyn Desjardins, MIT Sloan alumnus and project director for Applied Marketing Science, was featured in a November 25, 2009 article in the London Times about MBA students studying abroad.

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Pragash Pillai promoted at Bresnan

IT Sloan alumnus Pragash Pillai was promoted to senior vice president of engineering and technology at the broadband communications firm, Bresnan Communications.

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Sterman: MIT Sloan Professor to illustrate climate change consequences of Copenhagen proposals with computer simulation

MIT Sloan's John Sterman will use the newly released Climate Scoreboard, a tool for understanding and tracking climate change negotiations, to analyze proposals during the United Nations talks in Copenhagen on December 7-18.

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Bouwman: What capital does for banks

MIT Sloan Visiting Professor Christa Bouwman analyzed a quarter century of US bank performance data to determine how capital affected banks' profitability, market share, and ability to survive.

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Have you heard the one about...

MIT Sloan is one of several business schools offering training in improvisation as a way to learn how theater skills can be applied on the corporate stage.

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MIT dorm receives LEED-Gold certification

The article notes that the new MIT Sloan building is also on track for LEED-Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

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Weill: Executive Briefing: Getting an edge from IT

In excerpts from an interview with MIT Sloan Management Review, Peter Weill, chairman of the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research, talks about effective IT investment. Weill co-authored the recent book, IT Savvy.

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Kochan: Jobs summit: Photo op or opportunity?

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan asks of the President's December 3rd Jobs Summit, "Will [participants] seize the opportunity to lay the groundwork for a new social contract between workers, business, and government, one that will ensure that workers are not left out of the economic recovery."

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McAfee: The illusion of brand control

MIT Sloan's Andrew McAfee shares his opinions on the challenges and benefits that Web 2.0 brings to marketing and public relations. "The amount of information your marketing and public relations departments can generate is only a small percentage of the total volume of content on the Internet about your firm," McAfee says.

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Johnson: Shining a light on shadow economies

MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson is quoted in an opinion piece about Hernando de Soto, the Peruvian economist known for championing property rights as an antipoverty measure. Johnson says, "His legacy is huge. I think he's had a fundamental impact on millions of people's lives."

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Lo: Fear pushes US rates into negative

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo comments on end-of-year concerns for a 'double-dip' recession: "Year end is typically not a great time and the flight to safety into bills is motivated in part by general concerns about the economy and whether another shoe, such as commercial real estate, will drop," says Lo.

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CFOs embrace change - and the spotlight

CFO.com reports on the roles and strategies of CFOs during the economic downturn, including coverage of the topic from the MIT Sloan CFO Summit, where a panel of finance executives described the solutions for their companies.

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Schmittlein: 'Hire' education

In this live video broadcast, MIT Sloan's Dean David Schmittlein talks about the reassuring trends he sees for MBA students despite the tight job market.

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Manijeh Goldberg: Likeable, livable Kendall Square

In a video segment highlighting the changing face of Cambridge's science and technology hub, Chronicle's Anthony Everett speaks with MIT Sloan student Manijeh Goldberg about the perks of residing in Kendall Square.

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McAfee: Searching for social at Enterprise Search Summit West 2009

Andrew McAfee, MIT Sloan research scientist, provided a keynote address at the 2009 Enterprise Search Summit West this month. His presentation emphasized that the benefits of using Web 2.0 far outweigh the risks.

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The Colony Group appoints Kevin D. Crowley as managing director of its Florida offices

The Colony Group announced the appointment of Kevin D. Crowley, a participant in the MIT Sloan Executive Education Program, as managing director of its Florida offices.

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Deal doldrums

At the MIT Sloan CFO Summit, the unsteady mergers and acquisitions market was "one hot topic: the lofty valuation expectations still held by many would-be sellers, even as acquirers liken the valuation process to trying to catch a falling knife."

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Aulet: Report from the Russian (entrepreneurial) front

MIT Sloan's Bill Aulet shares his observations after joining Sloan colleagues Howard Anderson and Peter Kurzina to teach a week-long boot camp on entrepreneurship at the new Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.

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Locke: Networking for social responsibility

MIT's Sloan School of Management is designing a custom course on sustainability for 12 executives and 120 directors at Itau Unibanco SA, a large financial-services company. The program, which launches next year, will tackle concepts like understanding sustainability as a business opportunity and integrating sustainability into the evaluation of risk. Richard Locke, deputy dean at the school, says it is the first time a financial firm has asked MIT for this sort of extensive training.

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Thurow: The virtual organisation

This article on the changing structure of business through the use of technology quotes former MIT Sloan Dean Lester Thurow's book, "Rethinking the Future," to illustrate the concept of the virtual office.

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How Web 2.0 is changing the way we work: An interview with MIT's Andrew McAfee

McKinsey speaks with MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew McAfee about his new book, Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for your Organization's Toughest Challenges, and his thoughts on how "emergent social software platforms" may change the way we work.

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McGregor: What is Theory X and Theory Y?

During the 1960s, Douglas McGregor then of MIT's Sloan School of Management developed Theory X and Theory Y as a way of categorizing human motivation.

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Hafrey: An excellent road-map to success with ethics

The author reviews a book by MIT Sloan Prof. Leigh Hafrey, which explores the ethical role storytelling plays in our lives, particularly in organizations and workplaces.

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Berlew: Darrell Oliveira headlines New Bedford High Gridiron Hall of Fame's inductees

Former MIT Sloan faculty member David Berlew was one of five New Bedford High School football players to be inducted to the school's Gridiron Hall of Fame.

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Murray: Innovation and excellence honored at awards event

MIT Sloan Prof. Fiona Murray was invited to run a high-level management training for winning companies at the 2009 Taiwan Healthcare Industry Innovation and Excellence Awards.

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Moody's economist: Banks "overcapitalized" after TARP

MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson was one of several economists to testimony before the Congressional Oversight Panel regarding the effectiveness of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

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Lo: Information Management Network (IMN) presents the 14th annual Super Bowl of Indexing conference: Over 300 investors confirmed to attend

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew W. Lo is a featured speaker at this year's Super Bowl of Indexing conference. The event is sponsored by the Information Management Network, a global organizer of investment management conferences for the international financial community.

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Saurabh Shivare meets his mentor Adi Godrej

A student interviews his mentor, MIT Sloan alumnus Adi Godrej, about his advice for new entrepreneurs and his experiences managing the family business, Godrej Group.

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Cathy Carron: New Preston 'Hattitude'

MIT Sloan alumnus Cathy Carron, author of the "Hattitude" instructional book series on knitting hats, combined her business experience and innovation with a long-time creative hobby to create a successful enterprise.

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From the field: Wisdom on improving sales and marketing

MIT Sloan affiliate Melissa Raffoni interviews Adam Honig, CEO of Innoveer Solutions, for advice on improving sales and marketing processes and effectiveness.

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Huang: Complex U.S.-China ties took center stage on Obama's Asia trip

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang joins an expert discussion of President Obama's recent tour of Asia to foster engagement with the region, particularly China, on political and economic issues.

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Senge: Tackling climate change starts with lifestyle change

Peter Senge, director of the MIT Sloan Center for Organizational Learning, spoke about the ways that individuals and businesses can combat climate change at the 18th Quality Congress this week. Senge says, "It is not about climate change but about a way of life and running the business."

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Paul Dunay: Award-winning marketer Paul Dunay, author of "Facebook Marketing for Dummies," headlines Zuberance Word of Mouth webinar on Dec 9

Paul Dunay, who holds an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from MIT Sloan, will appear in a free webinar, "Secrets of B2B Word of Mouth Marketing," on December 9. The webinar will focus on the best practices and myths of word of mouth marketing.

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Brian Halligan: Virtual master class on making the most of online marketing

Brian Halligan, MIT Sloan alumnus and Entrepreneur in Residence at the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, led an MIT Enterprise Forum Virtual MasterClass on social media and online marketing.

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Kevin Vogelsang: On founding a company fresh out of college

MIT alumnus Kevin Vogelsang sought instruction in MIT Sloan courses so that he could jump into the entrepreneurial arena after graduating college. He describes his experiences in this opinion piece.

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Professor Abbie Griffin named Crawford Fellow of the PDMA

Applied Marketing Science is a voice of the customer consulting company founded in 1989 with roots in MIT Sloan.

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Grubb: Why economists love to study cell phone pricing

In a follow-up to a recent article about understanding foreign cell phone company pricing plans, MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Grubb provides details on how the plans exploit consumer overconfidence in their usage habits.

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A Brave New World: MIT Sloan to host 2009 MIT Venture Capital Conference on December 4, 2009

Keynote speakers and panel debates focusing on the evolving strategies of entrepreneurs and the venture capital community will answer these and other timely questions during the 2009 Venture Capital Conference to be held at the Copley Place Hotel at 10 Huntington Avenue in Boston. Hosted by the MIT Sloan Venture Capital and Private Equity Club and the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, this year's theme is "A Brave New World".

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Patrick Kaufer joins Deutsche Bank's Debt Capital Markets group

MIT Sloan alumnus Patrick Kaufer has joined Deutsche Bank as managing director in the Debt Capital Markets (DCM) group.

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Harmonya Technologies sort de l'ombre (French language only)

With advice from MIT's Entrepreneurship Center, Quebec-based Harmonya Technologies won top honors in Devtech 50, a competition promoting the launch of start-up technology companies.

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Tim Lawton: Khazei calls for troop drawback in Afghanistan

MIT Sloan student Tim Lawton, a former U.S. Army Captain, provides his perspective on Alan Khazei's call for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the issue's implications in the senate race.

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Schmalensee: Belichick call brings another kind of unity to Boston

After New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's fateful end-game decision against the Indianapolis Colts on November 15, Pats fan and former MIT Sloan Dean Richard Schmalensee said he was too depressed about the result to comment.

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Wilbur: U.S. job hunters eye other nations' help wanted ads

According to staffing companies and executive search firms, more Americans are looking for and finding work overseas. At MIT Sloan, 24% of 2009 graduates found work abroad, up from 19% in 2008. "It's tied to the (U.S.) economy," says MIT Sloan career development head Jackie Wilbur.

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Dubner: How to streamline drug research?

Stephen Dubner blogs about the drive to re-think the way drug companies conduct research, including the Pharmer's Market from MIT Sloan and Harvard Business School. Dubner writes, "There is an obvious conflict between open-sourcing and a competitive marketplace, but it is exciting to see smart people pushing hard to change the shape of that marketplace for the public good."

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MIT program teaches engineers to be leaders

MIT Sloan is part of a new academic program designed to foster leadership skills in MIT engineering students.

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McAfee: The rise of Enterprise 2.0

MIT Sloan Principal Research Scientist Andrew McAfee was interviewed by CIO Insight's editor about his new book, Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges (Dec. 1, Harvard Business Press). "I think the end result of these technologies entering the enterprise is that some companies will pull ahead and some will lag behind," says McAfee.

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Gibbons: Economics Nobel looks beyond financial markets

"The really great thing is that this year's prize recognizes that we should look at the institutions that govern economic activity, which include a lot of things that aren't markets," says Robert Gibbons, an economist at the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

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Storwize CFO Mary Henry to address more than 500 CFOs and financial executives at 2009 MIT Sloan CFO Summit

MIT Sloan faculty will join financial executives from around the world at the MIT Sloan CFO Summit scheduled for November 19. Keynote topics will include business competition during an economic downturn, and clean energy financing.

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Huang: Will China's consumers save the world economy?

Yasheng Huang, professor of political economy at MIT Sloan School of Management, says that the government needs to do much more to accelerate the income growth of poor Chinese if consumer spending is to play a bigger role in the economy. The average Chinese, he says, doesn't have as much cash to spend as many people think.

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Seeking a shorter path to new drugs

In order to reduce wasted resources and time among competing drug companies, MIT Sloan and Harvard Business School students are working together on a project that aims to forecast the success or failure of pharmaceuticals while they are in the early stages of research.

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E. Larson Gunness: Finance for artists - Free workshop!

E. Larson Gunness, MIT Sloan alumnus and owner of an independent financial firm, is conducting a free workshop designed to help artists manage their finances. Seats are still available via online registration.

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Senge: Take care using the word "sustainability"

This blog entry highlights the implications of increasing use of the concept of sustainability, based on ideas from Peter Senge, director of MIT Sloan's Center for Organizational Learning.

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A global collaboration to chart the future of urban mobility

MIT Sloan is joining a five year initiative to develop and deploy more environmentally sustainable urban transportation systems.

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Sharone: Don't call off job search until offer is in hand

Ofer Sharone, an assistant professor at MIT Sloan, who is conducting research on job searching, believes "it is personally devastating to start thinking there is something wrong with you. People start to believe that they are flawed, that there is something internally and deeply wrong with them. This (leads) to discouragement and people stopping the job search. If you start to think that it's your fault you're not getting a job, in many cases once you get to that stage it's very hard to continue job searching."

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Saad Fazil: 3 reasons TV is about to get a facelift

MIT Sloan alumnus Saad Fazil highlights three new technologies with the potential to affect how consumers watch television in the near future.

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Yasheng: China financial markets: Huang Yasheng on government and global leadership

In two videotaped interviews, MIT Sloan Prof. Huang Yasheng discusses his recent article on China's need for political representation that will provide more checks and balances within a strong government sector. He also examines whether or not China is ready for a global leadership role.

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Johnson: Fed's regulatory powers challenged under Senate plan

More than a year after the economic crisis hit, legislators continue to work on how to reform financial regulation to stave off a future crisis. MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson along with other financial experts review the latest proposal from Sen. Chris Dodd of the Senate Finance Committee.

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Cusumano: Cultural bent hangs over Oracle's battle for Sun

Oracle's battle with European regulators over its acquisition of Sun Microsystems boils down to a conflict about the importance of free software and the government's role in protecting it. MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano says the trans-Atlantic "megawar" over open-source software was not surprising.

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The Canadian academic, Henry Mintzberg and his ten managerial roles

MIT Sloan alumnus Henry Mintzberg's thesis on the nature of managerial work is described in this education and career piece.

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Brynjolfsson and McAfee: Why IT can't seem to deliver measurable productivity

Research from MIT Sloan's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee explains why it takes perceptive management to identify the technology solutions that will make a difference, and be able to effectively measure the impact of those solutions.

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Leland Cheung: New face to grace Cambridge City Council

On November 5, Leland Cheung, a 31-year-old MBA at MIT Sloan, became the first Asian-American city councilor in Cambridge's history.

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Johnson: The retirement problem

MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson reports that recent volatility in the stock market has led some to question the wisdom of relying on 401(k) and other defined-contribution plans, invested largely in the stock market, for our nation's retirement security.

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100 Useful reference tools for B-school students

MIT Sloan's collection of business open courseware includes classes, lectures and answers for finance, economics and more.

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GLOBAL: World's top business schools

MIT Sloan secured the number four spot in the Eduniversal global top 100 business schools ranking, and number two in the U.S. among schools with "major international influence." The rankings are overseen by an international committee of business school professionals (deans, academic directors, professors, and b-school association leaders). They rely on a set of criteria, which includes accreditations, participation in academic associations, and other ranking systems, along with student and dean recommendations to select and rank schools on their international reputation.

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Rexam appoints Eric Soubeiran as director, Marketing and Innovation, Personal Care Division, Plastic Packaging

Rexam Plastic Packaging's Personal Care Division announced the appointment of MIT Sloan alumnus Eric Soubeiran to the position of director, Marketing and Innovation. Soubeiran will lead worldwide initiatives to develop and support products in the Division's core markets.

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Westerman: Ensuring success

This editorial review highlights key concepts in a new book co-authored by MIT Sloan researcher George Westerman titled, "The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value."

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Janet Lin: MIT Clean Energy Prize - Student Venture Creation Competition to award $200,000 Grand Prize

"President Obama, who spoke at MIT in October, encouraged the Institute and the country to play a leadership role in developing clean energy," says Janet Lin, MIT Sloan MBA 2010 and co-managing director of the Clean Energy Prize.

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Aulet: Using prizes to drive energy innovation

MIT Sloan lecturer Bill Aulet, chairman of the MIT Clean Energy Prize, says the recognition factor of prizes, apart from their dollar value, is efficient at creating the collaborations needed for new technologies to emerge.

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Disconnect between corporate sustainability concerns actions

According to a recent report by the MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group, companies are already dragging their feet even though they're aware that things like environmental regulations and a possible renewable portfolio standard could one day soon affect their business.

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Johnson: Oregonians both embrace, question home buyer tax credit

MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson says the tax credit has helped keep home prices artificially high. Johnson suggested in a recent Washington Post column that the credit could induce a bubble-like effect on prices: "In effect, the tax credit is a way of making houses temporarily affordable that would not otherwise be affordable, and we know where that leads."

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Saad Fazil: iTunes turned the music market on its head. Could iTunes TV do the same for TV?

In an opinion piece, MIT Sloan alumnus Saad Fazil writes, "Comcast relies on bundle pricing model (and selling people channels they don't necessarily want) to support its large infrastructure costs."

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Johnson: Obama in China: Breaking the exchange-rate deadlock

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson blogs, "China essentially pegs its currency (the renminbi, also known as the yuan) against the American dollar, which means that it rises and - most recently - falls in tandem with the greenback."

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Johnson: U.K. Breakups could lead to U.S. bank dismantlings

It remains unclear how the U.S. government will approach institutions currently considered "too big to fail." MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says it is the concentration of credit risk in any form, not the mixing of lending and trading, that makes big banks a threat to the system.

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Johnson: U.K. Moves Could Point Way in U.S. On 'Too Big'

Advice from MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson seems to run counter to the crisis-time decisions of regulators, who in arranging rescues of troubled banks effectively increased the size of companies already considered "too big to fail."

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MHT all-star Dharmesh Shah: Unlikely entrepreneur

MIT Sloan alumnus Dharmesh Shah, chief technology officer and founder of HubSpot Inc., where he heads up HubSpot Labs, is profiled.

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Wing Lee: Wireless Industry veteran to lead deployment of first-ever nationwide WiMAX service in Malaysia

YTL Communications announced the appointment of Wing Lee, an MIT Sloan executive certificate holder, as chief executive officer.

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How to deal with a Blackberry junkie

MIT Sloan researcher Michael Schrage writes, "Mobile devices are the great distractions - and distracters - of the Information Age. I've heard nurses whisper about doctors who check their Blackberries in the middle of laparoscopic procedures and anesthesiologists who fiddle with their iPods while monitoring vital signs."

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McAfee's top Enterprise 2.0 no nos

"Some tipping point has been reached with Enterprise 2.0," said MIT Sloan Principal Research Scientist Andrew McAfee at this year's Enterprise 2.0 Conference. McAfee explained that while he used to see potential customers approach enterprise tools with skepticism, he's recently noticed a significant shift in attitude.

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Giving business education a global twist

MIT Sloan student Nabeel Siddiqui is one of 16 international students taking part in a new dual-degree program in which Sloan collaborates with foreign business schools.

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Brynjolfsson and Schrage: More jobs vanish: Its gains are real people's losses

The author cites commentary by MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson and MIT Sloan researcher Michael Schrage taken from a recent edition of MIT Sloan Management Review: "Technology is transforming innovation at its core, allowing companies to test new ideas at speeds - and prices - that were unimaginable even a decade ago."

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Gloor: COINs 2009: Reflections on the first-ever conference on Collaborative Innovation Networks

"Based on my experience so far, it seems to me that designers just take naturally to Swarm Creativity," says Peter Gloor, lead research scientist at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT Sloan.

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Westerman: Open Pages finds IT risk management evolving

MIT Sloan Research Scientist George Westerman says, "IT and business managers have often operated independently with respect to risk and compliance management. With IT an essential part of today's business operations, it's imperative to overcome that mentality."

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Rouzbeh Shahsavari: MIT Elevator pitch contest takes startup salesmanship to new level

Walking away with $5,000 for his 60-second pitch, Rouzbeh Shahsavari, winner of the MIT $100K Elevator Pitch Contest, seemed pretty excited. His idea? Nanoengineered concrete that is twice as strong, cuts CO2 emissions in half, and is dramatically cheaper than typical concrete.

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Reliant Energy names Tom Gros Senior Vice President of Sales

Reliant Energy today announced the appointment of Tom Gros as senior vice president of Sales. Gros holds an MBA from MIT Sloan.

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Johnson: Will the justices protect your money?

In his regular column, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "We believe it will be common knowledge that above-market performance in stock-picking mutual funds is purely a matter of chance and that today's high-priced mutual funds will be seen as the equivalent of snake oil and leeches."

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Close link between engineering and business management

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, temple of the applied industrial sciences, created the Sloan School of Management in 1914 - a recognition of the affinity between the two disciplines - and the school in turn introduced MBA programs in 1925.

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More jobs vanish: IT's gains are real people's losses

"Technology is transforming innovation at its core, allowing companies to test new ideas at speeds - and prices - that were unimaginable even a decade ago," writes MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson and MIT Sloan researcher Michael Schrage in a recent edition of the Sloan Management Review.

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Opportunity Green 2009 announces panel presentation on MIT Sloan's new global study special

Organizers of the Opportunity Green Sustainable Business Conference announced that it will feature a panel discussion analyzing and expanding upon MIT Sloan Management Review's groundbreaking study, 'The Business of Sustainability'.

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Johnson: Did the stimulus work?

The fiscal stimulus played a decisive role in reducing the depth and pain of the recession and is now helping to get a recovery under way, blogs MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Abu Dhabi DED establishes 'Department of Economic Development Dean of Entrepreneurship' at HCT

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development has signed a three-year agreement with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) to sponsor a Dean of Entrepreneurship who will be responsible for the HCT Executive MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a program developed in cooperation with the MIT Entrepreneurship Center.

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Michael Bair: Who's Who Boeing board members and executives

MIT Sloan alumnus Michael Bair, vice president of business strategy and marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, is listed among the Who's Who at Boeing.

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Duff's $100 Million Hedge Fund Spree Fails to Lure Investors

MIT Sloan alumnus Phil Duff's firm Duff Capital failed, former employees say, because its founder kept spending money as if the credit crunch weren't happening.

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Brynjolfsson and Schrage: The new, faster face of innovation

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan's Erik Brynjolfsson and Michael Schrage write, "Technology is transforming innovation at its core, allowing companies to test new ideas at speeds and prices that were unimaginable even a decade ago."

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Lo: Griffin rebounding from 55 percent loss builds bank

Citadel may have a higher burden of proof than other brokers since its bread-and-butter business is making bets in the markets. "The perception of a conflict of interest is a hurdle that they're going to have to go the extra mile to manage," says Andrew Lo, a professor of finance at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

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Anderson: Xconomy hosts investing legend Peter Brooke: The photo gallery

MIT Sloan's Howard Anderson appears in a photo in which he is addressing Peter Brooke, founder of Advent International and TA Associates.

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Leland Cheung: Our picks for Cambridge City Council, School Committee

MIT Sloan student Leland Cheung would be the youngest Cambridge City councilor and the first Asian-American to serve on the council if elected.

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President Obama would be proud -- Energy offering wins MIT's 2009 Elevator Pitch Contest

A panel of venture capitalists and industry specialists named Nanoengineered Concrete the winner of the 2009 MIT Elevator Pitch Contest. This three-year-old contest, which is open to MIT students from across its five schools, including MIT Sloan, allows competing teams 60 seconds to deliver a persuasive elevator pitch to the panel of judges.

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Johnson: Bernanke on banking

"Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, has stayed carefully on the sidelines while a major argument has broken out among and around senior policy-making circles," blogs MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "Should our biggest banks be broken up, or can they be safely re-regulated into permanently good behavior?"

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Aulet: My worst boss ever: Hard earned lessons on entrepreneurship and leadership from members of the Boston innovation community

MIT Sloan Prof. Bill Aulet recounts his worst boss.

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Yin: Duo finds niche in Pilates in East Cambridge

During the escalating economic crisis of November 2008, MIT Sloan Prof. Pai-Ling Yin found a sound investment opportunity when her Pilates instructor at MIT, Sarah Carr, told her she wanted to open her own studio one day. "I had money that wasn't going to do any good in the stock market anyway," Yin says. "I thought it's much better to invest in Sarah. So we started FitLab."

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Brad Terrell: AOL Advertising and Netezza to present on Analytics at ad:tech

MIT Sloan alumnus Brad Terrell, VP and general manager, Digital Media, Netezza, is slated to present a workshop on November 5 in New York on how AOL Advertising is leveraging the power of Netezza's data warehouse.

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Open Courseware and BI: An update

This blogger notes the progression of materials available through MIT Open Courseware, including the offerings from MIT Sloan.

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Johnson: The home-buyer tax credit: Throwing good money after bad

In this online opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "Putting cash in pockets does have a stimulative effect because some of that cash will turn into consumption. But as far as stimulus measures go, it has a low multiplier (the ratio of new economic activity to stimulus spending)."

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Lo: US regulators struggle with reform push

That hedge funds can be illiquid and unpredictable was an important lesson from last year's market meltdown, says Andrew Lo, director of MIT's Laboratory for Financial Engineering.

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Von Hippel: Twitter serves up ideas from its followers

"Twitter's smart enough, or lucky enough, to say, 'Gee, let's not try to compete with our users in designing this stuff, let's outsource design to them,'" says MIT Sloan Prof. Eric Von Hippel.

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Reilly: How to keep track of climate change

"Alerting the public and keeping their attention on climate is a good thing-certainly part of our motive was to focus public attention on the issue," says John Reilly, a scientist and lecturer at MIT's Sloan School, who helped create the Deutsch Bank-financed carbon counter.

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Virtual Instruments welcomes John W. Thompson to Board of Directors

Virtual Instruments, a leader in virtual infrastructure optimization, announced that MIT Sloan alumnus John W. Thompson, former chief executive officer and current chairman of the board of directors for Symantec, was appointed to Virtual Instruments' board of directors.

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Rexam appoints Eric Soubeiran as director for marketing, innovation, personal care and plastic pack

Rexam Plastic Packaging announced the appointment of MIT Sloan alumnus Eric Soubeiran as Director, Marketing and Innovation.

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Five things you didn't know about top MBA programs

The Economist recently released its annual rankings for the world's top MBA programs. While weighing the relative merits of titans like the Sloan School at MIT and the Haas School at the University of California-Berkeley is tough enough, adding international programs from Spain to Singapore muddies the waters that much more. By combing through the numbers, though, several interesting facts come to light.

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Vijay Govindarajan, Author and International Expert on Management Strategy, to Address GPCA Forum

A regular keynote speaker in CEO forums and major conferences around the world, Dr. Govindarajan has published seven books in addition to his international best seller. He has authored more than 70 articles which have appeared in academic journals including the MIT Sloan Management Review.

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Johnson: Banks profit on handouts

Financial experts blasted the [banks'] subsidy as corporate welfare. "It rewards their irresponsible behavior in the past and encourages them to do the same thing again in the future," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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At MIT, a new focus on generating 'people' skills

In one recent exercise designed to improve their inquiry and advocacy skills, students arrived in class with an engineering idea they wanted to sell and shared the concept with a partner, who then attempted to pitch the idea to a panel from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

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Reilly: Campaign against emissions picks numbers

"Three-fifty is so impossible to achieve that to make it the goal risks the reaction that if we are already over the cliff, then let's just enjoy the ride until it's over," says John M. Reilly, an economist at MIT.

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Forgan McIntosh: Reactions to President Obama's energy speech from Boston technology leaders

MIT Sloan student Forgan McIntosh, co-president of the MIT Energy Club says, "The President alluded to the steadfast opposition to change and the idea that clean energy and the carbon tax and a lot of the expensive technologies could potentially ruin the economy, and the outright pessimism about politics on Capitol Hill, as things that make people throw in the towel and not do the hard work."

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Johnson: Fed plan to police bank pay unlikely to curb risk

...MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says the plan might reduce excessive risk-taking at banks under the Fed's watch -- but not at firms beyond the Fed's authority, including hedge funds and other securities firms that trade billions of dollars in complex securities and whose collapse could hurt the economy. "This is a good start, but it's not enough."

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Steven Goune: Consulting firm partner buys Langston Condo

MIT Sloan alumnus Steven Goune bought a condo unit in Central Harlem for $725,000.

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Jamie McCourt faces uphill fight in court of public opinion

The battle over ownership of the Dodgers is one of the pieces of MIT Sloan alumna Jamie McCourt's and husband Frank McCourt's split.

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Forrester: Anderson's autobiography: Learn, earn and return

An excerpt from Harlan Anderson's autobiography references MIT Sloan Prof. Emeritus Jay Forrester. "In 1956, Jay Forrester left Lincoln to become a professor of business at MIT's Sloan School, where he created a new concept called Industrial Dynamics."

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Johnson: In banking, bigger is not better

In his blog, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "our big banks have demonstrated an unmatched ability to take over regulators and to convince politicians that a dangerous financial structure is good for America."

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Huang: Is China's rebound for real?

Some say that too much of China's growth is coming from investment in inefficient state-owned enterprises and that current stimulus policies are diverting the country away from the reform long needed to balance its economy. "They're moving the economy in exactly the wrong direction," says Yasheng Huang, a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management and a leading critic of China's economic strategy.

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Samuel Hawes: Executives through experimentation: The B-school internship experience

"Business school applications require many thousands of words' worth of essay questions, usually dealing with those universal but ephemeral corporate themes of Teamwork, Impact, and Dealing With Difficult Situations," writes first-year MIT Sloan MBA Samuel Hawes in this entry. "Somewhere within this morass the applicant is generally expected to answer the question, 'What are you going to do with an MBA?'"

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Johnson: Why companies do stupid things, credit rating edition

"Credit rating agencies have an internal tension in their business model," writes MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in this opinion piece. "To bring in revenue, they have to satisfy their customers -- the investment banks creating structured finance products. However, for their product -- their ratings -- to have any value, they have to maintain certain standards for analysis and compliance."

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Johnson: Sen. Chris Dodd's bill would limit automatic overdrafts, fees

Banks are expected to collect a record amount from overdraft income despite recently backing away from practices such as charging consumers steep fees for overdrawing by a few dollars. Yet, the industry's changes are an acknowledgement that "banks have a serious legitimacy problem," says Simon Johnson, a former chief economist for the who now teaches at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

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Johnson: Creating the emerging market fund

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson, a member of the CASE Advisory Council, suggests that emerging markets should create their own alternative to the International Monetary Fund. He argues that rather than doing the impossible and reforming its structure, and eliminating its negative stigma, a wiser alternative is to create a new institution.

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Ackerman: Tag team dating can improve success

Research from a study authored by MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Joshua Ackerman finds that sometimes the "mating game is a team sport," and romeos looking for love will likely have more success when traveling with a wing man than when operating solo. "Friends will try to help you find partners to your liking, weed out undesirables, and support you in other ways," says Ackerman.

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Decide to believe

"We were trusted, more was expected of us, and we stretched to deliver it," writes the author of an opinion piece on trust and belief in the workplace. "The opportunity to realize full potential as a person is how the MIT Sloan School of Management's 'A Study of Spirituality in the Workplace' defines this elusive feeling."

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Malone: The challenge of the collective intelligence

At a recent conference held in Lisbon, MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Malone presented his vision of that the role of collective intelligence in the organizations of the future will be a new collaborative platform between the different actors, with the strategic challenge of reinforcing the central competences of society.

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Patricia G. Corbin, financial whiz, dies at 62

MIT Sloan alumnus Patricia Garrison Corbin passed away at the age of 62.

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Steve Rusckowski: Philips Healthcare CEO joins focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation Board of Directors

The Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation announced the election of MIT Sloan alumnus Steve Rusckowski to its Board of Directors.

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John Windle, founder of State Street Consultants, passes away

MIT Sloan alumna John Windle passed away on October 14, 2009, at New England Baptist Hospital after a valiant 6-month struggle with lung cancer.

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China Sunergy Appoints Siegfried Yi Chou Hsu as Chief Financial Officer

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. a specialized solar cell manufacturer based in Nanjing, China, announced that it has appointed MIT Sloan alumnus Siegfried Yi Chou Hsu as Chief Financial Officer.

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University of I-tunes

Offering less audio/visual content than iTunes University, but still full of business school information, MIT's Open Course Ware gives free access to almost all MIT course content, including extensive lecture notes, assignments and exams from MIT Sloan School.

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Top Malaysian award winners head to MIT

Representatives from Dapat Vista, the winner of the Malaysian prime minister's 'Best of the Best' award, will attend a week-long entrepreneur development program at MIT Sloan.

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Cusumano: Clash of the clouds

Despite the growing similarities among Microsoft, Google and Apple, each is a unique beast, says Michael Cusumano, a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management. They can be classified according to how they approach the cloud, how they make money and how openly they approach the development of intellectual property.

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Locke: Can better logistics ease harsh labor market conditions in developing countries?

Sloan Deputy Dean Richard Locke says that logistics-based approach to factory violations is just one piece of a still larger problem; the demands global brands put on local factories must be addressed as well.

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Opportunity Green announces 3rd annual Green Business Conference

MIT Sloan Management Review is listed among the sponsors of Opportunity Green (OG), a sustainability forum facilitating the exchange of responsible information, ideas and new business models being held on November 7 and 8 at UCLA's Anderson School of Management.

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Lo: Residents appointed to Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Hospital

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo has been appointed to the Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Overseers act as goodwill ambassadors within the communities served by the medical center.

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Sterman: Urgency needed, say MIT conference organizers, in adapting a systems-based thinking approach to address health care, energy, space, and environmental challenges

"The pressing global challenges we face require a new way of thinking, working, and leading that integrates disciplines often seen as separate," says MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman.

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Stephen D. Immerman: Montserrat College names ex-MIT dean as president

Stephen D. Immerman, who holds an MIT Sloan Executive Education Management certificate, has been named president of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. Immerman is also the former MIT Senior Associate Dean for Student Life.

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Financial leaders forecast how to thrive in the New World Order at 2009 MIT Sloan CFO Summit

Now in its seventh year, the 2009 MIT Sloan CFO Summit will take place November 19 and bring together more than 500 CFOs and senior financial executives from around the world.

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Oliver E. Williamson: MIT alumnus gets Nobel in economics

Oliver E. Williamson, a 1955 graduate of MIT Sloan who went on to do pioneering research on the internal organization of businesses, was a recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize for economics.

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Frank Reynolds: What's the Wharton name worth?

MIT Sloan alumnus Frank Reynolds was awarded $435,678 by a federal court jury because the University of Pennsylvania dropped the name "Wharton" from his degree program.

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Malone: Where the jobs are: Home call-center workers

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Malone says that the home call-center field is poised for growth. "In many cases those workers can provide better and more cost-effective service than offshore call-center workers in low-wage countries," says Malone.

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Rod Garcia: Acing the MBA application interview

MIT Sloan has a highly structured interview process, and it is designed to extract particular details from applicants, such as their ability to nurture talent. If the interviewer gets through the interview and you have not revealed those facts, he will be unimpressed, states MIT Sloan Director of MBA Admissions Rod Garcia.

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Huang: Is more social spending enough to right China's imbalances?

...That may not be enough to shift China's growth model, argues the iconoclastic scholar Yasheng Huang, professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management. In a talk Monday to the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China in Beijing, he argued that the emergence of a true Chinese consumer economy will require a much more serious re-think of the current focus on heavy investment and exports.

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Lo: The future of investing: academics predict more complexity

"A theory should be as simple as possible, but no simpler." If one applies Albert Einstein's words to a colourful basket of theses from leading US academics about the future of investing, it could look like this: Andrew Lo of MIT's Sloan School of Management provides the foundation of the theory. For one of America's current academic superstars, it is pretty clear how the future must look: "We need to solve investors' biggest problem - uncertain outcomes of risks and returns."

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McCormick-Martin

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey McCormick announced the engagement of their daughter Meagan Schmitt McCormick to MIT Sloan student Thomas Horace Martin Jr.

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Doyle: Risky business: Cutting health costs

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Joseph Doyle writes, "Before promising to cut the fat out of Medicare, we need to be sure we don't hit the bone as well. Some spending is wasteful and some saves lives. We need better ways to measure which is which."

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Cusumano: Agenda setters 2009

MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano was named among the top 50 most influential individuals in the worldwide technology and IT industries by Silicon.com.

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Roberts: Is Massachusetts poised to lead the recovery?

MIT Sloan Prof. Ed Roberts is featured in a program on the state's role in leading the recovery out of the economic crisis.

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Johnson: PBS, Bill Moyers Journal

In this interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "In a crisis, when everything is up for grabs and you don't know what's going on, the people who will take your phone calls in government are the people who are going to be standing in the oval office making the key decisions. That's the heart of the system, that's the heart of how you get your agenda through."

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Johnson: Crisis leaves Europe in slow lane

"The Europeans are losing out," says Simon Johnson, a professor at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. "The Europeans are the biggest losers of the economic crisis, even though the home of subprime madness was the U.S."

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Sharone: Advice: Avoiding self-blame and constant rejection

In this interview, MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Ofer Sharone shares his advice on how to avoid self-blame during unemployment.

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Johnson: An IMF just for emerging markets

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "The IMF's ability to stabilize the global economy may hit a wall because of resentment among emerging economies. Developing nations have long complained about the extent to which the U.S. and Western Europe dominate the 186-member group - and about the austerity the fund traditionally imposes on borrowers."

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Johnson: Wall Street speed dial gets Tim Geithner directly

Timothy Geithner's calendars show Geithner is too close to Wall Street, says Simon Johnson, a former chief economist with the IMF and professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management. "Your worldview in the middle of a crisis depends on whom you talk to and what their perspective is, and you need a broad cross-section of opinions to truly understand what's happening," Johnson says.

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Ancona: When a colleague's mistakes affect you

In an article on dealing with a colleague's mistakes, Deborah Ancona, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management and author of X Teams, warns that it's important to "be careful because you don't want to make anyone else see the problem if they haven't already."

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Wang: Crisis focus: A difficult decision

In this interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Jiang Wang shares his insights on financial crisis recovery efforts. "From my point of view, the inflation is not nearly as serious as was anticipated. Total liquidity growth has been high, but luckily it did not lead to actual inflation."

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Osterman: A cheeky request for city funds?

MIT Sloan Prof. Paul Osterman says that the San Antonio Project and Capital IDEA, an Austin [job-training] program based on it, "are among the best, if not the very best, in the country. It's a proven model."

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Eduard Viladesau: MIT plans new online publication about entrepreneurship

MIT is planning to launch a student-led online publication focused on entrepreneurship by the end of the year, a leader of the effort tells Xconomy. The fledgling publication will be called the MIT Entrepreneurship Review (MITER) and will aim to serve as a resource for entrepreneurs and to raise the already high profile of the prestigious school in the business world. The publication is being organized much like a law review, seeking student editors, based on merit, to provide editorial content, says Eduard Viladesau, a graduate student at MIT Sloan School of Management, who is one of the founders of MITER.

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Johnson: Big is bad again

In his blog, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "At about this time after the near-collapse of its banking system, any democracy goes through a phase of soul-searching regarding its broader economic model."

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Johnson: A look inside Geithner's appointment book

A quote by MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson that suggests talking to the same people too often can skew a person's viewpoint is referenced. In it, Johnson says, "Your world view in the middle of a crisis depends on whom you talk to and what their perspective is, and you need a broad cross-section of opinions to truly understand what's happening."

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Marx: Industry veterans share their dealings with non-compete agreements

A research study by MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Matt Marx found that while most judges would throw out broad noncompetes, few cases reach the courtroom. "What's really driving behavior is this chilling effect of people assuming the agreement is valid and then kind of taking evasive action," he says.

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Thurow: New thinking needed

A 1991 globalization speech by MIT Sloan Dean Emeritus Lester Thurow is referenced.

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Leland Cheung: Student up for City Council

MIT Sloan student Leland Cheung decided to run for the Cambridge City Council after reading about the incumbents and deciding that the students of Cambridge-who comprise one fourth of the total population-did not have a voice in local government. "The mindset of the city toward the students shouldn't be 'They're only here for four years,' but rather 'We only have four years to convince them to stay'."

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Neopart hires Melleady as vice president

Neopart LLC has announced the hiring of MIT Sloan alumnus Ray Melleady as vice president of parts management services.

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MIT Sloan Review releases comprehensive survey on "The Business of Sustainability"

The MIT Sloan Management Review has released a comprehensive survey of sustainability practices and trends in business including interviews, case studies, and insights into how businesses world-wide view the growing field.

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Johnson: Federal Reserve wins delay on order to reveal loans

The Federal Reserve won't have to identify companies that got loans from the central bank until a U.S. appeals court reviews a federal judge's disclosure order, according to a lawyer involved in the case...Asks MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson, "What would they freak out about now? In the depth of the crisis, maybe something like that would frighten people, but now? I don't think that there is anything that would upset people particularly."

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Johnson: This is how we should fix the financial system

In this interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says it's the structure of the financial sector that's to blame for the current crisis. He says the cause is rooted in the system of incentives and the ownership structure for banks like Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and UBS. Regulation is also a cause, according to Johnson. "It's a structural issue that has come about because of the way the U.S. economy and the financial sector has changed over the past 30 years."

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Marx: Legislators hear testimony on non-compete restrictions

MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Matt Marx says his research on non-competes showed a significant number of employees were asked to sign non-compete agreements that lasted over three years.

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Lunch with Deep Joshi

In this interview, MIT Sloan alumnus Deep Joshi says, "The concept of professionals working in villages to promote livelihoods was pretty audacious in the eighties. In those days you only had a few people who thought that way, like Bunker Roy and Anil Sadgopal."

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John Krafcik: Hyundai's U.S. chief expects slow sales recovery

In this Q and A, MIT Sloan alumnus John Krafcik, chief executive of Hyundai Motor America, discussed the auto industry, Hyundai's performance, and its foray into new segments.

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K. Stuart Peskin: Invesco continues to strengthen U.S. institutional client service team

MIT Sloan alumnus K. Stuart Peskin, CFA, has joined Invesco's Institutional Sales and Client Service team as managing director for client service.

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Yates: HBS curriculum adapts to meltdown

Several elite business schools from around the country are making "tweaks" similar to those at HBS, with individual faculty members taking the lead. "Our approach has not been monolithic change from the top down. Tons of things are bubbling up in response to the crisis," says JoAnne Yates, deputy dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management, which is considering implementing a required ethics course.

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Ramadorai: TCS Chief Ramadorai steps down today

TCS Chief S. Ramadorai stepped down as the company's CEO and managing director. Ramadorai attended the MIT Sloan Executive Development Program.

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Lo: Did home refinancing boom trigger the financial crisis?

A study co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo concluded that under certain conditions, all it takes to fan the flames [of a financial crisis] is for a critical mass of people to extract money from their homes in the form of home equity loans, sales and "cash-out" refinancing.

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MIT launches concrete lab

MIT announced the creation of the Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSH), a research center established at MIT in collaboration with the Portland Cement Association and Ready Mixed Concrete Research and Education Foundation. Researchers from MIT Sloan are expected to participate in the CSH's research activities.

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Schmalensee: Retailers, card industry escalate fight over fees

MIT Sloan Prof. Richard Schmalensee says it's hard to judge how much, if any, impact interchange fees have on the prices that are eventually charged to the consumer because so many factors go into pricing individual items.

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Lessard: MIT introduces new energy minor

The new energy minor at MIT is the product of two years of work by the MIT Energy Initiative's Education Task Force, co-chaired by Don Lessard, the Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management at MIT Sloan, who had a great deal of support from numerous faculty members and administrators to get the new curriculum approved and in place.

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Lack of computer skills foils many job-seekers

However deeply computers may have embedded themselves into modern life, there are still millions of people for whom they remain a challenge. For these Americans, finding a new job during a time of high unemployment can be especially difficult. No one knows how many they are, because there is almost no credible research to assess Americans' overall computer skills. Economists at the MIT Sloan School of Management, who highlighted the lack of data, lamented recently that researchers have, at best, "only cloudy information on technology use" and "levels and kinds of job skill requirements."

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Osterman: Turning middle managers into agents of change

"The business of most companies is done by middle managers who run teams, execute plans, and serve as the company's main information channel," says MIT Sloan Prof. Paul Osterman.

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Making profits for a purpose

The heart of the Legatum Center is its fellows, who must already be enrolled in a graduate program at MIT to be eligible for a fellowship. Many are earning MBA degrees at the Sloan School of Management.

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Something for the weekend

A study by MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group of more than 1,500 corporate executives worldwide found that more than 70 per cent believe their company has not developed a clear business case for addressing sustainability. However, the research also points out that for those companies that have integrated a strategy of sustainability, there are substantial rewards.

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Lo: When the wisdom of crowds becomes the madness of mobs

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo writes, "The world has become more complex over the past 20 years, and we need to update our investment paradigm to incorporate these new complexities...To achieve true diversification, investors must now have a broader set of asset classes and risk exposures, long and short, in their portfolios."

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Matt DeBergalis: MIT churns out new Ciscos, Akamais, E-trades

While throwing together a few thousand geniuses would breed innovation at any university, the growth of the startup success rate at MIT is due, in part, to the MIT Entrepreneurship Center. Found in 1990 by entrepreneur and investor Edward Roberts, the center nurtures potential corporate superstars. It brings together money-minded students at the university's Sloan School of Management and the brains in the science labs. "MIT is a phenomenal hotbed of entrepreneurship," says Matt DeBergalis, a 2000 graduate who co-founded the online political action committee ActBlue in 2004.

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Westerman: The business savvy CIO's little red handbook for success

The Real Business of IT, a new book co-authored by MIT Sloan's George Westerman, outlines the fundamental business concepts that a perspective CIO needs to master.

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Kochan: New day, new fray for labor chief

"I think this is all part of an effort Janice Loux to build a strong coalition with community groups, immigrant groups, and political leaders so there's a more united front," says Thomas A. Kochan, cochair of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT.

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Johnson: China: The Next Asset Bubble?

"People don't focus enough on the price of housing in Shanghai," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "Seriously, I think the next wave of bubbles is coming in emerging markets and is probably coming in Asia."

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Clifford Holderness: Do differences in legal protections explain differences in ownership concentration?

It was announced that MIT Sloan Visiting Prof. Clifford Holderness would present a lecture at Concordia University on October 2 entitled, Do Differences in Legal Protections Explain Differences in Ownership Concentration?.

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Clay Johnson: Ex-official offers students practical career advice

In a speech at the University of Texas, MIT Sloan alumnus Clay Johnson, former U.S. Office of Management and Budget deputy director, shared his past experiences and offered his audience tips on becoming successful public sector professionals.

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Johnson: Seduced by a model

In his blog, Simon Johnson writes, "Economic and financial models have come in for a lot of criticism in the context of the global financial crisis, much of it deserved."

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Huang: China's next stage: Spreading the wealth

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang writes, "China has made some progress in moving toward a consumer society and it needs to do so now since the consumption in the West has come down - even if G.D.P. has recovered somewhat."

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Michael Baer: Rose and Sky launches flagship strategy

Rose and Sky announced that MIT Sloan alumnus Michael Baer has been appointed to the Rose and Sky Europe Fund's board.

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Ray Leach: Library news

Hudson Library and Historical Society had announced it would host MIT Sloan alumnus Ray Leach, CEO of JumpStart Inc., on Sept. 29 as part of its fall 2009 Entrepreneurship Series.

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Johnson: Obama's insincere agenda for the G-20

In an online interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "Closing gaps in regulation is one of these things like apple pie and motherhood, of course we're in favor of closing gaps in regulations."

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Elizabeth Rounsavall: Chrysalis Ventures promotes trio

Chrysalis Ventures announced that MIT Sloan alumna Elizabeth Rounsavall was promoted to director of research and analytics.

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Lo: Business coalitions urge overhaul

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo says radical compensation reform would be no easy feat given the complexities of most financial institutions and the politics surrounding this effort. "It will take more than bonus caps if we ever hope to create a more stable and robust financial system that will be free from the tyranny of bubbles, crashes, and credit cycles," says Lo.

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Johnson: G-20: Don't expect the earth to move

Simon Johnson, who teaches at MIT, says G-20 leaders simply are not grappling with the biggest issues lingering from the global financial collapse. Instead, they are drafting plans to fix problems in the "medium run"-postponing difficult choices until a time when new developments will demand a different approach still. "The G-20 is dropping the ball," Johnson says. "Not only is the glass not half-full when it comes to global coordination on economic and financial policy, I'm saying there is no glass."

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Roberts: Diplomacy becomes a portal to profit

MIT professor Edward Roberts, a specialist in entrepreneurship, said in a Web seminar last month that foreign governments in the Boston area are sharply raising their visibility and involvement with students and small businesses.

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Laurie Baird: 2009 Women of the Year technology finalists

MIT Sloan alumna Laurie Baird, director of technology partnerships for Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc., is among the 2009 Women of the Year Technology finalists.

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Morrie Eisenberg: vAuto expands executive team

MIT Sloan alumnus Morrie Eisenberg has been named VP of Corporate Development at vAuto, a provider of used-car inventory management systems for the nation's franchised and independent car dealers.

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Jessica Mazonson: Siebel Scholarship

Jessica Mazonson, an MIT Sloan MBA was a recipient of the prestigious Siebel Scholarship.

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Samantha Joseph: Hingham skydiver hopes to break world record for a good cause

MIT Sloan alumna Samantha Joseph of Hingham was slated to join 179 of the world's top female skydivers in an attempt to set a women's world record in formation skydiving to raise money for breast cancer research.

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Johnson: The recession is over - for now

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "Our financial system provides valuable services to the public, but it also poses serious risks. If we can't re-regulate more strongly to better protect public funds, the next crisis could be worse than the last one."

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Johnson: Bankers on the brink

In this one-on-one interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson looks at how the finance industry has effectively captured the US government. Recovery, says Johnson, will fail unless the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform is broken. And, if a true depression is to be avoided, he says, we need to act quickly.

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Ancona: Celebrate the heroes

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Deborah Ancona writes, "We all contributed to the bubble, and perhaps change will come when we all take a closer look at the consequences of our own actions."

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Johnson: Taking a chance on risk again

In this blog entry, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says he feels Wall Street has become much more prudent, at least for now. "Back-to-back financial crises are rare; people are more careful," he writes. "We're in something like 2004-2005 when it comes to risk. But we'll get back up there."

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Johnson: What has been the most surprising effect of the financial crisis?

In an online Q and A, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "President Obama himself chose this approach, supporting bigger and more pro-bank CEO bailouts than the world has ever seen before. And yet not one of these CEOs could be bothered to show up for President Obama's speech. Arrogant bankers always mean trouble, and I've never before seen so much banker arrogance as was on display this week."

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Johnson: Where were the bank CEOs on Monday?

In his blog, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnsons writes, "The real news from Monday was not the substance of the [Obama] speech or the stony silence of the financial elite in the audience, but rather that not a single chief executive of a major American bank was in attendance."

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MIT's 3Ddigital scanner dives deep into the ear

A 3-D digital ear-canal scanner that promises to improve on the way hearing aids are currently made is being commercialized with the help of MIT's i-Teams program, which pairs Sloan School of Management experts with technical brainiacs.

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Johnson: Meet the taxpayers' $3 trillion watchdog

In July, TARP watchdog Neil Barofsky told Congress that in a worst-case scenario, all of the federal government's support rolled together could ultimately cost $23.7 trillion. "I think that number is an important number," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "It tells you what the range of outcomes are, and what you should suspect with a median outcome."

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Ancona: Innovation, strategy and leadership

Every organization needs a clearly articulated vision and purpose and it is the responsibility of leadership to provide it. MIT Sloan Prof. Deborah Ancona outlines a framework for leadership under uncertainty.

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Simon Johnson and Lawrence K. Fish on the banking crisis

In a talk hosted by MIT Sloan, Lawrence Fish, former chairman and CEO of Citizens Financial, and MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson discuss banks that didn't fail, increasing consumer confidence without improving consumer protection, and the risks for both under-regulation and over-regulation of banks going forward.

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Anderson: Sharp drop in start-ups bodes ill for jobs, growth outlook

Howard Anderson, who teaches entrepreneurship at MIT's Sloan School of Management, says his father's experiences in the Depression influenced him when he started Yankee Group in 1970. Mr. Anderson didn't borrow money or seek venture investors, and he tried to always keep a year's worth of revenue in the bank. "Probably I could have grown faster taking more risk, but that risk was not in my DNA". Now, he sees students opting to take jobs with established companies rather than launching their own. In prior downturns, he says, there were a few bright spots in the economy to which potential entrepreneurs could gravitate. Today, "it's cut across pretty much every industry," he says.

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Sterman: Instant climate model gears up

MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman says a key problem with global-warming policy is the time lag between today's emissions and the problems they cause, which can be decades down the road. The model attempts to get around that by allowing policy-makers to see the likely consequences of their decisions immediately. "It's not that the other models are flawed," Sterman says. "They are opaque to the policy-makers."

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Schrage: Want to teach employees new tricks? Try stimulating their 'reward response'

MIT Sloan's Michael Schrage urges one not to be deceived by Facebook, Twitter and other social media's ability to take information you find and post it for wider consumption on a "wall" or a "stream" or a blog.

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Schein: Lean conference to stress community

MIT Sloan Prof. Edgar Schein will speak at Shingo Prize Conference with a focus on the "community of lean."

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Ritson: Amazon basics branding advice for Jeff Bezos from 11 marketing experts

MIT Sloan Visiting Associate Professor Mark Ritson says, "low supply costs will ensure that Amazon will likely make more money per product on their line than from selling other suppliers' products."

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Ackerman: Thinking literally

MIT Sloan's Josh Ackerman is looking at the impact of perceptions of hardness on our sense of difficulty. The study is ongoing, but he says he is finding that something as simple as sitting on a hard chair makes people think of a task as harder.

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Zuckerman: Brazen careerist: Risk specializing to stand out

Ezra Zuckerman, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, spent three years studying actors' careers. He concluded that even though actors see typecasting as deadly, it is, in fact, a ticket to a solid career. Actors who get typecast early on get more work, more consistently.

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Testing times for students

MIT Sloan School of Management was the first business school to allow MBA applicants to submit either their GRE or GMAT score as part of their application. Rod Garcia director of MBA admissions at MIT Sloan, says the goal was to expand the school's applicant pool to include non-traditional applicants, such as students who majored in humanities and social sciences.

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Kochan: US job seekers exceed openings by record ratio

"There's too much uncertainty out there," says Thomas Kochan, a labor economist at MIT's Sloan School of Management. "There's not going to be an upsurge in job openings for quite a while, not until employers feel confident the economy is really growing."

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Charles Gammal: Siebel Scholarship

Charles Gammal , an MIT Sloan MBA was a recipient of the prestigious Siebel Scholarship.

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Roberts: A123Systems pulls off big IPO, PrimeraDx grabs $20M, Conduit Labs collects $3M, and more Boston-area deals news

Cambridge-based Shareaholic, whose browser plugin helps users share what they find online via common social networking, social bookmarking, and news aggregator services, raised an undisclosed sum of angel financing. Participants in the deal included MIT Sloan Prof. Ed Roberts.

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Lo: The Pedagogy of the privileged

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo of MIT's Sloan School of Management points out that in the physical sciences three laws can explain 99% of behavior, whereas in finance 99 laws can explain at best 3% of behavior.

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Corell: New analysis brings dire forecast of 6.3-degree temperature increase

MIT Sloan's climate policy model is now being used by the United States Government: Climate researchers now predict the planet will warm by 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century even if the world's leaders fulfill their most ambitious climate pledges, a much faster and broader scale of change than forecast just two years ago, according to a report released Thursday by the United Nations Environment Program. ...We don't want to go there," says Robert Corell, who collaborated with climate researchers at the Vermont-based Sustainability Institute, Massachusetts-based Ventana Systems and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to do the analysis.

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Adams, Cosgrave wed in Canada

MIT Sloan alumnus Gray Adams married Hilary Anne Cosgrave in Kelowna, British Columbia on September 13.

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Johnson: G-20 on economic regulation: Don't get your hopes up

In his blog, MIT Simon Johnson asks, "If the G-20 fails to deliver, is it really possible that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes with regard to building up vulnerabilities in our financial system?"

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Huang, Schoar, and Rigobon: Ahead of G-20, how are world economies faring?

MIT Sloan's Yasheng Huang, Antoinette Schoar, and Roberto Rigobon are among featured commentators discussing the G-20 Summit in light of today's economy.

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Reilly and Jacoby: Deal on climate change is elusive

If Antarctica's ice melts, cities such as Hong Kong and Miami would be threatened, MIT climate scientist John Reilly says. Adds MIT climate expert Henry Jacoby, "Based on the amount of greenhouse gases now in the atmosphere, achieving the 3 1/2 degree goal will require huge efforts over the whole century. The kind of agreement that can be reached in Copenhagen can only get started on that task."

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Urban: WPP and Google open second round of research funding

MIT Sloan Prof. Glen Urban, a member of the of the WPP and Google panel that is overseeing a three-year funding program for media research projects says, "I am confident that the quality of this round's submissions will compare favorably to the impressive projects funded in the first round. The combined learning from the studies in progress and those selected in this second round should prove influential."

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Johnson: US wins G20 backing for growth plan

Other economists are more skeptical about the substance of the G20 discussions. Simon Johnson, of the Sloan School of Management at MIT, says the framework would be "a pretty meaningless pledge with no teeth and no way of holding anyone to it - but it sounds good."

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Schrage: A $1 million research bargain for Netflix, and maybe a model for others

"The great advantage of the prize model is that it moves work away from the realm of the beauty contest to being performance-oriented," says MIT Sloan's Michael Schrage. "It's the results produced that matters."

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Eppinger: Clemson to host international conference

MIT Sloan Deputy Dean Steve Eppinger will speak at the 11th International Design Structure Matrix Conference to be held Oct. 11-13 at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

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Richard D. Robinson

MIT Sloan Prof. Emeritus Richard D. Robinson passed away on September 5, 2009 in Gig Harbor, WA.

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Thurow and Senge: Los top 20 business gurus (Spanish language only)

MIT Sloan Profs. Lester Thurow and Peter Senge were both named on Accenture's list of top 20 business gurus.

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McAfee: TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 conference San Francisco announces Keynote Speakers

MIT Sloan's Andrew McAfee, Principal Research Scientist, Center for Digital Business, will be among the keynote speakers at TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 Conference to be held in San Francisco on November 2-5.

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Johnson: Taking a chance on risk, again

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson thinks Wall Street has become much more prudent, at least for now. "Back-to-back financial crises are rare; people are more careful," he said. "We're in something like 2004-2005 when it comes to risk. But we'll get back up there."

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Johnson: Another wasteful program that just won't die

In this video interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "Artificially stimulating, subsidizing particular kinds of activity is not the way to have broad based prosperity in which lots of people share."

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Johnson: In original reformer, a model

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "We have not yet met our Ferdinand Pecora, a figure who can create the momentum required for strong new regulation."

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Johnson: Here's what led to the global financial crisis: Part 1

MIT Sloan Prof Simon Johnson sums up the key elements of the financial crisis as "large inflows of foreign capital, torrid credit growth, excessive leverage, an asset price bubble, asset price collapse and financial catastrophe."

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Berndt: The net value of health care for patients with Type II diabetes

A research article co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Ernst Berndt assesses the net value of health care for patients with Type II diabetes.

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Carter: Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer launches new innovation dialogue series

Former MIT Sloan faculty member Marshall N. Carter, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Group, delivered a lecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's weekly dialogue series.

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Lehmann wins MIT Sloan-GM marketing award

Donald R. Lehmann was honored with the Seventh Annual Buck Weaver Award for Marketing, which was presented by MIT Sloan School of Management and General Motors Corp. Established in 2003, the award recognizes individuals who have made important contributions to the advancement of theory and practice in marketing science.

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B-school pact with Aussie varsity

The collaboration between the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and MIT Sloan is referenced.

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2009 MIT Sloan CFO Summit explores "Thriving in the new world order"

Unpredictable markets and ongoing turmoil require CFOs to learn how to thrive in the new world order, the theme of this year's MIT Sloan CFO Summit on November 19.

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Johnson: One year later

On the NPR affiliate WBUR's On Point program, Prof. Johnson said, "We've certainly seen change. We've seen more than marginal change, but it's mostly change in the wrong direction."

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Johnson: SPIN METER: Future bailouts are part of the plan

"They'll say, 'Look, you regulated us and held us to a higher standard, and now we're failing and it's your job to clean it up,'" MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is quoted as saying. "It's the kind of regulation where government is on the hook when things go wrong."

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Johnson: Waiting for the next Lehman Brothers

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "Today, a year after the world came to the brink of financial meltdown and great pain was inflicted on millions of investors and workers, our leaders are lining us up to suffer the same horrible experiences again."

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Johnson: Economix

"We have lived through a tremendous crisis - and learned how close we came to a second Great Depression - yet nothing is now happening to prevent a repeat of something similar in the near future."

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Johnson: Risk-taking is back for banks 1 year after crisis

"The big banks now are more powerful than before," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "Their market share has grown and they have a lot of clout in Washington."

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Wall Street's math wizards forgot a few variables

When a bridge over a river collapses, the engineers who built the bridge have to take responsibility. But typically, critics call for improvement and smarter, better-trained engineers - not fewer of them. The same pattern seems to apply to financial engineers. At MIT, the Sloan School of Management is starting a one-year master's in finance this fall because the field has become too complex to be adequately covered as part of a traditional MBA program, and because of student demand. The new finance program, MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo noted, had 179 applicants for 25 places.

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Johnson: A year later, little change on Wall Street

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says that if major banks are allowed to keep making bets that are ultimately backed by taxpayer guarantees, they will return to the practices that led them to underwrite trillions of dollars in bad loans. "They will run up big risks, they will fail again, they will hit us for a big check"

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Johnson: Don't leave anything to the experts

Prof. Johnson stresses the importance of finding ways to "engage actively in global economic debate. Don't sit back and assume that anything can be left to the 'experts'."

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Lo: Welcome to systemic risk

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo's testimony prepared for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in November 2008 is referenced. In his testimony, Lo emphasized the need for 'better' regulation rather than more regulation.

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Schrage: The disadvantage of Twitter and Facebook

In this blog entry, MIT Sloan researcher Michael Schrage writes, "Unlike mass tweeting, this one-to-one 'customized' communication strikes me as a superior business and personal practice. It forces me to be empathetic, anticipatory, and aware. It makes me more sensitive to individual perceptions and needs. And I get feedback telling me how aware and helpful I really am. I even create virtual histories of 'forwards' that I can audit, review, and rethink. Imagine if more managers developed these skills"

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Johnson: Sizing up the big issues for banks

...Still, some think it is somewhat naive to expect governments not to cave in to rescue demands of an ailing firm, even if a tough wind-down regime were in place. Because of this, Simon Johnson of MIT thinks it might be best to address the "too-big" part of the problem and limit bank size. The problems at CIT Group, a medium-size firm, haven't destabilized the wider system, he notes.

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Lo: 5 lessons from the crash

"The basic principles of asset allocation need to be revised," says MIT finance professor Andrew Lo. He and other experts argue that since market volatility is rising, you must now own other assets -- such as hedge-fund-like investments -- in addition to stocks and bonds to manage risk. And you must be prepared to shift your mix tactically from time to time. "You need to be proactive and adjust as the market changes."

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Dhebar: Personnel file

Molex Inc., an electronic components company, has appointed former MIT Sloan faculty member Anirudh Dhebar as a director.

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Kochan: Got a case of the economic blues?

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Tom Kochan writes, "Workers have good reasons to feel left out of stimulus efforts to date. Nearly 20 percent of the workforce is unemployed, unable to find a full time job, or has given up on looking for one."

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Entergy Corporation Names Dr. Stewart C. Myers to its board of directors

Entergy Corporation announced the election of MIT Sloan Prof. Stewart C. Myers, a renowned expert in the field of finance, to its board of directors.

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Saad Fazil: Voice startup Rebelvox could spawn new breed of voice apps

In an opinion piece, MIT Sloan alumnus Saad Fazil writes, "The pace of innovation in voice applications has not caught up with pace of advancements in software applications. But it could."

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Estudiantes del MIT visitaron Tiquicia

A group of 19 students from MIT Sloan visited Costa Rica last week to learn more about the country's culture, people, and business institutions (Spanish language only).

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Executive Education

The MIT Sloan Entrepreneurship Development program is described as leveraging MIT's culture of high-tech entrepreneurship to help entrepreneurs, corporate venturing executives, and others involved in entrepreneurial environments learn what they need to develop ideas into successful businesses, and how to increase entrepreneurial opportunities in their corporations, institutions, and regions.

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Johnson: Missing Lehman lesson of shakeout means too big banks may fail

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson asks, "How did the financial system get so fragile that this could happen? What were the guys overseeing it doing?"

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Roberts: Daktari Diagnostics closes $28 million Series A round to combat global HIV crisis

MIT Sloan Prof. Ed Roberts says, "Today we are seeing an increasing number of early-stage new enterprises, especially in the medical area, that have very clear double bottom-lines-they offer significant upside opportunities for investors while promising dramatic social returns to the country and the world."

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Fine: Govt to consider specialised schemes for auto SMEs

Prof Charles Fine, from MIT's Sloan School of Management, warned that the small car advantage would not be sustainable and India should instead look at lightweight cars, which would also be more fuel efficient.

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Johnson: Theater of the absurd

An earlier statement by MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson that finance has at least three serious inherent pathologies is referenced.

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Robert Thirsk: Life in space

MIT Sloan alumnus Robert Thirsk writes about his experiences aboard the International Space Station. "I haven't driven a car in three months, and yet I've traveled 70 million kilometers. I've watched 16 sunrises and sunsets in a single day. I've sipped coffee out of a bag through a straw, and squeezed macaroni and cheese from a package into my mouth."

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[Globalizing universities] Harmonizing tradition and high-tech

Seo Jung-don, president of Sungkyunkwan University, stated that a key pillar in the growth of that university should lie in promoting its global MBA program in collaboration with MIT Sloan.

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Carter Dunn: Up and to the right: Learning from the healthcare IT market in India

Second-year MBA Carter Dunn writes, "In India, only about 10 percent of people are covered by insurance and as a result almost all medical expenses are borne out of pocket. What this means is that there are powerful market forces driving the down the cost of care in India. This is in direct contrast to the US."

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Johnson: Finance gone wild

In his blog, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "We need finance, but finance as it currently operates in the United States has become a problem."

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Harry Winters Buchanan III

After a courageous battle against cancer, at the age of 85, MIT Sloan alumnus Harry Winters Buchanan III passed away on August 28 in Bethlehem, PA.

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Beverly Kay: Love your employees to retain top talent

Former MIT Sloan graduate student Beverly Kay's book, Love 'Em Or Lose 'Em - Getting Good People to Stay, is reviewed.

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Johnson: G-20 risks 'catastrophe' as push ebbs for regulation

"The industry has gotten really organized since the crisis began to ease," says Simon Johnson, who is also a professor at MIT.

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Is the US consumption binge over?

In this opinion piece, the author cites an excerpt by "one of my favorite thinkers, John Sterman, Director, MIT System Dynamics Group, Sloan School of Management, who lays out his own version of the global Ponzi scheme."

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Edgar Schein: GM selects managers to be 'change agents' to speed up decisions

"You've got to get your leadership involved, you have to be consistent, you have to be simple and have everyone understand what you're trying to get accomplished," says MIT Sloan's Edgar Schein. "GM's challenge would be overcoming ingrained corporate attitudes."

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Malone: Time to reconsider executive education courtesy of the recession

A quote by MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Malone is referenced, which appeared in the Harvard Business Review. In it, he says "executives need to start reviewing the purpose of a business as maximizing the contribution of society subject to the constraints of producing a reasonable profit -- not the other way around."

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David Edery appointed

MIT Sloan alumnus David Edery, co-author of Changing the Game: How Video Games are Transforming the Future of Business, was appointed by SMERC Games to the company's advisory board and will serve as an executive consultant in charge of independent game development.

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Johnson: Yes, We Can Afford Health-Care Reform

"At a time when the recession has boosted estimates of short-term budget deficits, the idea that the government cannot afford reform seems plausible. But that argument has two fatal flaws."

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Sustainability summit attempts to bring future into focus

"It's not surprising that we ignore the future and go about our business," Peter Senge, a professor at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, said in a sobering, 45-minute lecture during the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit, describing a future as frightening as it will be tough to fix."

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For MIT's Locke sustainability is more than an environmental issue

Richard Locke, deputy dean of the Sloan School of Management at MIT, has been a consistent voice for integrating social and economic concerns into curriculum and research. He has worked with Nike on its labor and environmental standards, and spearheaded the development of MIT Sloan's Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab), which focuses on the impact of business on climate change, water scarcity, energy needs, environmental degradation and labor issues. Locke recently visited Silicon Valley to meet with groups of MIT Sloan alumni, many of whom work at tech companies, including Apple, Cisco Systems, Google, Intel and NetApp. He talked to the Mercury News about sustainability and green technology."

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Sustainability summit attempts to bring future into focus

It's not surprising that we ignore the future and go about our business," Peter Senge, a professor at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, said in a sobering, 45-minute lecture during the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit, describing a future as frightening as it will be tough to fix."

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Magsaysay for a white revolution in red belt

MIT Sloan alumnus and Indian social activist Deep Joshi who did pioneering work for the development of rural communities, is among six Asian achievers chosen for the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay awards for 2009, considered the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

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Making the MBA worthwhile

In the middle of her second year at the Sloan School of Management, Deborah Schapira left the comfortable confines of MIT's Cambridge campus for the village of Bukasa, 20 miles east of Uganda's capital, Kampala. Schapira, who was enrolled in MIT Sloan's Global Health Delivery class, was one of 53 students in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The five-month course includes three weeks of living in Africa during the school's independent study period in January. "These skills are very relevant in many careers, but especially for consulting," says Schapira in this profile piece.

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Johnson: One Big Happy Family

Prof. Simon Johnson is quoted in a recent cover story in The Investment Professional about global politics shifting during the financial crisis.

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For MBAs, a post-crisis curriculum

Although ethics has always been a part of curriculum at MIT's Sloan School of Management, it may soon gain a larger presence. The school is testing what it calls an "ethics module" -- not an entire class, but a synthesis of the ethics taught in other business classes. The sessions are currently optional, but may soon become required, says Deputy Dean JoAnne Yates.

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Lo: Why animal spirits can cause markets to break down

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo writes, "Recent neuroscientific research has shown that what we consider to be 'rational' behavior is the outcome of a balance among several brain functions, including emotion, logical deliberation and memory."

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Sing: Out into a challenging world

In this last journal entry, MIT Sloan alumna Jacklyn Sing writes, "Two years ago, I was getting ready for my MBA and had high expectations about the program. Now, as I am wrapping up the end of classes, I am grateful and amazed at how much MIT Sloan has surpassed my wildest aspirations."

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5 free online learning resources for professionals

MIT Sloan's Open Courseware is listed among five free learning resources for "inquisitive and ambitious professionals."

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Roberts: Entrepreneur central

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Ed Roberts writes, "Estimates based on 2006 data revealed that living MIT alumni have founded or cofounded 25,800 companies that today employ 3.3 million people worldwide. The annual sales of these companies add up to about $2 trillion--the equivalent of the 11th-largest economy in the world."

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Part-time MBA programs are increasing their share of applicants at the expense of full-time programs

At Fudan University's School of Management, the most popular choice among students remains the full-time International MBA program jointly offered with MIT Sloan School of Management.

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von Hippel: Adapting intellectual property to spread green tech

"We live in a world where innovation now takes many forms, some of which are mediated by the network and depend fundamentally on access to information and freedom to operate. There are entirely novel forms of innovation, like the user-driven innovation studied by Eric Von Hippel at MIT.

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Mortensen: Firsthand experience and the subsequent role of reflected knowledge in cultivating trust in global collaboration

MIT Sloan Prof. Mark Mortensen finds that firsthand experience in global collaborations is a crucial means of engendering trust from shared knowledge among coworkers.

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McKersie: Union leaders face a tall order

In this editorial piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Emeritus Robert B. McKersie writes, "Barry Bluestone has put his finger on a major challenge that union leaders face: how to engage the big financial problems that municipalities face. However, he failed to complete the sentence: and not be voted out of office."

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Schein: Outside View -- Counterinsurgency challenges

As Edgar H. Schein of the MIT Sloan School describes in his analysis of organizations as facilitators or inhibitors of organizational learning: "therein lies a problem because we are now talking about changing our mental models, our personal habits of perceiving, thinking and acting, and our relationships with others that are thoroughly embedded. We are talking about having to unlearn some things before new things can be learned."

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Johnson: A debate rages in Iceland: Independence vs. I.M.F. cash

Just months after an epic banking collapse forced Iceland into the arms of the I.M.F., Iceland is locked in a fierce debate over how to pay off its creditors without ceding too much of its vaunted independence. "When you impose austerity, it becomes very painful and comes at a cost," says MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson, a former I.M.F. economist. But many Icelanders are blaming the I.M.F. and in this case, he says, that is not warranted.

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Roberts: Capitalism, Jewish achievement, and the Israel test

Edward B. Roberts of MIT's Sloan School compared MIT graduates who launched new technological companies with a control group of graduates who pursued other careers. The largest factor in predicting an entrepreneurial career in technology was an entrepreneurial father. Controlling for this factor, he discovered that Jews were five times more likely to start technological enterprises than other MIT graduates.

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Johnson: Blankfein deflects 'backlash' by paying loans in full

CEO Lloyd Blankfein's decision to hand over the full amount sought by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner reflects an effort by Goldman Sachs to defuse the public's anger at firms that took taxpayer money, says Simon Johnson, a finance professor at MIT Sloan.

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Urban, Hauser, Braun: Morphing the web

In an excerpt from an MIT Sloan Management Review article by MIT Sloan's Glen Urban, John Hauser, and Michael Braun they write, "Now imagine a Web site that detects a visitor's cognitive style and morphs its look and feel to suit that style. A site like this will communicate well to many different people, and therefore create more sales. In fact, this process of Web site morphing is now possible. Web pages can modify to match customers' varying cognitive styles."

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Berndt: The U.S. Pharmaceutical industry: Why major growth in times of cost containment?

Growth in utilization rather than price, particularly since 1994, has been the primary driver of increased pharmaceutical spending, writes MIT Sloan Prof. Ernst Berndt in this research paper.

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Johnson: The tech sector sees signs of shoppers

"My hunch is this recovery will be about consumers; businesses are going to continue hunkering down for a while," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Johnson: CIT rescue shows govt backing out

It wasn't clear that the Treasury wanted this to be a turning point, but that's the way it's worked out," says Simon Johnson, a former chief economist with the IMF, now a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Johnson says the markets took so kindly to CIT's quest for private-sector cash that the government "would feel pretty comfortable about" threatening bankruptcy for firms with less than $100 billion in assets.

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Interview -- Jeanne W. Ross

In this interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Jeanne Ross says, "To date, for whatever reasons, few companies have built a foundation of digitized processes which facilitate agility throughout an organization."

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Johnson: Private rescue of CIT marks shift in crisis

The nation's biggest banks still enjoy federal support through borrowing or debt guarantees. So how far the government is willing to go with its hands-off policy is unclear. "The question is, does it only apply to the small- and medium-sized guys, or does it apply to everyone?" asks MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Hill: Should the new mantra be "free as in data"

Open source is based around the convenient fact that for 20 to 30 years, computing has happened on a user's local computer, says Benjamin Mako Hill, a senior researcher at MIT Sloan. One result is that open source philosophy and licenses are built around this highly individualistic use of software.

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Anderson: TheIdeaStartup.com launches business plan development platform

"I'm strongly suggesting that my students use the end-to-end business plan and financial forecasting development tool -- TheIdeaStartup platform -- for future development of their business plans in my New Enterprise course," says MIT Sloan Prof. Howard Anderson.

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Malone: The crowd is wise (when it's focused)

A look at recent cases and new research suggests that open-innovation models succeed only when carefully designed for a particular task and when the incentives are tailored to attract the most effective collaborators. "There is this misconception that you can sprinkle crowd wisdom on something and things will turn out for the best," says MIT's Prof. Thomas Malone. "That's not true. It's not magic."

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Manso: Something for the weekend

MIT Sloan Assistant Professor Gustavo Manso says that in order to be creative, managers need to have space to fail and incentives need to be tailored to reward innovation.

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Johnson: Why I don't want the recession to end yet

Statistics reported by MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in the May 2009 edition of The Atlantic -- that between 1948 and 1982, average compensation in the financial sector ranged between 99% and 108% of the average for all domestic private industries -- are referenced.

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Johnson: Denying CIT aid shows bailouts have their limits

"By protecting large institutions and not small ones, the 'too-big-to-fail problem' gets worse," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "We can expect to see that the big guys are going to keep getting bigger and the small guys are going to have to clean up their acts or go bankrupt."

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Barnett: Air disasters raise concerns on safety

Even with the recent uptick, flying on a commercial jet remains one of the safest forms of transportation: MIT professor Arnold Barnett calculates that the odds of a passenger dying on a large jet in the U.S. are about one in 20 million.

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Wolk: MBAs can help non-profits succeed

"A lot of people in both government and the nonprofit sector are recognizing that they need the help of MBAs," says MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Andrew Wolk. "MBA programs sometimes don't recognize that a new generation is emerging that cares equally about earning a living and how they do so."

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McKersie: Learning of risk of Alzheimer's seems to do no harm

MIT Sloan Prof. Emeritus Robert McKersie, 79, says he wants the genetic test for risk of Alzheimer's because his mother died of the disease. McKersie feels the test results might help him and his wife decide whether to stay in their house or consider moving to an assisted-living facility.

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Doyle: Why we must ration healthcare

MIT Sloan Prof. Joseph Doyle studied the records of people in Wisconsin who were injured in severe automobile accidents and had no choice but to go to the hospital. He estimated that those who had no health insurance received 20 percent less care and had a death rate 37 percent higher than those with health insurance.

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Johnson: U.S. toxic asset plan draws criticism

"It is too small to make a difference," says Simon Johnson, an economist with the MIT Sloan School of Management, adding that the failure of the program to restore banks' health would ultimately slow the economic recovery.

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Ancona: Is Sarah Palin ready to lead?

MIT Sloan Prof. Deborah Ancona says, "It seems impossible to even consider Sarah Palin a candidate for president. How could she move beyond the Katie Couric interview, the Alaska scandals and now last week's rambling speech announcing a midstream resignation? None of this displays leadership based on intellect, perseverance or strong moral conviction."

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Johnson: It may cost Cape Coral to borrow

Cape Coral, Florida has $615.9 million in debt, a potential $40 million shortfall for the upcoming budget year and $14.2 million in reserves, which MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says won't prevent the city from borrowing. "But the issue is going to be what they pay for it, what the interest rates are."

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Hsi, Jardine: Free office space. Just bring energy

Alex Hsi and Douglas Jardine, two students at MIT's Sloan School of Management, are using their BzzAgent base of operations to build an e-commerce company.

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Outsourcing the MBA job hunt

In the past six months, a number of top MBA and Executive MBA programs -- including MIT Sloan -- have partnered with Web-based search firms to offer students another way to find jobs in addition to the traditional MBA career services office.

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Shih: MIT ventures explore cell phone use in developing countries

MIT Sloan Fellow Ting Shih, co-founder of Click Diagnostics, Inc., has been focusing on ways to get software effectively deployed in developing countries. Shih will be testing systems this summer in South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Botswana.

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Johnson: The New Stars of the Blogosphere

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is quoted in a WSJ story about the popularity of financial news blogs.

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Schmittlein: Learning from the crisis [Video]

MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein sat down with anchor Martin Soong during a recent media tour in Hong Kong to discuss the impact of the financial crisis on business education. "MIT has always been about innovation, of course, and the Sloan School of Management stands for the idea that organizations are the way that ideas change the world," he said.

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Interview: MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein

In a series of video interviews with reporter Rebecca Knight, MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein shares his philosophy on 21st century management education.

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Roberts: Entrepreneur central

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Ed Roberts writes, "Estimates based on 2006 data revealed that living MIT alumni have founded or cofounded 25,800 companies that today employ 3.3 million people worldwide. The annual sales of these companies add up to about $2 trillion--the equivalent of the 11th-largest economy in the world."

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MIT business school grads mull alternative paths

MIT Sloan says the Wall Street meltdown has prompted many in its Class of 2009 to consider careers outside the financial industry. MIT Sloan MBA Career Development Director Jackie Wilbur estimates that 80 to 85 percent of the class had a job offer by graduation, a 5 percent reduction from a year ago.

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Mass. to raise $1 million to foster IT startups

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced the creation of a $1 million annual business plan competition which will be modeled on, among others, the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship competition. One of the competition's founders is John Harthorne, a recent MIT Sloan School MBA graduate and a former winner of the $100K Competition.

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Spice up your resume with video game achievements

Ethan Mollick is a researcher at MIT's Sloan School and coauthor of Changing the Game: How Video Games Are Transforming the Future of Business.

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Why hopes of a fast recovery have been much exaggerated

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson fears that hopes of an immediate recovery have been greatly exaggerated, and thinks there is still a lot of nastiness that has to work its way through the system.

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Vaccine advance-purchase agreements for low-income countries: Practical issues

In a paper co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Ernst Berndt he writes, "Immunization has been one of the great successes in global health."

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Schrage: OGC Geospatial Rights Management Summit: Moving the discussion forward

The GeoRM summit drew perhaps 50 for the daylong event, which included the Technical Meeting Plenary by the MIT Sloan School's Michael Schrage.

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Sletten: Why do countries adopt International Financial Reporting Standards?

A study co-authored by MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Ewa Sletten found that more powerful countries and countries with high quality corporate governance systems are less likely to adopt the International Financial Reporting System.

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Lo: 'Kill all the quants'?: Models vs. mania in the current financial crisis

It was announced that MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo will deliver a speech entitled "Kill all the Quants"?: Models vs. Mania in the Current Financial Crisis during the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics on July 8.

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Malone: How to enlist a global force of freelancers

Main Street businesses can shop a virtual international bazaar of freelancers to recruit computer programmers in Russia, graphic designers in San Francisco or data analysts in India. "This is one more step in the path to leveling the playing field between small and large businesses," says Thomas Malone, a professor at MIT Sloan and author of The Future of Work.

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Johnson: Developing world seen as engine of recovery

Another potential downside of decoupling could be a tsunami of capital from developed markets washing over emerging economies and inflating values, says Simon Johnson, a former chief economist for the IMF who is now a professor at the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

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Kochan: Boston Globe, union back smaller wage cut proposal

The [Boston] Globe has reported that the Times Co. has hired Goldman Sachs to handle potential bids for the newspaper. "Both parties recognized that they've got to put their best foot forward to get a buyer who can be successful," says MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan.

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Malone: Irish business news and international stories

A new generation of online service marketplaces is giving small companies more opportunities than ever to find specialized expertise and affordable labor. MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Malone says, "A small-business person in a company of one can look to the world like a very large company and have access to all kinds of services -- and that's largely because of this kind of model."

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Obama's financial reform proposal -- A stealth scheme for global monetary control

After reviewing Obama's plan, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "There appears to be no mention that corporate governance within these large banks failed totally."

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Brynjolfsson: Market Watch -- Virtual computers, real money

"The economy has become much more volatile, not just in the past year, but over the past 10 years," says MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson. "The ability to be agile in your infrastructure is what separates the winners from the losers ... cloud computing is one of the most important technologies that affect the ability to maintain that level of flexibility."

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Berndt: Top of the news

"Congress should carefully weigh any policies that could increase healthcare costs and reduce high-paying jobs, particularly during an economic downturn," says MIT Sloan Prof. Ernst Berndt.

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Senge: Sustainability -- Not what you think it is

In this interview, MIT Sloan's Peter Senge talks about, among other things, how his most recent book, The Necessary Revolution, details the way companies, often working collaboratively with NGOs, are embracing the challenges and opportunities around sustainability.

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Anderson: Motorola executive helped spur cell phone revolution, oversaw ill-fated iridium project

Iridium was a technologically visionary system of 66 satellites that promised -- and delivered -- telephone connectivity between any two points on the globe. "It was a triumph of technology over business," says Howard Anderson, founder of the Yankee Group, a technology research and consulting firm, and now a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Marx: Startups stifled by noncompetes

Luckily, we have an academic here in Massachusetts who has dedicated the past few years to looking at the impact of noncompetes. Matt Marx, who recently joined the faculty of MIT's Sloan School of Management, has made three important findings about what noncompetes do.

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Johnson: 'American carry trade' is coming: Economist

"The Federal Reserve will keep interest rates very low for a long time. If you could borrow from the Fed, you have credit of a 1 percent interest rate, and there are many interesting investments around the world that offer some gains above that," says Simon Johnson, professor at MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Johnson: Treasury's got Bill Gross on speed dial

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says he isn't surprised that bond fund manager Bill Gross is such a virulent foe of nationalization. As Johnson points out, Pimco is a major bondholder in some of the biggest banks, so nationalization would hurt his portfolio.

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Senge: Relationships will be the new heart of growth in business

MIT Sloan's Peter Senge says, "Even as conditions in the world change dramatically, most businesses, governments and other large organizations continue to take the same kinds of institutional actions that they always have."

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Weill and Ross: New book by MIT Sloan researchers helps managers boost margins with technology

According to MIT Sloan researchers Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross, as IT spending increases and virtually every business interaction becomes increasingly digitized, new levels of IT savvy will be required for all managers - both IT and non-IT -- to transform firms' technology into a strategic asset that boosts margins.

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Lo: Exposing fundamental flaws in corporate governance

In an excerpt from an MIT Sloan Management Review interview with MIT Sloan's Andrew Lo he says, "Many corporations did a terrible job in assessing and managing their risk exposures, with some of the most sophisticated companies reporting tens of billions of dollars in losses in a single quarter."

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Roychowdhury: Elections and discretionary accruals: Evidence from 2004

MIT Sloan School professor Sugata Roychowdhury examines the accrual choices made by outsourcing firms with links to U.S. congressional candidates during the 2004 elections, and specifically test for income-decreasing discretionary accruals. Evidence is consistent with firms using earnings management to reduce both direct political costs and the costs associated with causing embarrassment to affiliated political candidates.

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Huang: Wang Shulian's microloan funds China growth impetus

Farmers led China's first stage of market reform after 1978, a golden age for rural advancement that ended in about 1993, according to Prof. Yasheng Huang at MIT

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Kochan: Negotiations, mediation key to first contract arbitration

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan writes, "One of the biggest failures of the current labor law is that even after a majority of employees vote for union representation, only 56 percent of them achieve a first contract after two years."

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Will Obama's financial overhaul bring real change?

"Most of the president's economic policies make sense, and his fiscal stimulus push has helped stabilize financial markets," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in this interview.

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Senge: 'Sustainability' risks losing effectiveness as a term.

Using the term "sustainability" does not spur society on to an ultimately better solution. Rather, it is a "negative vision," says MIT Sloan's Peter Senge, founder of the Society for Organizational Learning.

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Johnson: 10 big banks given approval to return $68 billion in bailout money

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says the move by the 10 banks seeking to repay federal bailout money does signal "a restoration of their ability to raise capital, which is a crucially important development in the financial recovery."

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Johnson: Financial institutions -- Our downfall

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says that "a whole generation of policymakers has been mesmerized by Wall Street, always and utterly convinced that whatever banks said was true."

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Kochan: Times Co. will reportedly take bids to sell Boston Globe

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan says a potential sale could come at a greatly reduced price -- and could mean drastic cuts in the [Boston] Globe's work force.

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Rigobon: MIT trials new inflation system

MIT Sloan Prof. Roberto Rigobon is finalizing a new index which will change the way countries measure inflation and allow it to be done on a daily basis.

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Hadzima: IPVision expands executive team and introduces venture capital backed company intellectual property and patent analysis

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Joe Hadzima says, "the commitment of IPVision to address core challenges to integrating intellectual property and business strategy is driven by customer executives and experts."

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Kochan: Globe union moves to block 23 percent pay cut

Labor and media experts say a protracted dispute could further damage the Boston Globe or increase the risk of its closure. "It has to be a major commitment to rebuild the organization and to work together," says MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan. "They need to reframe the negotiations, and they need to face reality."

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Open Pages unveils ten best practices for success in new era of risk management

MIT Sloan Research Scientist George Westerman says, "As businesses rethink their approach to risk management, many are realizing that IT Risk is a fundamental aspect of business risk."

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Huang: A trip of goodwill

Although the worst moment passed when the financial system completely froze last October, "there are many challenges ahead, principally in the real economy," says MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang.

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Johnson: Banks raise money with checking fees

Banks are raising account fees because of a "mix of market power and opportunism," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Verdi: Study predicts little benefit adopting IFRS in US

MIT Sloan Prof. Rodrigo Verdi disputes the notion that the U.S. would be at a disadvantage if it did not adopt IFRS wholesale. "In countries like the U.S., there may be minimal room for improvement because U.S. GAAP is already considered a high-quality accounting regime."

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Global crisis and reform starting a long journey

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "That while we are likely done with a panic or 'free fall' phase, we have only just begun to deal with the deeper problems revealed by the global financial crisis."

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Tucker: U.Va. professor finds privacy protections could slow adoption of electronic medical records

In states that require stronger privacy safeguards for medical records than is prescribed by the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the adoption of electronic medical records systems was 24 percent lower than in states without stronger privacy laws, according to a study co-authored by MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Catherine Tucker.

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Dean David Schmittlein and Deborah Ancona Interviewed [Video]

Dean David Schmittlein and MIT Sloan Professor Deborah Ancona appear in a series of video interviews conducted by Financial Times reporter Rebecca Knight on the FT web site. They tackle such questions as the role of business schools can play in resolving the financial crisis and leading in uncertain times.

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Deborah Ancona: X-teams swing the axe at team bonding

In this in-depth profile, MIT Sloan Prof. Deborah Ancona reveals that when she first started out as an academic at a different institution, a male faculty member took her aside and told her that the purple pumps she had on 'were not tenure track shoes'. "Everyone has a purple shoe story," says Ancona. "Success at an organization is not always judged by what's in the manual -- there's an unwritten culture, unwritten rules."

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Senge: 100 most creative people in business [Video]

MIT Sloan's Peter Senge was listed at No. 35 among the Fast Company's 100 most creative people in business.

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Software upgrade company wins $100K contest at MIT

A group of MIT graduates won a small fortune - $100,000 - for developing a way to upgrade software while the computer keeps running. Their new company, Ksplice, took top prize in the 20th annual MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.

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Mishra and Cantwell: Behind the scenes of the MIT $100K: Leveraging 20 years of history in 6 Months

In an opinion piece, MIT Sloan MBAs Sombit Mishra and Brian Cantwell write that "running the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition is a lot like running a startup. We spend most of our time raising money. We are underpaid (in fact, we aren't paid). Day or night, weekday or weekend, the job never really stops."

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Boston becomes focus of video game industry

As a sign of the video industry's growing clout, MIT Sloan hosted its first conference devoted to the video game business.

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MIT gaming conference: Schilling calls out lack of gaming sales metrics

Among the topics discussed at the MIT Sloan Gaming Conference were "serious games,""digital distribution" and "MMO business models" which featured a panel that included baseball's Curt Schilling, founder of Maynard-based 38 Studios LLC.

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Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk bound for international space station

MIT Sloan alumnus Robert Thirsk is a member of a six-person crew that will live on the International Space Station for six months. On May 27, he and two other crewmates launched from Kazakhstan to join the other three already aboard the station.

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Outsourcing and offshoring in a recession more flexible, panelists say

SearchCIO.com covers the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium which took place in May 2009 on the MIT Sloan campus.

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Ed Schein: Helping: How to offer, give, and receive help [Audio]

In an interview on Blog Talk Radio, MIT Sloan Prof. Ed Schein shares ideas for offering, giving and receiving help that deepens business and personal relationships.

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New research by SKKU and MIT shows growth of 800,000 jobs over next three years in inside sales while growth in traditional sales positions stagnate

Research by Dr. James Oldroyd of SKK University in alliance with MIT Sloan shows a growth of 7.5% in inside sales positions, which amounts to 800,000 remote selling jobs annually by 2012 while traditional outside sales or field sales positions are growing at only .5%.

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Manso: Eliminating pay incentives for CEOs could remove incentive to innovate, study finds

A research paper published by MIT Sloan Prof. Gustavo Manso suggests that a mix of long-term incentives and golden parachutes will best spark creativity and innovation. He writes, "In a controlled laboratory experiment, we provide evidence that the combination of tolerance for failure and reward for long-term success is effective in motivating innovation."

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If you do it right 51 percent of the time, you end up a hero." Alfred P. Sloan

A Sloan Foundation grant established the MIT School of Industrial Management in 1952 with the charge of educating the "ideal manager". The school was renamed in Sloan's honor as the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management.

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No GMAT? No problem, Harvard says

In 2006, MIT Sloan permitted the GRE for applicants to their MBA programs. The policy, while common among Executive MBA programs, is still the exception at top-ranked full-time MBA programs.

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Recession forces companies to consider alternatives to traditional travel, meeting plans

Results from a study conducted, in part, by a group of researchers from MIT Sloan concluded that an important level of trust between people can be achieved only by spending time with each other, learning each other's customs and observing how each other works and thinks.

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In spite of the recent growth, India needs a lot more MBAs

In this interview, Dr. Ishwar Dayal of IIM-L credits the collaboration with MIT Sloan for the success of the IIIM Kolkata MBA program.

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Putting a price on social connections

Researchers at MIT Sloan and IBM Research and found that the average e-mail contact was worth $948 in revenue.

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MIT Laboratory for Sustainable Business partners with Destiny, Florida

A team of MIT Sloan MBA students chose Destiny, Florida from among many other organizations as their project in the MIT Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab).

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Analysis of Executive Education Program Rankings

MIT Sloan secured the 10th position in the FT 2009 Executive Education open enrollment rankings, up from 19 in 2008.

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Johnson: The paradox of thrift [Video]

In this interview, MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson says, "The paradox of thrift is the idea that you try -- everyone tries to increase their savings, so desired savings goes up, thrift being savings, but the act of trying to save pulls down the entire economy, gives you a big recession or maybe even a depression, and total savings don't go up. Maybe they even go down. So everyone trying to save leads to a big slowdown and less savings. That's a paradox."

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Johnson: Stress test prep [Video]

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says that although he thinks the economy is bottoming out, the main question is if the shape of the recovery is a "V-shape" or an "L-shape."

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Johnson: Biden gives the stimulus plan an A+ Grade inflation?

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson discusses the stimulus plan. "The math around the precise jobs saved is fuzzy and very much open to criticism, but the big picture is the overall financial system is stabilizing", he says.

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Prelec and Simester: Do credit cards really encourage spending?

In this commentary, a credit card study performed by MIT Sloan Profs. Drazen Prelec and Duncan Simester are cited.

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Joskow: In Finland, nuclear renaissance runs into trouble

"A number of U.S. companies have looked with trepidation on the situation in Finland and at the magnitude of the investment there," says Paul L. Joskow, a professor of economics at MIT, and a co-author of an influential report on the future of nuclear power in 2003. "The rollout of new nuclear reactors will be a good deal slower than a lot of people were assuming."

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Senge: Thinking about leadership thinking - 3 modes of reasoning

MIT Sloan's Peter Senge believes systems theory provides the type of discipline and toolset needed to encourage people to see "interrelationships rather than things, to see patterns of change rather than static 'snapshots.'"

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Johnson: Banks find ways to boost fees; checking accounts latest targets

Banks are raising account fees because of a "mix of market power and opportunism," says Simon Johnson, a former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund who teaches at MIT Sloan. "They are supposed to act in the interest of shareholders, so they're gouging consumers."

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Manso: Why Exec Pay Curbs Won't Work

In an opinion piece by MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Gustavo Manso, he asserts that a growing body of research in economics and finance shows the best way to encourage innovation is by tolerating early failure while rewarding long-term success.

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Johnson: Fed's next task: Reeling in lifelines

"People look back now and say they overdid it; they should have raised rates earlier," MIT economist Simon Johnson says. "This is kind of a rerun. They could make mistakes on both sides."

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Stanford names new dean for Graduate School of Business

The new dean of Stanford's Graduate School of Business is former MIT Sloan faculty member Garth Saloner, an economist, popular teacher, and a leader in management education.

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Huang: Rural incomes key to China consumption

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang argues that slowing rural income growth, not high savings rates, was the main reason consumption had fallen as a percentage of GDP in the past two decades. "The theory is that Chinese save too much ... My view is that the problem is slow income growth, especially among the rural population," Huang says.

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Lo: Call for levy on risk pollution

All large players, from mutual, hedge and pension funds to banks and insurance companies, should have to pay a levy in proportion to the extent to which they heighten risk in the overall system in order to prevent further financial crises, says MIT Sloan Professor Andrew Lo.

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Forrester: Policy resistance in our economy

The field of System Dynamics, a discipline founded by MIT Sloan Prof. Emeritus Jay Forrester in 1956, provides insight into modern day economic problems. As abstract as the title is, the concept is simple: when you introduce an artificial construct into a natural system, the system tends to reject it.

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von Hippel: Innovation's catalyst

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric Von Hippel has studied how users create new products or modify existing products to make them work in novel ways. He refutes the common perception that innovation comes from a formalized product development process managed by a company.

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Malone: As CIOs move closer to the business, do they need a new name?

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Malone suggests that CIOs will become Chief Organizational Officers. That prompted Jeanne Ross, director of the MIT Sloan's Center for Information Systems Research, to say that the CIO title should be redubbed Strategy Execution Officer, not to be confused with another SEO (search engine optimization.

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Osterman: Citizen bottom up rising

MIT Sloan Prof. Paul Osterman says he's been working with the Industrial Areas Foundation in the Southwest for about 15 years. "The reason I do that is because when it comes to labor market issues...economic justice, when it comes to thinking about how to fix the economy and how to improve the lives of people, there is literally no other network, no other organization in this country with a better set of ideas, a better set of models."

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Brynjolfsson: CIO vs. CFO The C-suite death match

At SAP's annual user conference, MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson participated in a roundtable discussion for industry analysts and press in an attempt to deliver some clarity to the age-old conflict between CFO and CIO.

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Kochan: Big business likes arbitration if it can control it

Change could eliminate current incentives for employers to delay and stall negotiations and will dramatically reduce the delay, frustration and animosity generated by the company-dominated system. MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan says, "The process could be set up to allow for a neutral arbitrator, an employer-chosen arbitrator and a union-chosen arbitrator."

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Barnett: A cure for the Electoral College

In this opinion piece MIT Sloan Prof. Arnold Barnett writes, "There are various proposals to alter or abolish the Electoral College, perhaps the most conspicuous being a scheme to move to a national popular vote through an agreement among states."

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Manso: Let's hear it for the generous perks

A research paper published by MIT Sloan Prof. Gustavo Manso describes a business experiment -- involving that entrepreneurial archetype, the lemonade stand -- suggesting that a mix of long-term incentives and golden parachutes will best spark creativity and innovation

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Brynjolfsson: CFOs making investment calls greater ROI

"In previous research we have found a correlation between the investment in technology and improved performance," says MIT Sloan's Erik Brynjolfsson. "The higher the investment in technology, the higher the performance in terms of productivity metrics."

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von Hippel: Do-it-yourself branding

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric von Hippel co-surveyed 216 members of Outdoorseiten.net, a community of 8,300 German, Austrian and Swiss hikers about their brand preferences, and found that people were very interested in buying hiking products that displayed their clubs' logos.

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Kochan: Card check and gut check

A study of first-contract negotiations co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas A. Kochan found that even after a majority of workers voted for a union, they actually reached a contractual agreement with management only 56 percent of the time.

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Johnson: Rusty Cloutier has money to spare

Some economists, including MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson, say our financial system would be healthier if we jettisoned massive banks, instead relying on a network of regional banks and community banks

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Brynjolfsson: Sapphire IT staff need to talk business

"The broad lesson for the IT shop is to look beyond the IT shop and not just focus on cutting costs there. You need to reach out and touch the other parts of the organization," says Erik Brynjolfsson of the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Suri: Economics workshop to explore impact of financial opportunities, constraints

It was announced that MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Tavneet Suri would participate as a discussant in a finance and development workshop on May 20 at the University of Chicago.

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Johnson: Lawmakers hear testimony on impact of G20 meeting on economic crisis

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson believes that, in the context of low income countries having been severely affected by the global economic downturn, the G20 summit, by contributing to the stabilization of the world's financial system, has had a "positive effect."

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Tucker: Digital medical records push exposes potential side effects

When a state has health privacy laws in place, it reduces the likelihood a hospital will adopt an electronic medical record system by 20 to 30 percent, according to a study by MIT Sloan Prof. Catherine Tucker. "What we found is that when we were talking to hospitals, a lot of the costs came because these state laws are very different and so it meant that a vendor couldn't sell a standardized solution," she says.

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Mortensen: Why cutting business travel could be a false economy

You gain two types of knowledge when you spend time in another place," says MIT Sloan Prof. Mark Mortensen. "If, for example, you spend some time in Tokyo you learn about the customs, the way people work, their way of thinking. But there is also what we call reflected knowledge -- you also learn how the way they see you, the way your home office comes across."

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MacCormack: Long way to go in nurturing soft skills

MIT Sloan Visiting Associate Prof. Alan MacCormack will be among experts travelling to Malaysia in July to conduct courses and practical workshops on soft skills and management skills.

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Johnson: Is stock rally for real

In an opinion piece, Simon Johnson writes, "The biggest risk now is that the Federal Reserve and the Treasury try to re-leverage our way out of a Japanese-style prolonged recession by flooding the economy with cheap credit -- like they did in 2002, but to an even greater degree."

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Manso and Azoulay: Pay-for-performance compensation limits innovation

In recent research papers, MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Gustavo Manso asserts that, among businesses on experimentation for innovation, incentives that don't penalize failure and promote long-term success lead to more innovative business strategies than fixed-wage or pay-for-performance incentives. MIT Sloan Assistant Professor Pierre Azoulay served as a co-author on one of the papers.

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Johnson: The stress test head fake

"Regulators' whole strategy is 'wait and see,' to buy time for the economy to recover. It's just stall tactics," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Wladawsky-Berger: Mercator XXI, LLC launches consultancy to help clients engage the global economy

MIT Sloan Visiting Professor Irving Wladawsky-Berger was cited as an affiliate of Mercator XXI, a professional services firm helping clients engage the global economy.

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Berndt: Removing medical device preemption impacts jobs

A white paper released by MIT Sloan Prof. Ernst Berndt and Mark Trusheim of MIT shows that eliminating FDA's preemption protection would decrease patients' access to life-enhancing medical devices, increase health care costs and reduce medical device industry employment.

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Siegel: Few hospitals go paperless using free VA software

Michael Siegel, a professor at MIT Sloan, says he thought small rural hospitals in western Massachusetts "could very much benefit from an open-source system, but they're not."

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Tucker: EMR adoption higher in states with fewer privacy rulesd

"What needs to happen is a lot more coordination of these privacy laws so hospitals don't have to deal with these patchwork systems," says Catherine Tucker, assistant professor of marketing at MIT Sloan.

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Johnson: Too big to fail -- Still an issue

"Banks that are too big to fail must now be considered too big to exist," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Huang: Suppress incomes, suppress consumption

In Shanghai GDP has grown dramatically compared with the national average, but household income is not growing relative to GDP. MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang believes that a high savings rate is not the problem: low income growth is to blame.

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Kochan: The Art and Science of Recruiting a Diverse Workforce

Attrition among minorities has not been formally quantified, but anecdotal evidence from workforce specialists indicates that it is a chronic problem. This troubling trend can be mitigated through education, says MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan. "Adults don't change attitudes, but they can learn to be more effective workers with the right skills sets."

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Johnson: Swine flu keeps investors, businesses on edge

Most experts don't think a swine-flu outbreak by itself would eliminate many U.S. jobs or severely worsen the economy. MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson envisions only a "small hit" to economic activity in the United States -- just a few tenths of 1 percentage point.

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$100K: Reboot takes a hike with Ksplice update software

The start-up company Ksplice Inc, founded by MIT engineering graduates Jeff Arnold and its chief operating officer Waseem Daher, recently beat five finalists to clinch top prize in this year's MIT Entrepreneurship Competition -- which apart from bragging rights included $100,000 in start-up funds.

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Hsueh: Rutgers awards fellowships on shared capitalism

MIT Sloan doctoral candidate Joe Hsueh was awarded a Beyster Fellowship at Rutgers University to build an educational computer simulation on the dynamic effects of alternative investment strategies, timing of those strategies for a technology start-up, and tradeoffs of decisions related to compensation and ownership.

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Mollick: Everything I need to know I learned from the Godfather II videogame

"There are plenty of similarities between playing a game well and operating a successful enterprise. When we use games in controlled ways, what they do they teach well," says Ethan Mollick, a Ph.D candidate at MIT Sloan.

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I love this game! (Surprise I'm talking about the NHL)

On a panel during MIT Sloan's recent Sports Analytics Conference, Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke admitted that all he wants from any game is for his fans to see a few goals, a donnybrook or two and, hopefully, a win.

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Students predict the future of health records

Students from MIT Sloan were among a group of business students who participated in a 'war game' exercise whereby students take on the roles of key industry players in an effort to imagine how the battle to digitize America's health records will play out.

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In playoffs, crunching picks, crunching numbers

"The teams at the top of the standings have them," Dean Oliver, director of quantitative analysis for the [Denver] Nuggets, said at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in March. "The teams at the bottom don't."

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Mazmanian: Is your PC killing you?

"BlackBerry use allows for increased communication during down time, and a reduction of moment-to-moment stress," says a report by Melissa Mazmanian of MIT Sloan. ""However, expectations of responsiveness have intensified and become taken for granted. Users report an unrelenting desire for information and a drive to monitor incoming messages, which they explain as a need to reduce their anxiety of being disconnected."

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MIT $100K biz plan finalists announced

Mass High Tech profiled the five finalists gearing up for the final competition in this year's MIT $100K competition.

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Garcia: MBA applications -- Is the party over?

In many ways, it wouldn't be surprising if MBA applications peaked in 2009, if that is indeed what preliminary registration numbers indicate as it is not tenable that such large increases could last for much longer. "At some point, it's going to drop," says Rod Garcia, director of MBA admissions at MIT Sloan.

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Najarian: Four young professionals join FAR

Since receiving her MBA from MIT Sloan in June 2008, Talene Najarian has been pursuing various volunteer opportunities. "I hope to contribute to an organization currently making a tangible impact on the wellbeing of people in Armenia."

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Harris: Broadpoint expands healthcare investment banking

Broadpoint Capital, Inc., a broker-dealer subsidiary of Broadpoint Securities Group, Inc., announced that Geoffrey Harris has joined the firm's investment banking division as a Managing Director.

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Chevriere: GFI Informatique -- New board appointments

MIT Sloan alumnus Alexis Chevriere was listed among the GFI Informatique Board of Directors.

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Patni: Ensuring a smooth transition of leadership at Patni

MIT Sloan alumnus Narendra Patni will step down as CEO from his long reign in Patni, the company he founded fresh out of MIT Sloan

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Benjamin: Escala Group announces name change

The Escala Group announced that MIT Sloan alumnus Jeffrey D. Benjamin has joined its Board of Directors.

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Agilence Names Ed Parks VP of Engineering

MIT Sloan alumnus Ed Parks was named Vice President of Engineering at Agilence, Inc., a leader in intelligent video analysis solutions.

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Morey: In playoffs, video, data analysis key to scouting, evaluations

MIT Sloan alumnus Daryl Morey uses statistical models for scouting and player evaluation, but don't even think about asking him to divulge details. This is proprietary, cutting-edge stuff. Or, as Mavericks owner Mark Cuban put it at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytic conference, "Everybody is looking for the secret sauce. And if we find it, we don't want to share it."

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Daniel: TYE Business Plan Competition Announces 2009 Judges

MIT Sloan alumnus Anand Daniel was chosen as a judge for The TYE Business Plan Competition. The mission of TYE is to inspire and empower today's youth to be entrepreneurs, by engaging them in an exciting mix of programs.

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The future of transportation with Robin Chase

In a video conversation, MIT Sloan alumna Robin Chase discusses future forms of ride-sharing, car-sharing, and public transportation.

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Pinkett: Former apprentice is commencement speaker

It was announced that MIT Sloan alumnus Randal Pinkett would be the keynote speaker at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore commencement on May 15.

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Electronic patient records will force consolidation in health care

Thirty-five participants in a business strategy-and-forecasting exercise were students from four graduate business schools including MIT Sloan.

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Marx: Four Harvard Business School doctoral candidates honored for innovative research

Matthew Marx, who will be joining the MIT Sloan faculty in 2009-2010, was among the winners of the 2009 Harvard Business School Doctoral Program Wyss Awards for Excellence in Doctoral Research.

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Johnson: The Atlantic Monthly asks -- "Is the U.S. Becoming Russia?"

In this blog posting, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "By choosing instead forbearance and 'earn out' through high profits, the Treasury has made it much easier for financial interests to oppose re-regulation of any kind. Presumably this means we'll end up -- again -- with less regulation than is prudent or fair."

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von Hippel: Is innovation at a crossroads?

A presentation in which Eric Von Hippel showcased a number of interesting innovations that his team has uncovered in urban slums throughout the developing world is referenced.

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Stibel: 7 ways to be happier at work

MIT Sloan alumnus Jeffrey Stibel offers seven ways to be happier at work. First among them -- Smile.

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Johnson: Can we save the banks, and also protect consumers

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes that banks will continue to receive a great deal of financial support in the form of credit from the Federal Reserve and debt guarantees from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. This is good for bank stockholders, but not necessarily helpful for the economic recovery.

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Malone: Can collective intelligence save the planet?

MIT Sloan School professor Thomas Malone addresses the mental models that impede management progress, the role of collective intelligence in solving climate problems, and his view of how wrong people are about what business is for.

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Huang: Lessons on creating a friendly business environment

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang writes, "Shanghai trails Hong Kong in financial talent, but arguably this is the least important gap. The most significant ingredient in the making of a successful capital market is a vibrant entrepreneurial base. After all, a capital market exists to serve the needs of entrepreneurs, not the other way around."

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Johnson, Forbes: CBO names new panel of economic advisers

MIT Sloan Professors Simon Johnson and Kristin Forbes were named economic advisers for 2009 and 2010 by the Congressional Budget Office.

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Forrester: Downturn -- Is the worst over?

Named for computer engineer Jay Wright Forrester, a professor at MIT Sloan and the founder of an analytical process known as System Dynamics, the Forrester Effect uses feedback to analyze supply-chain disturbances.

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Rankings: Best business schools

MIT Sloan's MBA program ranked fifth in this year's annual rankings of 426 master's programs in business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International in fall 2008 and early 2009. Data provided by the schools was used to calculate rankings based on a weighted average of a range of indicators, including program quality as assessed by the deans and directors of peer schools as well as recruiters, graduate placement success and student selectivity

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Lo: Everything tomorrow's leaders should know

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo writes that financial engineering is no more responsible for the crisis than aerospace engineering was responsible for the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986. In both cases, incorrect human judgments involving inappropriate uses of technology led to disaster.

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Johnson: The radicalization of Ben Bernanke

In this opinion piece co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson, he writes that "Bernanke has become the country's economist in chief, the banker for the United States and perhaps the world, and has employed every weapon in the Federal Reserve's arsenal."

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Not visit, not internships, but real enterprise practice [Mandarin]

In mid-march, eight students from MIT Sloan's China Lab teamed up with three business schools across China to provide market strategies and competitive analysis in a practice platform.

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Lo: Crisis fueled by accounting

One of the most important causes of the current financial crisis is the fact that accounting -- the language in which banks and other corporations communicate, strategise, and plan -- is inherently backward-looking, writes MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo in this opinion piece.

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Endstation Zahltag [German]

This story examines ways that international students are financing an MBA at top-ranked colleges including MIT Sloan.

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Attivio CEO and CTO presenting at Enterprise Search Summit, MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

Attivio's Chief Executive Officer Ali Riaz will be delivering a luncheon keynote address at the 2009 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium where more than 500 CIOs, CTOs, and senior technology executives from across the globe will gather to confer.

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Top global MBA programmes now accept GRE

MIT Sloan is among the top 10 MBA programs in the world that now accept the GRE General Test.

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How to turn around a falling IT department

According to research by MIT Sloan School's Center for Information Systems, companies with mature, strong IT Governance earn at least a 20 percent higher return on assets than organizations with little or no governance.

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How to turn around a falling IT department

Prestigious institutes such as the Sloan School at MIT and Kellogg are devising attractive programs to rope in students from all walks of life and have all reported double-digit rise in applications.

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Schoar: Cerberus in salvage mode on Chrysler

"There was hope with Cerberus, that they would add managerial skill, and turn Chrysler around," Antoinette Schoar, a professor at MIT, told The Times. "It's difficult to say whether the private equity firm did a good enough job, or, were they just caught in this?"

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Reaching across borders

MIT Sloan's Global Entrepreneurship Laboratory is cited as a program that gives students experience working with startups in emerging markets.

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Manso: Incentives lead to business success

MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Gustavo Manso and a collaborator wrote, "In a controlled experiment, we provide evidence that the combination of tolerance for failure and reward for long-term success is effective in motivating innovation."

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Putting a price on social connections

Researchers at MIT Sloan and IBM Research found that the average e-mail contact was worth $948 in revenue.

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Can executive education survive the downturn?

According to a global survey of more than 500 MBA programs by the Graduate Management Admission Council, 77% have reported a rise in applications from potential students this year, up from 64% last year. MIT Sloan School reported double-digit rises in applications.

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Masters of the financial universe

The MS in Finance is growing in popularity, and the economic meltdown may create new opportunities for grads. MIT Sloan will launch a degree in finance this fall.

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Early Data from MIT study hints at link between interdisciplinary research and tech transfer

A new MIT Sloan study so far suggests that a greater degree of interdisciplinary collaboration within universities may lead to more entrepreneurship and technology transfer -- but only to an extent.

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Johnson: The Pecora hearings [Video]

During this one-on-one interview with Bill Moyers, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "The government has a broader set of public policy initiatives. One of them is save the banks. Others are help consumers and some auto companies."

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Fighting America's 'financial oligarchy' [Audio]

When it comes to America's current economic woes, MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson says that the U.S. suffers from "financial oligarchies" -- government officials and elite members of the financial sector that run the country like a profit-seeking company

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Change in mark-to-market rules could have big impact on banks' balance sheets [Video]

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "Remember, the idea of the government is to try and force banks to sell some of these toxic assets and encourage hedge funds and other investors to buy them at a higher price than they would otherwise."

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Verdi: MIT Sloan Professor finds CEO compensation linked to peer selection

A new study by MIT Sloan Prof. Rodrigo Verdi found evidence suggesting that some companies opportunistically select their peers to justify higher CEO compensation.

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Huang: Why China's state-owned companies are making a comeback

"The crisis hits China's private sector really hard because China's private sector accounts for a larger share of China's manufactured exports," says Yasheng Huang, an MIT professor who wrote about the rising power of SOEs in his 2008 book, Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics.

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Johnson: If banks are too big to fail, take an ax to them: David Pauly

The U.S. could use its antitrust laws to dictate the right size for banks, says Simon Johnson, now a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management in the May issue of The Atlantic magazine.

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Johnson: Swine flu keeps investors, businesses on edge

Most experts don't think a swine-flu outbreak by itself would eliminate many U.S. jobs or severely worsen the economy. MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson envisions only a "small hit" to economic activity in the United States -- just a few tenths of 1 percentage point.

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Anderson: The management gospel according to "The Godfather"

The Godfather is a management book, writes MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Howard Anderson. "It puts Peter Drucker to shame; it makes Good to Great about as relevant as Mr. Rogers"

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Johnson: Fed says gov't ready to save stress-tested banks

The Fed asked banks not to reveal their results during quarterly earnings announcements earlier this month. Regulators worry investors might punish banks without good news to announce. "Mostly, it was a buying-time strategy," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Black: Of couples and copulas

Former MIT Sloan economist Fischer Black was the first of his kind -- a serious academic, with publications under his belt and a tenured position to boot -- to make the move to Wall Street, putting theory into practice and risking the scorn of his ivory tower colleagues.

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Johnson: Smaller banks overlooked and in trouble

In a congressional hearing this week, MIT economist Simon Johnson argued that Europe may have a weaker economic recovery than the United States because its bank assets are more concentrated in very large firms.

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Johnson: How the world works

In this interview, MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson says, "The point is you don't throw banks into Chapter 11 because that is destructive. But you manage a bankruptcy process -- it's not nationalization, it's a government-run receivership.

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Mike Grandinetti to Speak at TiECON East

Mike Grandinetti, senior lecturer at MIT Sloan, is slated to speak at the Indus Entrepreneur TiECON East conference on May 21-22, 2009. This year's theme is `Sustainable Innovation.'

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Kochan: Where does Notre Dame stand?

A recent study by MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas A. Kochan found that among those who garnered enough support for a union election, only one in five attempts actually saw a union contract from their employer.

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Johnson: Spain's falling prices fuel deflation fears in Europe

Deflation is not just a Spanish concern. "It doesn't mean it will spread here to the U.S., but we need to look closely at Spain and other places to understand the dynamic," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson, "It's like the front line of a new virus outbreak."

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Anderson: Oracle's purchase of Sun to re-shape industry

MIT Sloan Prof. Howard Anderson says, "If I were a Sun customer, I was starting to get nervous about Sun. I was worried about their viability. I'm not worried about that anymore. I know that Oracle is going to be there."

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New concerns about bank health grip Wall Street

Converting preferred stock into common stock could show lawmakers how far regulators will go to buy time for financial firms that need more capital, according to MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "In some ways, it's an appeal for money. The stress test is going to say they need capital. ... So at some level, they're communicating with Congress."

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Wang: Financial institute set to train fresh talent

MIT Sloan Prof. Jiang Wang will take on the role of dean at the new Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, which was established at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in April 2009. "Practical ability will be highlighted throughout the curriculum," Wang says.

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Brynjolfsson: Health care requires big changes to complement new IT

Studies by the MIT Sloan School's Erik Brynjolfsson and others show that organizations across a range of industries were able to take advantage of new IT capabilities only after making substantial changes.

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Lo: Financial markets face a lost generation of investors

"The strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown, and that's been characteristic of this crisis from the beginning," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo. "The traumatic events of 2008 will lead to potential damaging behavior on the part of investors unless they are aware of the hyperstimulated emotional state they're in."

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Kochan: Employee Free Choice Act -- As American as apple pie?

A research study co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan found that only one in five cases that filed a National Labor Relations Board election petition ultimately reached a first contract between workers and management.

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Kurzina: Everything Channel's CEO, Robert Faletra, to speak on April 17 at the third annual MIT Sloan Sales Conference, sharing insights on the role of the CEO in the sales process

It was announced that Robert Faletra, CEO of Everything Channel, would speak at the third annual MIT Sloan Sales Conference on Friday, April 17 and participate on a CEO Roundtable moderated by MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Peter Kurzina.

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Kochan: As 'secret ballot' myth sputters, chamber launches new anti-union attack line

According to MIT Professor Thomas Kochan, arbitrators make decisions that reflect what is occurring in comparable jurisdictions, and there is a widely shared norm among arbitrators that contract innovations arebest left to the parties to negotiate on their own.

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Tucker: Privacy rules slow adoption of electronic medical records

A study co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Catherine Tucker suggests that there's a tradeoff between achieving fast adoption of electronic medical records and strong health-care privacy. "What we found was that privacy laws are getting in the way of hospitals trying to exchange information with each other," Tucker says.

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Osterman: Short 'gigs' create patchwork jobs for workers

"There is a clear correlation between economic distress and social distress," said Paul Osterman, professor of Human Resources and Management at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. "Underemployment is not good news for families."

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Johnson: Obama sees 'glimmers of hope'

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson points out that a key gauge of investor confidence -- the market for credit default swaps -- shows that some investors have been making big bets that the risk is growing that struggling banks like Citigroup and Bank of America will collapse.

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Former IMF Chief Economist Dr. Simon Johnson keynote at University of Maryland Business

It was announced that remarks from MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson would be featured at the Smart Globalization conference, hosted by the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, on April 23.

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Energy competitions spur student creativity

"Energy entrepreneurship is different. You can't treat it the same as other types of entrepreneurship," says William Aulet, senior lecturer at MIT, which sponsors an annual $100K Entrepreneurship Competition that includes a clean-energy award.

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Business Schools look for different kinds of students

Forte and its member schools have talked to thousands of women to explain the value of the MBA. "We market not just the schools," says Julie Strong, an admissions officer at MIT Sloan. "We market the MBA as a whole."

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Gary: MIT Sloan visiting scholar finds "Boom and Bust" dynamics can be avoided

Research by MIT Sloan Visiting Scholar M. Shayne Gary found that the "boom and bust" dynamics experienced by many businesses are caused by decision errors and biases that can be avoided.

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Brainard: Treasury nominee a graduate of George School

President Obama recently selected former MIT Sloan Associate Prof. Lael Brainard as undersecretary for international affairs in the Treasury Department.

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Anderson: Stalled economy will take years to regain speed

"We and others are funding start-ups as slowly as possible, or not at all," says Howard Anderson, a founding partner of Battery Ventures and a senior lecturer at MIT.

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WPR interview: Economist Simon Johnson

In this interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson states that "The IMF was set up as part of a U.S.-run postwar system and those traditions last. So, the IMF would always be extremely reluctant to do anything that would seem like criticism of any current administration."

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Johnson: Billionaire Buffett benefits from bailout he promoted

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says that despite the banking collapse, financial leaders such as Warren Buffett have retained surprising control over the government. "There's this general presumption that Wall Street knows best. But they may not know best for the taxpayer," he says.

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Johnson: Obama takes message abroad

In addition to his hefty agenda at home, Obama "is trying to prevent the rest of the world from imploding," says Simon Johnson, a former International Monetary Fund economist who is now a professor at MIT Sloan.

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Johnson: Europeans look to welfare, not stimulus

Europeans and Americans don't always see eye to eye -- and how to solve the global financial crisis is no exception. "The Europeans think there's a danger of overdoing it," says Simon Johnson, a former International Monetary Fund chief economist, now a professor at MIT Sloan.

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Schein: America's new IT reality

MIT Sloan Prof. Edgar Schein has described two principles for organizations that want to transform to a new business process: the "survival anxiety" or guilt must be greater than the "learning anxiety."

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MIT Sloan admissions tips

A number of applicants turned out for a recent online chat with Julie Strong, senior associate director for MBA Admissions at MIT Sloan, and Jennifer Burke Barba, assistant director of MBA Admissions at MIT Sloan.

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MIT Sloan's XII Annual Latin Conference to explore opportunities in times of adversity

Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of One Laptop per Child, is the slated keynote speaker at MIT Sloan's XII Annual Latin Conference on May 2, 2009.

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MIT Business In Gaming Conference adds Levine, Schilling

MIT Sloan School of management will kick off its first Business in Gaming Conference with a keynote from 2K Boston president and BioShock creator Ken Levine, student organizers announced.

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MIT Sloan to host its first ever Business in Gaming Conference on May 8, 2009

Digital distribution, marketing, and in-game advertising are the themes of MIT Sloan School of Management's inaugural Business in Gaming Conference being held on Friday, May 8, 2009 on the business school's campus.

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Dunn, Konduru: Can business schools teach entrepreneurship?

In this blog entry, MIT Sloan MBAs Carter Dunn and Mahesh Konduru write, "In our conversations with a select pool of people, there was a near unanimous agreement that MIT Sloan is indeed a fertile ground for aspiring entrepreneurs."

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Thirsk: A Canadian space odyssey

It was announced that on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, the Russian space agency (Roskosmos) will launch a Soyuz rocket into space from Baikonur, Kazahkstan, for Expedition 20/21. Sitting inside will be MIT Sloan alumnus Robert Thirsk, the first Canadian astronaut to launch with Russia as well as the first Canadian to undertake a long-duration mission in space.

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Serngadichaivit: Guru speak

In the aftermath of one of the most devastating years in financial market history, many investors tend to doubt whether their investment strategies have really helped them achieve their objectives, writes Bancha Serngadichaivit, a graduate of MIT Sloan, and an executive at Bangkok Bank and a director and the public awareness chair of the CFA Society of Thailand.

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Osses: PIMCO announces promotions

PIMCO announced that MIT Sloan alumnus Guillermo Osses has been promoted to executive vice president.

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Luan: From bond trading To $40 Wall Street tour guide

MIT Sloan alumnus Andrew Luan, a former CDO trader at Deutsche Bank in New York, quit his job to go work as a tour guide around the city's financial district.

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William H. Rodgers III, at 64; marketing strategy consultant

MIT Sloan alumnus William H. Rodgers III passed away on March 19 after a 6-year battle with cancer. He was 64.

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Happy Birthday, Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize recipient

The achievements of MIT Sloan alumnus Kofi Annan are highlighted on his 70th birthday. Annan's unwavering dedication to human rights earned him a Nobel Peace Prize, among many other accolades.

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Gordon: Corn products Int'l names new president/CEO

Corn Products International, Inc. announced that its board of directors has appointed MIT Sloan alumna Ilene Gordon chairman, president and chief executive officer.

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George Weyerhaeuser, Jr., is keynoter at Nanotechnology Conference

It was announced that MIT Sloan alumnus George Weyerhaeuser Jr. will make a keynote presentation at the 2009 International Conference on Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry on June 23-26, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

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Bindra: MasterCard names new overseas regions President

MasterCard Worldwide announced the appointment of MIT Sloan alumnus Vicky S. Bindra, 44, as president, Asia/Pacific Middle East Africa region. Mr. Bindra, will join MasterCard on June 1, 2009.

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Morey: NBA season's marathon grind takes toll, raises labor issue

"The NCAA tournament, in 63 games, makes more TV money than the local TV money for the entire NBA regular season of 1,200-plus games," MIT Sloan alumnus and Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey said at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in March. "It would be hard to tell the owners you'd have to take a revenue hit, but you might get it back later because more people are tuning in."

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Chase: Green Leader

MIT Sloan alumna Robin Chase, the CEO of carpooling venture GoLoco.org and co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, will speak at SUNY Oswego's dual Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

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Johnson: So long, and thanks for all the fish

Simon Johnson, economist and professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, says he's in favor of FDIC-style takeover resolutions, "which is different from coming in and taking the situation as is and putting in a crony."

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Johnson: The Washington Post launches blog focused on the economic policy debate

The Washington Post today launches "The Hearing," a blog that discusses the key economic policy questions being debated in Washington. Simon Johnson and James Kwak will write the blog.

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Johnson: A BRIC Paean to Goldman Sachs

Simon Johnson, as a professor at MIT, says that the BRIC coordination is both noteworthy and a good sign. "If the BRIC came together, they'd be stronger relative to the G7."

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Johnson: Irreversible damage -- Why little action on banking can do great harm

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson questions whether leading financial institutions have enough capital to muddle through, or if, instead, their solvency problems are so serious that we will experience continuing reduction in lending (often known as deleveraging), a deeper recession and a slower recovery.

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Simon Johnson decries influence of Wall Street oligarchs, US a banana republic

MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson argues that the U.S. should invoke anti-trust laws to break up Wall Street, whose power poses a material threat to the American economy.

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Johnson: DuPont, Caterpillar Earnings a Poor Sign for Global Economy

A blog posting reads: In a fascinating piece in the latest issue of The Atlantic, Simon Johnson, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, outlines what he sees as the alarming influence of Wall Street firms over the American economy. He expounds on his thesis in our interview, making several points.

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Johnson: Today on the Hill

Joint Economic (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Too Big to Fail or Too Big to Save? Examining the Systemic Threats of Large Financial Institutions." Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Prize recipient, professor at Columbia University and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers; Simon Johnson, professor of entrepreneurship at MIT's Sloan School of Management; and Thomas Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, testify.

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Johnson: Where is the global economy heading?

The International Monetary Fund's forecast is a "bottom up" aggregation of macroeconomic views on specific countries, put together in a mutually consistent manner by experienced economists, blogs MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Johnson: Pink Picks

An article that cites MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson's piece in The Atlantic is listed as one of the top stories of the week.

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Johnson: Bear Market -- What does it mean?

Do such rallies indicate anything more than investors desperate to find good news anywhere? Or do they suggest a real return of confidence? The editors at the NYT asked MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson for his analysis.

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Johnson: How many friends do you need?

The IBM collaboration with MIT Sloan tracked the electronic communications of over 7,000 volunteers for three years. The aim of the work was to put a dollar amount on the effect of those electronic and virtual relationships.

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Simon Johnson and Paul Kiel talk about bank bailouts

MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson expounds on his recent article in The Atlantic, explaining how Wall Street and Washington, D.C., have come together to form the "most advanced oligarchy" in the world, why the stress tests on the nation's biggest banks fall short, how he thinks nationalization will take place, and why we're most likely to suffer an "L" shaped recovery.

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A sober optimist's guide to sustainability

A January MIT Sloan Management Review interview with MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman is posted. It reads, "The personal isn't always part of the conversation, but I really do believe that we can't have a sustainable society if people are constantly overworked, burned out, sleep deprived, and don't have time for friendships or relationships or community, for participating in civil society.

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View from MIT: A depression still avoidable

In this interview, MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein shares his thoughts about the recession's impact on corporate America, entrepreneurs, and the ambitions of business school students.

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Working harder to find job opportunities

The current crop of business school students faces decidedly different prospects than their predecessors did, says MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein. "It's tough. This is not an easy time to come out of any kind of school environment, undergrad or MBA."

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Ross: Bull and bear sentiments

A working paper co-authored by MIT Prof. Stephen Ross on contrarian traders is referenced.

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Johnson: The quiet coup

"In its depth and suddenness, the U.S. economic and financial crisis is shockingly reminiscent of moments we have recently seen in emerging markets (and only in emerging markets): South Korea (1997), Malaysia (1998), Russia and Argentina (time and again)," writes MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson in this opinion piece.

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Bodie: Sell your stocks, MIT Sloan professor urges small investors saving for retirement

While many advisors suggest holding tight until the stock market recovers, MIT Sloan visiting professor Zvi Bodie says investors need to face some painful facts. "Stocks are risky," says Bodie, "To rely on them for what you really need is a bad idea."

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Lo: Does Wall Street need more physicists?

In better times, generous paychecks and computational challenges attracted physicists and engineers to Wall Street, but some experts now blame them for the crash. Andrew Lo, a financial engineer at MIT, discusses why Wall Street needs these number crunchers more than ever.

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Johnson: From the jaws of defeat

Simon Johnson writes, "Even before the G20 summit begins, world leaders have decided not to address the major questions of the day: how to adjust monetary policy around the world, how to save Europe from itself (difficult but still doable), and how to break the political and economic power of major banks."

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Johnson: Geitner's plan isn't money in the bank

In this opinion piece, co-writer Simon Johnson asserts, "The problem in the market today is that the prices demanded by the banks are much higher than the prices that private buyers (hedge funds, private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds) are willing to pay."

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Johnson: Off with the bankers

In this opinion piece co-written by Simon Johnson, he says, "The argument that AIG's traders are the people that we must depend on to save the United States economy is as weak and self-serving as it was in Thailand, Korea or Indonesia. AIG is essentially advocating survival of the weakest. Thankfully, the American people are not buying it."

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Strong unions help strengthen economy

An MIT Sloan study finding that 44 percent of the time America's newly unionized workers lack a collective bargaining agreement a year after voting for union representation is referenced.

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How business schools can produce better leaders

In a piece examining the leadership agenda among business schools, The Financial Times recent rankings are cited (MIT Sloan came in at No. 9).

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MIT SMR unveils sustainability collaboration

MIT Sloan Management Review, which is published at MIT Sloan, has launched a multi-year collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group that will "explore emerging thinking on sustainability and its implications for business strategy and organization.

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Vivek Kundra is going to do great things for U.S.

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium recognized Vivek Kundra, Federal Chief Information Officer at the White House, among outstanding IT innovators.

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Kim outlines views on Dartmouth

Newly elected Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim participated in inter-disciplinary work at MIT Sloan.

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Lessons in crisis management

Skolkovo and MIT Sloan announced a series of joint programs that will strengthen the Russian school's international capacity, while exposing Sloan's faculty and students to different global challenges.

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MIT forms transportation initiative

MIT launched its Transportation@MIT program, a two-year pilot program that combines the efforts of the Institute's School of Engineering, the School of Architecture and Planning, and MIT Sloan.

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Spear says new GM leadership must spark innovation

LFM Senior Lecturer, Steven Spear, discusses the prospects for General Motors Corp.'s restructuring plan.

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Future business leaders come to Israel

Amitay Kalmar, MIT Sloan MBA '10, discusses the 2009 Israel Trek during which students gained a better understanding of Israel and its economy and business landscape.

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Johnson: It could be worse

MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson spars with host Stephen Colbert Simon Johnson while explaining why America's economy resembles an unstable, emerging market.

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Bodie: African-Americans continue to lag whites in stock ownership

The median net worth of the average black family is 10 times less than that of the average white family, a 2006 National Urban League report found. Those reasons make good sense, says Zvi Bodie, a visiting professor at MIT.

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Johnson: Europe struggles for consensus on economic recovery

In this interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says that things in Great Britain and Europe are very bad.

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Johnson: Obama bringing hefty agenda on European trip

"[Obama's] obviously got a lot of charisma and it's his first big meeting. And I think people tend to be very polite in these situations but there could also be a level of awkwardness there," says Simon Johnson, a former IMF chief economist who is now a professor at MIT.

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MIT Sloan lecturer finds cost-saving measures in auto industry readily available but rarely used

Many manufacturing companies turn to outsourcing to save labor costs, however cost-saving measures are available right on their factory floors, according to research by MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer John Carrier.

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Rising powers challenge U.S. on role in IMF

Given the inevitability that these countries will have a growing influence, the London summit meeting is likely to be remembered "as the last hurrah for the U.S. and Europe rescuing the world economy," says Simon Johnson, a professor at MIT.

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Johnson: Former IMF Chief Economist Dr. Simon Johnson to provide a global view of the financial crisis

MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson is slated to share his view on the global financial crisis in a conference call hosted by Wall Street Access.

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Thurow: Today's dinosaurs may be the economists who still believe all ships rise with free trade

In 1996, MIT Sloan's Lester Thurow described the state of the global economy as "punctuated equilibrium", a metaphor for the evolutionary biology term meaning a sudden change in the order of things.

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Osterman: Short 'gigs' create patchwork jobs for workers

"There is a clear correlation between economic distress and social distress," says MIT Sloan Prof. Paul Osterman. "Underemployment is not good news for families."

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Roberts: Visible Measures takes an "opportunistic" $10M round

Visible Measures, Inc. has raised $10 million in a Series C round bringing its total venture investment to $29.3 million --- with a 2006 seed round from five angel investors, including MIT Entrepreneurship Center Chairman Edward Roberts.

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Befuddled by the financial crisis? Ask Simon Johnson

Increasingly during the current financial crisis, reporters have been banking on Simon Johnson of MIT Sloan for analysis and advice.

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Lo: Is it back to the Fifties?

Andrew Lo, head of the MIT's Financial Innovation Laboratory, has merged behavioral and efficient markets theory using Darwinian biology. In his 'adaptive markets hypothesis', markets behave efficiently during periods of calm.

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Huang: China said to be leaning away from capitalism

Looking at the U.S. crisis, Beijing feels its economic philosophy vindicated, says Yasheng Huang of MIT. "Today's situation is much more severe. Today you have the most efficient private enterprises in trouble, not Communist relics."

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Zolot: A new world order for high growth firms

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Ken Zolot says "I am delighted to be joining the Kauffman Foundation team as a senior fellow as we look out over the economic future and embark on a new approach for increasing both the number of new companies formed and the chances of success for these ventures."

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Lo: Understanding our blind spots

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo says, "Financial crises are an unfortunate but necessary consequence of modern capitalism. Financial losses are a byproduct of innovation, but disruptions and dislocations are greatly magnified when risks have been incorrectly assessed and incorrectly assigned."

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Johnson: Can US let AIG fail?

"The political reality has changed," says Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund who is now at MIT. "The new bailout climate is troubling. It could make it difficult for the Obama team to sell its plan."

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Johnson: The problem with flogging AIG

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johns believes the TALF program could help revive the consumer credit market, but at this point, "most Wall Street bankers would rather be attacked by wild dogs than take part."

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Johnson: IMF tweaks loan program in bid to attract borrowers

"If I were running a country, I wouldn't want the IMF in a headline unless it's something like, 'Poland tells the IMF to stuff it,' says Simon Johnson, a former IMF chief economist who is now a professor at MIT."

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Prelec and Simester: Your brain on credit

Research by two MIT economists, Drazen Prelec and Duncan Simester, found that a group using credit cards offered much more for items--in one case, more than twice as much--despite the fact that the experiment was arranged so as to make paying in cash easy and convenient"

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von Hippel: Gary Hamel joins InnoCentive's strategic advisory board

Global open innovation marketplace InnoCentive, Inc. appointed MIT Sloan's Eric von Hippel to its advisory board.

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Forrester: Surviving without growing

In this interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Emeritus Jay Forrester speaks about the intersection of sustainability and management.

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Cusumano: I.B.M, looking to buy Sun, sets up investment strategy

If it acquired Sun, I.B.M. "would unify those warring groups and make for a stronger front against Microsoft," says MIT Sloan Prof. Michael A. Cusumano.

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Urban: WPP, Google to fund Web-ad research

MIT Sloan Prof. Glen Urban plans to analyze Web users' surfing habits to determine their thinking styles -- such as whether they are most influenced by verbal or visual messages or if they are more holistic or analytical -- and how to tailor ads accordingly.

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Huang: It's built-up, beautiful, and seemingly booming. So, what's wrong with Shanghai?

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang argues that what visitors see when they visit Shanghai is a mirage. He says that far from being a free-market paradise, Shanghai is the creation of a controlling communist government.

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Lo: Stock rally signals possible turn

At the moment, equities are moving too early, says Andrew Lo, professor of finance at MIT. "We are not yet seeing any glimmers of an economic recovery."

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Huang: China's "dubious" miracle

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang's book, Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics, is reviewed. The book relates the epic tale of rural Chinese entrepreneurship between 1980 and 1990, in which striving businessmen built firms of substantial scale in the poorest provinces.

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Johnson: Fault lines open in talks over global crisis fixes

There's widespread agreement among the world's biggest countries that the current global financial and economic crises require global solutions. But as leaders from twenty of those countries gathered to offer solutions, that may be about all they can agree on. "I think they're pretty disunified," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "But they don't obviously want to present that too publicly."

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Lo: Bank on research

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo is sharing a five-year, $22 million BofA grant with the Center for Future Banking at MIT's Media Lab. BofA is supporting research on technological and quantitative themes, such as data mining and behavioral economics.

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Schmittlein: Bank of America rescinds job offers to foreign MBAs

Because Bank of America has rescinded job offers it had made to students requiring H-1B sponsorship, some fear students who have traditionally studied in the US to get a job in North America may go elsewhere. "There might be an inclination for people from around the world to vote with their feet," says MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein.

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Johnson: U.S. downturn dragging world into recession

"I'm worried about what happens when you see that a Greece or an Ireland that might need bailouts," says Simon Johnson, an MIT economics professor and former IMF chief economist. "Where is the money going to come from?"

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Osterman: In defense of middle managers

In an interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Paul Osterman discusses his new book, The Truth About Middle Managers and the plight of middle managers in a down economy.

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Johnson: Innovation may fuel economic recovery

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "This country is very good at producing great engineers and recruiting them from all around the world. I'm predicting a wave of entrepreneurship. It will kick in right away, but you won't see the full impact for five years."

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Johnson: Curtain is drawing on Citigroup and BofA

Letting insolvent institutions linger results in a "massive destruction in value [of the banks and a] looting in these companies by management," says MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson.

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Centola: Social cliques carry over to the Internet

A study co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Damon Centola found that Internet users gravitate to the same social cliques online that they occupy in the real world. On the bright side, Centola says, cliquishness can actually be good for the world.

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Kaufman: Can natural gas break our oil habit?

If the nation makes the switch from oil to natural gas to run its vehicles, will it simply be trading one foreign-dependent fuel for another? The answer is, probably. But to what extent is very hard to say. "Welcome to uncertainty," says Gordon Kaufman, a professor emeritus and oil and gas expert at the MIT Sloan School.

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Schmittlein: MBA and Business Education Guide: Spring 2009 - Your mini MBA

In an extract from the sustainability section of the book, The 80 Minute MBA: Everything You'll Never Learn at Business School, MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein says, "It's not a story of 28-year-olds trying to save the world, it's a story of managing cataclysmic change."

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Murray: MIT class puts imprint on Nascent Tech

The 30 or so students taking MIT Sloan Prof. Fiona Murray's Innovation Team (I-team) course divide into three- or four-person teams that analyze inventions' potential and recommend a means of bringing it to market.

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Brynjolfsson: How to make electronic medical records a reality

According to a government-sponsored survey, only about 17 percent of the nation's physicians are using computerized patient records. "This is really not a technology problem," observes MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson. "It's a matter of incentives and market failure."

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Lo: Speaking out -- Learning from our mistakes

In testimony before the House Financial Services Committee last fall, MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo called for establishing a permanent, independent government agency modeled on the National Transportation Safety Board to study failures in the financial markets.

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Berechman: The Obama effect

According to Debbie Berechman, executive director of the MBA program at MIT Sloan, "Obama's commitment to lessen the US dependence on fossil fuel and MIT's alternative energy initiatives are good examples of a potential partnership forged from a common vision."

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Lovell: Degree of uncertainty

"Wall Street's not going to be a great place to work for the next couple of years," says Chad Lovell, 29, a second-year student at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Lovell interned at Barclays Capital in New York last summer but passed on a full-time job offer there in favor of a strategic planning post at industrial conglomerate Emerson Electric Co. in St. Louis after he graduates in June.

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Tsinghua, MIT talents help young Chinese firm CreditEase

A team of MBA students from MIT Sloan and international MBA program of China's Tsinghua University are teaming up in Beijing on an interactive project to help Chinese money-lender CreditEase sharpen its marketing strategies.

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2009 MIT Sloan Private Equity Symposium to explore maximizing returns in today's uncertain economic environment

On Friday, April 3, the 6th Annual MIT Sloan Private Equity Symposium will address the evolution of investment strategies in a changing economic and financing environment.

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MIT Sloan Sales Conference--Sell or sink: Navigate the crisis

The MIT Sloan Sales Conference, taking place on 4/17/09, will offer an agenda geared towards selling in the current economic crisis, as well as sessions on CEO leadership challenges, lessons from past recessions, innovative sales models, and workshops on technology.

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Bartolotta: Josten's Award winners will be honored today

MIT Sloan student Jimmy Bartolotta was among the 2009 recipients of the Jostens Trophy, which recognizes outstanding student-athletes in NCAA Division III basketball for excellence in the classroom, on the playing court, and in the community.

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MIT study tour to commence in Antigua

MIT Sloan students participated in the "2009 Antigua Study Tour" from March 18-27 to investigate and resolve issues facing senior management in local organizations rooted in the Antiguan economy.

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MIT Sloan students compete in mergers and acquisitions competition

Students from MIT Sloan were among the competitors in the Association for Corporate Growth, Inc. Cup, a regional Mergers and Acquisitions case competition.

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2009 MIT Sports Analytic Conference

The Baseball Analytics panel was excellent and gave amazing insight into how analytics are used not only by people who write about them, but also by the teams themselves.

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Dorkapalooza 2009: The sports analytics conference at MIT

The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference brought analytics and fact-driven decision-making to the world of sports. Or, in the words of ESPN writer Bill Simmons, "it's a complete dorkapalooza."

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How the experts quantify sports

At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, front office executives discussed potential strategies for gathering and analyzing data on such things as a player's passion, defense skills, and team chemistry, as well as on the fan experience.

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Per diem: March 9, 2009

At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Dallas Maverick's owner Marc Cuban said that a win is only worth about a half million dollars to a team's bottom line, so that rebuilding teams with low salary structures are often the most profitable.

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We learned about the Cavaliers, Celtics and Magic

The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, which brought a total of five ESPN.com writers and editors to town, resulted in extra coverage of the two Boston Celtics home games played that weekend.

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Stats prove reliable for teams in need of answers

At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytic Conference, participants learned that as statistics become more prevalent, NBA teams will become better at making informed decisions about which players to trade, which ones to draft, which ones to put on the floor together, and when.

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Business plan contests flourishing at colleges

The 20th MIT $100K Business Plan Competition has attracted 260 submissions -- a $100K record, according to co-managing directors Sombit Mishra and Brian Cantwell. The two first-year MIT Sloan students say they've seen a surge in the energy and web/IT services categories.

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von Maltzahn: Lemelson-MIT student winner launches drug delivery startup

MIT student Geoffrey von Maltzahn, co-founder of startup company Resonance Therapeutics, was awarded the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Inventions. The startup is working with a team from MIT Sloan on developing its business plan.

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Konduru: The summer internship shuffle

MIT Sloan student Mahesh Konduru writes, "Notwithstanding the lull in traditional hiring, industries recruiting for general management, operations, marketing, strategy and sales functions has been active. Some students who had their minds set on traditional MBA internships are re-evaluating their interests and strengths and are finding other avenues to learn during summer."

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Vail resorts to co-host MBA competition

Students from MIT Sloan were among the competitors in the 8th annual Leeds Net Impact Case Competition on February 20-21. The competition hosts rising business leaders from MBA programs from around the nation to help find solutions to corporate sustainability issues.

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Hua: Cnooc profit tops estimates; Yang appointed president

Offshore energy explorer Cnooc appointed MIT Sloan alumnus Yang Hua as its president.

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Min: Is it a car? Or is it an airplane? It's the Transition!

MIT Sloan alumnus Alex Min is among the founders of Terrafugia, a company which is developing The Transition, a "roadable" aircraft.

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Skerritt: Custom made for e-tail success

MIT Sloan alumnus Joseph Skerritt and the company he founded, Proper Cloth, are profiled. Proper Cloth is a New York-based e-commerce dress shirt company that allows shoppers to mix and match fabrics while using computer-generated tailoring for the right fit.

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Parduhn: Networking takes off as economy sours

When asked what brought him to an MIT Enterprise Forum's event, MIT Sloan alumnus Michael Parduhn said, "I'm looking for a job."

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Chase: Share my ride

In February 2003, MIT Sloan alumna Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar, was forced out by the company's Board of Directors. "I'm gleeful about the engine of capitalism, but it has some very negative, destructive aspects," she says. "We see it around us now: Extreme greed. Shocking arrogance."

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Avent: Final Tech VP candidate lists goals

Randy Avent, a graduate of MIT Sloan's Greater Boston Executive Program, is a finalist in Texas Tech University's vice presidential search.

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de los Pinos: Aura Biosciences aims to develop "ballistic missile" drug to beat prostate cancer, deliver RNAi therapies

It's a difficult time for a brand new biotech firm to be drumming up interest in a novel approach to delivering drugs, with investors snubbing so many firms with drugs already in clinical trials. But the market conditions haven't stopped MIT Sloan alumna Elisabet de los Pinos from raising more than $3 million in an initial financing for her new company Aura Biosciences.

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Payet-Gaspard to replace Dr Malm as ISSF chief

At their Annual General Meeting in Hong Kong, the members of International Stainless Steel Forum elected MIT Sloan alumni Pascal Payet-Gaspard to succeed Dr. Staffan Malm as Secretary General.

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Ken Fox named Chief Marketing Officer for Energy Conversion Devices Inc.

Energy Conversion Devices Inc., a manufacturer of thin-film flexible solar laminate products for the building integrated and commercial rooftop markets, named MIT Sloan alumnus Ken Fox Chief Marketing Officer.

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George Peel Chandler killed in car crash near Balboa Park

MIT Sloan alumnus George Peel Chandler passed away on March 6 in a car accident in San Diego. Chandler headed the U.S. Small Business Administration's San Diego district office for 25 years and retired in September 2005.

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Can African-Americans find their voice in cyberspace?

MIT Sloan alumna Dayna Cunningham says, "Without a prior agenda-setting discourse enabling African American communities to arrive at some collective decisions about their shared future, I can't imagine either innovation in support of, or accountability to, black concerns."

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Reinhardt: St. George candidates differ on municipal staff

MIT Sloan alumnus William Reinhardt is a candidate for the Office of Selectman for the town of St. George, Maine.

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Simon Johnson is such a downer!

Simon Johnson, an MIT professor and former IMF chief economist, has been particularly smart and scary on both upcoming policy decisions and wider structural problems that still need to be addressed in the economy.

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Curhan: Employee satisfaction survey: 41% are unsatisfied with their job

According to a recent study by MIT Sloan Prof. Jared Curhan, money played a lesser role in job satisfaction and retention.

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Sterman and Corell share C-Roads results and slides

MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman and Dr. Bob Corell presented the Climate-Rapid Overview and Decision Support Simulator (C-ROADS), a user-friendly, interactive computer model of the climate system, in an event hosted by the American Meteorological Society. Senator John Kerry provided the introduction and context.

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Johnson: Contest you don't want to win

A chart by Simon Johnson of MIT shows the price you have to pay if you want insurance against a company such as Citigroup who is defaulting on a bond you might own. The higher the price, the worse shape the market thinks that company is in.

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Skolkovo and MIT to collaborate

MIT Sloan School of Management is extending its international influence through an agreement with Skolkovo, the Moscow-based business school set up by entrepreneur Ruben Vardanian.

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MIT Sloan teams up with Moscow school

Dean David Schmittlein says that the Skolkovo effort "ties into MIT Sloan's mission, which is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world.

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Thurow: Who's in the middle?

MIT Sloan Prof. Lester Thurow defines the American middle class as the group with incomes lying between 75% and 125% of the median.

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Hafrey: IIPM makes business education truly global

MIT Sloan Prof. Leigh Hafrey is among faculty from leading business schools who have visited IIPM as part of its global exposure initiative.

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Huang: Chinese business -- Time to change the act

According to Yasheng Huang, an economist at MIT, explicitly state-controlled firms make up half the economy. That probably understates the true effect, because even private firms understand that their existence depends on their relations with the state.

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The best undergrad business schools

MIT Sloan ranked number seven among the 2009 BusinessWeek Best Undergraduate Business Schools, up two spots from 2008.

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Sure ways to tackle uncertainty in tough times

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan senior lecturer Neal Hartman writes that it is important to understand that people perceive uncertainty in different ways and managers should nurture the idea among stakeholders that uncertainty brings possibilities, rather than seeing it just as a threat.

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Grad applications up at some schools

The MIT Admissions Office predicts that total applications will be up 15 percent from last year. The figure does not include MIT Sloan, which has yet to report its numbers and, if it follows the trend for other business schools, promises its own impressive set of applicant growth.

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Barnett: Scores survive, 9 dead in Turkish plane crash

Arnold Barnett, an MIT professor and expert in accident statistics, says the risk of dying on a flight has not changed markedly by the recent crashes. The odds of a passenger dying on a jet flight in developed nations is less than one in 20 million, he says.

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US Patent and Trademark Office awards InsideSales.com patent for invention of Web-based phone services

InsideSales.com was awarded a patent for the invention of Web based phone services. The company pioneered the concept and technology behind lead response management in conjunction with research done at MIT Sloan.

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Top business schools use GRE-GMAT comparison tool - interactive graphic

MIT Sloan is cited among a group of top business schools using the Education Testing Service GRE-GMAT comparison tool that allows a student to apply to business school with a GRE score.

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HEC expands its global footprint

Dean Bernard Ramanantsoa of HEC Paris discusses HEC's global push including its new partnership with MIT Sloan.

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Loan limitations worry int'l business students

One school that has found a replacement lender is MIT Sloan School of Management.

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A boost in online money courses

OpenCourseWare business offerings like those provided by MIT Sloan have seen an increase, says Steve Carson, external relations director for MIT OpenCourseWare.

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Construction abounds

MIT Sloan's new building on Main Street, aimed to serve as the central nexus of the Sloan campus, is among the major construction projects on the MIT campus. The building is slated for completion in the summer of 2010.

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Johnson: Too big to fail? [Video]

In an interview with Bill Moyers, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says that the U.S. financial system reminds him more of the embattled emerging markets he encountered in his time with the International Monetary Fund than that of a developed nation.

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Johnson: At what point does increasing productivity damage a consumption-based economy?

MIT's Simon Johnson says, "What many Indians really need is access to the kinds of technology, capital, infrastructure, that would allow them to increase productivity ten times. They would still be considerably poorer than we are, but this would lift hundreds of millions out of poverty and save many children's lives."

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Johnson: As a stimulus, would it work to give money to Americans?

MIT's Simon Johnson says, "I'd like to give people money. And if they choose to save it, or use it to reduce their credit card debt, that would be fine with me. Remember that we have a pretty serious 'balance sheet' problem in this economy."

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Johnson: Merrill toxic asset sale may present model

Last year, private-equity firm Lone Star Funds bought up nearly $6.7 billion of Merrill Lynch's credit debt obligations at 22 cents on the dollar. Could that be the private model the Treasury Department wants others to duplicate? Simon Johnson, a professor at MIT and a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, offers his insights.

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Johnson: What will the Obama administration do to help banks?

MIT's Simon Johnson thinks that if the government didn't overpay for the bad assets, the "Bad Banks" idea has some merit.

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Johnson: Signs of economic life still exist

MIT economist Simon Johnson warns that we're in for an 'L-shaped' recession that could, if we're lucky, become a 'bathtub-shaped' recession.

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Wysocki: Road map for financial recovery -- Radical transparency now!

By the time regulators get a handle on one investment class, a slew of new ones have been created. "This is a cycle that goes on and on--and will continue to get repeated," says MIT Sloan Prof. Peter Wysocki.

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Schmittlein: Job prospects for MBAs

Dean David Schmittlein says that these are times of change and challenge all over the country, and management education is no exception.

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Schmittlein: Wall Street's new safe haven?

Dean David Schmittlein says, "Any firm that is involved in the cutting edge of providing new kinds of value is very much of interest to our students."

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Johnson: Source of crisis goes beyond banks

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says that it's definitely tougher to get a loan these days. "If you think of there being three types of borrowers: Really creditworthy, medium creditworthy, and somewhat dubious."

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Osterman: Where the managerial glue came unstuck

In his new book, The Truth About Middle Managers, MIT Sloan Prof. Paul Osterman writes, "Middle managers are the glue that holds organizations together.

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Lo: One bad bond

"Most Wall Streeters agree that a large number of such bonds--amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars, perhaps trillions--are worth far less than their stated, or par, value. How much less is central to resolving the financial crisis. "It's an informational nightmare," says Andrew Lo, director of MIT's Laboratory for Financial Engineering.

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Johnson: Source of extra IMF funds unclear

Simon Johnson says, "The main Chinese concern is with exchange rate policy rather than voting weights."

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Johnson: Feds explore taking bigger stakes in shaky banks

The Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, and other banking regulators say they can convert the government's stock in the banks from preferred shares to common shares. "I don't think this is the end solution. It is a very haphazard way of trying to deal with the problems and simply postponing the inevitable -- more bank failures and takeovers by the FDIC," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Johnson: As it falters, Eastern Europe raises risks

According to MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson, "It's one big trans-Atlantic money market out there, and these banks lend money to each other all the time. Deutsche Bank and UBS and Goldman Sachs and Citi are all intertwined."

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Johnson: Lack of funds hits IMF in east Europe

Simon Johnson, a former IMF chief economist at MIT, says: "We are seeing the consequences of the lack of IMF resources. Programs are probably undersized because the IMF is worried about running out of money."

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Kritzman: The index funds win again

A study by MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Mark Kritzman measuring the long-term impact of all expenses involved in investing in a mutual fund or hedge fund is referenced.

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Johnson: Support urged for Eastern Europe

"It's a European issue, but the U.S. can show leadership," said Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and now a professor at MIT.

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Lo: US hedge funds industry: Experts predict growth by fourth quarter

"Given the magnitude of market movements caused by hedge funds in 2007 and 2008, it is now known that hedge funds are no longer a little niche industry for sophisticated investors and have come of age," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo.

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Johnson: MBA schools retool emphasis

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson expects more students will become entrepreneurs, especially those with a "tech story," mirroring a trend seen in 2001.

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Johnson: U.S. tries a trillion-dollar key for locked lending

Simon Johnson, an economics professor at MIT and a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, says many people might take a dim view of the TALF program because it provided government subsidies to investors like hedge funds.

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Programs for dealing with a downdraft

The MIT Sloan executive education course, Implementing Radical Innovation, uses company visits and team projects to help managers identify new opportunities in a shaky economy. "Innovation is the only real answer in tough economic times -- see GM today as a crystal clear example," says senior lecturer Bill Aulet.

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Roberts: Kauffman Foundation study finds MIT alumni companies generate billions for regional economies

According to the new study by Ed Roberts and Charles Eesley entitled, "Entrepreneurial Impact: The Role of MIT," if the active companies founded by MIT graduates formed an independent nation, their revenues would make that nation at least the seventeenth largest economy in the world.

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Cusumano: Obama takes on auto crisis without a 'czar'

"It's very difficult to imagine that the manufacturers or the unions will give up what they need to give up if they each think the government, ultimately, will bail them out," says MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano. "The bottom line is that we should have let them go bankrupt a few months ago, because it is the only way to avoid months and months of posturing."

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Barnett: Tips for TSA to make flying safer, easier

"My general sense is that lately, TSA has been kind of sensible. Frequent travelers understand the routine, and it's not so bad now," says MIT Sloan Prof. Arnold Barnett. In fact, aviation security in the U.S. has improved enough "to be on par with Western Europe, and that's a significant advance," he says.

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Cusumano: Windows and Intel, kings of the PC: Divided they fall?

"Variety is good for consumers," says MIT management professor Michael Cusumano. "At this point, the more competition Microsoft and Intel have, the better it is for the rest of us."

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Johnson: G7 accused of being 'asleep at the wheel'

Simon Johnson, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, now a professor at MIT, says the G7 was "asleep at the wheel", adding: "[The meeting] was a great opportunity for this group of leading industrial countries to reassert its leadership in the global economy."

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Azoulay: Flow and ebb

A study co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Pierre Azoulay found that the loss of a superstar scientist can be surprisingly hard on collaborators left behind, who often experience a significant and permanent loss of productivity.

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Stimulus is stiffing small business

Even though small businesses employ about half of the nation's work force, they will get little aid from Washington in the near future according to MIT Sloan Prof. Howard Anderson. "The small businessman who looks to rely on the government for help is the one who isn't going to make it out of the recession."

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A stress test for the latest bailout plan

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "When I talk to experts, after about two minutes they say, 'We should just nationalize'. That tells me that the consensus is moving in this direction, and we are all just afraid to say it."

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Senge: Why sustainability is still going strong

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Peter Senge's book, The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World, is cited.

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Johnson: Ailing banks may require more aid to keep solvent

Simon Johnson, an economist at MIT, estimates that the United States banks have a capital shortage of $500 billion. "In a more severe recession, it will take $1 trillion or so to properly capitalize the banks"

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Fed, OCC gain new mandate to test strength of nation's banks

Investors have no faith in banks' own reporting of their financial health, says MIT Sloan Prof. Jeffrey Ng. "Even when banks report positive numbers, investors still have little confidence that these assets have any significant value."

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Johnson: IMF Chief says leading economies in Depression; Warns of failure to act on Banks; US and Ireland prepare new bank bailout plans

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says the term "depression" refers to a significant contraction that lasts around five years.

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Johnson: 598,000 workers lose their jobs in January

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says that to be successful, the Obama administration's program needed to be simpler and more transparent than the stabilization measures taken by the Bush administration under the unpopular TARP program. "Unless you are transparent, you'll get a massive backlash against the scheme."

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Schein: Anchoring yourself

Edgar Schein, a professor of management at MIT, gained fame in the 1960s for his work on the concept of 'career anchors'. For Schein, people are generally motivated by eight anchors - priorities that define how they see themselves and their work.

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Johnson: Obama's pay plan doesn't go far enough

President Obama unveiled his plan to prohibit firms getting emergency aid from paying top execs more than $500,000 annually in cash. "This plan doesn't look very meaningful," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "The issue at these companies is the lack of effective owners, and things like pay limits don't change that.

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Malone: Climate researchers tap 'wisdom of the crowds'

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Malone, director of the CCI, says that applications like Wikipedia, Linux, and YouTube hint at the potential of collective intelligence. Malone believes similar developments could improve doctors' diagnoses and scientists' ability to address climate change.

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Rosenfield: Two years later, the new Dell is still a work in progress

"The advantage of customization is not as great as it used to be," says Donald Rosenfield, director of the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing program. "But the direct model still has some advantages."

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Johnson: Should U.S. nationalize banking system?

In a live online chat, Simon Johnson of MIT says, "Nationalization means different things to different people, or different countries. In its pure form, it means government ownership and control, of a firm or bank."

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Johnson: Out of gaps in treaties, first salvos of trade war

"You're going to see a lot more rhetoric out of leaders against protectionism, but what really matters is their policies," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "And there are worrying signs right now that they may not be so serious about stopping protectionism."

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Kochan: Test for American labor -- Even with a pal in Obama, workers face uncertain times

"Many forget that it is a basic right in America for workers to unionize. It's easy to lose sight after years of Reagan and Bushes, where union activity has been all but considered un-American. "People need them more than ever," says Thomas Kochan, an MIT professor of work and employment relations and a strong union supporter who spoke at the meeting.

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Weill: How boards can make sure IT investments pay off

Effective IT governance translates into noticeably stronger earnings, says MIT Sloan Senior Research Scientist Peter Weill. Weill co-conducted a survey of CIOs of 256 U.S. and foreign companies and found that outfits whose boards made sure they had strong IT governance and exercised it generated profits 20% higher than those with similar business strategies but weak IT oversight.

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Johnson: Out of gaps in treaties, first salvos of trade war

"You're going to see a lot more rhetoric out of leaders against protectionism, but what really matters is their policies," said Simon Johnson, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and a professor of economics at MIT.

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Huang: Violent unrest rocks China as crisis hits

Yasheng Huang, a professor at MIT, says corruption and a deeply flawed model of economic reform had led to a collapse in personal income growth and a wealth gap that could leave China looking like a Latin American economy.

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MBA application letters: Who to ask

Recycled prose is easy for admissions officers to spot, says Julie Strong, senior associate director for MBA admissions at MIT Sloan. A word-for-word regurgitation of previous talking points is "really detrimental," she says. "It's like plagiarism of your own work."

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Making the case for executive education

Rochelle Weichman, executive director of MIT Sloan Executive Education, discusses how the program is adapting to the economic slowdown, and which executive programs have taken a front seat in 2009. Weichman says, "Many of the companies contacting us now are asking us to be sure to include content around leadership and leading change."

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The college try

MIT Sloan Director of Career Development Jackie Wilbur says ,"We are encouraging our students to create parallel search paths to broaden their options this year."

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MIT Sloan class gives $$ to Friday Night Supper Program

Friday Night Supper Program, a local nonprofit organization serving approximately 200 guests every Friday, was the recipient of $8,365, proceeds raised from an auction held by members of the 2010 class at MIT Sloan.

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Gallery: In recession, US MBA students seek backup plan

Meghan Gallery enrolled at MIT Sloan in September with hopes of working on mergers and acquisitions at an investment bank. Now, she would consider a summer job at a start-up company, ideally in corporate finance. "I've literally had people say, 'Hopefully, when you get out it will be different. But if not, there will still be a lot of bodies floating around who have been in finance for five to 10 years more than you."

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Mollick: Play games with your resume

"It's just too bad that gaming still has this stigma attached to it in the modern workplace," says Ethan Mollick. A researcher at MIT's Sloan School of Management and coauthor of Changing the Game: How Video Games Are Transforming the Future of Business, Mollick believes that many employers view video games as some scarlet "S" for slackery.

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Vail resorts to co-host MBA competition

Students from MIT were among the competitors in the 8th annual Leeds Net Impact Case Competition on February 20-21. The competition hosts rising business leaders from MBA programs from around the nation to help find innovative solutions to corporate sustainability issues.

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Danenberg: At MIT, students experiment with hummus

During MIT's mid-semester Independent Activities Period in January, a group of students participated in a hummus making contest. Israeli native Yoav Danenberg, whose wife, Amit, attends MIT Sloan, says the thick and garlicky Zinger seems most authentic. "It reminds me of the hummus I used to prepare at home."

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CrossTech Partners and new marketing labs announce partnership with MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

CrossTech Partners and New Marketing Labs announced a strategic partnership with the MIT Sloan Alumni Club of Boston, creators of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium program, to launch an online community program, regional MIT Sloan CIO event programs, and increased sponsorship opportunities within the community.

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Arcelus: Analysis Group increases senior staff with new promotions and appointments

MIT Sloan alumna Almudena Arcelus was appointed as principal to Analysis Group, Inc.

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Jewish sports team owners dominate

The American Friends of Hebrew University honored Los Angeles Dodgers team president and MIT Sloan alumna Jamie McCourt with its SCOPUS award for her philanthropic efforts. "My heritage is important. That organization has achievements that are outstanding. They are entrepreneurial and are finding solutions," McCourt explains.

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The no-stats all-star

MIT Sloan alumnus and Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey believes there is no statistic that a basketball player accumulates that cannot be amassed selfishly. "We think about this deeply whenever we're talking about contractual incentives. We don't want to incent a guy to do things that hurt the team", Morey says

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Chan: GAMCO reports full year 2008 fully diluted earnings per share of $0.89

MIT Sloan alumnus Virgil Chan joined GAMCO to manage its Asia operations. Chan will be based in Hong Kong and will oversee all sales and research management functions in Asia.

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PNG Ventures, Inc. appoints Cem Hacioglu as president and chief executive officer

The Board of Directors of PNG Ventures, Inc. appointed MIT Sloan alumnus Cem Hacioglu as president and chief executive officer.

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Krafcik: Tuesday, bloody Hyundai

MIT Sloan alumnus and Hyundai American CEO John Krafcik opened the media breakfast at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show with a quote by Thomas Jefferson who said that "a government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."

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Senge: School turnarounds

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Peter Senge, says, "Failure to sustain significant change recurs again and again despite substantial resources committed to the change effort (many are bankrolled by top management), talented and committed people 'driving the change,' and high stakes."

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SMG student analysts tops in New England contest

MIT Sloan students competed in the 2008-2009 New England Research Investment Challenge on 2/10/09.

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FASTforward'09 Interview: Perry Solomon, director, product management, Enterprise Search Group, Microsoft

MIT Sloan alumnus Perry Solomon provides background on Microsoft's enterprise search business and his work with its customers and weighs in on how search engines will evolve over the next few years.

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Johnson: U.S. bank bailout to rely in part on private money

"They must disclose fully exactly what the government is buying, or insuring, or providing financing for," says Simon Johnson, a professor at MIT and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.

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Osterman: Another day at the office

"Paul Osterman's 'The Truth About Middle Managers' paints a portrait of business as it is lived by the non-CEO class -- that is, the rest of us."

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MIT Sloan School launches Web site to share innovative teaching resources and knowledge

MIT Sloan announced the global launch of a new Web site, MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources (MSTIR), which offers a collection of creative teaching materials developed by MIT faculty and students including free case studies, teaching videos, and other innovative instructional resources. MIT Sloan Deputy Dean JoAnne Yates says, "Our goal is to spread knowledge and make a difference in the world of business education -- to have an impact on business education and where it is going in the future."

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Loan crisis hits the MBA world

A number of leading business schools were dealt a serious blow this fall when big private lenders suddenly terminated their popular "no co-signer" student loan programs. Of the schools that had the CitiAssist loan program, only MIT Sloan has announced a replacement lender.

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MIT Sloan School students survey Boston startup scene

John Marcus III, who's in his second year at Sloan, supplies a nice explanation of the intent behind the Tech Trek.

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MIT Sloan students are optimistic about their job prospects

While waiting to attend a reception for the annual MIT Sloan Tech Trek, five students discussed their job prospects and their strategies for securing work in a tight labor market. They see their employment cups as half-full despite the recession, and agree that networking is more important than ever.

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Chris Walti and Chizoba Nnaemeka, Silicon Valley Tech Trekkers, interviewed [Audio]

Silicon Valley Tech Trekkers Chris Walti and Chizoba Nnaemeka are interviewed for "Your Money" by Lynn Jimenez.

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Hussain: Amazon and Microsoft are hiring, Google and Yahoo aren't yet

MIT Sloan MBA Saleem Hussain, who helped organize this year's treks, says, "As far as internships go, there are lots of opportunities at big companies."

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Freshly minted MBA's lower their sights in down economy

MBA Andrew Budd says while the economic slowdown has had an impact on hiring, there are still a lot of interesting projects available to graduates, especially in start-ups companies

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Santos: Hopeful MBAs visit Silicon Valley [Video]

More than 100 MIT Sloan MBA students made the annual Tech Trek to the West Coast eager to tap into Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial spirit. "I'm hoping to learn a lot about what mistakes, what problems they could have had starting up, and challenges and opportunities," said MIT Sloan MBA Pedro Santos.

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Startup companies can offer opportunity for MBA graduates

"I think that startups will be hiring a significant number of talented individuals who would have been taken by larger corporations," says MIT Sloan MBA Pedro Santos who feels MBA graduates could offer an "infusion of energy and talent" to such companies.

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Financial Times 2009 MBA rankings

MIT Sloan ranked 9th among full-time global MBA programs and 5th for the second year in a row among U.S. programs.

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Spend -> be green -> make green

MIT Sloan's new building project will be solar-ready, allowing for the installation of solar panels at a later date.

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Schoar: MIT Professor wins Kauffman entrepreneurship award

MIT Sloan Prof. Antoinette Schoar was awarded the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.

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Recession forces universities to reconsider building plans

Although MIT anticipates spending cuts on the order of 10 to 15 percent over the next several years, the MIT Sloan School expansion should proceed on schedule, according to officials.

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Mazmanian: Blackberry addiction leads to stress

An MIT Sloan study found too much Blackberry use can cause serious stress. MIT Sloan's Melissa Mazmanian is interviewed.

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Johnson: Why a 'bad bank' is a good idea

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "If you clean up the banks' balance sheets and create some better banks to resume lending to the real economy, that's the heart of the strategy".

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Lo: Economists explain why hints of the economic crisis eluded them

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo says, "So when you're making money, you're actually engaged in a kind of activity that generates a drug-induced stupor in much the same way that having a few drinks or being on cocaine would actually make you relax and be a lot less concerned about risk."

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Johson: Global economic outlook -- today's senate testimony

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson describes his testimony to Senate Budget Committee on 1/29/09 in which he noted that the Senators expressed frustration that while substantial further amounts will most likely be needed to shore up the banking system, little has been done for the underlying issues in housing.

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Stein: More profs to leave Harvard for Obama

Former MIT Sloan faculty member Jeremy Stein will is slated to take a position with the Obama administration.

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Malone: Putting Heads, Computers Together to Solve Global Problems

Popular applications such as Wikipedia, Linux and YouTube only scratch the surface of what is possible with collective intelligence, says Thomas Malone, director of the CCI and professor at the MIT Sloan.

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Johnson: To save the banks we must stand up to the bankers

In an opinion piece, MIT Sloan Simon Johnson says that the government has already essentially guaranteed the system's liabilities, bank assets at market value must be massively lower than liabilities and a severe global recession may yet turn into the Greatest Depression.

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MIT expresses commitment to assist Connaught in Sierra Leone

A visiting team from MIT Sloan working on the new Global Health Delivery course concluded an assessment of the Connaught hospital in Sierra Leone, West Africa, describing staff performance as commendable.

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Johnson: F.D.R.'s example offers lessons for Obama

Simon Johnson is quoted in an NYT article about steps the Obama team can take to resolve the banking crisis.

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Thurow: Where is the technological capability?

MIT Sloan Dean Emeritus Lester Thurow predicted decades ago that in the 21st Century there was bound to be "historical shifts" in wealth away from nations whose source of wealth and power is natural resources and physical capital, to those who possess "brain power and imagination."

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Dan Nyhart, at 77; served as dean and professor at MIT

MIT Sloan Prof. Daniel Nyhart passed away on December 6 at the age of 77. A memorial service is planned for March 7 in the MIT chapel.

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Huang: China Briefs -- January 23, 2009

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang says the modernist skyline of Shanghai's Pudong marks the moment when things started to go wrong. He argues that the economic crisis is exposing weaknesses in China's interventionist, top-down style of capitalism.

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Fischer Black: In Plato's cave

The hiring of former MIT Sloan economist Fischer Black is described as Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin's most influential decision of his caree.

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Lo: How to play chicken and lose unwelcome advice

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo describes a confrontation in 2004 between the head of Lehman and its chief risk officer.

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Schein: Stop managing and start leading

MIT Sloan Prof. Edgar Schein says: "We go through cycles. Every few years we rediscover formal planning, then we rediscover the importance of people, and then in another few years we discover cost control."

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Johson: UK boosts its bailout as bank losses rise

The U.K. government "is gambling that the global economy improves and they don't have to go all the way to nationalize, but that is the direction in which they are heading," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Johnson: In Search of One Bold Stroke to Save the Banks

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson believes it will take $1 trillion to really do the trick -- money, presumably, the government will get back once the banking system is healthy again, and private capital comes in to replace the government's capital. "It's not rocket science," Johnson says. "When you do a recap, you need overkill. But then, you also have to take the bad assets off the books."

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Lo: Thomson Reuters launches additional news analytics for trading and risk management

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo, chairman and chief scientific officer of AlphaSimplex, says, "AlphaSimplex is excited to be working with Thomson Reuters in bringing the NewsScope Event Indices to market.

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Lo: An economy of faith and trust

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo has demonstrated that if stock traders make a series of apparently good picks, the dopamine released into their brains creates a stupor that causes them to under perceive danger ahead.

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Simon Johnson: Bank of America seeks billions more for Merrill Deal

"The government has got itself in a position where they have to do something, and they have to help close this deal, so they have to provide additional subsidy to Bank of America," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Forbes: Why investors love the zero- return dollar

A paper by MIT Sloan Prof. Kristin Forbes stating that foreigners are willing to invest in the United States because they have less developed financial markets at home is referenced.

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Senge: Retail and rhetoric gear up for another successful year

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Peter Senge will kick off the 2009 Three Talks series of speaking forums by discussing how senior managers can make their organizations more adaptive to change.

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Lo: Born to be a trader? Fingers point to yes.

"The better we can understand how fear and greed are represented in individuals and how they react to market circumstances, the more likely we are to be able to avoid crises of these sorts," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo.

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Kochan: Unions see a good shot at winning change in federal labor law

A union contract study co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan is referenced. The study found that of 22,000 organizing campaigns between 1999 and 2004, only 38 percent of new unions get a contract within a year.

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Davies: The 2008 GPS industry analysis report card: city confidential

"The days of the PND as a separate device category are numbered," says Michael Davies, a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan.

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Lo: Risk management critical to corporate strategy

In a study published in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo contends that too often what passes for risk management at many financial companies is really risk measurement.

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Huang: China's brand of capitalism faces monumental odds

Without root-and-branch political reform, MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang argues in his new book Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics, China faces "monumental odds" in rebalancing an urban, state-driven economy where consumption has been sacrificed on the altar of investment.

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Huang: Contradictions in China, and the rise of a billionaire family

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang says, "Rural China represents a vast pool of entrepreneurial capabilities and substantial business opportunities."

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Sastry: The gadgets I never leave home without

MIT Sloan's Anjali Sastry says her favorite gadgets are Skype, a Nokia E71 with a built-in 3G modem and a Flip Mino camera for video blogging.

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Wilbur: Class of 2009 -- Flexibility is crucial in a difficult job market

MIT Sloan Director of Career Development Jackie Wilbur says recruitment opportunities began to disappear at the beginning of October. Certain areas of finance, such as risk, remain strong, says Ms Wilbur. Technology recruiting is stable but she says recruitment into the energy sector is not as buoyant as she would wish and venture funding is stalling.

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Whitestone REIT names Daryl J. Carter to its Board of Trustees

Daryl J. Carter has been appointed to Whitestone REIT's Board of Trustees. Carter serves on the Dean's Advisory Council at MIT Sloan.

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Awilda Mendez: Her MBA degree is a special source of pride

As the first member of her family to go to college in the United States, Awilda Mendez said it's a special point of pride to be getting her MBA from MIT Sloan.

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Ryan Buckley: Stop worrying, fund startups

I am an MBA student at MIT Sloan and a self-professed entrepreneur, writes Ryan Buckley. Lately it hasn't been easy. I find myself pondering the unthinkable: Getting a real job. I write to suggest four things that the Mass High Tech community can do to help me and other still-hopeful MIT entrepreneurs.

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MIT Sloan students bring unique insight to corporate challenges

Twenty MIT Sloan MBAs offered their advice to five leading Thai organizations as part of a Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab) project. MIT Sloan Lecturer Jonathan Lehrich says many G-Lab projects conducted elsewhere in the world have produced remarkable results.

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Melissa J. Webster: In gloom, healthcare and education shine

Melissa J. Webster, who plans to graduate from the MIT Sloan this spring, had her sights on the clean energy sector, working as a project manager for a solar or wind company. But in today's economy, she's also open to another kind of job, or a different employer.

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Jon Short: PIMCO names six new managing directors

PIMCO announced the promotion of MIT Sloan alumnus Jon Short to the level of managing director.

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Tomas Nicolin: Information from Active Biotech AB's election committee

The Election Committee at Active Biotech proposed that MIT Sloan alumnus Tomas Nicolin be elected to its Board of Directors.

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Gaye Bok: Who's coming? Who's going? Who's changing places?

Microbia Precision Engineering, Inc. has named MIT Sloan alumna Gaye Bok as senior director of commercial development.

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Anark names Chris Garcia senior vice president, business development

Anark Corporation announced the addition Chris Garcia as senior vice president of business development. Garcia attended the MIT Sloan Executive Education program.

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Eugene Maxwell Moore

MIT Sloan alumnus Eugene Maxwell Moore, Jr., age 91, of Southport, passed away in his home on January 15, 2009.

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David Reich: Assured Labor launches trust-driven job marketplace

According to MIT Sloan alumnus David Reich, one of the founders of the newly launched Assured Labor, the problem with Craigslist is that there's no way to tell whether someone you find there is going to be trustworthy.

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Bill McCullen: Launch Capital takes off into stormy VC skies

MIT Sloan alumnus Bill McCullen, a co-founder of Launch Capital says, "I actually think we are very fortunate to be able to be starting a company in 2008 and 2009."

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John Thompson: Symantec's president eyed for U.S. post - source

MIT Sloan alumnus John Thompson was one of two candidates under consideration to be U.S. commerce secretary, the last vacancy in President-elect Barack Obama's prospective cabinet, a source familiar with the Obama transition team's deliberations said.

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Assured Labor Inc. launches online marketplace to put Americans back to work

Assured Labor, founded by recent MIT Sloan graduates, creates jobs by instantly connecting urban employers with affordable and trustworthy service providers in their area, compelling them to hire others for tasks they don't know how to do themselves or don't have time to do themselves.

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Robert Gipson: Alseres Pharma raises $1M

Struggling drug maker Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has raised $1 million in a private stock sale to former director, MIT Sloan alumnus Robert Gipson.

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Secrets of starting a wiki: A podcast with Eugene Lee

MIT Sloan alumnus Eugene Lee discusses wikis, collaboration and enterprise 2.0.

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Vigix's kiosks dispense consumer electronics

MIT Sloan alumnus Eduardo Alvarez has teamed with the MIT Media Lab and the industrial design firm Ideo, Inc. in Cambridge to create a new kind of vending machine -- one that enables consumers in airports or malls to buy MP3 players, cell phones or related accessories without having to walk into a retail store.

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David Spector: Sales and marketing -- Training the young guns

MIT Sloan alumnus David Spector, who started a sales club three years ago when he was a student at Sloan says, "It was shocking that in an environment that teaches the core principles of being a successful businessperson, there were no courses on the most fundamental skill. No one gives sales the respect it deserves."

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Sterman: The greenhouse effect and the bathtub effect

This blog posting details how MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman devised various tools akin to flight simulators to help corporate leaders understand the nature of a variety of problems and choose among various remedies.

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Huang: For China, new year brings somber mood

"Psychologically, the Chinese New Year is very important to people, and afterwards the feeling in China will be very different than before," says MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang. "The usual slowdown will happen, but the post holiday pickup will not."

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Johnson: Four at four -- Too big to succeed

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "We had a feeling that we had understood how bad it was... but now people fear the losses are going to be much greater than anticipated."

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Frederic Kerrest: Grade A entrepreneurs

MIT Sloan MBA Frederic Kerrest says, "You don't need an MBA to start a company, but getting an MBA from MIT Sloan not only doesn't hurt, but can strengthen your determination to become an entrepreneur while providing you with tools that might take years to acquire otherwise."

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John Chambers, CEO of Cisco at MIT on Enterprise 2.0

A presentation and Q&A that was held at MIT Sloan by Cisco CEO John Chambers is cited.

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Far from the boardroom

Endeavor, a US-based non-profit that identifies and supports entrepreneurs in developing countries, is expanding its program to MIT Sloan.

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Credit crunch shows little sign of easing

The mood at a recent MIT Sloan-sponsored meeting of corporate financial officers was said to be sober but not panicked.

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MIT Sloan gives free teaching materials

The MIT Sloan School of Management has begun supplying free teaching materials, including case studies and videos, through its latest website, MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources (MSTIR). Most business schools, including Sloan's local rival, Harvard, charge for their case studies and teaching packages.

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Huang: The China growth fantasy

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang writes about the hype surrounding economic decoupling in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal.

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Johnson: Five things that could go wrong with Obama's stimulus package

In an opinion piece MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson lists five things that beyond Mr. Obama's control as he formulates an economic stimulus package.

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Martin: The Sloan journey

"Financial crises, historic elections, and a 'flat as a pancake' world-what a time to be in business school!" writes MIT Sloan MBA Ash Martin, class of 2010, in this opinion piece.

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Schmittlein: Can China clean up its act?

Despite the cyclical downturn in the Chinese economy and concerns over the discovery of melamine in mainland milk products, Dean Schmittlein says he believes the Chinese economy would remain strong for the foreseeable future.

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HEC and Sloan in academic alliance

MIT Sloan and HEC Paris have announced a global academic collaboration. MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein says the latest alliance is a natural extension of MIT's strategy to develop ties with leading management institutions worldwide.

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Students tune in via Apple

Many B-schools are putting funds into video podcasting with the explicit aim of using their online presence to turn browsers into fee-paying students who want the full MBA experience. MIT Sloan has been releasing its lectures via its MIT World service since 2001.

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Saturday happenings

At a benefit held at MIT Sloan, members of the Boston4Bhopal Coalition and MIT Amnesty International mourned the recent tragedy in Mumbai, India.

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Osterman: WRAPUP 2-U.S. layoffs spread, CEOs see more pain ahead

Even as companies look for ways to slim down, they need to take care not to cut too deep warns MIT Sloan Prof. Paul Osterman.

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Lo: Bernard Madoff -- Wall Street's one-man wrecking crew

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo says some investors may have been aware of the fraudulent investments of Bernard Madoff's Ponzie scheme, but still chose to participate.

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Huang: Chinese capitalism (Audio)

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang discusses how China's economic reforms will affect the country as the world heads into recession.

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Lo: Oil traders find a profit in 'voodoo' science

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo says he sees human psychology very much at work in the history of market of prices. "I view that as a very rich fossil record of the different kinds of individuals that have engaged in these kinds of market dynamics."

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Johnson: Stimulus packages floated across the world

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson explains why countries may or may not create government-funded economic jump starts.

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Kochan: IHS's Lindland says auto bailout needed to limit damage

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan says that Congress should be able help carry over the automakers in the short run, and help them restructure for the long run.

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BBJ: MBA demand sky high

Boston Business Journal's Lisa van der Pool reports that MIT Sloan expects to see a 10% uptake in applications this year, topping the number of applications received during the last B-school application boom following 9/11.

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Johnson: Insurance for fire, flood -- why not recession?

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says trust could be a factor in some countries if the government was responsible both for running insurance programs and compiling the data that would trigger payouts.

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Lo: $135b still frozen by an early '08 debacle

"When we make money, the same reward circuitry [in the brain] gets stimulated as when you're on cocaine," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo.

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Berndt: New report highlights dramatic change in U.S. drug spending trends, policy implications

According to a study co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Ernst Berndt, the growth, size and composition of prescription drug spending is likely to change dramatically in future years, raising significant healthcare policy implications.

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Lo: How do you run a hedge fund? Colleges are showing how

"Hedge funds have become such a big factor in financial markets that in order to make sure your students' knowledge base is current, you really have to cover hedge funds somewhere in the curriculum," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew W. Lo.

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Johnson: Will Obama's stimulus work fast enough?

In regards to the timing of President-elect Obama's proposed economic stimulus, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "I think in this case it is right. A lot of U.S. infrastructure is run down. Compared to other rich countries, the U.S. is lagging behind".

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Berndt: New report highlights dramatic change in US drug spending trends, policy implications

The growth, size and composition of prescription drug spending is likely to change dramatically in future years, raising significant healthcare policy implications, according to co-author Ernst Berndt, professor of applied economics, MIT Sloan.

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Your brain on shopping

A article cites a 2001 MIT Sloan study that held an auction for tickets to a sold-out Celtics game, and divided subjects into those who must pay cash within 24 hours and those who must pay with credit cards. The credit-card buyers were willing to bid on average up to twice as much as the cash buyers.

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Lo: Paradigm lost

"I guarantee that over the next couple of years you are going to see lots of papers on banking crises and financial blowups," says Andrew Lo, a financial economist at MIT's Sloan School.

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Cusumano: Chrysler shutdown worries more than Detroit three

MIT Sloan's Michael Cusumano believes that the U.S. automakers should file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Johnson: When 0% isn't low enough

One of the few economists of note to advocate this policy out loud is Simon Johnson, who left the chief economist post at the International Monetary Fund earlier this year and is now a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Johnson believes that only a significant nominal inflation -- which will mean negative real interest rates -- will provide sufficient monetary stimulus to reflate the economy.

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Johnson: A global trade design?

"Everyone wants to export their way out of this" recession, says MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson.

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Huang: Unmade in China

According to MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang, China has not seen a gradual transition from state control to capitalism over the last three decades. Instead, the real boom in entrepreneurship came in the 1980s when controls in rural areas were relaxed.

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Simester: MIT Study -- Online retailers should avoid sales tax states

Online retailers who open a physical store during the holiday shopping season could see more than a 15% decrease in online sales, according to a study co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Duncan Simester.

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Johnson: Big Ben fires up the choppers

The Fed is buying assets and the money for them is not coming from its balance sheet. "The Fed doesn't like to talk about this," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "They think it will scare people."

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Allen: Creating the right space to foster a spirit of innovation

MIT Sloan Prof. Tom Allen says, "The way people interact together is influenced by both organizational structure and space. If you bring the two together, then managers have a more effective way of structuring their interactions that leads to innovation."

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Murray: Laboratories breed breeders

MIT Sloan Associate Prof. Fiona Murray says PhD science students are often shy and introverted compared with the more confident MBAs. Most scientists have worked alone and so initially struggle with team work and the notion there are not always "right" answers in business.

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Aulet and Lessard: Re-energizing energy innovation: Experts spar (lightly) at Xconomy forum

The role of technology entrepreneurs in rebuilding the U.S. energy economy was the main theme at an Xconomy forum, which was moderated by MIT Sloan's Bill Aulet and included MIT Sloan Prof. Donald Lessard as a panelist.

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Kochan: Auto chiefs must lay out clear and attainable goals

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan had a clear message for chastened automobile executives as they try to salvage their efforts to win support in Washington: Set "aggressive and achievable" targets to produce energy-efficient vehicles and lay out cost-saving plans that go well beyond further cuts and wages and benefits.

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Kochan: Chrysler -- Warns it needs loan to stay in business

"Chrysler is in a different situation from the other two [automakers]," says MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan. "It doesn't have the resources to invest in research and development for hybrids and other fuel-efficient vehicles, and it's further behind the others. I think Chrysler has to find a merger partner."

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Emilio Castilla: Merit pay produces pay discrimination

A study conducted by MIT Sloan Prof. Emilio Castilla indicates that even when women and minorities receive the same starting salaries and performance ratings for doing the same job under the same supervisor, their merit increases are smaller than those awarded to their white male counterparts.

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Mollick: 'Changing the Game' book shows how games can help business

MIT Sloan student Ethan Mollick is interviewed about his book, Changing the Game, which examines the use of games in business.

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Brigitta Herzfeld joins management team at Thomas J. Herzfeld Advisors, Inc.

Thomas J. Herzfeld Advisors, Inc. announced that MIT Sloan alumna Brigitta Herzfeld, daughter of firm's founder and chairman, has joined the firm.

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John Puma; was executive at utility; at 82

MIT Sloan alumnus John Puma, a retired executive with the former Boston Edison Co., died Dec. 6 at the age of 82. He helped establish the Greater Boston Executive Program, which provided local executives access to management training at the MIT Sloan School.

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Bok: Microbia PE bolsters senior management team

Microbia has expanded its senior management team and bioproduct commercialization capabilities by appointing Gaye Bok as senior director of Commercial Development. Bok holds an MBA in Finance and International Management from MIT Sloan.

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Monrad regrets not testifying on GenRe fraud as prison looms

MIT Sloan alumna Elizabeth Monrad, the convicted ex- finance chief of General Reinsurance Corp. who faces possible life in prison for her role in a $597 million fraud, says she should have testified at her trial to proclaim her innocence.

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Moeller: QD Vision -- A quantum leap in lighting and display technology

MIT Sloan alumnus Greg Moeller co-founded the nanotechnology company QD Vision.

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Hasson connects rich and poor through Internet

MIT Sloan alumnus Amir Hasson founded United Villages, a company that attempts to bridge the social divide by bringing rural people into the technological era.

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Jon S. Ogg appointed to board of directors of DSPCon

MIT alumnus Jon S. Ogg has been appointed to DSPCon's board of directors.

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Ilene Gordon wins Best Executive in 2008 Stevie Awards for women in business

MIT Sloan alumna Ilene Gordon, president and chief executive officer, Alcan Packaging, has been named Best Executive by the prestigious Stevie Awards for Women in Business competition.

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Five useful guides to the current crisis

In an online discussion about the financial crisis, a blogger (Mike #6) says, "relatively early on, I went to a panel discussion at the MIT Sloan school, and they basically laid it out as you did. The things I read before and have read since (at least by actual economists) have supported this."

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Sterman: A Spear right on target

MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman's systemic perspective of healthcare plans is referenced.

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von Hippel: Survivors' tales from inside the siege in India

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric von Hippel recounts his experience as a survivor of the recent Mumbai attack. At the time of the attack he was in the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai on a business trip.

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Lavers: Enterprising convictions

Catharina Lavers, a second-year student at MIT Sloan and volunteer in the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, has advised an inmate on his plan to start a metal shirring and crimping business. Since the inmates do not have Internet access, she provided market research and pricing information.

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MIT Professor Simon Johnson explains the crisis to the masses

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson explains his decision to launch the blog BaselineScenario.com and his Global Crisis lecture series.

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Henderson: Getting women's management ideas heard

MIT Sloan Prof. Rebecca Henderson is described by author Rosabeth Moss Kanter as a woman management thinker who merits watching.

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Schmittlein: Sustainability major challenge for Dubai

"The good news is that there is clearly strategic thinking at the very highest level of business and government with both acting in close confidence to manage brand structuring and brand positioning," says MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein. "In most countries that is simply not the case."

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The best US b-schools of 2008

MIT Sloan came in ninth in BusinessWeek's annual ranking of the best U.S. business schools.

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A swift, rude fall for Hank Paulson

In an address at the MIT Sloan CFO Summit, Cardinal Health CFO Jeffrey Henderson said, "This [crisis] really is about lack of confidence, every time Washington changes gears, it lowers that confidence one notch further."

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MIT CFO Summit yields suggestions for economic opportunities

Chief financial officers and financial decision makers gathered on Nov. 19 for MIT Sloan's annual CFO Summit hoping to learn how to deal with an increasingly volatile environment.

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Institute to cut budget, slow hiring

The MIT Sloan construction project will continue despite the Institute's plan of a general spending cut of 5% next fiscal year.

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2008 Food fight: Battling hunger!

MIT Sloan is among 25 business schools participating in Food Fight, an annual food drive contest, which pits top business schools against each other in a friendly competition to collect food and monetary donations for Feeding America.

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Frank Edelblut, Control Solutions to examine "Relentless Volatility" with financial executives at 2008 MIT Sloan CFO Summit

Frank Edelblut was announced as a featured panelist at the 2008 MIT Sloan CFO Summit.

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Ellerman: A new legal decision may put federal emissions permits in question

Researchers at MIT have been looking into cap and trade programs under consideration in the U.S. and have come to an encouraging solution: that such systems can reduce emissions efficiently without a significant economic impact. MIT Sloan Prof. Denny Ellerman is the lead author of a report and is interviewed at the end of the segment.

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Johnson: Economist House Call -- Afraid To Spend

In an interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says, "All sorts of things we thought we could take for granted have been thrown into question, and we desperately need to get some stability back. Some positive, more assertive measures from the government would be helpful. I think we'll regain the psychological equilibrium in January or February."

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Johnson: Economist house call -- 'I'm trying to retire'

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson helps put listeners' personal situations into a larger global context

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Kochan: 'Tis not the season for retail jobs

MIT Sloan Prof. Tom Kochan says a shaky economy scares people into looking for second jobs in an interview with NPR.

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Johnson: G-20 nations seek global economic fix

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is interviewed about the G20 gathering.

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Huang: China's economic stimulus package and the world economy

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang discusses China's economic stimulus plan, whether it can stave off a recession at home, and how it might affect the global economy.

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Malone: You're leaving a digital trail. What about privacy?

"The new information tools symbolized by the Internet are radically changing the possibility of how we can organize large-scale human efforts," said Thomas Malone, director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.

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Johnson: Unorthodox economic policies: Plan C

Simon Johnson thinks the Treasury should start purchasing common equity instead, as the British government has done. Johnson suggests creating an arm's length control board to oversee the government's ownership, free of political meddling.

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Schrage: Boards should consider who really runs UK plc

Michael Schrage, an MIT Sloan School research associate and former director of Ticketmaster, who has advised businesses as diverse as Accenture, MasterCard, BP, Mars and Fujitsu, recently wrote in the FT.

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Lo: A Technical analysis of the recent bear market

MIT Professor Andrew Lo and two colleagues reviewed 31 years of market data in a March 2000 paper and concluded that patterns cited by technical analysts were useful in providing signals of future market moves.

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Weill: CIOs should focus on fewer items

MIT Sloan Senior Research Scientist Peter Weill says CIOs must learn to consolidate systems so the IT department can "do fewer things better."

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Lo: Computing our way into the collapse

"Computers have given us the power to do things we could never have done before. But technology has got ahead of our ability to use it wisely," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo.

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Johnson: Obama rolls out economic course

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says Tim Geithner, President Elect Obama's new treasury secretary appointment, has been at the center of all the efforts to handle the problems on Wall Street over the last 18 months.

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Lo: The financial crisis: Blame b-schools

In an online debate with faculty from Harvard Business School on whether or not business schools are largely responsible for the U.S. financial crisis, MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo writes, "By training tomorrow's leaders to manage the risks of the financial system effectively and ethically, we'll have a fighting chance of surviving even the largest crises. This is what business schools do, and we need to do more of it, not less."

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Kothari: IIMA Confluence concludes: A diary of enthusiastic participant

At the Indian Institute of Management annual business summit, MIT Sloan Prof. S.P. Kothari gave his views on the current financial crisis.

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Thurow: Is it time to take a look at the way business is done in America?

MIT Sloan Prof. Lester Thurow speaks to a "third way", that of seeing government and business working more closely together, rather than being at odds with each other.

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Brynjolfsson: You are where you live

MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson wrote in 1997, at the dawn of the Internet age, that what they called "contact expansion" might well lead to a form of cultural "balkanization" that would "fragment interaction and divide groups by leading people to spend more time on special interests and by screening out less preferred contact."

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Johnson: Citigroup tries to stop the drop in its share price

Home mortgages, credit card loans, commercial real estate debt -- all are likely to deteriorate further now that a recession is at hand. Banks that have already lost billions of dollars could lose billions more. "All the danger signs are flashing red," says MIT Sloan's Simon Johnson.

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Kochan: 18 attorneys serving on Obama's education, labor, health and technology transition teams

In the labor arena, Obama has appointed MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan to the review team for federal mediation and conciliation.

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Anderson: GE embraces blogs, some see disclosure worry

MIT Sloan Prof. Howard Anderson says he expects more companies to follow GE's lead in reaching out directly to markets: "People follow GE whatever they do. Even if they're dead wrong, they follow GE."

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Schrage: How to sharpen banks' corporate governance

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan researcher Michael Schrage writes, "For better or worse, banks that are 'too big to fail' -- with government equity investment -- will soon dominate global finance. Whatever institutions emerge from the current crisis, it is clear that traditional corporate governance of financial institutions is dead."

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Cusumano: Automakers say if they go, millions of jobs will vanish

Congress is considering aid for the struggling Big 3 automakers during a special, lame-duck session. MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano says, "Like the airlines, I think they should go into Chapter 11 bankruptcy and start with a clean slate."

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Lo: Tepper, Barakett abandon stocks as funds cut holdings

"Hedge funds generally are the tip of the spear in good times and they are also the canary in the cage in tough times," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo.

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How to mop up foreclosure flood: Simon Johnson, Alex Stricker

MIT Sloan Prof Simon Johnson says that while housing prices do have to fall to rational levels, it is in everyone's interest for prices not to overshoot on the downside.

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The Grill: MIT's JoAnne Yates on information overload, 'CrackBerry' addicts and the 'always online' life

MIT Sloan Deputy Dean JoAnne Yates talks about information overload, the stress of 'always being on' and 'CrackBerry' addicts hiding out in the bathroom.

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Johnson: Did the G-20 make things worse?

"There was some valuable symbolism in having leaders from emerging markets at the same table as leaders from industrialized countries--apparently for the first time ever on these issues," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson about the G20 Summit.

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Johnson: World leaders vow joint push to aid economy

"This is plain-vanilla stuff they could have agreed on without holding a meeting," says Simon Johnson, an economist at MIT and a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. "What's new, except that this is the G-20 instead of the G-7?"

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Aulet: Last call on registration and first call on presentations for Xconomy forum on energy innovation

MIT Sloan Prof. Bill Aulet is slated to lead a panel on energy innovation at the Forum on Energy Innovation on December 2, 2008.

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Refugees from meltdown bang on doors of elite MBA institutions

MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein states that 3,000 people vied for about 375 spots in the MBA class that entered the school in September 2008.

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von Hippel: Preeminent MIT and Harvard Academics Eric von Hippel and Karim Lakhani join InnoCentive's strategic advisory board

Global innovation marketplace InnoCentive, Inc. announced the appointment of MIT Sloan Prof. Eric von Hippel to its Strategic Advisory Board.

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Lo: Congress drill top hedge fund managers

While testifying before the U.S. Congress, MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo acknowledged the need for new regulation of the industry.

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Johnson: Nations to talk finance, as pillars of power shift

"Are the Europeans or the Chinese going to take advantage of this interregnum in the U.S. to set the tone for the future of financial regulation?" asks Simon Johnson, an economist at MIT and a former chief economist of the IMF.

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Lo: Pruning season

"A sea change in hedge funds could even be healthy for the industry," says MIT's Andrew Lo, who draws an analogy from biology. "We've just seen a big meteorite hit. It will kill a number of species. But in the wake of that death, whole new species will arrive."

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Henderson: It's hard to build green organizations when you're stuck fighting fires

A September 2008 lecture given by MIT Sloan Professor Rebecca Henderson entitled "Getting Unstuck: How to Promote More Sustainable Practices in Our Organizations" is cited.

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Malone: Google uses searches to track flu's spread

"This seems like a really clever way of using data that is created unintentionally by the users of Google to see patterns in the world that would otherwise be invisible," says MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Malone. "I think we are just scratching the surface of what's possible with collective intelligence."

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Senge: Business modeling

The idea of using computer models to support decision-making was given a boost by a popular book published in 1990, The Fifth Discipline, written by MIT academic Peter Senge, which argued that the ability to use models to experiment with corporate structure and behaviour would be a key skill in the future.

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Hafrey: Presidential influence

"There's been effervescence in the air around here as we've watched this election," says MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Leigh Hafrey who describes a hunger for a new leadership style. "What happens in the White House has a huge impact on attitudes and practices."

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Ancona: Crisis mode

Sloan Prof. Deborah Ancona says, "In times of stress, people want to know what's going on, what's going to happen to us, and how are we going to get through this. So it's very important for leaders to be visible and communicate."

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Johnson: Meltdown 101 -- Why the world's interest rates vary

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says European officials have been behind the curve in understanding the severity of the financial crisis and its impact on the broader economy. "The European banks are recognizing the problem, but they're recognizing it late," he says.

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Kochan: Dilemma of a downturn -- To force pay cuts or slash jobs?

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan says salary cuts are a feasible alternative to job cuts if it is certain that a onetime reduction in costs will allow the company to weather the economic crisis and if employees are engaged in the decision and willing to support each other.

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Professor Raghuram Rajan named Prime Minister's economic advisor

Former MIT Sloan Visiting Prof. Raghuram Rajan has been named honorary economic advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Rajan, a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, will hold the rank of secretary, Government of India.

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Anderson: General Catalyst among the ranks of VCs in PE space

More investors are gravitating to private equity since early-stage venture investing is riskier and involves longer lead times, says MIT Sloan Prof. Howard Anderson.

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Barnett: Electoral college? Our ballots should matter more

MIT Sloan Prof. Arnold Barnett proposes an intriguing alternative to the Electoral College called "Weighted Vote Share," essentially a weighted average of the popular vote.

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Kochan: Economy heightens debate over bill to ease union organizing

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan predicts a moderate increase in union representation, but said higher wages could lead to productivity improvements and enhanced labor-management cooperation rather than job losses.

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Johnson: U.S. Congress hears views on domestic impact of recession

"I think we probably have a month or perhaps two months to really see the direction of the economy. I would agree completely with people who think that now is the time to prepare a large fiscal stimulus," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Fine: 450mm topic sizzles at SEMI's ITPC event

In a speech at the annual International Trade Partners Conference, MIT Sloan Prof. Charlie Fine cautioned that when dominant firms think they have a lock on the supply chain, they may become complacent and the supply chain relationships damaged.

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Robert McLean III; Broker of commercial property

Robert McLean III, chairman of the Cambridge Institute, an advisory body at MIT Sloan, passed away on November 11, 2008.

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MIT Sloan School student one of three finalists in "Crazy Green Idea" contest to create energy X prize

A student group at MIT Sloan has been named one of three national finalists in a contest seeking YouTube video proposals for the creation of a new X Prize in energy and the environment.

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Reinventing venture capital: MIT Sloan to host 2008 MIT venture capital conference

The MIT Sloan Venture Capital and Private Equity Club and the MIT Entrepreneurship Center will host the 2008 Venture Capital conference on December 6, 2008.

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U.S. business schools feel fallout from crisis

Some companies are delaying start times for new associates fresh out of business school. "I can respect that because it's better to (be told to wait) than be given an offer now and have it revoked in the springtime when they realize they don't have the budget to do any hiring," says Todd Rakow, a student at MIT Sloan who is weighing an offer he would not disclose.

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Serngadichaivit: Guru speak

MIT Sloan alumnus Bancha Serngadichaivit says that teaching is a great way to get in touch with financial markets.

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Chandra: HealthMarkets announces new addition to the company's senior management team

HealthMarkets, Inc. announced that MIT Sloan alumnus Anurag Chandra has joined the company as executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

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Riskin: MDV expands team pursuing advances in personalized medicine

Mohr Davidow Ventures announced the addition of MIT Sloan alumnus Dan Riskin to the firm as Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

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Chan: GAMCO reports third quarter fully diluted earnings per share of $0.43

MIT Sloan alumnus Virgil Chan will oversee all sales and research management functions for GAMCO in Asia.

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Anne Cobb and Gerard Compain join Reveurope's board of directors

RevEurope Payments Limited, announced the appointment of MIT Sloan alumna Anne Cobb, to the company's Board of Directors.

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The Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund, Inc. declares $0.211 per share year-end distribution and appoints Erik Herzfeld as co-portfolio manager

The Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund, Inc. announced the appointment of MIT Sloan alumnus Erik Herzfeld as co-portfolio manager of the Fund.

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Robert Chapman joins MPR Associates product development division

Robert Chapman joined MPR Associates as the director of marketing for MPR's Product Development business sector. Chapman has executive management training from MIT Sloan.

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Lo: PhillyDeals -- Bank failures need deep probe, expert says

Testimony at a U.S. Senate hearing by MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo is cited in this posting. "It is unrealistic to expect that market crashes, manias, panics, collapses, and fraud will ever be completely eliminated from our capital markets," Lo says, "but we should avoid compounding our mistakes by failing to learn from them."

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Johnson: Guest post -- U.S. markets test U.S. resolve

Following the fresh declines in markets, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson argues that the Troubled Asset Relief Program is no longer succeeding in stabilizing markets.

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Lo: Fund managers agree transparency needed, but caution against over-regulation

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo testified to Congress that the veil of secrecy surrounding hedge funds makes it difficult to determine what kind of oversight should be exercised. "It is not at all clear that we need more regulation," Lo said. "We need more effective regulation. But it's not clear what is needed unless there is transparency in the marketplace."

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Dodgers president Jamie McCourt recounts benefits of UM Law education

Despite dipping into a deep well of energy, MIT Sloan alumna Jamie McCourt told students she doesn't know how she balanced work and family life the way she did.

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Johnson: SEC hits Mark Cuban with insider trading charges, potentially $3 Million in payments

In a story on billionaire Mark Cuban's insider trading charges, a reader posted a link to BaselineScenario.com, calling it a "great non- partisan information source written by MIT Sloan School of Management professor Simon Johnson."

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Clay Johnson: Former Bush-Cheney exec to speak on 'Challenges of a Presidential Transition'

MIT Sloan alumnus Clay Johnson III was slated to present "The Challenges of a Presidential Transition" at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

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Johnson: The group of 20: A primer

The G-20 was created in 1999 as a more permanent international economic body that includes representation from emerging countries. "I don't think it's a club you can join except by having a lot of economic growth," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Sada: Deutsche Bank adds four members to advisory boards in the Americas

Armando Garza Sada has joined Deutsche Bank's Latin American Advisory Board. Garza Sada is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of MIT Sloan.

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Wexler: DCS removes too many kids from homes, report says

Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, offers several arguments in favor of family preservation, including a study by MIT Sloan that found children placed in foster care for marginal reasons have worse long-term outcomes than children left with their families.

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Should hedge funds be regulated?

In an update to their well-received research on the quantitative hedge fund meltdown of August '07, Andrew Lo and Amir Khandani of MIT try to piece together the event that heralded the start of the credit crunch, says a reader in this posting.

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Mollick: Changing the game: How video games are transforming business

MIT Sloan student Ethan Mollick, who studies innovation and entrepreneurship in the game industry, explains why games have a place everywhere and will soon affect the way we work, how we sell products, how we do our jobs and even how we're hired.

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Sloan launches one-year masters

MIT Sloan is teaming up with four international business schools to offer a one-year Masters in Management Studies degree, beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year. The four schools are HEC Paris, Tsinghua in Beijing, Fudan in Shanghai, and the SKK Graduate School of Business at Korea's Sungkyunkwan University.

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Schmittlein: Marketing professor takes helm at Sloan

MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein discusses how MIT aims to lead the pack in management education.

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Ask the expert: EMBA

In an online question and answer session, Financial Times Business Education Editor Della Bradshaw says, "At the FT, we define an EMBA as a degree for working managers -- that is, participants are studying and working at the same time."

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Economic gloom no damper to MDeC plans

The Multimedia Development Corporation announced the winner of the Prime Minister's Award at the MSC-Apicta awards event who is being awarded a week-long business coaching program at MIT Sloan.

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SKK Offers Unique Executive MBA Course

Sungkyunkwan University Graduate School of Business introduced the first global MBA program in Korea in partnership with MIT Sloan in 2004. The school has developed its curriculum in collaboration with MIT Sloan and plans to launch an Executive MBA program in the fall of 2009.

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Young people get a leg up with Year Up

According to a 2003 study by researchers at MIT Sloan, graduates of the job training program Year Up can expect to earn about $11,000 more each year than their counterparts with only a high school diploma.

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Netanyahu: Israel OK financially because of my policies

Israeli opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu, an alumnus of MIT Sloan, is quoted in a story regarding the Isreali economy.

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MIT report debunks China energy myth

A detailed analysis of power plants in China, which was supported by the MIT Sloan China Program, debunks the widespread notion that outmoded energy technology or the absence of government regulation is to blame for that country's air-pollution problems.

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Kochan: More Mass. workers seeking second jobs

MIT Sloan Prof. Tom Kochan is interviewed for a story about workers looking for supplemental employment.

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Wang: The Stevanovich Center for Financial Mathematics schedules conference on market liquidity

MIT Sloan Prof. Jiang Wang is scheduled to present "Liquidity of Corporate Bonds."

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Urban: Google and WPP launch marketing research awards program

Google and WPP announced that they will jointly fund a grant program to support research into how online media influences consumer behavior, attitudes and decision making. The program will be overseen, in part, by MIT Sloan Prof. Glen Urban, former MIT Sloan Dean.

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Melzi: Industry Funds Management expands infrastructure investment team in New York

MIT Sloan alumnus Maurizio Melzi has been appointed to the position of senior investment director at Industry Funds Management.

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Yeona Jang: From the boardroom to the classroom

MIT Sloan alumna Yeona Jang has joined the faculty at McGill University.

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Barnett: MIT Conference to take hard look at Electoral College

MIT Sloan Prof. Arnold Barnett is quoted in a story about an MIT conference about the electoral college.

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Portrait: Eric von Hippel, user innovation and FOSS

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric von Hippel's research in the fields of user innovation and free and open source software is outlined.

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Senge: "Strategist of the century" speaks October 14

It was announced that MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Peter Senge would discuss his book, Necessary Revolution

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B-school: Nervous students and case studies

A recent graduate of MIT Sloan, who asked not to be identified in order to avoid jeopardizing her current position, says she joined a Wall Street firm just in time to see the finance world collapse.

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Yokohama Tire names marketing director for Canada

Jonathan Karelse has been named director of marketing at Yokohama Tire Inc. Karelse is a graduate of the MIT Sloan Executive Management program.

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Thurow: Author, MIT economist to speak at UM

It was announced that MIT Sloan Prof. Lester Thurow would present the 2008 Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Executive Lecture.

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Brynjolfsson: Productivity drives technology or vice versa?

According to MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson, "Productivity growth comes from new technologies and new ways of doing things."

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Lo: Natixis Global Associates launches hedge fund beta replication funds

This is a good time for investors to consider including a hedge fund beta replication fund in their portfolio," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo.

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Kochan: The great green hope

Prof. Thomas Kochan is quoted in an article about how the creation of green jobs can help the ailing economy.

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Lo: Computing our way into the collapse

Prof. Andrew Lo is quoted in a piece arguing that computer models and other technology led to the financial crisis.

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Forbes: New Bretton Woods' Rendezvous Beckoned by Old One's Host Hotel

MIT Sloan Prof. Kristin Forbes is quoted in a story about the history surrounding Bretton Woods.

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Malone: Big woes need big thinking

"Incentives are often the key to understanding why a system is working or not working," says MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Malone. "One of the benefits of markets in general is, when they work right, they do a good job of aligning the good of the individual with the good of the group."

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Lo: Investor Analytics and AlphaSimplex aim to reconcile anomalies in efficient markets theory

Investor Analytics, a provider of risk analysis and risk management solutions to the hedge fund industry, has announced plans to offer advanced analytics based on research by MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo, chief scientific officer of AlphaSimplex Group, an asset management firm specializing in alternative investments.

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von Hippel: Mashing up the corporation

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric von Hippel is quoted in a story about 'mash-up' technology.

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Livada: As stocks plunge, funds lose balance

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Val Livada is quoted in a story regarding troubles for holders of pension funds and endowments.

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Johnson: Around the world, the signs of slowdown spiral outward

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is quoted in a story about the widening financial crisis.

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Johnson: IMF plans aid for emerging economies

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is quoted in a story regarding the IMF, an organization he previously led.

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Johnson: Sarkozy summons De Gaulle's statist, anti-U.S. spirit

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is quoted in a story about European reaction to the financial crisis.

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Cusumano: Can Microsoft innovate in a web-centric world?

MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano is quoted in a story regarding what's next for Microsoft.

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Sterman: Risk communication on climate: mental models and mass balance

A new study by MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman reveals that 84% of the subjects who participated greatly underestimated the degree to which greenhouse gas emissions need to fall.

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Johnson: Start by saving the Eurozone

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes an opinion piece regarding European markets.

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Cusumano: Highs and lows

MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano says that software vendors will have to find new ways to charge for their wares.

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Forbes: WEF's summit on global agenda in Dubai set to attract top experts

MIT Sloan Prof. Kristin Forbes is slated to participate in a summit on global agendas in Dubai.

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Huang: China 'more communist' than 20 years ago

MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang is quoted in a story about the state of the Chinese economy.

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Davies: Stand-alone GPS market losing its way?

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Michael Davies is quoted in a story regarding portable navigation devices.

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von Hippel: Build it. Share it. Profit. Can open source hardware work?

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric von Hippel is quoted in a story regarding the application of the open source software model to computer hardware.

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Huang: Zhejiang Province, A free-market success story

In an opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Yasheng Huang compares China's Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces.

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Lo: Hedge funds head for harsh phase of evolution

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo notes that hedge funds are the Galapagos Islands of the financial services industry.

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Lo: MIT experts weigh in on economic woes

Before the economy gets better, it'll probably get worse, says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo. "In the short term, more banks and businesses might close."

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Hadzima: The investment outlook sours

New venture groups thinking about raising money for entirely new funds may find it very difficult until the financial environment settles down, says MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Joe Hadzima.

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Eppinger, Fine: MIT to train auto ancillary chiefs

MIT Sloan Deputy Dean Steve Eppinger and MIT Sloan Prof. Charles Fine will conduct a five-day orientation program at MIT on product design and development for CEOs from Indian automobile component companies.

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Aulet, Roberts: How to build a successful innovation ecosystem: Educate, network, and celebrate

MIT Sloan Prof. Bill Aulet makes reference to MIT Sloan Prof. Ed Roberts' equation for innovation: innovation = invention + commercialization.

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Lo: Customers can look online for better interest rates in their savings

The software and hordes of competing banks that engage in automated bidding may prove attractive to some consumers, says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo. "There are many competitors trying to snap up the customers at MoneyAisle, while LendingTree has far fewer competitors for loans."

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Schein: Stop managing and start leading

MIT Sloan Prof. Edgar Schein says, "We go through cycles. Every few years we rediscover formal planning, then we rediscover the importance of people, and then in another few years we discover cost control."

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Johnson: In the line of fire -- emerging markets

In an opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes, "Highly leveraged countries are at risk of substantial private or public defaults. They need to assess their ability to cover their debts and decide which entities to protect and which to let fail."

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Johnson: Wall Street greed? Not in this neighborhood

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is quoted in a story regarding the fear that as the economy falters humanitarian aid will dry up.

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Lo: Financial crisis, debates cures -- If we get through...

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo says the underlying concept of "securitization" of mortgages -- the creation of a secondary market in mortgage-backed paper that helped to create definable levels of risk -- "is a good one, in fact a brilliant one."

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How small business owners can cope with the crisis

MIT Sloan Prof. Howard Anderson says, "At times like these, the most important person in your company is your credit manager, and if you don't have one, you've got to become one yourself."

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Lo: Investors, bankers have lost their faith

"What we're scared about is not the bad news. It's rather the news that we haven't gotten yet. And human imagination is nothing if not limitless in its ability to create disastrous scenarios," says MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo. "Right now, everybody's imagination is working overtime."

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Lo: Tech firms prepare for the worst

The difficulty of obtaining credit will "affect innovation," predicts MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo. "The capital is not there, and all investors will have a harder time raising funds."

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Sterman: MIT creates Environmental Research Council

MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman will serve on MIT's Environmental Research Council in order to elevate and expand the institute's leadership in this area of study.

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Khan: A debate as a ban on short-selling ends: did it make any difference?

MIT Sloan Prof. Mozaffar Khan is quoted in an article examining the ban on short selling.

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Johnson: Worldwide worry

"European central banks and governments have refused to see that there was any systemic problem," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "If the Europeans keep mishandling this, a big nasty global recession is coming."

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Kochan: Health takes a hit as economy creates more stress

MIT Sloan Prof. Tom Kochan is quoted in a story that shows how work affects personal health.

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Anderson: Credit crunch bears down on small biz

"For a small business, access to capital is like oxygen," says MIT Sloan Prof. Howard Anderson.

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Brightstar appoints supply chain expert Professor Charles Fine from MIT to board of directors

Brightstar Corp., distributor and integrator of supply chain solutions for the wireless industry, announced the appointment of MIT Sloan Prof. Charles Fine to its board of directors.

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Making a positive impression

According to results of a study by MIT Prof. Jared Curhan, when people try to make a positive impression they may behave in ways that contradict gender stereotypes, but not necessarily to their benefit.

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Castilla: Bias creeps into bonus process, MIT study finds

A study by MIT Sloan Prof. Emilio Castilla entitled Gender, Race, and Meritocracy in Organizational Careers found that despite being in the same job with the same supervisor and receiving the same performance ratings, white men often received higher bonuses than minorities.

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Anderson: What financial crisis? Highland's 20th hearkens to days of the bubble

MIT Sloan Prof. Howard Anderson told his class that they should forget Wall Street this year when looking for jobs. But he was pretty optimistic about their chances elsewhere: "You guys are like stem cells, you can be anything."

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Forbes: The Resilient Dollar

An article cites research by MIT Sloan Prof. Kristen Forbes found that a lack of financial development at home makes foreigners keener to invest in America.

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Brynjolfsson: Examining the candidates

"John McCain has professed disdain for 'so-called economists', and for some the feeling has become mutual," says MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson. "Obama's team is mainstream and non-ideological but extremely talented," Brynjolfsson added.

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Castilla: The business value of social networks

Research by MIT Sloan Prof. Emilio Castilla found that employees recruited through employee referral programs have higher performance over employees recruited through other means.

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Forbes: Inaction on bailout will bring pain

In reference to the $700 billion dollar bailout plan, MIT Sloan Prof. Kristin Forbes says, "This may not be a perfect bill, but the risks of not passing it are greater than passing it. If we wait too long, it might cost us much more."

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Locke: Sustainable benefits

In an interview, MIT Sloan Prof. Rick Locke says, "We define sustainability in a broad way. It is not just about the environment and climate change and energy, but includes issues such as labor and social sustainability."

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Citigroup curbs foreign student loans at Harvard, MIT

At MIT Sloan, more than 200 foreign students will have fewer options for borrowing, and tighter requirements that include getting a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to co-sign loans, said Elizabeth Hicks, executive director of student financial services at the school.

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Wilbur: More Americans vault overseas to search for jobs

Jackie Wilbur, director of career development at MIT Sloan, says MBA students are showing an increased interest in investment-banking firms in Hong Kong, London, Shanghai and the Middle East. For the first time, the school is organizing a Hong Kong job search trip for January.

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Wilbur: Would-be bankers turn to consulting

MIT Sloan Director of MBA Career Development Jackie Wilbur reports increased interest in consulting jobs among students. Wilbur also says 20% more second-year students will be applying for strategic consulting jobs than last year.

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Strong: As graduates struggle in poor job market, MBA programs inundated with applicants

Julie Strong, senior associate director of MBA Admissions, is quoted in a story regarding the relationship between a down economy and MBA admissions.

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MIT Sloan MBA Steven Aller married Jamie Lynn Bartholomew

MIT Sloan MBA Steven Aller married Jamie Lynn Bartholomew.

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Martin: Finding the through line

MIT Sloan student Ash Martin (MBA '10) describes the experiences which led him to MIT Sloan.

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It's never been a better time to be a Democrat

Students from MIT Sloan attended a presentation at Harvard Business School given by the COO of the Democratic National Convention Finance Organization

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Berenguer: A student entrepreneur in paradise

MIT Sloan MBA Inaki Berenguer comments on the 2nd annual Elevator Pitch Competition -- the first leg of the year -- long MIT $100K Business Plan Competition

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Mollick: How games are transforming the future of business

Changing the Game, co-authored by MIT Sloan student Ethan Mollick, reveals how leading-edge organizations are using video games to reach new customers more cost-effectively.

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Sing: A chance to sample potential careers

Second-year MIT Sloan MBA Jacklyn Sing writes that her summer internships with J.P. Morgan and McKinsey put her in a better, more informed position to know what she would like to pursue upon graduation.

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It's tough these days being a young Master of the Universe

A first-year student MIT Sloan (name withheld) is already fretting about finding a job.

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Berenguer: MIT spawns tech that succeeds when GPS fails

MIT Sloan student Inaki Berenguer says that Ubitrack, a start-up turned research project, still plans to commercialize its technology.

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The Siebel Foundation announces 2009 Siebel Scholars

MIT Sloan students Ignacio Diaz Candia, Raphael Girardoni, Burt LaFountain, Irina Starikova and Damian Wisniewski were among those chosen as recipients of the 2009 Siebel Foundation scholarship awards.

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Opinion: The 'me' culture at MIT (and beyond)

An MIT Sloan graduate student (name withheld) says that students at MIT and other colleges probably don't think and talk too much about the mortgage, credit and banking crisis because they are not active participants in the market yet, and therefore are not directly affected by these events.

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Hill: Does your vote count? It depends on who's counting your votes

Benjamin Mako Hill, a PhD candidate MIT Sloan, is developing free software called Selectricity that he hopes will increase the popularity of web-based voting for non-governmental groups and organizations.

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Gardiner: Unifying security policy across the Web, Web services, and Web 2.0

MIT Sloan alumnus Matthew Gardiner examines the case of security policies for Web services and for traditional Web sites and describes how the two can be administered and enforced together to improve the cost of administration as well as the strength and flexibility of the security system.

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Green invention wins 'IP to Market' competition

MIT Sloan alumnus Bob Summers is interested in commercializing the winner of the Southeastern Universities Research Association's first annual Intellectual Property to Market competition.

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Hawker Beechcraft Corporation selects Sidney E. Anderson as chief financial officer

Hawker Beechcraft appointed MIT Sloan alumnus Sidney E. Anderson as the company's CFO.

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Apprehension over the bailout looms large in Silicon Valley

Citing the current financial crisis, MIT Sloan alumnus Don Hunter says, "There is a lot of confusion. This is because there is a loss of trust. Confusion happens when there is no trust. Without trust, the marketplace cannot function as it should. We must create trust."

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Dawn Zier is promoted to president of global consumer marketing at The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

MIT Sloan alumna Dawn Zier was promoted to president, global consumer marketing, at The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

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Gutz Named Amadeus North America COO

Amadeus North America announced the appointment of Scott Gutz as Chief Operating Officer for Amadeus North America. Gutz returns to Amadeus after completing the MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.

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Alcan Packaging president and CEO Ilene Gordon member of Fortune magazine's 2008 "International Power 50" list

For the second consecutive year, MIT Sloan alumna Ilene Gordon, president and chief executive officer of Alcan Packaging, has been named to Fortune magazine's "International Power 50" list.

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Attivio hires Alan Cooke as chief financial officer

MIT Sloan alumnus Alan Cooke has been named Chief Financial Officer at Attivio, Inc.

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Lemus: Leaving Home

America's rigorous reporting requirements have made U.S. finance talent attractive for years, says MIT Sloan alumnus Dave Lemus, CFO of German biotechnology company MorphoSys.

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Johnson: A tireless analyst of economic firestorms

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson has spent the past couple of months tirelessly analyzing events and hammering out policy proposals aimed at restoring confidence in the credit markets.

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Johnson: Here's what I'm doing: Simon Johnson

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson said that during the financial crisis "it's important for people to remain calm and go about their lives and to persuade people in political power to do the right thing."

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Johnson: Another bad week for the stock market

MIT Sloan Simon Johnson says that in order to turn things around, governments need to put together a huge fiscal stimulus to try to jump start the world economy.

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Johnson: Multiple economic factors driving fears of global recession

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson examines the factors driving the recession speculation and offers possible solutions to the crisis on the NewsHour.

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Johnson: Finding alternatives to bailout proposal

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson described the proposal made by the Bush administration. "Seven hundred billion dollars of taxpayer money has been put on the table at the express request of a Republican administration to bail out banks, bank managers, bank shareholders, bank creditors," Johnson said.

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Johnson: The Europeans still do not get it

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes that while the US government has moved dramatically to counteract serious problems in the financial system, and to reduce the risk of a serious recession or worse, the Eurozone policymakers are far more reluctant to intervene.

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Johnson: Wordwide worry

European central banks and governments have refused to see that there was any systemic problem," says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. He is quoted in a Boston Globe story about the financial crisis: "If the Europeans keep mishandling this, a big nasty global recession is coming."

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Johnson: Global fears of a recession grow

"It looks pretty ugly down the road," MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson tells the New York Times. "Everybody is going to get caught up in this."

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Johnson: No rescue? Economists explore what's next

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is quoted in an NPR story about the government bailout of financial institutions.

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Johnson: Citigroup leads stocks down despite the bailout

"I think the mortgage-backed security auction is a sideshow," said MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in a Wall Street Journal article. "I think we're beyond that."

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Johnson: Rescuers still fogbound

For all the shortcomings of Paulson's recent efforts, few political leaders have shown any insight into how to fix the nation's economic problems, says MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson to CNN Money.

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Johnson: The U.S. financial crisis is spreading to Europe

"The crisis of confidence is spreading, but the Europeans don't get it. They need to act, and act decisively," MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is quoted in the New York Times.

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Johnson: Financial meltdown goes global

"The crisis of confidence is spreading, but the Europeans don't get it. They need to act, and act decisively," said MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson in the Dallas Morning News.

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Johnson: Bailout plan is only one step on a long road

By taking securities off the banks' hands, the bailout plan seeks to restore confidence in the financial system and ensure that banks can still carry on their fundamental role of handling payments and offering credit to the masses. "Maybe they can restore confidence with the program," said MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson. "It may work, and it could get us through the election in November," Johnson said to the New York Times.

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Johnson: Hub economists divided over federal plan

"[The government] is saying that there are no alternatives to [its] plan, but the reality is that there are plenty of alternatives out there," said MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Johnson: Rescue plan needs work, say Marion lawmakers

A proposal suggested by MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is cited. The proposal suggests the lending of money to troubled financial institutions with taxpayers getting interest in return along with warrants.

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Johnson: Rationale behind strategy fails to win widespread agreement

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says it would be better to adopt a two-stage process, in which the government initially acquired illiquid assets at a price determined by private bids then recapitalized the banks as needed in a transparent way.

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Johnson: Economists say bailout plan is flawed and isn't needed

With regard to the government bailout plan, MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson, said, "I think the main problem is what they have on the table is not truly comprehensive, and I think it's probably not decisive for that reason."

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Johnson: Alternative solutions diverge from administration's approach

"They presented this as a comprehensive, decisive solution, but it's clearly not comprehensive and probably not decisive," said MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson of the proposed government bailout plan.

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Johnson: Away from Wall Street, Economists Question Basis of Paulson's Plan

Some economists said the proposed $700 billion may not be enough to address all the problems stretching across the financial landscape. "You only show up if you can win, and this is not that package," said MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson.

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Johnson: Fed sets $30 billion swaps lines with Nordics, Australia

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson reports that The Federal Reserve set new currency swap lines worth $30 billion with central banks in Scandinavia and Australia to boost short-term U.S. dollar liquidity and help drive down interbank lending rates.

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Johnson: Stocks rally as attention turns to system fix

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson said, "it would be better to have long-term repo arrangements" that would allow banks to exchange problem assets for government securities for a few years as in the U.K."

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Johnson: Partying like It's 1999 ... Not

"The impact of the financial crisis on the real economy can be divided into two periods: before September 15, and after September 15," writes professor MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson on the financial-crisis.

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Johnson: The price of salvation

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson blogs that the government plans to bail out the banking sector by buying up to $700bn (for now) of "impaired assets" ... but at what price?

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Khan: Don't blame the short sellers

A research paper co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Mozaffar Khan which finds evidence of a significant increase in short sales immediately prior to large stock sales by corporate insiders, is referenced.

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Hard Lesson

At MIT Sloan and other schools, professors see a classic "teachable moment" in Wall Street's woes.

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Johnson: Bailout plan is only one step on a long road

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is quoted in an NYT story about the government bailout of financial institutions.

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Asquith: Short sellers have been the villain for 400 years

MIT Sloan Prof. Paul Asquith is quoted in a story about short selling.

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Johnson: Economics expert: Fiscal cracks extend beyond U.S.

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is interviewed in a story about the government bailout of financial institutions.

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Rescue plan's critics offer new proposal

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson says that he would have preferred Paulson had proposed lending money to firms and taking the securities as collateral instead of offering to buy distressed mortgage securities.

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Lo: Credit enters a lockdown

MIT Sloan professor Andrew Lo is quoted in a story regarding the credit markets.

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Hockfield Delivers State of the Institute, Discusses Endowment

In MIT President Susan Hockfield's State of the Institute address, she highlighted MIT's continued growth amidst troubled times. Among the topics discussed by Hockfield and MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif were MIT Sloan's introduction of a new Master of Finance Program, MIT Sloan's research in sustainable economic development and the new MIT Sloan building.

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IMD of Switzerland tops Economist Intelligence Unit's 2008 MBA rankings; Dublin's Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business gets 40th ranking

MIT Sloan appeared in the Economist Intelligence Unit's latest survey for full-time MBA programs.

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Area business schools looking to rake in the 'green'

MIT Sloan is among many area colleges and universities that are tacking on new courses around green technologies and sustainability in business.

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MIT Sloan School to add 2 degree programs for 2009

MIT Sloan will add two degree programs next year to meet demand for specialized business education. The one-year offerings, leading to master of finance and master of management science diplomas, are the first new degree programs to be added by the school in 20 years, said MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein.

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$325m bond to finance MIT buildings

MIT issued a $325 million bond, the largest in its history, to help finance a building campaign which includes a six-story building for MIT Sloan.

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MDeC to work further with MIT

Malaysia's Multimedia Development Corp has secured a business coaching session at MIT Sloan for the recipient of the Prime Minister's Award at its upcoming MSC-Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Awards. While at MIT Sloan, the award recipient will learn to create, identify and evaluate new venture capital opportunities.

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How US b-schools are redefining management study

A major trend in top business schools is providing students with real world, practical experience. Students at MIT Sloan have access to different labs where they participate in projects to get hands-on experience.

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Opinion: Go out and get a job!

MIT student Gary Shu offers job-seeking advice to members of the class of '09. Shu says, "School is by far the best place to find a job. Business schools, including Sloan, are packed like sardines with people who are looking for that opportunity only found at school."

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MIT Systems Thinking Conference, October 23-24, offers systems approach to complex problems

Global industry leaders and MIT faculty are slated to speak at MIT's Systems Thinking conference on October 23-24, 2008.

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Modeling is believing

The S-Lab curriculum is highlighted in the Technology Review.

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Bodie: Concerns over employee pensions

MIT Sloan Visiting Prof. Zvi Bodie talks about employee pension exposure when a corporation collapses.

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Turner: Shaky economy, MBA programs prove popular

MIT Sloan first year student Hassani Turner was among the wave of applicants which contributed to a 28% application increase at the school in 2008. Turner explains why layoffs in the financial sector have some of her peers thinking this might just be a good time to go back to school.

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BoA to fund and provide information to MIT lab

Bank of America announced a collaboration with MIT Sloan's Laboratory for Financial Engineering (LFE) that will utilize cutting-edge financial analysis to spur innovation in financial services.

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MIT Sloan students are upbeat about the future

A sampling of students beginning their studies at MIT Sloan is hopeful that the election of a new president will translate into fresh career opportunities for MBA graduates.

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Amy DiMattia: Orientation is getting longer

Amy DiMattia, associate director of MBA student affairs at MIT Sloan, is quoted in a story about first-year orientation programs at business schools.

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America's best colleges 2009: Best undergraduate business programs

MIT Sloan was selected as number two among America's best undergraduate business programs.

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Sagging economy boosting b-school programs

MIT Sloan is among top ranked business schools seeing sharp increases in application volume. Applications at MIT Sloan were up 28% in 2008, up from about a 10% increase in the previous year.

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Acma puts outsourcing at 25bn

The Automotive Component Manufacturer's Association of India has signed up with MIT Sloan for a program on product design and development, specially tailored for the auto component sector.

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Change of tack in ethics teaching

MIT Sloan is slated to launch an MBA ethics program which shifts the focus away from the case study approach to teaching ethics to one that voices values. The program, Giving Voice to Values, will be presented to all incoming students during MBA orientation.

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Teaching entrepreneurship

The Arkansas Venture Forum outlined the importance of entrepreneurship citing figures from the MIT Sloan Entrepreneurship Center. The article stated that 70 percent of a nation's economic growth is typically attributed to entrepreneurship.

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von Hippel Crowd sourcing turns business on its head

MIT Sloan professor Eric von Hippel, an expert in innovation management, says online design is becoming a substitute for in-house research and development while voting takes the place of conventional market research.

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Prelec: Spending psychology factors into shopping habits

Prof. Drazen Prelec is quoted in a story regarding consumer psychology and credit.

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"Worksharing", to avoid layoffs

Prof. Paul Osterman is quoted in a story about why worksharing and how it may not be a wash for companies.

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Firms struggle to extract oil from shale

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer John Reilly says that extracting oil from rock releases a lot of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas in an NPR interview.

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Davies: Battle heats up in personal-navigation-device market

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Michael Davies concludes that the personal navigation device space could eventually become lucrative territory for rival products and services from cell phone makers and automobile manufacturers.

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MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Jason Davis' neurotech innovation project was referenced in an article about neurotechnology innovations.

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Sterman: Understanding climate change complacency

Prof. John Sterman is quoted in a story about the public complacency regarding climate change.

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Khan: Rotman study finds front running commonplace

An article in The Globe and Mail describes howa study co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Mozaffar Khan found a surge in short sales of stocks immediately prior to large insider sales.

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National Urban League elects Citi's Paul McKinnon to board of trustees

The National Urban League announced that MIT Sloan alumnus Paul McKinnon of Citi has been elected to its Board of Trustees.

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Record campus placements, says IIPM

MIT Sloan is among a group of business schools whose faculty participate in the Indian Institute of Planning and Management executive development programs.

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Audiopoint and InforMedix team to provide innovative voice data solutions for improved medication adherence

An MIT Sloan report which shows that improving customers' medication adherence by 25% can benefit a community pharmacy with increased gross revenues of $1.7 M, is cited.

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Brynolfsson: Six questions for governance

On corporate governance in IT, MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynolfsson says, "In the long run productivity is everything."

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Researchers propose $12 computer for developing countries

MIT Sloan's Charles Kane, One Laptop Per Child's president and COO, isn't too concerned by the news of a lower-tech computer that would cost as little as $12.

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No Job, No Prospects? More Flock to Biz School

A 28 percent increase in MIT Sloan MBA applications is cited in a story regarding how the down economy affects applications to business school.

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Calendar - Art at MIT Sloan

"Recent Gifts to the Student Loan Art Collection" will be on display at the MIT Sloan Dean's Gallery through Friday, Nov. 21. Artists on view include: Darren Almond, Carlos Amorales, William Bailey, Will Barnet, David Claerbout, Warrington Colescott, April Gornik, Arata Isozaki, Julian Lethbridge, Markus Muntean, Cindy Sherman, Audra Skuodas, Joan Snyder, Alice Vlcek, John Walker and June Wayne.

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More planned for Apicta winners

"At the entrepreneurship development programme (EDP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, the recipients of the Prime Minister's Award will learn to create, identify and evaluate new venture opportunities, as well as how to enhance and expand their business networks."

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Pindyck: How One McCain Proposal Could Cut Fuel Costs

Prof. Pindyck tells NPR host Steve Inskeep that there is a proposal that McCain supports but Obama opposes that may have an immediate affect on gasoline prices.

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Kothari: The road to excellence

MIT Sloan Prof. S.P. Kothari is listed among the prominent alumni of India's Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Rajasthan.

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Schmalensee: So when do we get it over with and declare Google a monopoly?

Prof. Schmalensee is quoted in a story about the search engine behemoth.

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Huang: Incredible (for) India

Prof. Yasheng Huang is quoted in a story regarding the growth of the Indian economy.

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Take charge of your work life

An MIT Sloan study about Blackberry dependence is cited in an article about work efficiency.

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Davies: MIT prof. says three-way battle looms over navigation wars

Senior Lecturer Michael Davies is quoted in a story regarding personal navigation devices.

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AFCEA International announces the election of Paul Cofoni and Natalie Givans as Association Leaders

Sloan Fellow Paul Cofoni, SE '89, has been elected to serve as chairman of the board of the AFCEA International.

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Alex d'Arbeloff, Teradyne cofounder, key MIT supporter, dies at 80

Remembrance of former MIT Sloan professor Alex d'Arbeloff who passed away in early July.

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From Ahmedabad to Shillong: MBAUniverse.com relives the IIM journey

IIM-Calcutta, which was established by the Government of India in November 1961 with active support from MIT Sloan, is profiled.

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Kochan: Unions, airlines at odds over merger's effect on pensions

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan is quoted in a story about labor relations in the airline industry.

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von Hippel: A souped-up Model T may have been the first mash-up

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric von Hippel is quoted in a story user innovation in automotive innovation.

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Ellerman: UT System's plan to sell oil reserves not without risk

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer A. Denny Ellerman is quoted in a story regarding the University of Texas System's plan to sell a portion of its oil field holdings.

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Weill and Ross: Applying information technology to traditional business in Guyana

Researchers at the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT Sloan Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross are quoted in a story about IT in South America.

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Exclusive interview: An MIT and a Yale professors' cure for the electoral college

MIT Sloan Prof. Arnold Barnett discusses a plan for replacing the Electoral College. The plan, which would retain the electoral advantages small states currently have but would remove the winner-take-all system, is outlined in a paper Barnett co-authored entitled A Cure for the Electoral College?

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Ellerman: The real question -- Should oil be cheap?

MIT Sloan's A. Denny Ellerman is quoted in a story about oil prices

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Amornvivat: TCEB president keeps focus despite political offers

MIT Sloan alumnus Nattawut Amornvivat, president of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, feels more marketing will help the meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition businesses.

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Frydman: Superstar pay, performance

A paper co-authored by MIT Sloan Assistant Prof. Carola Frydman is cited in an article regarding executive compensation.

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Khan: Study Finds Significant Front-Running On Insider Sales

A study co-authored by MIT Sloan Mozaffar Khan is cited in an article regarding short selling.

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Ellerman: European system for cutting CO2 emissions is working well

A. Denny Ellerman is quoted in a story

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Forbes: On every front, anxious questions and uncomfortable answers

Kristin Forbes is quoted in a story regarding about personal spending habits in the down economy.

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Hafrey: IIPM makes business education truly global

MIT Sloan Prof. Leigh Hafrey was cited as one of the professors who, in the past few years, has visited the Indian Institute of Planning and Management and interacted with students and industry leaders.

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Malone: Leadership's online labs

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Malone is co-author of an opinion piece on gamers whom he cites as honing their leadership skills in multiplayer online situations with the tools and techniques they're using that is changing how leaders function.

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Prelec and Simester: Bargains that aren't

Putting a purchase on a credit card with a zero interest rate may seem like a good deal, but you're less likely to shop frugally when you're using it or any kind of credit card. MIT researchers Drazen Prelec and Duncan Simester ran an experiment in which two groups of subjects were allowed to bid on tickets to sporting events.

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Aulet: EO University Boston

Speakers at the Entrepreneurs' Organization's EO University Boston will include Bill Aulet, senior lecturer at MIT Sloan.

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von Hippel: IIM-A ropes in MIT hand to promote innovation

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric von Hippel will be visiting the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), in November to promote the importance of user-based innovations in creating successful companies.

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Aral: Five Ways IT can avoid a privacy lawsuit

"While many companies have privacy policies that explicitly allow the monitoring of employees, the heart of the case hinges on the police department's lack of a policy regarding the text-messaging service, says Sinan Aral, an affiliated professor at MIT Sloan."

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Cusumano: Google, Zen master of the market

MIT Sloan professor Michael Cusumano is quoted in a NYT story about Google.

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Ellerman: MIT report -- World can learn from European cap-and-trade system

Senior Lecturer A. Denny Ellerman is quoted in an article about the European cap-and-trade system.

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Brynjolfsson: Getting an edge

An article references a WSJ article co-written by Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson regarding IT and growth in market share.

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von Hippel: Stepping into the shoes of a designer

Eric von Hippel is quoted in a story about design and research and development.

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Malone: Collective effort -- So what happens next?

Research by Prof. Thomas Malone regarding collective intelligence and football is highlighted.

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von Hippel: Outsource innovation for maximum ideas

Eric von Hippel is cited in article about innovation and research and development.

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Kochan: Big labor goes global

Prof. Thomas A. Kochan is quoted in a story about international unions.

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Schmalensee: For Bill Gates, antitrust fight was a personal crucible

Prof. Richard Schmalensee is quoted in a story about Microsoft and its founder.

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Brynjolfsson: Bill Gates steps down -- The end of an era

Erik Brynjolfsson is quoted in a story about Bill Gate's retirement from Microsoft.

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Wilbur: The spread of specialized MBA programs

Director of Career Development, Jackie Wilbur is quoted in a story regarding specialized MBA programs.

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McGarvey: Yoga makes headway in business schools

Matthew McGarvey, an MIT Sloan MBA student, is quoted in a story regarding yoga as a means of stress relief for MBA students.

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Remembrance: Laura Capone, 47, administrator at MIT

Laura (Souza) Capone, senior associate dean of the Division of Student Life at MIT, died of pancreatic cancer at 47. In 2003, she earned credits from MIT Sloan.

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Ten leadership lessons for MBAs

Article about Nobel Peach Prizer winner, Muhammad Yunus, and his commencement address at MIT.

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Heller: Power One appoints new CFO

Power-One, Inc. announced the appointment of MIT Sloan alumna Linda C. Heller as Senior Vice President, Finance, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer.

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Republican candidates for 38th District state rep

Christopher Maloney is a republican candidate for state representative for the state of Michigan in the 38th District. Maloney attended the Executive Education program at MIT Sloan.

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Kofi Annan is new legion chancellor

MIT Sloan alumnus Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, has been appointed Chancellor of the University of Ghana.

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Clay T. Whitehead, guide of policy that helped cable TV, is dead at 69

MIT Sloan alumnus Clay T. Whitehead, Nixon administration official who laid the groundwork for Open Skies, the policy that led to the creation of the domestic satellite system that brought cable television and lower-cost long-distance telephone service into millions of American homes, died in Washington on July 23. He was 69.

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Thomas Richards: Qwest announces key leadership role

MIT Sloan alumnus Thomas E. Richards has been appointed as chief operating officer of Qwest Communications International.

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Ko Kheng Hwa to lead Keppel's sustainable development division

Keppel Corporation Limited (Keppel Corporation) announced the appointment of MIT Sloan alumnus Ko Kheng Hwa as Chief Executive Officer of its new Sustainable Development and Living Business Division.

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Textron Systems adds Stuart Grief to leadership team

MIT Sloan alumnus Stuart Grief was appointed as senior vice president, Strategy and Business Integration at Textron Systems.

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Fiorina rises as key player for McCain

Among the many issues MIT Sloan alumna Carly Fiorina is now addressing on presidential candidate John McCain's behalf are the multiple shake-ups involving his top assistants in the past year. Fiorina says the changes show McCain's strengths, not his weaknesses.

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Lakhani: If you have a problem, ask everyone

Offering prizes for scientific achievements is hardly new. "It has been around for centuries," said MIT Sloan alumnus Karim R. Lakhani.

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107-year old NH man who feuded with Bogart dies

MIT Sloan alumnus Charles Yardley Chittick passed away on July 18, 2008 at the age of 107. Yardley was a retired patent lawyer who turned down a job offer from Thomas Edison and feuded with Humphrey Bogart as a teenager.

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Bruce Gordon appointed to the Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees

Bruce S. Gordon has been appointed to the Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees. He holds a master's of science degree from MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Brakes and other headaches at an aircraft show

MIT Sloan alumnus Patrick Shanahan, the managing director for Boeing's 787 program, said that the problem in the software for the braking system would not delay production, but that it was using up the cushion the company had allowed for holdups.

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Loren Hitt: Class of 1942 Term Professor

Loren Hitt has been appointed Class of 1942 Term Professor. He earned a PhD (1996) in management from MIT Sloan, with a concentration in information technology and economics.

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Kalayoglu: HealthHonors unveils its groundbreaking behavior

What began as an academic pursuit by two committed physicians resulted in a transforming technology that has significantly increased medical adherence in both trial and commercial environments. One of the doctors, Murat Kalayoglu, is a graduate of MIT Sloan.

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New assistant akim of Western Kazakhstan oblast appointed

Birzhan Kaneshev, an MIT Sloan alumnus, has been appointed the new assistant akim of the Western Kazakhstan oblast.

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Aswaaq plans to set up 35 outlets in Dubai over the next seven years

Retail newcomer Aswaaq intends to offer shares in an initial public offering in October, says Abdul Baset Al Janahi, an MIT Sloan alumnus and CEO of ritual newcomer Aswaaq. He says the company aims to have its first supermarket up and running by the end of the year and plans to build and run 35 outlets in Dubai over the next seven years.

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Barakat and Jordi de los Pinos: A tiny cure for cancer?

Aura Biosciences is an MIT student startup that has developed an ingenious new means of delivering cancer-killing drugs to liver (and other) tumors.

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Hebeler: Retirement myths and realities

MIT Sloan alumnus Henry "Bud" K. Hebeler says that if we expect to reach our financial retirement goals, we're going to have to put the kibosh on extraneous spending and make savings a priority in our lives.

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Tushman receives honorary degree from University of Geneva

Michael L. Tushman, who was awarded his PhD from MIT Sloan, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva.

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Zurich North America commercial hires chief marketing officer

Zurich Financial Services has named John Parker as the new chief marketing officer for its North America Commercial business division.

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G-Lab: GLCs stronger now to face crisis

Khazanah Nasional Bhd's managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar addressed reporters from the Khazanah-facilitated MIT Sloan Global Entrepreneurship Program in Malaysia, saying that government-linked companies are much stronger now compared to four years ago in overcoming an economic crisis amid escalating costs.

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Feel better fast by giving these five unhealthy habits the pink slip today

In an article on unhealthy habits, a research study from MIT Sloan revealing that some 90 percent of BlackBerry users compulsively check it for work messages on their own time was referenced.

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Pindyck: Obama, McCain, and the economy

As Obama and McCain square off over a troubled economy, MIT Sloan Prof. Robert Pindyck looks at their economic plans, and what each might mean for America.

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Ariely: You can't resist this stock price

According to a study by MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the first price we encounter for a given item shapes how we view every price we encounter after that.

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Tushman: Michael Tushman receives honorary doctorate from University of Geneva

MIT Sloan alumnus and Harvard Prof. Michael Tushman was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Geneva.

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Celebrity retirement scorecard: Jack Welch

Jack Welch, former MIT Sloan lecturer, was chosen among celebrity retirees to have the best retirement based on how he nurtures varied interests and stays connected to what he loves most about work.

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Swani: Mobile Mini, Inc. completes merger with Mobile Storage Group, Inc.

MIT Sloan alumnus Sanjay Swani has been appointed to the board of directors of Mobile Mini

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Von Hippel: The customer is the company

MIT Sloan Prof. Eric Von Hippel says that T-shirt shirt design company Threadless is a "perfect example" of a new way of thinking about innovation, and that it has tapped into a fundamental economic shift, a movement away from passive consumerism.

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Brynjolfsson: Why BPM cannot be ignored

Research by MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson indicates that in a digital age spending on tangible assets like IT alone is not sufficient to be a market leader.

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Fine: Process for the alert enterprise

MIT Sloan Prof. Charles H. Fine is quoted in a story about business process management.

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Ellerman: Europe offers lessons in carbon trading

MIT Sloan lecturer A. Denny Ellerman is interviewed in a story about carbon emissions "cap-and-trade" systems.

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Blogger of the week -- Paul Dumay and Buzz Marketing

MIT Sloan alumnus Paul Dumay is praised as being one of the Web's most respected marketing and social media bloggers.

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What next for the dollar? The role of foreigners

In this opinion piece, MIT Sloan Prof. Kristin Forbes says that in order to pay for its current account deficit and capital exports, the United States needs $2 trillion of additional foreign investment in 2008.

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Collaboration grabs centre stage at the fifth annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

At the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, the topic that took center stage was collaboration tools.

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Khan: Odd numbers

Research by MIT Sloan Prof. Mozaffar Khan shows some compelling evidence that significant front-running does exist on Wall Street.

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Ariely: Predictably irrational

MIT Sloan Prof. Dan Ariely discusses his book Predictably Irrational and how people can use his research to stop making poor economic and social choices and start making better ones.

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Barnett: Electoral College -- Fixing it, maybe not

As an alternative to the Electoral College, this blog posting cites MIT Sloan Prof. Arnold Barnett's suggestion of a weighted vote share system.

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Enquete du MIT: comment dynamiser l'economie avec les nouvelles technologies? (French language)

MIT Sloan Prof. Rebecca Henderson discusses whether or not new technology can stimulate the US economy.

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Doyle: Children, seatbelts and safety

MIT Sloan Prof. Joseph Doyle calls Massachusetts's new tougher booster seat law feel-good legislation.

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Yates: Workday never done

In an article on the legal implications of excessive Blackberry use and overtime pay, MIT Sloan Deputy Dean JoAnne Yates said in a research paper she co-authored that many people check their e-mails as often as every seven or eight minutes.

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Cusumano: Memo -- Don't frustrate the boss

MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano is quoted in a story about Microsoft's retiring founder Bill Gates.

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Cusumano: Microsoft seeks path beyond Gates's legacy

MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano is quoted in a NYT story about Bill Gate's retirement.

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Forbes: Capital flow from emerging nations to U.S. poses some risks

MIT Sloan Prof. Kristin Forbes is quoted in a storby about foreign investments in U.S. capital markets.

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China's strategy in acquiring oil, gas and other energy resources

Professor Sikander Khan of Fudan University School of Management, which has a partnership with MIT Sloan, will be discussing energy resources and its impact on the economic growth of China at an upcoming event.

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Kochan: Judicial, political pay hikes suggested

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan is a member of the five-person independent compensation review board that recommend large pay raises -- some up to 70 percent -- for the state's top politicians and judges.

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Kochan: Lawmakers to take up Rell's wage hike veto

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan is quoted in a story regarding a hike to the minimum wage in Connecticut.

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Pelly: Investors -- Solar dish could revolutionize energy prduction

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer David Pelly is quoted in a story regarding a MIT-developed solar power system.

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Prelec and Simester: Life without plastic

MIT Sloan Profs. Drazen Prelec and Duncan Simester is quoted in a story about credit card usage.

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Sterman: Surprising insights from the social sciences

MIT Sloan Prof. John Sterman was among the researches who concluded that there is a fundamental flaw in how well-educated adults, including MIT Sloan students, understand accumulation.

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Kochan: Gas prices reshaping hiring practices

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan is quoted in a story regarding gasoline prices on business practices.

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Kochan: Catholic scholars try to bolster unions

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan, a member of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice, is among a group of Catholic academics and clergy who want to reinvigorate unions.

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Ellerman and Joskow: MIT gives thumbs up to EU ETS

According to an MIT study co-authored by MIT Sloan's Denny Ellerman and Paul Joskow, the EU "cap-and-trade" system has operated well and has had little or no negative impact on the overall EU economy.

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Peter Senge's necessary revolution

A review of Peter Senge's new book, The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World.

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Forbes: Intervention, other tools, on table for dollar

MIT Sloan Prof. Kristin Forbes is quoted in a story about actions by the Treasury Secretary Harry Paulson.

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Hauser: Adapting Web sites to users

Research by MIT Sloan Prof. John Hauser regarding online retail is profiled in the MIT Technology Review.

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Reilly: Solar energy still a tough sell

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer John Reilly is quoted in a story about solar energy and the rising cost of energy.

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Forbes: New vigor brought to defense of the dollar

MIT Sloan Prof. Kristin Forbes is quoted in a story about flucuation in the value of the dollar.

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Aulet: Will "Motley Crew" band of financiers drive Celtics to banner 17?

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Bill Aulet's basketball abilities are praised.

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Slaughter: After 'peak oil', world now faces 'peak water'

MIT Sloan Prof. Sarah Slaughter is quoted in a story regarding the looming water shortage crisis.

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Kochan: American Axle (Mandarin Language)

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan spoke about the UAW strike, GM, and labor unions along with their impact on the economy.

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Ariely and Prelec: Irrational economic policies

MIT Sloan Prof. Dan Ariely writes that the field of behavioral economics, in particular research by MIT Sloan Prof. Drazen Prelec, has rather convincingly shown that money given in different forms can have fundamentally different effects.

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Ariely: For parade celebrating Israel, an effort to include those closest to it

MIT Sloan Prof. Dan Ariely says that identification with Israel can have different shadings for American Jews and Israelis.

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Kaufman: Domestic oil supply -- myth vs. math

MIT Sloan Prof. Gordon Kaufman is quoted in a story about the untapped petroleum reserves in the United States.

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Ariely: Do you put things off?

MIT Sloan Prof. Dan Ariely has designed a survey on procrastination. The results will be published in the September 2008 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine.

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O'Brien: What I Did at VC Camp

Will O'Brien, MBA '08, is profiled in a story about young entrepreneurs.

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Glenn: Into the eye of the credit storm

MIT Sloan MBA '08 Brian Glenn writes about his decision to accept a position in the high-yield and distressed debt sector.

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Canales: First look

Research co-authored by MIT Sloan PhD candidate Rodrigo Canales concerning lending in an environment of decentralized banking is highlighted.

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Virtual trading floors useful in real life

MIT is among a group of business schools that have a mock trading room to bring experience from Wall Street into the classroom.

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Sustainability not a priority for students

An MIT Sloan survey of nearly 400 MBA students shows that the downturn in the economy has made a potential employer's record on sustainability less of a priority.

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Menachery: 'Gino' fever grips Boston

Dave Menachery, MBA '09, is quoted in a story about the Celtics fan culture.

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Mazmanian: The write time

MIT Sloan PhD student Melissa Mazmanian is profiled in a story about PhD candidates pursuing both their academics and motherhood.

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Zurich North America Commercial names John Parker chief marketing officer

Zurich, one of the world's largest property-casualty insurance companies, announced that MIT Sloan alumnus John Parker has joined its North America Commercial business division as chief marketing officer.

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Ouellet: Sept-Iles Port Authority appoints new board members

The Sept-Iles Port Authority has appointed Avit Ouellet to its board of directors. Ouellet attended the Program for Senior Executives at MIT Sloan.

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Rosen: Sagent Advisors bolsters energy group

MIT Sloan alumnus Thomas R. Rosen is joining Sagent Advisors Inc. as a managing director on the Energy and Power team in New York.

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Goff: Lehman Brothers strengthens corporate sales team

Lehman Brothers Holdings appointed MIT Sloan alumnus John Goff as the head of corporate structuring for Asia-Pacific ex-Japan.

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A tussle to sign up talent in Kendall Sq.

MIT Sloan alumnus Yishai Knobel is quoted in a story about the efforts of technology companies headquartered in Cambridge to recruit recent graduates.

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Rubenstein: HealthCareSource HR hires Peter Segall as CEO

Among additions to its senior management team, HealthCareSources HR hired MIT Sloan alumnus Burt Rubenstein as its Chief Technology Officer.

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Mobivox names Peter Diedrich as its new CEO

Mobivox announced the appointment of MIT Sloan alumnus Peter Diedrich as Chief Executive Officer. Diedrich was also appointed to Mobivox's board of directors.

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Naverus names Dottie Hall chief marketing officer

Naverus, Inc. said MIT Sloan alumna Dottie Hall has been named Chief Marketing Officer. Hall will lead the company's worldwide marketing and communications strategy.

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Bush: Iowan rolls out barrels full of rye whiskey

When MIT Sloan alumnus Scott Bush launched his rye whiskey company, he was following the advice of a business professor -- do what you love.

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Walgreens names Sona Chawla senior vice president of e-commerce

Walgreens named MIT Sloan alumna Sona Chawla to the new position of senior vice president of e-commerce.

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Wong: MobileBeat 2008, a VentureBeat event

MIT Sloan alumnus Rich Wong will speak at MobileBeat 2008, a half-day conference that will explore where the mobile industry is headed.

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Verma: America's Growth Capital to host webinar on "The Business Case for Femtocells"

MIT Sloan alumnus Sanjeev Verma is slated to participate in a webinar entitled "The Business Case for Femtocells".

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Dyer: For job hunters, the big interview is getting bigger

MIT Sloan alumna Kara Dyer was ready for the tough queries of a panel interview. She had practiced case-study presentations before groups of fellow students at MIT Sloan and says the rehearsals made her less nervous during the interview.

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MIT $100K competition awards its top prize

The Boston Globe covers the winner of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, Diagnostics For All, a not-for-profit that seeks to deliver affordable point-of-care diagnostic solutions to the global medical community.

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Public Radio International's The World interviews $100K winners

Audio: Two representatives from Diagnostics for All, this year's winner of the $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, are interviewed in a PRI radio broadcast.

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The truth About BusinessWeek's top MBA Schools: They fail at diversity

MIT Sloan was cited as one of BusinessWeek Magazine's top 10 U.S. business schools that offers a course in Cross Cultural Management with a multi-national focus.

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State must stop the student exodus

MIT Sloan is praised as the only local university that organizes a tech trek of Massachusetts companies.

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Credit where it's due

The MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) recently unveiled its new study, The Future of the CIO, on the present and future roles of CIOs worldwide.

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Lab-on-a-chip made of paper

The microfluidic testing device designed by $100K winners Diagnostics For All is discussed in the MIT Technology Review.

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Wikis get users talking at MIT, Johns Hopkins

MIT Sloan is mentioned in an article about the peer-editing wiki program Confluence.

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L'ascension des MBA europeens (French)

This article, which looks at b-school rankings, concludes that while American business schools - including MIT Sloan - are the top-ranked in the world, a number across Europe are rapidly progressing.

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Dan Ariely: Book unmasks 'rational actor' as impulsive animal

When we make decisions, we think we're in control and making rational choices. But are we? MIT Sloan Prof. Dan Ariely unmasks the subtle but powerful tricks our minds play on us in an NPR interview.

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Interview with Douglas T. Breeden

Douglas Breeden, MIT Sloan alumnus and member of MIT Corporation's Visiting Committee for the Sloan School of Management, offers his opinions on MBA admissions, b-school education, and his experiences as dean of the Fuqua School of Business.

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Karina Drees: Internet radio - The Space Show

MIT Sloan alumna Karina Drees discusses the Fourth Space Investment Summit, the timing for commercial space investments, Generation Y and the reasons she is involved in space commerce.

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Robert Pindyck: The gas tax and our energy future

Robert Pindyck, an MIT Sloan professor of economics and finance, shares where he stands on McCain and Clinton's proposed suspension of federal gas taxes for the summer in this interview hosted by Tom Ashbrook.

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Michael Cusumano and Thomas Malone: Are CIOs suited for process improvement?

This posting highlights an exchange between MIT Sloan Profs. Michael Cusumano and Thomas Malone in which they debate whether CIOs can succeed in a process-improvement role.

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Rebecca Henderson: Warning - Technology can't answer all problems, MIT professor says

"I think what we have here is a social and political problem, not a technological problem," MIT Sloan's Rebecca Henderson told the MIT News Office, which was surveying MIT staff about trends they see in the future.

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Eric Brynjolfsson: Social networks and business productivity

In a podcast, MIT Sloan Prof. Eric Brynjolfsson discusses how businesses are finding ways to get a return on social networking by enabling a better understanding of how information flows.

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Don Rosenfield: A modest proposal to fix Dell's customer service

Don Rosenfield is quoted in an article about the computer manufacturer's customer service.

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Brad Feld: Request for images for a presentation

MIT Sloan alumnus Brad Feld puts out a request to readers for software imagery that he can use at his MIT Sloan 20th reunion presentation. His slated presentation is part of the "Back to the Classroom" series, which will include MIT Sloan Deputy Dean JoAnne Yates and MIT Sloan Profs. Roberto Rigobon, Anjali Sastry, and Drazen Prelec.

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Good idea: Creating an online community of innovators

An article describing a study called "How Communities Support Innovative Activities," co-conducted by MIT Sloan, shows that 37 percent of people in the U.S. report having conceived an innovation, and nine percent of these report building product prototypes or even marketable products.

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Erik Brynjolfsson: Are folks with families more focused at work?

Productivity can take a hit when folks try to juggle too many tasks at once, as evidenced in a study co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson.

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Erik Brynjolfsson: IT can help productivity - that is, if it doesn't hurt it

Research by MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson is cited in this posting about IY's effect on creativity.

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Richard Schmalensee: 150 economists can't be wrong

MIT Sloan Prof. Richard Schmalensee is listed among the signers of an open statement opposing proposals for a gas tax holiday.

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Deborah Ancona: No female gurus? Try this list...

MIT Sloan Prof. Deborah Ancona is listed as No. 2 among top female business gurus in this blog entry.

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Pai-Ling Ying: Controlling the living room

This blog entry asks, "Could your television's next set-top box be made by Nintendo?" According to MIT Sloan Prof. Pai-Ling Ying, the idea is not as inconceivable as you may think.

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Michael Cusumano: Microsoft should focus on software

Reporter Todd Bishop posts an excerpt of an interview he conducted with MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano regarding Microsoft's withdrawal of its bid for Yahoo!.

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Mark Mortensen: Strategies for dividing teams

An article describing how a research paper co-written by MIT Sloan's Mark Mortensen entitled, "Friends and Enemies Within: the Role of Subgroups, Imbalance, and Isolates in Geographically Dispersed Teams" has been posted.

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Joseph Doyle: Sect mothers say separation endangers children

The NYT cites a study by MIT Sloan's Joseph J. Doyle that found that children removed from their parents and taken into foster care, even for a relatively short period, were three times as likely to grow up to be juvenile offenders or have a teenage pregnancy than were children from similarly troubled homes who had been left with their parents.

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Eric Von Hippel: The customer is the company

Article quotes MIT Sloan Prof. Eric Von Hippel that the T-shirt shirt design company Threadless is a "perfect example" of a new way of thinking about innovation, and that it has tapped into a fundamental economic shift, a movement away from passive consumerism.

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Howard Anderson: Power list - Where the private equity money is

MIT Sloan Prof. Howard Anderson is quoted in a story about the private equity firm THL.

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What your cell phone knows about you

As part of a test on the quirks and patterns of human behavior, MIT researchers distributed cell phones with software to MIT Sloan students for nine months, in order to tell where they were, who they were talking to, and who their friends were.

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Erik Brynjolfsson: CIOs tout collaboration tools as the font of creativity

The fifth annual MIT Sloan CIO symposium moderator MIT Sloan professor Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson is described.

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John Hauser, Glen Urban, and Michael Braun: MIT Sloan professors find that morphing Websites can increase sales 20 percent

In their paper titled entitled, "Website Morphing", MIT Sloan Marketing Professors John Hauser, Glen Urban and Michael Braun found that banks, cell phone providers, broadband providers, content providers, and many retailers could increase sales and services by almost 20 percent if companies' websites matched the information needs or cognitive styles of their visitors.

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MIT class asks: Fly me to the moon?

"If MIT's aero-astro graduate space systems engineering class decides to enter the $20-million Google Lunar X-Prize competition, it hopes to attract participants from other departments, including MIT Sloan"

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Donald Rosenfield: The long run

Donald Rosenfield is quoted in a story about made the Globe 100 annual ranking of top-performing public companies in Massachusetts.

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MIT's Kothari to co-lead BGI research team

MIT Sloan Deputy Dean S.P. Kothari will join Barclay's Global Investors on 7/1/08 as managing director and co-head of the cross-strategy research team, said BGI spokesman Lance Berg.

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Kristin Forbes: Dollar bind - Gulf rethinks currency ties

Kristin Forbes is quoted in an article about exchange rates with the Gulf states.

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Thomas Kochan: Motivated employees help businesses take flight

Commentary about an opinion piece written by Thomas Kochan about the airline industry.

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Drazen Prelec and Duncan Simester: The color of money

MIT Sloan Profs. Drazen Prelec and Duncan Simester found that study subjects paid more when instructed to use a credit card rather than cash. In fact, they found that people were willing to pay up to 100 percent more with plastic, as cited in a story in the Washington Post.

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Bill Aulet: Al Gore eyeing big investment in Clean Energy prize winner

According to MIT Sloan senior lecturer Bill Aulet, a turbine that produces power efficiently even under low-wind conditions is the holy grail of the wind power industry.

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Thomas Kochan: A new approach for airlines

MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Kochan says that airline research shows a high level of engagement and a good labor-relations system are the keys to increasing productivity and service quality.

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Interview with the dean: David Schmittlein, dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein discusses the school's engagement with the global community and his hopes for its future.

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Andrew Lo: Rise of hedge funds causes concern

MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo says he expects to see a strong push from the Democrats next year to bring hedge funds under the thumb of the Federal Reserve.

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Richard Schmalensee: The ways of business catalysts

MIT Sloan Prof. Richard Schmalensee, unravels the secrets of a curious breed of companies that act as matchmakers in the corporate world. He is quoted in a story for the Times of India.

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Peter Senge: The role of the mentor in retaining junior pharmacy faculty members

MIT Sloan's Peter Senge is cited in an article about the pharmaceutical industry.

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Michael Cusumano: Microsoft's failed Yahoo bid risks online growth

Michael Cusumano is quoted in a NYT story about Microsoft's bid to take over Yahoo!.

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Joseph Doyle: A gas tax cut won't bring much relief

MIT Sloan Prof. Joseph Doyle is quoted in a story about the gas tax cut proposal.

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JoAnne Yates: Yahoo investors could get antsy

MIT Sloan Deputy Dean JoAnne Yates comments on Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang's cap-free e-mail to employee.

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Simon Johnson: Chief Economist at IMF is out after one year

MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson is resigning as the International Monetary Fund's chief economist after about a year on the job.

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Richard Schmalensee: Economists criticize Clinton, McCain gas-tax plans

MIT Sloan Prof. Richard Schmalensee was among more than 200 economists, including four Nobel prize winners, who signed a letter rejecting proposals for a gas tax holiday.

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Michael Cusumano: Microsoft's failed Yahoo bid risks online growth

MIT Sloan Prof. Michael Cusumano is quoted in an article concerning the web browsers war.

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Sarah Slaughter: Water looms as "the next oil"

As essential as it is taken for granted, water is The Next Oil, according to MIT Sloan senior lecturer Sarah Slaughter in this opinion piece in which she offers insights on tackling drought issues.

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Thomas Malone: Leadership's online labs

In an article co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Thomas Malone, he writes that tens of millions of people are honing their leadership skills in multiplayer online games. The tools and techniques they're using will change how leaders function tomorrow and could make them more effective today.

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Adnan Shahid and Nada Hashmi: MIT Legatum Center announces inaugural class of Legatum Fellows

The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT announced its first class of Legatum Fellows for 2008-2009. The class includes MIT Sloan Fellow Adnan Shahid and Nada Hashmi, an MIT Sloan PhD candidate.

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Jeroen Struben: Swarming to public transit, cheaper gas

Postdoctoral associate Jeroen Struben is quoted in a story about the rising price of gasoline.

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Anjuli Gupta: Circle Capital plans for bank access in India

According to MIT Sloan student Anjuli Gupta, Circle Capital project coordinator, 71 percent of low-income households in India don't have access to a bank account.

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Gemini's plan would create on-demand carpooling tech

Gemini wants to reduce the impact on roads and the environment of single-passenger car rides. The company, made up of three MIT Sloan students, is developing a mobile phone-based marketplace for ride sharing.

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Jared Butts: Tween-focused startup Replicator has a gem of an idea

Replicator, Inc. has its sights on what it says is a $7.9 billion market: custom jewelry for eight to 18-year-old girls. The six-person team includes MIT Sloan student Jared Butts.

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Jeff Vyduna: Startup Poll Everywhere conducts polls through cell phones

Co-founded by MIT Sloan student Jeff Vyduna, Poll Everywhere's technology allows users to conduct polls via mobile text messaging and then watch the results in real time via programs like Microsoft Corp. Vyduna is quoted in a story about the company.

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Tuck welcomes 13 schools for annual MBA World Cup

Students from MIT Sloan were among 300 students from 13 business schools who competed at 25th annual MBA World Cup at The Tuck School of Business.

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Ajay Kulkarni: Emerginvest - Putting your money where it matters

Emerginvest, a Web site providing actionable information on over 40,000 public companies on 142 exchanges worldwide to individuals, includes business director Ajay Kulkarni, a second year MBA at MIT Sloan.

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Nothing "generic" about Israel Makov

Several MIT Sloan students attended a speech at Harvard Business School given by Israel Makov, former CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical

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Michael Mack: Heartbreak and hope

Poet-playwright Michael Mack, a former MIT Sloan student, credits a poetry class he took as an undergraduate with changing the course of his life.

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The secrets of his success

About 80 students from MIT Sloan took the field trip of a lifetime, paying a visit to billionaire Warren Buffett in Omaha.

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Sustainability goes to head of class at area B-schools

As part of the S-Lab course, MIT Sloan students ran a mock scenario where they act as delegates for places like the United States, China, the European Union, India, Japan, and South America debating the merits of cap-and-trade and carbon taxes.

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Readying for takeoff

A number of states eager to attract a cutting-edge manufacturer requiring potentially hundreds of highly skilled workers are actively wooing the young aviation company Terrafugia, which was co-founded by an MIT Sloan grad and his colleagues.

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Elizabeth Keys: Security Capital Assurance Ltd appoints Elizabeth A. Keys as chief financial officer

Security Capital Assurance announced that it has appointed MIT Sloan alumna Elizabeth Keys as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

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Ned Hall: New at the top

MIT Sloan alumnus Ned Hall, an executive vice president at global power company AES, is profiled.

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Julian Weinstock: The future of virtual Desktops: turning rich desktops into a ubiquitous service

MIT Sloan alumnus Julian Weinstock is slated to make a presentation at SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference and Expo, June 23-24, in NYC.

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From the runway to the road: Terrafugia redefines the flying car and makes that drivable airplane

Two MIT Sloan alumni co-founded Terrafugia, an angel-funded start-up working on a concept vehicle that they call a "roadable aircraft."

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Carl Kohrt: Bio-Batelle

MIT Sloan alumnus Carl Kohrt's achievements since taking over as CEO of the Battelle Memorial Institute are highlighted.

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Timothy Sherbak: iSCSI storage arrays provide flexible virtualization

MIT Sloan alumnus Timothy Sherbak offers a cost-effective, comprehensive solution to help reduce both management complexity and TCO.

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Kazuyasu Kato: Kirin's dry spell

Kazuyasu Kato spent seven years running Japanese brewer Kirin's American branch after getting his master's at MIT's Sloan.

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Michael O'Leary: Leadership conference

MIT Sloan alumnus Michael O'Leary is slated to speak at a conference entitled Leadership Challenges for Today's Executives and Entrepreneurs.

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Arjang Assad: UWM trims field for business school's top post

The short list of candidates for the top job at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business includes one insider and three external candidates. One of them is Arjang Assad, who earned his doctoral degree in management science from the MIT Sloan in 1978.

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William Poutre named Long Beach State coach

MIT Sloan alumnus William Poutre has been named the head men's golf coach at Long Beach State after a four-year stint at the University of Hartford.

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Bancha Serngadichaivit: Give yourself a chance in a game that's full of losers

In an opinion piece, Bancha Serngadichaivit, a graduate of MIT Sloan, writes, "In amateur sport, the game is won by the side that makes the fewest mistakes. This is referred to as the loser's game. This observation, pointed out by Charles Ellis in 'The Loser's Game', is characteristic of the world of investment."

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Johnson Wu: Supply chain attracting - and rewarding - MBAs

"In the technology industry, an MBA is a plus but it must follow a certain level of technical acumen," says MIT LFM alumnus Johnson Wu, 2006, of Cisco.

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Paul Vogel: Thought leaders

The USPS tapped Paul Vogel, a 38-year postal employee, to head the new Global Business organization. Vogel earned a master of science degree in business management from the MIT Sloan Fellows Program.

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Jenny Kwan: Entrepreneurs benefit from student link

MIT Sloan MBA student Jenny Kwan is quoted in a story about the China Lab program.

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Governor's speech, $3.8b bridge proposal seek to calm economic jitters

MIT Sloan was the site of a major economic speech given by Governor Deval Patrick. Patrick's address highlighted the strengths of the Massachusetts economy and outlined his $3.8 billion bond proposal to put people to work by repairing 411 deteriorating bridges.

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Peter Weill: 100 most influential people in IT

MIT Sloan Senior Research Scientist Peter Weill was ranked No. 24 in eWEEK's top 100 most influential people in IT.

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News from the schools

The Economist examines US News and World Report's ranking of business schools in its "Best Graduate Schools" listing in late March.

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DAE University partners with MIT to introduce global best practices in training curriculum

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise University announced a strategic partnership with the MIT Global Airline Industry Program.

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Business school admissions offices increasingly accepting GRE general test

MIT Sloan is mentioned in an article about the increasing number of business schools accepting the GRE in lieu of the GMAT during the admissions process.

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A new Master of Finance degree program being considered

A new Master of Finance degree program offered by the MIT Sloan School of Management was presented by Andrew W. Lo, Director of the MIT Sloan Laboratory for Financial Engineering.

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Head of Italy's Geox speaks at MIT Sloan

Mario Moretti Polegato, chairman of Italian footwear company Geox Group, spoke to a full house of MBA students at MIT Sloan.

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CISR: CIOs earn seat at leadership table

An article describes findings by CISR that showed that as the role of technology becomes more important within business, senior management is recognizing technology as central to innovation and competitive advantage.

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12 steps to success: How to be a savvy entrepreneurial marketer

Grace Ueng's 12 Steps to Success framework is used in teachings at Fudan's international MBA program in Shanghai, which is a joint venture with MIT Sloan.

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Make space for insultants who ask tough questions

An article describes how MIT Sloan research shows that "insulants" can be a company's insurance against the common twin traps of myopia and inertia.

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Dan Ariely: Would an honor code curb tax cheats?

MIT Sloan Prof. Dan Ariely says that for many of us, the temptation to do a little creative accounting with our taxes is too tough to pass up.

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Dan Ariely: The science of buying a home

Looking for a formula to aid your house hunting? MIT Sloan Prof. Dan Ariely says science doesn't have much to offer us when it comes to finding the right home.

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Jostling for jobs

MIT Sloan is seeing a less than 1 percent decrease in recruiting. But since recruiting tends to lag behind the economy, it could be the class of 2009 that experiences the impact of the downturn.

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Climate and the Web: 'Electronic democracy on steroids'

At MIT, the Center for Collective Intelligence is creating what it calls a wiki-style Climate Collaboratorium aimed at clarifying issues and options related to human-driven climate change.

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PEHub's Dan Primack sees lots to like in Kenan-Flager venture contest

Blog entry about the winning team in the 11th annual Venture Capital Investment Competition finals that came from MIT Sloan.

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Benyamin Lichtenstein: A way with words

MIT Sloan Visiting Assistant Prof. Benyamin Lichtenstein shared his comments on a presentation given by blogger Paul Levy.

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MIT and CIO: Impressive acronyms, separately and together

InformationWeek blogger John Soat writes that the 5th Annual MIT Sloan Symposium being held on May 21, 2008 is a good place for CIOs to network.

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Dan Ariely: How much progress have psychology and psychiatry really made? A Freakonomics Quorum

MIT Sloan Prof. Dan Ariely is quoted in reporter Stephen Dubner's blog.

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Kristin Forbes: Diesel, oil prices continue to set record-setting trend

While the correlation between the value of the dollar and oil prices is not easily explained, a recent interview with Kristin Forbes tried to explain it.

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Stephanie Sonnabend: Incentive interview

Stephanie Sonnabend, MBA '79, CEO and president of Sonesta Collection -- 27 hotels and resorts, and five Nile cruise ships -- is interviewed.

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Stewart Myers: Program will explore commercial/investment/energy arbitrations

An event listing announcing that MIT Sloan Prof. Stewart Myers is speaking at a seminar at the University of Texas School of Law entitled, Remedies in Commercial, Investment, and Energy Arbitrations.

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Wall Street - Bound graduates watch, wait and worry

Bloggers responded to the New York Times article on 4/2/08 that references the MIT Sloan limited-access Web site that records which firms laid off recent graduates in the last decline so that future students could look at employers' actions before accepting job offers.

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Yasheng Huang: MIT economist cracks big puzzle of China's rise

Yasheng Huang is quoted in an article about capitalism in China.

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Kristin Forbes: G-7 sets aggressive tone on the sagging dollar

Kristin Forbes is quoted on the international economy.

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