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  • MIT Sloan appoints innovation expert Hal Gregersen to faculty - MIT Sloan School of Management
    can think of no better place than MIT Sloan and the MIT Leadership Center both hotbeds of creativity and invention to continue my work I am thrilled to be here MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein described Gregersen as a talented and engaging teacher who cares deeply about the school s commitment to action learning Hal is a person who not only studies how managers create innovation and change but exemplifies the qualities of a leader who understands how to cultivate creativity in organizations and in the rising generation of leaders he said I m delighted to welcome him to MIT Sloan Gregersen s current research focuses on the factors that trigger leaders to ask the kinds of questions that disrupt how we view and interact with the world Together with Harvard s Christensen Gregersen has interviewed 80 leaders around the globe including Salesforce com founder Marc Benioff and Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre We are trying to figure out how successful leaders ask the right questions on an individual level but also how they enable others throughout the organization to construct disruptive questions he said Most often these CEOs are not even aware of what they re doing because they re doing it so well They ve made it to the top because of unconscious competence Already the pair sees patterns emerging These leaders tend to be hyper aware of the world around them they tend to stick to people on the fringe of their industry knowing that being in the middle of it creates blind spots and they are fearless in seeking failure fast Most of all they know the right questions to ask Gregersen said Getting the questions right opens all the doors Gregersen is also the founder of The 4 24 Project an initiative dedicated to

    Original URL path: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsroom/2014-hal-gregersen.php (2015-03-14)
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  • Plan for keeping crops cool lands grand prize - MIT Sloan School of Management
    MIT Sloan based team Love Grain co founded by Aleem Ahmed and Caroline Mauldin both MBA 15 won 25 000 for its gluten free food company that relies on a grain grown in Ethiopia Sethi Ahmed and Mauldin are all enrolled in MIT Sloan s dual degree program with the Harvard Kennedy School The 2014 Agricultural Innovation Prize was sponsored by the Howard G Buffett Foundation in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture and in partnership with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and was administered by students from the University of Wisconsin Madison The two day competition challenged all U S undergraduate and graduate students to develop innovative ways to improve global food systems Sethi who is also a Legatum Fellow and Duval met while taking classes at MIT Sloan and decided to tackle the issue of food waste in the agricultural supply chain specifically in hot climates like India s As much as 40 percent of harvested fruits and vegetables go to waste in India each year Sethi said There s not enough refrigeration In these tropical areas the temperature is very high and the ambient humidity is very high The combination of these two things is really bad for harvested foods According to Sethi there is nearly 6 billion in food waste in India every year where more than 200 million people are regularly malnourished Partnering with Gudipati and Warsinger they designed a prototype of a cheap and efficient cold storage container with a capacity of 1 500 cubic feet With vacuum insulated panel technology as well as solar panels each unit costs approximately 8 500 significantly less than the 1 5 million price tag for the traditional bulk cold storage units on the market today Coolify aims to make the units more accessible to the

    Original URL path: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsroom/2014-agricultural-innovation-prize.php (2015-03-14)
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  • Hands-on internships at MIT Sloan - MIT Sloan School of Management
    with an internship in Sloan Technology Services and a year later became a permanent MIT employee This is exactly what you want an internship to be Each side testing out the other It worked out really well He was clearly the best candidate said Jonathan Lehrich program director for the EMBA program who hired Santana To date MIT Sloan has hosted 16 Year Up interns and the program has spread across campus with interns working at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and in Information Systems and Technology MIT Sloan was the first school at the Institute to participate in the program which provides low income adults ages 18 to 24 with a combination of hands on skills development college credits and corporate internships in information technology and finance Students spend six months in skills training followed by six months in a professional internship I would never have been here if I hadn t gone through the program said Santana who was homeless for a couple of months during his internship yet continued to come to work every day Year Up opens doors Sloan Technology Services takes on a new Year Up intern every six months according to Jean Reale who coordinates MIT Sloan s partnership with the organization in her role as technology support services manager The way our internship has been really successful is that we actually built the role into the team structure she said At Sloan Technology Services the Year Up intern is the first point of contact for people who need computer assistance The intern diagnoses problems helps students and faculty with connectivity issues and directs more complex problems to the right staff member This is not just an extra person here to answer phones When the intern is not here it leaves a

    Original URL path: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsroom/2014-year-up.php (2015-03-14)
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  • Photos: Celebrating 100 Years of management education at MIT - MIT Sloan School of Management
    Expertise Guide Publications RSS Feeds About MIT Sloan Facts and Figures Campus Life Leadership Global Reach History Centennial Visit MIT Sloan Work At MIT Sloan Directory Newsroom Newsroom Home Articles Archives Press Releases Media Highlights Expertise Guide Publications RSS Feeds Photos Celebrating 100 Years of management education at MIT Published April 17 2014 MIT Sloan toasts the centennial of Course 15 with a party for students faculty alumni staff and senior leadership More than 800 people were on hand to raise a glass and celebrate the 100th anniversary of management education at MIT on April 9 on the MIT Sloan campus in Cambridge The anniversary of Course 15 which was established at MIT in 1914 and grew to become the MIT Sloan School of Management provided the community an opportunity to reflect on its history and look ahead to the next 100 years Dean David Schmittlein addresses a full house in E62 Students pause for a photo while a video highlighting MIT Sloan s history plays in the background From left to right Deputy Dean S P Kothari Institute Professor John Little and Deans Emeriti Bill Pounds and Glen Urban Partygoers enjoyed appetizers and anniversary cupcakes throughout the evening Senior

    Original URL path: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsroom/2014-centennial-celebration.php (2015-03-14)
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  • Coca-Cola exec: In Africa, "incremental" innovation just as important as disruptive change - MIT Sloan School of Management
    distribution and other endeavors calling them as important as disruptive innovations We think about innovation very broadly Cummings said It can be transformational or it can be incremental and we need some of both While we focus primarily on technology when we think about innovation Coca Cola thinks about it across our system process innovation product innovation packaging equipment innovation in marketing advertising and how we connect to our consumers Coca Cola has a staggering global impact 17 products with sales of more than 1 billion a year 10 450 servings of the company s products consumed every second operations in every country in the world except North Korea and Cuba and bottling plants in nearly every country where their products are sold Cummings said consumers can travel to some of the most remote places on earth and find Coca Cola products for sale In Africa the company is the largest consumer product employer on the continent and bullish on the growth of the middle class and the African economy Cummings shared some examples of incremental innovations in Africa including the development of EKOCENTER kiosks that provide safe drinking water electricity and communications and of course Coke and other products for sale The EKOCENTER program began in South Africa in 2013 and is expected to expand to 20 countries in Africa Asia Latin America and North America with 1 500 to 2 000 units operating by 2015 In East Africa development of microdistribution systems often run by women take Coke where traditional trucking is impractical These small businesses bring products the last mile to remote villages by pickup truck motorcycle and bicycle Cummings said The program has since spread elsewhere in Africa and has been implemented in India and other regions Everyone on the supply chain makes a buck makes

    Original URL path: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsroom/2014-africa-innovate-conference.php (2015-03-14)
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  • Photos: MIT and the Digital Economy - MIT Sloan School of Management
    Economy Published April 16 2014 Alumni faculty gather in New York City to talk advances in computing big data More than 350 MIT Sloan alumni met April 4 with faculty for MIT and the Digital Economy The Second Machine Age a conference featuring new research that explores how the forward march of computing robotics and big data is reshaping work society and the economy The day also served as a showcase for work underway at the new MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy a research initiative formed to study the challenges and opportunities created by the advance and spread of digital technology Professor Erik Brynjolfsson welcomed attendees with an introductory talk titled The Second Machine Age also the title of Brynjolfsson s recently released New York Times bestseller written with MIT Sloan principal research scientist Andrew McAfee We re crossing a threshold over the next 10 years where people will routinely be talking to machines and expecting them to carry out more and more complicated instructions Brynjolfsson said McAfee gave a short presentation titled How Business Models Will Have to Change and led a panel discussion on disruption with business leaders from Forrester Research private equity firm Warburg Pincus and venture capital firm Accel Partners Hilary Mason a data scientist at Accel describes herself as a friend of the robots McAfee said introducing her During the panel Mason discussed the growing realm of subjects and behaviors that can be measured and modeled using big data We re finding out that quite a lot of the world and a lot of human behavior can be modeled in a useful way she said Alex Sandy Pentland discussed how technological innovation is zooming ahead of social innovation and how the latter can catch up Pentland s new book is Social Physics How Good

    Original URL path: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsroom/2014-ide-conference.php (2015-03-14)
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  • Perakis and Zhang win 2014 Jamieson Teaching Awards - MIT Sloan School of Management
    Archives Press Releases Media Highlights Expertise Guide Publications RSS Feeds Perakis and Zhang win 2014 Jamieson Teaching Awards Published April 10 2014 Two MIT Sloan faculty members awarded for innovation and excellence in teaching The 2014 MIT Sloan recipients of the Jamieson Teaching Awards are Professor Georgia Perakis and Associate Professor Juanjuan Zhang The Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching Award the most prestigious teaching prize offered by the School was established in 2006 and is awarded each year to two MIT Sloan faculty members as well as two electrical engineering and computer science faculty members for their contributions to educational excellence at MIT The awards are funded by a gift from J Burgess Jamieson SB 52 and his wife Libby Georgia Perakis Perakis the William F Pounds Professor of Management a professor of operations research and operations management and the MIT Sloan faculty co director of the Leaders for Global Operations LGO program was cited for her dedication passion and innovative thinking that have had a long standing impact on the School Read a full summary on the LGO website Recently Perakis said she was thrilled with the award This is wonderful and it s quite an honor she said Perakis who has been a member of the faculty since 1998 said she s passionate about her job because of the students that she teaches and mentors The students here are amazing and they shape who I am I feel like a constant student because I am always learning from them she said Juanjuan Zhang Zhang is an associate professor who teaches marketing management and studies social interactions and marketing strategies The Jamieson Prize Selection Committee noted her dedication to knowledge dissemination and pedagogical innovation with impact extending across the Institute The committee also said of Zhang She has

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  • MIT Chile Club aims to build a lasting network - MIT Sloan School of Management
    last when you go back to Chile he said Before leaving his Santiago home for MIT Sloan in 2012 Ruiz Tagle conducted some advance research by talking to several MIT alumni in Chile He discovered little sense of cohesion among those who had come to MIT for school Augusto Ruiz Tagle MBA 14 When he arrived at MIT Ruiz Tagle met a few of his fellow Chilean citizens and gradually the club idea developed Through the International Students Office he and his colleagues sent out an invitation to join the new MIT Chile Club and within a few days they received responses from dozens of Chileans They launched the club on May 9 2013 with a breakfast meeting featuring a presentation on the Chilean public transit system given by Chilean civil engineer Raimundo Cruzat SM 13 The club held a farewell barbecue and then launched the 2013 14 academic year in September with a welcome barbecue Throughout the year the club has continued to sponsor monthly public breakfast presentations as well as various social events and participation has continued to grow The club which includes MIT Chilean students staff faculty and their significant others has more than 140 members Ruiz Tagle said the new club is working to lay the groundwork for a stronger ongoing MIT presence in Chile The members have already developed a relationship with MIT Sloan s new Latin American office which opened in December 2013 under Director Julie Strong One of the goals that Strong has there is to bring technology and what MIT provides to Chile through the Sloan office Ruiz Tagle said We can help her from here by organizing making contacts and building this collaboration network that we can give back to Chile Strong said her office has worked with the MIT Chile Club and the Santiago based MIT alumni Club of Chile in the past year and the results have been an amazing beginning of a collaboration which gives all the parties an expanded and committed network Currently we are exploring some collaborations where the students are helping us to identify companies that could possibly be a source of some faculty research or the beginning of some new business case studies from the region she said I can only imagine that these types of projects will grow with the enthusiasm and leadership that Augusto has demonstrated during his two years at MIT Sloan In addition to this combined work Ruiz Tagle also sees a role for the club in helping to forge collaborations that will qualify for MIT Chile Seed Funds from the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives MISTI a program that builds partnerships among MIT faculty and international companies research institutes and universities A graduate of Pontifical Catholic University of Chile with a degree in industrial civil engineering Ruiz Tagle will return home this year to embark on a new career path He had worked in sales and marketing for a large Chilean company and chose MIT Sloan because I

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