Adventures in Strategy, Systems Thinking, and Business Frameworks in the Real Corporate World

MIT Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Aravind Ratnam, Head of Connected Vehicle Products, Wind River; SDM Alumnus

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Aravind Ratnam, SDM ’10

Date: April 19, 2017
Time: Noon – 1 p.m. ET

Slides available here.

About the Presentation

Strategic thinking is both an art and a science; it’s a perspective that one must develop to see the forest for the trees in today’s dynamic business environment. The Internet of Things, driverless cars, analytics, and other innovations require winning business models­ that are just as complex as products. Successful leaders must be able to zoom out to see the big picture and zoom in to see the details. They must keep one eye on the present while looking ahead. Strategic, systems-based thinking is essential.

In this webinar, SDM alumnus Aravind Ratnam, head of connected vehicle products at Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, will share his adventures and lessons learned in using this approach to innovate and lead.

He will:

  • discuss how strategy is practiced in management consulting and in industry;
  • offer examples of how strategists think through real-life challenges;
  • suggest tools, tips, and tricks for building a strategic thinking mindset;
  • provide an overview of careers in strategy with insight into both the hype and the reality.

We invite you to join us!

About the Speaker

Aravind Ratnam is head of connected vehicle products at Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation. As a thought leader within the industrial Internet of Things and connected devices market, he drives internal strategic alignment, innovation planning, business unit strategy, corporate positioning, and internal business optimization (including financial alignment) while providing advice to Intel’s executive staff and business leaders. Previously he worked as a strategy consultant at IBB and Monitor Deloitte, and he has experience in product marketing, systems engineering, and physics research. As an SDM alumnus, he holds a master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT. He also has degrees in space science and instrumentation engineering.

About the Series

Sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recordings and slides from prior SDM webinars can be accessed here.