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Recording and Slides Now Available: Navigating from Strategy to Implementation

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Eric S. Rebentisch, PhD, George Roth, PhD, and Victor Tang, PhD

Eric S. Rebentisch, PhD, Lead researcher, MIT Consortium for Engineering Program Excellence

George Roth, PhD, Research Scientist, MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Victor Tang, PhD, Former Vice President, IBM China

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018


Slides available here.

About the Presentation

Turning strategy into results is challenging, and most organizations admit they don’t do it very well. The Strategy Implementation Research Project at MIT aims to identify ways to bridge the gap between strategy formulation and implementation by drawing on organizational learning methods and sociotechnical systems theory.

In this webinar, MIT researchers will summarize current research in this area and illustrate their points with a case study. Attendees will learn

  • the challenges of strategy formulation and implementation; and
  • how to bridge the strategy-to-implementation gap using a newly developed framework.

The webinar will also preview the SDM-sponsored “Characterizing the Gap 2018” symposium at MIT on April 30 and May 1. A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

About the Speakers

Eric S. Rebentisch, PhD, is a research associate at MIT and lead researcher of MIT’s Consortium for Engineering Program Excellence. He holds a PhD in the management of technological innovation from MIT, a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University, and a BS in aerospace engineering from California State Polytechnic University.

George Roth is a research scientist at MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS).  His most recent book, Systemic Change Management: The Five Capabilities for Improving Enterprises, examines learning and change practices that are effective across organizations. He is a past Academy of Management Organizational Development and Change division chair, a founding member of the Society for Organizational Learning and a faculty member of the Academy for Systems Change. Roth has a PhD in organizational studies from MIT. He also has an MBA and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Victor Tang is the former vice president of IBM China. He also held executive roles at IBM in corporate strategy and systems development. He has coauthored three technology-management books, and his fourth, Executive Decision Synthesis, will be published by Springer, Heidelberg, this summer. He has a BSEE and an MS from Purdue, a MS from Columbia, and a PhD from MIT.

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.

 

Webinar (4/24/18): Balancing Usability and Cybersecurity in IoT Devices

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Tod Beardsley

Saurabh Dutta, SDM ’15

Saurabh Dutta, Director of Experience Design, Rapid7; SDM Alumnus
Tod Beardsley, Director of Research, Rapid7

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: Noon–1 p.m. ET
Free and open to all

Register
(Preregistration is required.)

About the Presentation

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing fast, with web-enabled devices now helping people to monitor their health, upgrade their cars, and control home heating—remotely. Yet, these advances come with increasing security risks. The technology research firm Gartner predicts that by 2020, more than 25 percent of identified enterprise attacks will involve IoT.

In this webinar, cybersecurity experts will discuss how to use systems thinking and related methodologies to reduce IoT risk while preserving usability. Attendees will learn:

  • what cybersecurity risks are common to IoT devices;
  • measures that can be taken to minimize those risks; and
  • how to weigh the tradeoffs between usability and security.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

About the Speakers

Saurabh Dutta directs the experience design team at Rapid7. He has worked in design and usability domains across physical and virtual products for more than 15 years. He has a master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT as an alumnus of System Design & Management. He also has an MS in architecture and design from Mississippi State University and a BArch from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra in India.

Tod Beardsley is the director of research at Rapid7. He has more than 20 years of hands-on security experience, stretching from in-band telephony switching to modern IoT implementations. He directs the myriad security research programs and initiatives at Rapid7. He has a bachelor’s degree in information technology management from Western Governors University.

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.

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Recording and Slides Now Available: Examining the Science of Innovation Education

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Hideyuki Horii, PhD

Hideyuki Horii, PhD, Executive Director, i.school

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Slides available here.

About the Presentation

What is the essence of human creativity? Can innovation be taught? In this webinar, the executive director of i.school will describe efforts begun in 2009 to establish the science of innovation education as a new field of study. Attendees will learn:

  • how recent research is providing insight into human creativity;
  • ways in which innovation workshops can encourage information processing; and
  • what this research means for those hoping to generate ideas for products, services, business models, and social systems.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

About the Speaker

Hideyuki Horii, PhD, is the executive director of i.school, an innovation education program started in 2009 at the University of Tokyo. A retired professor of civil engineering at the University of Tokyo, he is also executive director of the Japan Social Innovation Center. He has a PhD from Northwestern University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Tokyo, all in civil 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.

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