System Design and Management

The MIT Master's Program in Engineering and Management

2012 MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges

Addressing Complexity and Innovation in Energy, Big Data and Diverse Industries
October 22-23, 2012
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wong Auditorium

Across industries and government organizations around the globe, a systems-based approach is increasingly seen as critical to addressing the urgent and complex problems we face today. For many organizations, the question is not whether to employ systems thinking, but how to apply it to maintain competitive advantage.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's annual Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges, sponsored by the System Design and Management Program, will focus on addressing complexity and innovation in energy and managing complex data across industries. MIT has carefully chosen speakers not only for their expertise in addressing complex systems challenges, but also for their role in leading the implementation of the day-to-day tasks that produce results.

MIT professors will frame the three-fold nature of systems thinking—technical, managerial, and socio-political—and outline how it is being applied in these critical areas. Industry leaders will describe best practices that demonstrate the challenges they face within and outside of their organizations, how they apply a systems-based approach, the benefits achieved, and the lessons learned.

The aim of the conference is to provide practical information from multiple disciplines that will spark ideas for how to implement systems thinking and innovation to address complex challenges, whether in industry, academia, government, or the world at large.

There will be ample time for Q&A with speakers and networking with executives attending the conference.

We invite you to join us on October 22-23, 2012. Register here.

For additional information on the event or to become a conference sponsor, contact Joan S. Rubin, SDM industry co-director,

Conference Sponsors

MIT's System Design and Management Program wishes to thank the following for their generous support of the MIT Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges.

  • John Deere
  • General Electric
  • Werfen Group
  • Global Product Design
  • WBUR Boston's NPR news station
  • The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values

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