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2013 MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges

A Systems Approach to Big Data: Going Beyond the Numbers

October 10, 2013
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wong Auditorium

Big data can lead to big success or big failure. Analytics, while invaluable in optimizing market intelligence, must be coupled with leadership, innovation, and systems thinking to turn data into knowledge that can be operationalized and implemented successfully. Collecting data simply isn't enough.

Companies, nonprofits, and government organizations around the globe are increasingly using a systems-based approach, in conjunction with big data, to address the urgent and complex problems we face today. To support these efforts, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's annual Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges, sponsored by the MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program, will focus on best practices for big data and how to use systems thinking to deploy your company's technical and managerial resources.

In a special back-to-the-classroom session on systems dynamics, MIT SDM faculty member J. Bradley Morrison, Ph.D. will frame the three-fold nature of systems thinking—technical, managerial, and socio-political—and outline how it is being applied in operationalizing big data. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about their company's specific challenges and hear from MIT experts, as well as to discuss them with peers in conference networking sessions.

Speakers from industry with expertise—and success—in big data will discuss:

  • translating analytics into an action plan that aligns with your company's strategic goals;
  • tools for aligning—and leading—cross-functional teams and deploying external resources to best advantage;
  • monitoring progress and results, as well as determining when and how to change course; and
  • benefits achieved, lessons learned, and next steps.

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

The conference will also provide ample time for Q&A with speakers and networking with executives.

We invite you to join us on October 10, 2013. Register here.

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

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