2015 MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges

A Whole Systems Approach to Product Design and Development

October 6, 2015 (optional preconference sessions at additional fee)
October 7, 2015 (conference)
Wong Auditorium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Successful companies are increasingly using a whole systems approach to address the complex problems they face in product design and development. To support these efforts, MIT’s annual Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges, sponsored by MIT System Design & Management (SDM) and Integrated Design & Management (IDM), will provide practical information from multiple industries to spark ideas for using systems thinking, integrated design, and management in your domain.

In back-to-the-classroom sessions on the afternoon of October 6, preceding the conference, MIT professors will frame the three-fold nature of the whole systems approach to design—technical, managerial, and socio-political­—and discuss ways this approach can be used to address practical business problems.

The daylong conference on October 7 will feature MIT experts and industry leaders discussing best practices and lessons learned in a wide range of areas. Topics will include:

  • The increasing competitive imperative for products with greater consumer appeal;
  • Why the walls separating design, engineering, and management must be torn down—and how to accomplish this;
  • How to build a systematic process for creating great products from great ideas; and
  • Tools and techniques that can be pulled out of the box to help organizations develop a systems-based approach to integrating design, engineering, and management.

Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions about the specific challenges facing their companies, as well as to network with peers.

We invite you to join us!