2016 MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges

Reinventing Innovation: A Systems-Based Approach to New Products, New Services, and a New World

September 27, 2016 (optional preconference sessions at additional fee)
September 28, 2016 (conference)
Wong Auditorium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

To succeed today—as well as in the future—companies must innovate as never before. They must look inward as well as outward, to customers as well as to employees and partners, and they must consider local and global needs, regulations, and standards. Complexity was never so complex—and it is becoming more so every day.

Successful companies in every industry, from automotive and healthcare to high-tech and manufacturing, are using whole-systems approaches to understand, traverse, reimagine, and reinvent the entire innovation ecosystem. To support these efforts, MIT’s annual Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges, sponsored by MIT System Design & Management (SDM), will provide practical information from multiple industries to spark ideas for using systems thinking, integrated design, and management in your domain.

In advance of the conference, MIT faculty will lead back-to-the-classroom sessions on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 27, that will frame the three-fold nature of the whole-systems approach to design—technical, managerial, and socio-political­—and discuss ways of using it to address practical business problems.

The daylong conference on September 28 will feature MIT experts and industry leaders discussing best practices and lessons learned in a wide range of areas. Speakers will include:

  • Leandre Adifon, Vice President Enterprise Systems Engineering & Advanced Technology, Ingersoll Rand (Keynote)
  • Bernard S. Meyerson, PhD, IBM Fellow, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, IBM (Keynote)
  • Olivier L. de Weck, PhD, dipl.-Ing.; Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, MIT; Codirector, Center for Complex Engineering Systems, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and MIT
  • Donna Levin, Cofounder, Care.com (Keynote)
  • Bryan R. Moser, PhD, Lecturer, System Design & Management, MIT; Project Associate Professor and Director of Global Teamwork Lab, University of Tokyo; President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Product Design
  • Rajesh Nair, Founder and Chairman, Degree Controls, Inc.; Visiting Scholar, MIT; Senior Lecturer and Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Asia School of Business

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!