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Course Objectives:

1) To provide an understanding of the human and organizational contexts in which you will be working and the skills you will need to be productive and successful as you enter the world of work and throughout your career.

2) To explore how to put the scientific, technical and organizational knowledge learned at MIT to work in addressing the major challenges facing management and organizations today.

We use interactive exercises, simulations, cases and student projects to examine these issues and to develop critical skills in teamwork, negotiations, communications and leadership.

This course is part of both the Sloan School’s Minor in Management and the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program. The concepts and tools introduced here will be further applied in the Gordon Engineering Leadership Laboratory and provide the foundation for learning from the optional fieldwork component of the Management Minor.

‘Never waste a good crisis’ or so the saying goes….The global economic crisis has set in motion an enormous amount of change in organizations. Periods like this provide an open window to look at how organizations adapt under pressure. We will use the crisis and the organizational changes it is inducing as a ‘teachable moment’ both in class discussions and in your individual and team papers. Specifically, we will draw heavily on the changes already implemented and plans for the future MIT is considering in response to the crisis.

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