Thursday, March 3, 2011

Webinar series offers insight into applied systems thinking - SDM Pulse, Spring 2011

By Lois Slavin, SDM communications director

The MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series provides information on how systems thinking can be applied across technical, managerial, and socio-political domains to address complex problems in a wide range of industries, as well as nonprofit and governmental organizations.
Each webinar features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners that illustrates how to employ systems thinking in real-world situations.
Held twice monthly from noon to 1 pm, the series is open to all at no charge. Recorded webinars are also available on demand at Click on Voices in the upper nav bar.
Coming up on March 14, 2011, MIT Senior Lecturer Steve Spear will present “Leadership, Innovation, and Operational Excellence: How Market Leaders Beat the Competition.” Spear, who is also a senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is an internationally recognized expert in leadership, innovation, and operational excellence.
On March 28, 2011, John Kluza, business development manager for emerging applications at Satcon Technology, will present “Status of Grid-scale Energy Storage and Strategies for Accelerating Cost-effective Deployment.” Kluza is an SDM alumnus and a former energy storage and smart grid analyst.
SDM alum Akshat Mathur will present a webinar April 25, 2011, on “The Evolution of Business Ecosystems: Interspecies Competition in the Steel Industry.” Mathur is an accomplished operations and supply chain management professional who has worked in various operations management, strategy, and planning roles in the steel industry in India.
For further information, please contact SDM Industry Codirector Joan S. Rubin at or 617.253.2081.

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