Systems Leadership and Management Praxis

A ninja is working at the laptop with a diagram showing a feedback loop of "Try, Reflect, and Plan" above the laptop.

Students learn how to make strategic decision for high-tech businesses under time pressure by role-playing games. The course aims to enable students to create and lead teams of decision-making ninjas. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare, based on public domain image of a ninja at a computer.)


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Summer 2014



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SLaM (Systems Leadership and Management) Praxis is a course is designed to introduce students to the dynamics of strategic decision making in corporate boardrooms through team exercises, simulations, and role playing. The case studies and team exercises will introduce students to strategy choices in the high tech sector, but these learnings are just as valid in other industries. We will also have invited guest speakers from the industry who have lived through difficult corporate situations and can provide insights into the cases discussed in class.

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Michael Davies. ESD.S51 Systems Leadership and Management Praxis. Summer 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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