Leading with Confidence in the Face of Uncertainty
A Two-Day Executive Education Program

Overview - Description - Speakers - Testimonials -

YANEER BAR-YAM is President of the New England Complex Systems Institute.  Professor Bar-Yam uses concepts from the science of complex systems to understand how organizations and patterns of behavior arise, evolve, adapt, and how we can use multiscale representations to relate fine and large scale, short and long term perspectives.  He has studied the role of complexity in corporate organization and effectiveness, in health care and health care management, in the education system, in military conflict, and in third world development.  He has worked with organizations including the CDC, the Centers for Medicare Services, the World Bank, MITRE Corporation, Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and the US Military to explore the relationship between organizational structure and function and develop strategies for meeting complex challenges at all scales. He is the author of two books: Dynamics of Complex Systems, the only textbook to address the entire field of complex systems, and Making Things Work: Solving Complex Problems in a Complex World, which applies complex systems scinece to problems facing organizations and society.

PETER M. SENGE is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Founding Chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the "interdependent development of people and their institutions." He is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization (1990) (over 750,000 in circulation) and co-author of three field books, The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization (1994), and The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations (1999), and Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education(2000). Harvard Business Review has identified The Fifth Discipline as one of the seminal management books of the past 75 years. The Journal of Business Strategy named Dr. Senge as one of the 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years.

JOHN D. STERMAN is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management and head of the System Dynamics Group at the MIT Sloan School of Business. The author of Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World (2000), he specializes in systems thinking for corporate and public policy, behavioral decision theory, nonlinear dynamics, and economic dynamics. Sterman uses system dynamics - a framework for understanding complex situations - to examine how people approach complex decisions and discover why dysfunctional dynamics persist in organizations. Using management "flight simulators" that Sterman and his students have developed, managers can design effective policies to improve the long-term performance of their organizations. Recent applications include the semiconductor, automotive, and computer industries; and issues from growth strategy to process improvement and product development.

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