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2002 SDM System Engineering Conference
  October 24 & 25, 2002, Cambridge, MA
        Sponsored by the SDM Alumni

          SDM Conference Mission

To develop a strong SDM Alumni Network and
promote life long learning at MIT by providing an
annual educational forum for SDM Alumni to learn the
latest System Engineering, leadership, and
management principles and to facilitate networking
between current SDM Fellows and Alumni.

 2002 SDM System Engineering Conference
   October 24 & 25, 2002, Cambridge, MA
        "System Engineering and System Change"

    • Prominent industry speakers
    • MIT academic experts
    • Networking with SDM alumni and current students
    • Participation in Fall 2002 SDM Business Trip
    • Participation in 2002 Sloan Leadership Conference

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"System Engineering and System Change"
This year's theme is centered around "System Engineering and System Change", with a focus on
refreshing and further developing system engineering capabilities, as well as managing changes in a
complex system. Presentations will include:
• Systems Thinking (P. Senge, MIT Sloan School of Management)
• System Dynamics in Product Development (N. Repenning, MIT Sloan School of Management)
• Methods for Dealing with System Complexity (E. Crawley, MIT, Chair Aeronautics and Astronautics)
• Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing (P. Carlile, MIT Sloan school of Management)
• Methods for Effective Requirements Development (I. Hooks, President and CEO, Compliance
Automation Inc.)
• Small Business System Engineering Practices in a Big Business Environment (T. Hamilton, SDM
Alumnus and VP Software Quality Assurance, Datek Online, N. Sabbaghian, SDM Alumnus and
Marketing Director, European Start-up Company
• Reinventing an Industry: An SDM Entrepreneurship Case Study (C. Van Buiten, SDM Alumnus and
UTC Engineering)
• Managing Interfaces Across the Value Chain; Charles Gardiner, Manager Xerographic Platforms,
Xerox The Document Company

All alumni are strongly encouraged to attend to help foster the continued growth of the SDM Program
and Alumni Network!

       MIT SDM Conference Strategy
• Integrate with SDM Business Trip
• Coordinate with SDM Program Leadership
• Provide High Educational Content
• Leverage Sloan Leadership Conference
• Networking with Alumni, current SDM
Fellows, Academic and Industry Experts
                                               SDM Business
                                                Trip (Fall 02)
                                               Cambridge, MA

                                              SDM Conference
                                               Cambridge, MA


Overview of SDM Conference Agenda
Thursday October 24, 2002, 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
• Presentations from prominent industry speakers, MIT academic
experts, and SDM alumni

Thursday October 24, 2002, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• SDM Dinner and networking with current SDM Fellows at
University Park Hotel

Friday October 25, 2002, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
• Continued presentations from industry speakers, MIT academic
experts, and SDM alumni
• SDM Alumni Town Hall Meeting

Saturday October 26, 2002, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
• Sloan Leadership Conference, “Breakthrough Leadership:
Business and Beyond,”

              Conference Registration
2002 SDM System Engineering Conference
October 24 & 25, 2002, Cambridge, MA

The SDM System Engineering Conference registration fee is $150.
You can register by mail (registration form to be provided) or
electronically through the SDM Alumni Conference web site at

For More Information:
For more information, visit our SDM Conference Web Site at

                  Hotel Information
There are several hotels conveniently located near MIT. Below are 3
options with current MIT rates and telephone numbers listed:

• The Kendall Hotel, 350 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142,
Telephone 617 577-1300, MIT Rate $129.00
• Cambridge Center Marriott, 2 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA
02142, Telephone 617 494-6600, MIT Rate: $229.00
• University Park Hotel at MIT, 20 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA
02139, Telephone 617 577-0200, MIT Rate: $199.00
For more information on are hotels in the Boston/Cambridge area,
please visit Remember to make
your reservation as early as possible to ensure a room will be
available at the room rates shown above!

Overview of Sloan Leadership Conference
                           Saturday, October 26, 2002
 This year’s Conference, “Breakthrough Leadership: Business and Beyond,” addresses the difficult decisions that leaders face
 in an evolving environment, and the development of organizational leadership to successfully manage these decisions.

 As the business environment has been transformed in the last decade – become increasingly networked, blurring the lines
 between traditional business boundaries – organizations have been forced to develop new and innovative ways of leadership.
 Additionally, the pace of change has been frenetic, meaning that often critical decisions have to be made quickly and without
 full information.

 In this kind of environment, examples of ‘Breakthrough Leadership’ that affect the company’s future are more often occurring
 in the day-to-day operations and decisions of the managers throughout the organization, as well as in the CEO’s office. Thus it
 has become even more critical for top executives to impart good leadership skills to people at all levels of the organization,
 making leadership a team effort.

 To explore leadership in this evolving environment, the conference will discuss topics such as:

                       Leaders guide others through adversity, but what guides a leader in his/her actions when faced with a
                       defining moment?

                       How do you develop and inspire leadership within your organization?

                       How has the globalization of the economy and the various cultural issues involved affected business
                       decision-making? Are there differences in how these situations are handled in various industry contexts?

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