Advanced Business Resiliency

This course is the follow-on to the MIT Professional Education - Short Programs course Crisis Management and Business Continuity. As in the Crisis Management and Business Continuity course, faculty and invited industry experts will present select current topics and analyze recent case studies. 

However, this new Short Program also provides a forum for attendees to discuss current and/or pressing industry issues as well as their own issues and concerns. The course provides much networking time with peers in an open and dynamic environment for them to be able to ask questions; exchange ideas, information, and processes; assemble best practices; explore alternatives; and provide solutions. Additionally, projects/industry issues will be assigned requiring students to work together in small groups during the week and present their results at the end of the course.

Lead Instructor(s): 

Richard Larson
Steven Goldman



Course Length: 

5 Days

Course Fee: 





  • Closed

It is highly recommended that you apply for a course at least 6-8 weeks before the start date to guarantee there will be space available. After that date you may be placed on a waitlist. Courses with low enrollment may be cancelled up to 4 weeks before start date if sufficient enrollments are not met. If you are able to access the online application form, then registration for that particular course is still open.

Pre-requisite: Registrants for this course must have completed the MIT Professional Education Crisis Management and Business Continuity course

Participant Takeaways: 

Takeaways from this course include:

  • Discussing current and pressing industry issues with industry experts and peers
  • Networking to address attendees’ own issues and concerns
  • Reviewing case studies of recent events with industry experts
  • Gathering and exchanging innovative solutions, concepts, information, and best practices

Who Should Attend: 

This couse is open to alumni of the MIT Professional Education - Short Programs Crisis Management and Business Continuity course.

Program Outline: 

Topics and speakers are determined each year by previous Crisis Management and Business Continuity course attendees. This year the course will cover the following topics:

Vendor risk management, supply chains, notification systems, discussion of participant issues, and sharing of best practices. Other issues may be introduced by Participants.

In addition to the topics covered by the course as a whole, participants will be able to select two of three tracks on Tuesday and Wednesday (see course schedule for more complete information):

  1. Media Training
  2. Business Impact Analysis, Cybersecurity
  3. Drills & Exercises—Best Practices

Course projects will be assigned to (or selected by) groups of participants to work on during the week; summary presentations/results will be made on Friday. Participant project issues can include: Business impact analyses, notification systems, business continuity vs. business resiliency, risk management, exercises, cybersecurity, selling BC to your organization, individual organization experiences, or analysis of a recent event.

Course Schedule: 

View 2017 course schedule (pdf)

This course meets 9:00 am - 5:30 pm on Monday, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday, and 8:00 am - 3:30 pm on Friday. There will be a reception/networking event for course participants on Monday evening. Optional after-class networking activities will be determined.



This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please complete the Custom Programs request form for further details.

Traveling Companion/Family/Tourist Information

The greater Boston area offers world-class music, art, literary, sports, recreation, shopping, restaurants, and history resources to explore. The Short Programs Travel page offers information and resources for things to do during your stay in Boston. While you are in class, your spouse/family/traveling companion can enjoy the unique experience of the Boston and New England area in summertime, shopping, touring, or visiting one or more of the over 100 colleges and universities in Massachusetts.


Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings, and tools (10%) 10
Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (65%) 65
Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (25%) 25

Delivery Methods: 

Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (25%) 25
Discussions and group work: Participatory learning (50%) 50
Labs: Demonstrations, experiments, simulations (25%) 25


Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (10%) 10
Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (45%) 45
Advanced: In-depth exploration at the graduate level (45%) 45