This course runs June 15-17 & 21-24, with an optional student/faculty reception on Monday, June 14, noon-2:00pm EST.

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Lead Instructor(s)
Jun 15 - 24, 2021
Registration Deadline
Live Virtual
Course Length
7 half-days
Course Fee
2.9 CEUs
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In this next-level follow-up to our Crisis Management & Business Resiliency course, you’ll acquire insights from leading experts and discuss your own pressing resiliency challenges—as well as other industry trends—with top faculty and small working groups of accomplished global peers. Topics are unique to each session, but could include: notification systems, supply chains, cultural perspectives, vendor risk management, cyber security, dealing with consultants, and more. 

Course Overview

This course is the next-level follow-on to the MIT Professional Education's Short Programs course Crisis Management & Business Resiliency (formerly titled "Crisis Management & Business Continuity"). As in the Crisis Management & Business Resiliency 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.

Participant Takeaways

  • Discussions of current and pressing industry issues with subject experts and peers
  • Opportunities to address attendees’ own issues and concerns
  • Case studies of recent events; lessons learned 
  • Gathering and exchange of innovative solutions, concepts, information, and best practices
  • Small working group interactions, learning, and dynamics
  • Networking with peers; attendees’ contact information
  • The book You're It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When it Matters Most, co-authored by Harvard affiliate and MIT Crisis Course Lecturer Eric McNulty
  • Free time for professional and personal growth
  • Complimentary after-class networking activities
  • MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion
  • MIT Advanced Business Resiliency Course Coffee Mug!

Who Should Attend

This course is open to alumni of the MIT Professional Education's Short Programs Crisis Management & Business Continuity course. Note that the Professional Education alumni discount is not valid for this program (because all registrants of this program are MIT Professional Education alumni). 

Program Outline

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.

Topics and speakers are determined each year by previous Crisis Management & Business Continuity program attendees prior to this Course.

Topics could include: notification systems, supply chain, vendor risk management, cyber security, cloud vendors and services; cultural perspectives, global programs, psychological first aid to victims and impacted employees, how to talk BCP to IT, executive buy-in, analysis of a recent event, dealing with consultants, or other topics as requested. If a student wishes, he/she may make a presentation to the class on an issue. Dr. Steve will ask for input prior to the Course.

Student projects will be self-selected by groups of students to work on during the week; summary presentations/results will be made Friday. Students teams will self-assemble based upon interests, company/agency size, company/agency business (e.g., health care, banking, local government). Student project issues can include: Business impact analyses; notification systems; business continuity vs business resiliency; risk management; exercises; cyber security; cloud vendors; selling BC to your organization; individual organization experiences; analysis of a recent event – yours or someone else’s; or other topic as approved by Instructors. Dr. Steve will ask for input prior to the Course.