Advanced Business Resiliency

This course is the next-level follow-on to the MIT Professional Education - Short Programs course Crisis Management & Business Continuity. As in the Crisis Management & 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


Jun 22, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020

Course Length: 

5 Days

Course Fee: 





  • Open

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.

Registration will close by June 1.

Participant Takeaways: 

Takeaways from this course include:

  • 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 - Short Programs Crisis Management & Business Continuity course.

Program Outline: 

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.

Course Schedule: 

View 2019 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.