Dear EMTM Students, Alumni and Faculty,

Following up on a very well received 20th Anniversary Symposium in May, on October 2, 2009 we will hold the next event in our Anniversary Series, Future Space: The Intersection Between Technology and Social Science. The goal of the series is to celebrate EMTM's pioneering role in the education of technology leaders. There will be no charge for EMTM students and alumni for this event. Registration will open on August 17, 2009.

Friday, October 2, 2009

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Strategic Behavior in Social Networks
with Michael Kearns

Scientists and sociologists now know a great deal about the structural properties of typical social networks. What is less understood is how such structure influences what is "happening" in the network, whether the dynamic[al] process of interest is the diffusion of information, the matching of individuals, or a search for expertise. Of particular interest are processes involving strategic and economic behavior. For instance, how does the centrality of your position in a social network affect your bargaining power, or the influences you have on your network neighbors in political elections?

In this talk we will review recent developments regarding such questions, and for fun, we will illustrate with some participatory "experiments" during the lecture.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Way of Innovation — Unlocking Breakthrough Growth
with Kaihan Krippendorff

This two-hour workshop is designed to build each participant's skill at generating and launching new innovations. You will leave with a set of immediately applicable tools including:

  • The seven "strategic plays" that most often trigger prolonged breakthrough performance
  • Two questions for rapidly identifying your highest-potential, disruptive strategies
  • Four steps for staying ahead of the competition
  • The only three proven approaches for sustaining an innovation

About Michael Kearns
Michael Kearns did his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley in math and computer science, graduating in 1985. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from Harvard University in 1989. Following postdoctoral positions at the Laboratory for Computer Science at M.I.T. and at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, he joined the research staff of AT&T Bell Labs in 1991 and later the Penn faculty.

Professor Kearn's primary research interests are in machine learning, artificial intelligence, algorithmic game theory, and computational finance. He often examines problems from these areas using methods and models from theoretical computer science and related disciplines. While the majority of his work is mathematical in nature, he has also participated in a variety of empirical and experimental work, including spoken dialogue systems, software agents, and most recently, human-subject experiments in strategic and economic interaction.

WEBSITE: www.cis.upenn.edu/~mkearns/

About Kaihan Krippendorff
Strategist, former McKinsey consultant, and author of three business strategy books — The Art of the Advantage, Hide a Dagger Behind A Smile, and the soon-to-be-released The Way of Innovation — Kaihan Krippendorf has spent over a decade studying corporate conflict.

Kaihan works regularly with large and medium-sized corporations including Microsoft, J&J, Ryder, DHL, and Fidelity Investments to design bold and innovative growth strategies. He delivers key-note speeches across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America and lectures regularly at business schools including Wharton and MIT Sloan.

He earned his MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School, his BSE in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and his BSE in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering.

WEBSITE: www.kaihan.net

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