Internet of Things: Business Implications and Opportunities

Course starts 29 July 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
21 July 2020
Course Starts:
29 July 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
6–8 hours per week, entirely online
USD $2,800
Payment Options
MIT Sloan School of Management


The modern world is host to an enormous web of devices interconnected through sensors and networks – known as the Internet of Things (IoT). While the IoT has already made its presence felt in the home through smart appliances, it represents a rich opportunity for business. 

This online course steps beyond the bounds of technical jargon to explore the business management implications of IoT adoption. Through case studies, interactive media and peer-to-peer learning, you’ll develop an understanding of the technologies and conditions necessary for successful integration of IoT in a business context.

Ultimately, you'll gain the skills and knowledge to create a practical roadmap for the real-world implementation of IoT, and earn a certificate of completion from MIT Sloan.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • A roadmap for the real-world implementation of IoT in your business
  • The ability to assess the state of leadership and technology integration in your company, and find opportunities to unite them for a strategic advantage
  • An understanding of the ways you can use IoT technologies on an organizational level to improve productivity

Is this course for you?

This online program is ideal for managers and aspiring leaders interested in exploring the business opportunities that IoT can offer. Operations managers, entrepreneurs, and business analysts will benefit from understanding the impact and applications of IoT. Software engineers, data analysts, and IT engineers will learn to better communicate the benefits of IoT, while gaining methods for effective implementation.

Course curriculum

Explore the business and leadership opportunities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT) as you work through the weekly modules of this online course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Demystifying the Internet of Things 
  • Module 2 Leading IoT: Levels of Mastery
  • Module 3 Digital Capabilities
  • Module 4 An Overview of IoT Technologies
  • Module 5 Aligning IoT and Strategy
  • Module 6 Creating an IoT Roadmap for the Future

Advance your business strategy with IoT

This MIT Sloan online program is delivered in collaboration with online education provider, GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you explore the IoT possibilities with like-minded business leaders from across the globe in this online executive program from MIT Sloan Executive Education.


Your Faculty Director

The design of this online program is guided by MIT Sloan faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

George Westerman


Principal Research Scientist, MIT Center for Digital Business

 Dr George Westerman is a principal research scientist with the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy. An award-winning author and speaker who is widely considered a pioneer of research into digital transformation, George helps senior executives to drive new competitive advantage through technology. He is the author of numerous articles and three award-winning books, including Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation. In addition to research and teaching, George serves as a member of the board of directors of the Technology Business Management Council and co-chairman of the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Awards.


Faculty Members

Sanja Sarma


Vice President for Open Learning at MIT

Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He is the first Dean of Digital Learning at MIT. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He serves on the boards of GS1, EPCglobal and several start-up companies including Senaya and ESSESS. Dr Sarma received his bachelor's from the Indian Institute of Technology, his master's from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California. He has authored over 75 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research including the MacVicar Fellowship, the Business Week eBiz Award and InformationWeek’s Innovators and Influencers Award. He advises several national governments and global companies. 

Earn a certificate of completion from MIT Sloan

Explore the business opportunities of IoT and earn an official certificate of completion from MIT Sloan School of Management.

This program also counts towards an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate, which you can earn by completing four programs; three from your chosen certificate track and one completed in-person. Find out more.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 29 July 2020.

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