Executive Master of Science in Technology Management—Program Requirements
No new applications are being accepted to this program currently. The information on this page should only be used as reference for students who started the program prior to Fall 2007.
Technology management encompasses all aspects of management associated with identification, development, acquisition, and application of technologies for the production of goods and services. Such management is vital to both private-sector organizations that face the challenges associated with the fast pace of technological change, and the public sector, which has an integral and defining role in providing regulations and policy shaping the future of U.S. technological competitiveness.
This 18-month, 36-credit Executive Master of Science in technology management program covers six important competency areas in a technology driven, globally competitive, business environment:
- technology and strategic management;
- marketing and financing;
- program and operations management;
- electronic commerce;
- operational performance and human resources; and
- business law and global management.
The executive program seminars are designed to introduce and develop these competencies with each seminar uniquely designed to address specific sets of competencies. The program also provides a capstone activity where students build a final product that applies all of the competencies learned to a specific enterprise
Please note that the requirements on this page are for students who enrolled in the program prior to Fall 2007.
- Seminar I: XTMN 601 Technology Overview and Financing Technology-Based Ventures
This first seminar provides program participants with the knowledge, skills, and techniques they need to develop and continuously evaluate appropriate business technology strategies for their organizations. The seminar starts with an overview of technology management as an academic discipline and a professional practice. The program participant is then introduced to financial management for technology managers, including the preparation and analysis of a diverse set of financial statements and the valuation of capital and intellectual assets, intellectual property, and intangibles. The issue of pricing, customer service, market differentiation, and new produce launches are presented.
- Seminar II: XTMN 602 Marketing and Strategic Management
This seminar provides program participants with a study of the techniques of qualitative and quantitative market research and test marketing. This is followed by an introduction to strategic planning as an integrated part of a new technology-based product or service. The issues of competitive strategy, technology-based organizations, and new product launches are presented. The process of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship are discussed from the standpoint of various organizational functions and levels and how these processes can be promoted through effective strategic management. Finally, using the principles and technology explored in both Seminars 1 and 2, program participants will create a business plan for a new venture introducing a unique technology-based produce service.
- Seminar III: XTMN 603 Program and Operations Management
In first module of this seminar, students will be introduced to the concepts, processes, and theory of project management. Students will develop a work breakdown structure, critical path, Gantt charts, and risk management plan for an identified activity. The final product of this activity will be the presentation of a project plan at the end of the module. In the second module, participants learn how to design and manage organizational systems that can effectively adapt to a rapidly changing, highly competitive, technology-driven environment. They learn how to use the systems approach to address complex organizational problems in a logical and structured manner. Topics covered include decision theory, linear programming, network analysis, and risk analysis. During this seminar, participants are introduced to software for program management, decision-support systems, expert systems that will prove useful throughout this and following seminars to formulate and solve problems in technology management.
- Seminar IV: XTMN 604 Electronic Commerce
The rapid growth of E-Commerce (EC) affects the way lines of business and every functional group are run within an enterprise. An introductory module provides an overview of both the strategic and the technical essentials of what managers need to know in order to manage and lead an EC initiative. Topics covered include definitions of EC, a brief history of EC, EC business models, and the role of technology. The economics of information goods, virtual value chains, and electronic markets are also presented. The impact of EC on organizational strategy and industry structure and an in-depth assessment of a successful EC strategy is presented. The discussion will also address the legal, social, ethical, regulatory and other emerging issues related to EC, electronic communities, and virtual organizations. Program participants will be presented with an outline of the technologies that enable EC, including telecommunications technology trends, portals and search engines, Web site design and management, EDI and XML, electronic payment systems and security, web access to databases, ERP and CRM software, and EC servers. Program participants will discuss the emergence of the Internet as one of the most significant forces to affect marketing since the emergence of mass media. This seminar delves into the technologies and potential applications of the Internet with a focus on developing effective global marketing strategies using the web as a medium. Web site development, attracting and managing Web site traffic, use of e-mail, Internet regulatory issues, and development of Internet marketing strategies are explored in depth. Program participants will submit the second installment of their journals identifying the relevance of the content of Seminar IV to the venture created at the conclusion of Seminar II.
- Seminar V: XTMN 605 Operational Performance and Human Resources
This seminar focuses on operational tools, techniques, and methodologies to improve operational effectiveness and gain competitive advantage. Program participants learn operations methods and skills that are used for planning, control, and internal management. The needs of both internal and external customers are addressed using consistently high and continuously improving quality products and services. Methodologies to implement both functional and nonfunctional processes are discussed. Organizational culture, business ethics, and effective management strategies are introduced to foster an understanding of workplace behavior and motivation in technology-based organizations. Software for implementing process improvements and process management is introduced, and program participants develop competencies in applying this software to practical problems including their team-based technology business ventures. Program participants will submit the third installment of their journals identifying the relevance of the content of Seminar V to the venture created at the conclusion of Seminar II.
- Seminar VI: XTMN 606 Information Security and Global Management
In this final seminar, the proliferation of corporate databases and the development of telecommunication network technology as gateways or invitations to intrusion are examined. Ways of investigating the management of the risk and security of data and data systems are presented as a function of design through recovery and protection. Issues of risk and security as they relate to specific industries and government are major topics. Examples are presented of how major technological advances in computer and operating systems have placed data, as tangible corporate assets, at risk. Quantitative sampling techniques for risk assessment and for qualitative decision making under uncertainty are explored. Finally, a framework is developed for analyzing the competitive structure of industries and for formulating strategy within an international context. Competitive theories, analyses, and strategies relevant to the major national and regional business environments are examined. Organizational and functional issues are discussed, including transnational company structures, the role of marketing, finance, trade, technology transfer and the public-private interface in the formulation of firm strategy.
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