Continuing Education | Technological Leadership Institute

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Bridging the Gap
Between Business
and Technology 

Partner with the Best

In business today, leading companies succeed in large part because of the alliances they form. By partnering with the Technological Leadership Institute, you’ll get the academic and real-world strategic leadership experience needed to identify, develop and sustain corporate growth. TLI partners with local and global organizations to provide applied learning experiences through our professional development and continuing education opportunities. 

TLI Means Business

TLI leaders, many of whom are industry experts and sought-after consultants, know the local and global technology industry best. We’ve partnered with:

  • Minnesota National Guard to provide training for NATO;
  • teachers and students in Saudi Arabia in preparation for the National Olympics Scientific Innovation competition; and
  • companies and organizations of all sizes to strengthen leadership and address challenges.

No matter what your specific needs may be, our goal is to empower managers and executives in their strategic vision to leverage technology to grow your business.

Custom Short Courses and In-House Training

TLI aims to develop leadership capacity in full-time technology employees in order to turn them into leaders and executives. In addition to our pre-selected short course offerings, the Technological Leadership Institute’s customizable short courses provide training tailored to your business or employee needs.

Our custom courses are broken into four categories:

Strategic Leadership

  • Emerging and Pivotal Technologies
  • How to Create and Stimulate a Culture of Innovation
  • Leadership in the New Business Normal
  • Evolving Security Threats and Cost-Effective Counter-Measures
  • Communication in a Technical Environment
  • Globalization: Using Technology to Reach and Lead Global Teams
  • Leading in Turbulent Times
  • Managing Innovation in a Technological Environment
  • Globalization, Energy and Growth
  • Meeting the Challenge of Sustained Competitive Advantage
  • Security in the Workplace: Vulnerability and Risk Assessment

Operational Leadership

  • How to Create and Stimulate a Culture of Innovation
  • Evolving Security Threats and Cost-Effective Counter-Measures
  • Project and Knowledge Management – What Works?
  • Communication in a Technical Environment
  • How Customer Understanding Enables Innovation
  • Globalization: Using Technology to Reach and Lead Global Teams
  • Managing Innovation in a Technological Environment
  • Customer-Focused Innovation
  • Globalization, Energy and Growth
  • Leading in Turbulent Times
  • Managing New Product Development for Business Growth
  • Meeting the Challenge of Sustained Competitive Advantage
  • Security in the Workplace: Vulnerability and Risk Assessment

Technical Talent

  • Evolving Security Threats and Cost-Effective Counter-Measures
  • Project and Knowledge Management – What Works?
  • Communication in a Technical Environment
  • How Customer Understanding Enables Innovation
  • Customer-Focused Innovation
  • Managing New Product Development for Business Growth
  • Security in the Workplace: Vulnerability and Risk Assessment

Board Training

  • Emerging and Pivotal Technologies
  • Leadership in the New Business Normal
  • Globalization, Energy and Growth
  • Security in the Workplace: Vulnerability and Risk Assessment

Applied Research and Consulting

Innovation is essential for businesses and professionals to gain and maintain competitive advantage. TLI can help improve the success rate of corporate innovation with its customized consulting. Through our applied hands-on training, TLI offers on-site customized management and leadership opportunities for tech-based industries and organizations. These workshops are tailored to guide the direction of your company or develop your talent. Example topics of TLI trainings are including in the dropdown below.

Consulting Expertise

  • Mergers and acquisitions in technology-intensive industries – R&D integration strategies to preserve innovation and productivity
  • Advanced product development for B2B markets
  • Commercialization of breakthrough products for global customers and other local-to-global strategies
  • Leadership talent development for technology-based professionals and organizations
  • Leadership strategies and organizational culture
    • Development and communication of corporate culture to sustain technology-intensive organizations
    • Change and crisis management
  • Creating an effective R&D strategy, identifying and assessing emerging and pivotal technologies
    • Using technology foresight to guide corporate R&D
    • Identifying and developing emerging growth opportunities
    • Developing successful technology alliances
  • Evaluating technology-intensive operations end-to-end in all business and market sectors
  • Creating and maintaining an innovative environment, enhancing capacity for innovation
  • Technology assessment, valuation, initiation, management and transfer
  • Securing and valuing IP, managing innovation and commercialization risks
  • Smart grids, energy, environment, quality, regulation, policy and markets
  • Efficiency, robustness and security of critical infrastructure including energy, transportation, and telecommunication and cyber networks
  • Technology product and program management    

Rochester Signature Series

The Technological Leadership Institute Rochester Signature Series is a four-day professional development opportunity open to the public, which focuses on local business topics of interest for Rochester-based companies. Members of TLI faculty provide attendees with information to apply immediately in their career and to have ready for future challenges.

Technically Speaking

Technically Speaking by the University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute features interactive seminars by experts and thinkers in business, science and technology. The Technically Speaking seminar series provides the business community with an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and insight on a wide range of topics while connecting with industry peers. Visit the Technically Speaking page to learn more about upcoming seminars.

Interested in customized learning?

To learn more about a customized training, please contact us at 612-624-5747 or tli@umn.edu

Steven Webster, TLI faculty
Edson W. Spencer Chair in Technology Management