Management of Technology Curriculum | Technological Leadership Institute

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Executive Education for Technology Leaders

The Management of Technology curriculum comprises a number of carefully selected topics and courses for this 36-credit Master of Science degree program. Throughout the program students will gain a comprehensive understanding of technology management in a business context while learning a number of methodologies, tools and templates they can apply immediately in their own work, benefiting both the student and their employer.

Keeping pace with today's technology and business, the curriculum is updated often to incorporate new developments in technology management, innovation and leadership. Classes meet one day per week, alternating Fridays and Saturdays over four semesters, allowing students to graduate within two years while continuing to work full time.

MOT Business Foundation Courses

MOT 8111 Marketing Management for Technology-Based Organizations (2 credits)
Introduction to the function of marketing strategy in technology-driven organizations, including foundational concepts of product strategy, distribution channels and pricing. Explores strategic market discovery from market sizing through competitive responses.

MOT 8112 Accounting for Decision Making (1.5 credits)
Exploration of management accounting as an information framework to organize, evaluate and report proprietary data in order to evaluate a firm's sustainable advantage in competitive tech markets. Adopts a case-driven approach to discuss how this data can be used for strategic decision making for the firm.

MOT 8113 Operations Management for Competitive Advantage (1.5 credits)
Overview of the relationships between supply chain and operations with other functions. Analyzes the impact of process, people and technology on supply chain and operations within manufacturing and service environments.

MOT 8122 Financial Management for Technology-Based Organizations (2 credits)
Overview of financial methods critical for technology-based managers and organizations. Key topics include creating and measuring value, projecting financial needs and managing working capital. Outlines differences between corporate and venture finance with an emphasis on financing new ventures.

MOT 8233 Strategic Management of Technology (2 credits)
Strategies that enable technology-intensive companies to reinvent themselves. Introduces a formula for a sustained competitive advantage that starts with external and internal analysis and proceeds to action items for companies to change their corporate, global and innovation strategies. A rich cadre of case-study examples is reviewed.

MOT Leadership Courses

MOT 8133 Managerial Communications for Technology Leaders: Persuasive Writing and Speaking (2 credits)
Persuasive strategies for connecting with an audience, creating goodwill, building trust and reducing conflict while avoiding common errors that undermine credibility. Features nine behavioral practices for speaking effectively while thinking on your feet.

MOT 8501 Leading Individual and Team Performance (1.5 credits)
Innovation leadership in complex and dynamic environments. Focuses on context and capability for leaders to optimize engagement and performance at individual and team levels. Emphasizes self-awareness through individual and peer feedback and development of action plans to enhance leadership effectiveness.

MOT 8502 Innovation Leadership and Organization Effectiveness (1 credit)
Exploration of how leaders can be developers of innovation strategy and architects of organizational capability, fostering team commitment to execute strategic choices. Discusses various principles and practices to foster continuous improvement in individual and business performance and to sustain commitment among diverse stakeholders.

MOT 8900 Conflict Management (0.5 credit)
Theory and methods for applying conflict management techniques. Review the cooperative and competitive models of conflict, bargaining basics, conflict strategies, communication styles, listening skills, dispute resolution, third-party mediation and other tools for conflict mediation.

MOT 8920 Science and Technology Policy (1.5 credits)
Overview of the role of government and the influence of companies and individuals related to science and technology policy. Reviews and evaluates current and proposed regional, national and global technology-related public policies.

MOT Technology Management Courses

MOT 8114 Strategic Technology Analysis (1.5 credits)
Understanding the context of technology in business management and its interaction with industry, society and the economy. Introduces tools and techniques for assessing technology readiness and success probability. Reviews risk management and uncertainty in technology development. 

MOT 8121 Managing Organizations in a Technological Environment (2 credits)
General management principles for organizations, people and business systems in technology-intensive industries. Includes organization growth dynamics, strategy, innovation and talent management with a focus on leadership and change management.

MOT 8212 Developing New Technology Products (2 credits)
Exploration of how firms select, evaluate and launch new technology products and services (including product modifications). Dissects the strategic components behind new product decision-making, supported by fact-based tools and principles. 

MOT 8214 Technology Foresight and Forecasting (2 credits)
Examination of tools and techniques for strategic foresight and forecasting of technology deliverables. Applies tools and concepts to critical decision-making for corporate and organizational strategy. Topics include technology analysis, dynamics, evolution, management and resource allocation.

MOT 8218 Digital Transformation (1 credit)
Effective methods to transform into a digital organization. Examines how a highly-intentional collaboration between technology and business leaders can identify what being digital means for a company and where it is on the digital maturity continuum. Discusses pragmatic digital transformation journeys grounded in other firms' experiences.

MOT 8221 Project and Knowledge Management (1.5 credits)
Effective project management principles to support both core operations and innovation growth. Emphasizes practical application for effective project delivery. Knowledge management features conceptual framework for evaluating knowledge assets.

MOT 8224 Pivotal Technologies (1 credits)
Identification of selected technologies expected to play key roles in future industrial development. Discusses state-of-the-art status for each selection and analyzes commercialization barriers and opportunities. Includes group analysis of potential applications to various industry sectors. 

MOT 8232 Managing Technological Innovation (2 credits)
Understanding innovation's role as the primary driver of business success. Critical analysis of innovation drivers includes: building organizations for sustained innovation, digital and large-scale transformation, bringing ideas to market in existing businesses and new ventures, and measuring and enhancing the innovation ecosystem. 

MOT 8940 Managing Intellectual Property (1 credit)
Managing technology by protecting intellectual property rights. Analyzes various intellectual property areas—patents, copyrights, trade secrets, publications, etc.—and the protection afforded by each. Leverages protection strategies based on company culture, market pace and technology maturity. 

MOT Synthesis Courses

MOT 8234 MOT Capstone Project (2.5 credits)
Practical project applying MOT concepts and methods to an opportunity in the student's workplace. Consultation by faculty advisors, under nondisclosure agreements where needed. Recommendations and action plans generated. Immediate ROI for students and employers. 

MOT 8950 IMTP: International Management of Technology Project (2 credits)
Two-week international residency. Visits technology-intensive local and U.S.-based companies. Meet with company executives, entrepreneurs, government officials and university faculty. Explore social, economic, cultural and governmental influences on international business. 

MOT 8960 Seminars in Management of Technology and Innovation (2 credits)
Guest lectures and panels featuring tech leaders from the private and public sectors. Focuses on experiential learnings from breakthrough innovation; entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship; emerging technologies and markets; technology, business and policy interplays; and the regional high-tech ecosystem.

MOT Capstone

One of the final courses in the Management of Technology graduate program is the MOT capstone. Students collaborate with a corporate mentor and faculty advisor for this work-based research project to come up with a topic beneficial to business.

Capstones also identify and address an industry-based topic such as:

  • A general business challenge or opportunity

  • A new revenue stream or business venture

  • Project management

  • Technology products or processes

This work-based research project includes scoping, analysis, development of options, recommendations and implementation approaches. A formal presentation to the capstone faculty committee is required.  Employers of TLI students often tell us that the value generated by their students’ capstone projects exceeds the program cost. Some examples of recent capstone projects are included in the menu below:

Sample Capstone Topics

  • A Business Opportunity for Delivering Telemedicine to the Rural Market in the United States
  • Identifying Ways to Break Borders with Global Product Offerings
  • Bring a Virtual Market Concept to Life
  • Humanizing the Knowledge Workers for Sustainable Competitive Advantage
  • Identifying and Synergizing Clean Energy Technologies

MOT 8950: International Management of Technology Project (IMTP)

There's no better way to experience international business than actually going abroad. As part of the Management of Technology graduate degree program, students travel to two foreign countries to analyze cultural, economic, governmental and social perspectives in an international business context. 

For 21 years, the MOT graduate program has sent students to locations such as:

  • Austria and the Czech Republic
  • China and Singapore
  • Ireland and Germany
  • Taiwan and South Korea
  • India and Malaysia

For two weeks students visit technology-intensive companies in two countries: one country that is approximately as developed or as advanced technologically as the U.S., and a second country that is emerging or a little behind technologically. Besides visiting as many as five companies or organizations per day, students participate in lectures and discussions with company executives, government officials and university faculty. At night and during the weekends, students have downtime to discover their surroundings.

Review the MOT program requirements and scholarship opportunities, then connect with our admissions team to learn how this program can help advance your career.

Thinking MBA? MOT is for Tech Leaders!

The MOT is a management degree with an emphasis in strategic technological leadership. Often compared to an MBA, the MOT has some distinct differences for technology-based professionals. Check out our degree program page to learn how the MOT can help you elevate your career. 

Why MOT?

Emily Palk, MOT graduate
2017 Cohort