Management of Technology Curriculum | Technological Leadership Institute

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Executive Education for Technology Leaders

The Management of Technology curriculum blends business management, leadership and technology management together for a 36-credit degree program. Meeting one day per week, alternating Fridays and Saturdays over four semesters, students graduate within two years while working full time.

MOT Business Foundation Courses

MOT 8111 Marketing Management for Technology-Based Organizations (2 credits)
Explore the function of marketing strategy in technology-based organizations as well as learn more about marketing industrial products, product strategy and pricing, promotion, product mix, and sales and distribution decisions.

MOT 8112 Management Accounting (1.5 credits)
Using cases from technology-intensive firms and the principles of activity-based costing, learn how to estimate and analyze product costs and use cost information to make product mix and pricing decisions.

MOT 8113 Operations Management for Competitive Advantage (1.5 credits)
Gain an overview of operations—from the impact on a firm's competitiveness and network of trading partners to key relationships between operations and other value-chain functions—and integrating operations decisions to achieve business objectives.

MOT 8122 Financial Management for Technology-Based Organizations (2 credits)
Discover financial methods important to technology-based managers and organizations, including budgeting capital, creating value within an organization, managing working capital, and projecting financial needs.

MOT Leadership Courses

MOT 8133 Communication in a Technical Environment (2 credits)
Learn from introductory and specialized sessions focused on oral and written business communication as you develop skills in listening, memo and report writing, presentation, and visual aid design and integration.

MOT 8234 MOT Capstone Project (2 credits)
Connect concepts and methods learned during the MOT program to collaborate with your corporate mentor and faculty advisor to choose a topic that is beneficial to your company.

MOT 8501 Leading Individual and Team Performance (1 credit)
Develop the context and capability innovation leaders need to optimize engagement and performance at the individual and team levels. Emphasis is placed on foundational principles, capabilities and practices that help leaders self-manage, engage and influence diverse team members, and generate shared commitment for team and project success.

MOT 8502 Innovation Leadership and Organization Effectiveness (1 credit)
Emphasis is placed on principles and practices that help leaders focus on the right strategies, build the organizational capability required to execute a strategy, foster continuous improvement in individual and business performance, and lead change initiatives to sustain commitment versus compliance among diverse stakeholders. Students will practice improving their team effectiveness and develop a change leadership plan to support implementation of their capstone project.

MOT 8900 Conflict Management (0.5 credit)
Boost your knowledge in bargaining, communication styles, conflict strategies, cooperative and competitive models of conflict, dispute resolution, third-party mediation, and other tools for conflict mediation.

MOT 8910 Corporate Responsibility (1 credit)
Whether it's moral leadership or trust in organizations, quality control or techniques for socially responsible organizational management, grow your ethical framework for responsible management of customers, employees, investors, suppliers, and the external community.

MOT 8920 Science and Technology Policy (1.5 credits)
Examine the role of government and the influence of companies and individuals related to science and technology policy, as well as identify and evaluate current and proposed national and international technology-related public policy.

MOT Strategic Technology Management Courses

MOT 8114 Strategic Technology Analysis (2 credits)
Explore the creation, dynamics, history, and interactions of technology as it relates to the economy, industry, and society, as well as its role in business and management, tools and techniques for technology analysis, and key emerging technologies and their future significance.

MOT 8121 Managing Organizations in a Technological Environment (2 credits)
Apply general management principles to business systems, people, and organizations in technology-intensive industries; learn managerial approaches to the business, corporate, and project levels of organizations; and discover contrasting demands of entrepreneurial and established technology firms.

MOT 8212 Developing New Technology Products (2 credits)
Review methods and organizational strategies for developing new technology products, as well as critical organizational interactions in the design and delivery of new technologies.

MOT 8213 Macroenvironment of Technology (2 credits)
Discover the anticipated economic, governmental, political, and social scenarios affecting technological change and how to use those scenarios to respond to industry threats, opportunities, and uncertainties.

MOT 8214 Technology Foresight and Forecasting (2 credits)
Gain the technology assessment, forecasting, and foresight tools and techniques for business and government decision making.

MOT 8221 Project and Knowledge Management (1.5 credits)
Apply project and knowledge management and leadership methods so that an organization's knowledge assets can be understood, managed, and evaluated.

MOT 8224 Pivotal Technologies (2 credits)
Hone in on selected technologies expected to play key roles in future industrial development, as well as learn about the current state-of-the-art status for each technology and the commercialization barriers and opportunities.

MOT 8232 Managing Technological Innovation (2 credits)
Focus on innovation and the management of innovation as primary drivers of business strategy and success, with topics including patterns of innovation development, enhancement of an innovation environment, and bringing innovation from a concept to the marketplace.

MOT 8233 Strategic Management of Technology (2 credits)
Formulate managerial strategies for technology and technology-intensive businesses, as well as learn about industry dynamics and competitive challenges for improving corporate performance and leveraging technological competence.

MOT 8921 Global Management of Technology (0.5 credits)
Gain an understanding of challenges, issues, and emerging trends in the global management of technology, understand international and cultural issues in emerging markets and globally based technology business operations, and gain an awareness of science and technology policies set in other countries.

MOT 8940 Managing Intellectual Property (0.5 credits)
Analyze various intellectual property areas—patents, copyrights, trade secrets—and the protection afforded by each, as well as learn how to manage technology by protecting intellectual property rights.

MOT 8950 IMTP: International Management of Technology Project (1.5 credits)
Learn on site at technology-intensive international locations for up to two weeks, and hear from company executives, government officials, and university faculty regarding management of technology concepts and issues in an international business context.

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