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Class of 2017 Management of Technology Students Prepare for Trip Abroad | Technological Leadership Institute

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December 19, 2016
Photo of the 2015 M.S. in Management of Technology cohort visited 3M, among other corporations with a large international presence, as part of the International Management of Technology Project.

We at TLI are in the final stages of planning for a signature element of our M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) program — the International Management of Technology Project (IMTP), a two-week intensive course that takes the second-year graduate students to two foreign countries to analyze the cultural, socioeconomic, and political structures as they relate to international business.

Led by Carl Kime, a TLI faculty member and founder and CEO of Lodestar Technologies, Inc., the residency tour typically weaves through Europe or Asia, featuring a city or two in a developed and an emerging-market nation. In the nadir of the Minnesota winter (frigid January), we will fly out to Shanghai and Hangzhou in China and to Singapore. Last year, MOT class of 2016 students went to Ho Chi Minh City.

After we take off on January 7, we will take the class on a multi-city global tour, visiting companies, universities and government agencies. The intent is for our students to gain immersive and hands-on exposure to the business of technology in a different part of the world. We will observe and analyze business operations in a non-U.S. technology environment, with particular emphasis on topics such as governmental policies and directed influence; knowledge versus manufacturing economies; innovation and entrepreneurship policies and barriers; multinational corporate strategies; the impact culture has on business, relationships, technology and marketing; operations and logistics differences and challenges; and human capital development, retention and regional specializations.

To achieve these goals, our itinerary boasts a whopping 30 organizations we plan to visit. In each country we will start with a meeting at a U.S. Consulate (Shanghai) or Embassy (Singapore). Other institutions on the schedule include local companies (including major ones such as Alibaba, Geely, Huawei and Tencent), multinationals (e.g., Boeing, GE, Kodak, Microsoft), and educational or research institutions such as A*STAR, Hangzhou Dianzi University and iDA. The photograph above is from the January 2015 IMTP trip to 3M in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Incidentally, IMTP learning doesn’t end with the trip abroad. The course continues stateside, where the class will prepare a presentation capturing the full experience. This presentation will be delivered to University and Minnesota state leadership during a final class session.

I look forward to accompanying Professor Kime and our MOT class of 2017 on our learning adventure. With the schedule we keep it will be intense, but I expect we’ll enjoy the break from winter wonderland! 

— Dr. Tariq Samad, Ph.D.

About the Author

Tariq Samad

Tariq Samad, PhD

Senior Fellow
Honeywell/W.R. Sweatt Chair in Technology Management
Director of Graduate Studies - MOT

Honeywell/W.R. Sweatt Chair in Technology Management

Dr. Tariq Samad brings more than 30 years of professional experience, leadership and expertise to TLI. His corporate career was spent at Honeywell, where he focused on technology strategy and management, encompassing the end-to-end concept-to-commercialization pathway. He also has substantial experience in research and innovation globally, and works with TLI to pursue research interests in areas such as clean energy, advanced manufacturing and smart cities. Dr. Samad serves as the director of graduate studies for the Master of Science in Management of Technology degree program at TLI.

And if you’re wondering about how we’re squeezing in 30 visits in less than two weeks (including travel) — welcome to the pace we keep and to the learning we impart at TLI!

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