In the Management of Technology programme you learn to explore and understand technology as a corporate resource – a resource that allows a firm to keep many different balls in the air. It shows how firms can use technology to design and develop products and services that maximise customer satisfaction on the one hand, while maximising corporate productivity, profitability and competitiveness on the other.
The programme addresses challenging questions most companies face such as:
- What technologies do we need and when?
- Do we procure the technology we need with our own research capabilities, in collaboration with outside parties, or by acquiring it or licensing it from others?
- How can we use the abundant technological opportunities to affect our mission, objectives and strategies?
To deal with these sorts of issues, one must have a background in a field of technology or in the natural sciences.
The objective of the programme
The programme in MoT educate students as technology managers, analysts of technological markets (either as scientists or consultants), and entrepreneurs in highly technology-based, internationally-oriented and competitive environments for a variety of industrial sectors.
Students that have completed the programme are well-versed to analyse technologies and their commercial impact and implement these in the organizational context of the firm. More specific, this involves that engineers investigate and understand, both internal to their own organisation and external in relation with business partners, what the current and future technological, economic and social environments require technological firms to do. They will be able to analyse and anticipate wider societal trends in which new technological production takes shape and in which market the resulting products and services are to be sold.
The curriculum of the MoT programme is organised around three themes:
- 1. Managing Technology
Managing Technology provides a foundation for the entire programme. Students will acquire a thorough knowledge of the dynamics of technology, economics, knowledge management, and research and development (R&D). They will study technology and strategy, innovation processes and the decision making process in the context of technology-based activities and operations.
- 2. The Corporation
Students will gain a broad understanding of the business functions that a technology manager must deal with in his or her course of work. Topics that are addressed include leadership, high-tech marketing, financial planning and reporting, and human resource management.
- 3. Research Methods
In this theme the meaning of technology from a research perspective will be discussed and attention will be paid to ethical issues in relation to technology management. Students will study general methods and techniques of research and their application to specific research tasks in the various multidisciplinary areas of Management of Technology.
In the second year, students choose a ‘colour & profile’, a technological specialisation. There will be ‘integration moments’ at the end of the first and second semesters, where the insights acquired in the preceding courses is fused in practical applications. The third semester will be completed with a master thesis preparation course. This course acts as a start for the final Master’s thesis project.
At the end of the first and second semesters, the knowledge and skills acquired during the course of study will be applied to real-life business cases in what is called the ‘Integration Moments’. In the Integration Moment, students will, for example, play a business game in which they are challenged to manage a decision-making process related to a complex, high technology project in a networked environment.
Previous themes of the Integration Moments have included:
- The acquisition of Skype by eBay – Evaluating the motivation for eBay to acquire Skype for $2.6 billion dollars: a strategic business game.
- The 3TU – developing a proposal for the establishment of a consortium charged with the creation of a new high-tech university campus to serve the three universities of technology in the Netherlands: a business game with two competing consortiums.
During the Master’s thesis project, students are expected to demonstrate their capacity to successfully carry out a research project. In addition, the project provides an opportunity to assess the student’s command of the conceptual material in the MoT programme. In many cases, the projects will be completed as an internship at an international company in which technology plays a determinative role. The thesis project is carried out over a period of six months. The results of the project are then presented during a public presentation.
Graduation projects have covered topics such as:
- Risk factors in mega projects and their influence on the success of these projects
- Improving manageability of large technological expansion projects in the oil storage industry
- Agility in the supply chain of oil products
- The ‘innovation coach’: tool to facilitate the front end of innovation