Want to innovate or lead change? Then check out these Spring 2015 Courses offered by the Technology Management Program (TMP)
These courses are open to all graduate students. However, the Ph.D. seminar courses are suggested only for Communication, Psychology, Bren, or Counseling, Clinical and Psychology Students.
TMP 291OI - Organizing for Innovation (3 units)
Tues/Thurs 3:30-4:45 p.m.
This course is designed to provide managers with a mix of approaches and techniques to use existing information in their organizations to produce innovative products, services, and ideas. The basic premise of the course is that at the root of all innovation is effective management of innovation. Each week is organized around an important question whose answer is one key component of successful innovation management. The answer to each week’s question will provide practical tips for managers who find themselves tasked by their superiors to “be more innovative” with increasingly fewer resources. Put another way, this is not a course on strategy; it is a course designed to help you see old problems in new ways and give you skills you can use tomorrow in your organization.
TMP 291LC Leading Change (3 units)
Wed., 4-6:50 p.m.
This course is designed to increase the students’ conceptual and theoretical understanding of leadership and to apply that knowledge to demonstrate increased personal leadership daily. This course is highly experiential. It is intended to help students discover insights about themselves as leaders, fostering the development of self-awareness regarding strengths and opportunities for personal growth. The course provides the context for enhancing competences that will enable the student to better become an effective leader in today’s highly dynamic and uncertain technology driven organizations. We will use current books, articles, case studies and computer and behavioral simulations to increase our understanding as well as practice.
TMP 291SG Environmental Sustainability as a Business Strategy (3 units)
Tues/Thurs 10-11:15 a.m.
This course presents an opportunity to understand the environmental sustainability issues in the context of strategic technology management. Through this course, students will learn to recognize, design and implement environmental sustainability strategies to reduce costs and risks, and to capture new business opportunities. Besides the essential basics, this class covers tools and practices catering to the sustainability aspects of technology management. Current national and international issues, key protocols, regulations and market trends will be addressed in the same context.
Ph.D. Seminar Courses
The Ph.D. Seminar Courses are suggested for Communication, Psychology, Bren, or Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology Students.
TMP 291TT Doctoral Research Seminar on Groups & Teams (3 units)
Wed., 9-11 a.m.
In this doctoral research seminar students explore the social, cognitive, and structural dynamics of groups and teams. Both foundational and emerging research will be reviewed, including topics such as team processes (coordination, communication, reflexivity), interpersonal processes (conflict, motivation, affect, identification), and emergent processes (socially-shared cognition, transactive memory, collective intelligence).
TMP 291TN Teams, Networks, and Innovation (3 units)
Wed., 1-3:50 p.m.
This Ph.D. seminar focuses on the antecedents to idea generation within formal and informal organization settings. The readings explore structural configurations, team designs, and work processes that put individuals with different types of information and ideas in contact with one another. The logic of the course is as follows: We begin by considering innovation as the recombination of information into new ideas. We then examine cognitive and structural perspectives on idea generation and creativity. Next, we interrogate the structural perspective to uncover diverse network configurations useful for team design. Finally, we examine what communication and interaction processes are effective for generating ideas once teams are assembled.
The course is not intended for master’s students. First year Ph.D. students without any background in the behavioral sciences may want to wait until their second year before taking this course.