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UC Davis MBA & Technology Management
Concentration Information

As a student in the Technology Management concentration, you develop management skills and learn how to integrate business and technology concepts and applications. This concentration is designed for individuals who want to learn the basics of management and technological leadership to continue their careers in the technological revolution. Courses such as Management of Information Systems, Management of Innovation, and Systems Analysis and Design hone your expertise, preparing you for careers in project/product management and technology marketing.

Possible Career Paths

  • Management in High-Tech Organizations
  • Information Systems
  • Management in Biotechnology Industry

Suggested and Related Courses

Elective

207 Management Information Systems

Introduction to computer programming and data handling skills. Use of computer in organizations, emphasis on managerial aspects of computing. Standard and nonstandard uses of data files, centralization versus decentralization of computing, office automation, computer security. 

Elective

215 Business Law

Covers the study of the legal environment of business. Subject matter includes an introduction to the American legal system, legal reasoning, contracts, agency, business organizations, and government regulation. Provides students with a basic understanding of the significant legal issues that confront managers and executives.

Elective

246 Negotiation in Organizations

This course is designed to help students develop the ability to effectively negotiate in a competitive business environment. It focuses on negotiation skill-building in the areas of individual conflict management, team management, performance appraisal, corporate impression management and inter-organizational project management.The course will be taught largely through in-class simulations to provide an opportunity for experiential learning.The simulations will also allow students to develop a personal style of negotiation by discovering what works best for them in different situations.

Elective

250 Technology Competition & Strategy

This course helps you understand business strategies for firms that make technology products, those that feature digital components and network effects. Technology products face distinctive demand-side economic forces (e.g., how value is created) and supply-side forces (e.g., cost structures) which lead to distinctive outcomes and competitive strategies. You will learn from phenomenon and strategies such as: Why do firms in the IT industry give away their best products free? Why is it always ladies-night free (and not men’s) in nightclubs? Why is software typically so defective?

Elective

251 Management of Innovation

This course focuses on the management of technology-based innovation. Topics include the impact of new technologies on industries, dominant designs, incremental and transformative innovations, and the life-cycle of products. The course will examine the organization of highly innovative firms, and the relationship of core competencies to both innovation and rigidity. Cases and field studies are used to address the relationship of innovation to management practices such as leadership, competitive strategic planning and teamwork. Students perform an innovation audit of an area firm.

Elective

267 Teams and Technology

This course teaches the theory and processes of group and team behavior so that you can successfully manage groups and work effectively in a variety of group settings. The first goal of the course is to provide conceptual guidelines for analyzing and diagnosing group dynamics and determining one’s strategic options as a manager. The second goal is to understand how technological change affects team processes in organizations. Finally, this course will impart practical interpersonal skills for implementing effective strategies for group situations.

Elective

268 Articulation and Critical Thinking

Develop competency in business writing and oral presentations. Build critical thinking skills. Topics include behavioral economics, false claims, deductive and inductive reasoning, correlation/causality, business ethics.Formerly titled “Management Communications”. Course name/description change under review by Academic Senate.

Elective

282 Supply Chain Management

Matching supply with demand is a primary challenge for a firm: excess supply is too costly, inadequate supply irritates customers. Matching supply to demand is easiest when a firm has a flexible supply process, but flexibility is generally expensive. In this course we will learn(1) how to assess the appropriate level of supply flexibility for a given industry and (2) explore strategies for economically increasing a firm’s supply flexibility. Lastly we will study coordination and incentives across multiple firms in a supply chain.

Elective

290 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

Course description varies with instructor

About the Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence Program:

Elective

291 Leadership

This course will focus on effective strategies for leading and managing companies. CEOs and business leaders are scheduled to speak in class and share their experiences in leadership. The course will include strategies and tools applicable for managers at all organizational levels.

Elective

297 International Study Trip

Destination: Switzerland

This class is designed to help develop knowledge, skills and desire to do business in the international marketplace. Each time, we pick a new part of the world to study that reflects some special opportunity. The course will begin with discussion of importance of international business and theory of Comparative Advantage and the continued trend towards globalization. The class will follow up with appreciation of spectrum of key cultural parameters: individual independence or group conformity; hierarchical or flat societies; feeling or thinking decision-making; implicit or explicit communication styles; legal contracts or personal relationships; etc. We will discuss how these cultural tendencies shape business practices. Next we’ll build an appreciation for international risk by discussing corporate governance, foreign exchange fluctuations, political/economic infrastructure, taxation policies, and sovereign credit ratings. We’ll use case studies to enhance discussion of theories.

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