This course reviews challenges in the management of high-technology organizations at the senior technical management level. Topics include management of change and managing managers; establishing organizational, technical, and business objectives and strategies; market analysis, technology, and product development; planning and costing; staffing and training to meet new needs; managing independent research and development; organizational conflicts; technical, financial, and personnel problems; and interaction with top management, staff executives, peers, and subordinates. Students assume the roles of senior technical managers dealing with typical problems in a department, including applied research, product development, and engineering support in an environment of rapidly changing technology.

Course prerequisites: 

A working knowledge of material taught in 595.660 Introduction to Project Management, 595.663 Technical Personnel Management, 595.664 Project Planning and Control, 595.665 Communications in Technical Organizations, and 595.666 Financial and Contract Management is recommended prior to taking this course.

Course instructor: 
Collins, Harris, Michelson

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