Management and Leadership

Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations

Dates: Jul 08-09, 2014| Nov 04-05, 2014

Certificate Track: Management and Leadership

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tuition: $3,300 (excluding accommodations)

Program Days (for certificate credit): 2

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Technical professionals' goals and incentives are often different from those of other employees, and so are the management challenges that arise. Drawing on the wealth of research and industry experience of faculty and leading practitioners, this program will explore proven, practical, and innovative strategies for maximizing the contribution of technical professionals. This intensive program will focus on individual contributors and members of project teams, including cross-functional teams, and examines how to work effectively with prima donnas and independent spirits.

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Participants will learn principles and strategies of crucial importance to any organization where R&D, engineering, and/or computer-related technologies lie at the core of the business. Upon completing this program, participants will gain a thorough understanding of the following subjects:

  • Transferring technology between and within organizations
  • Developing effective reward and incentive systems for technical professionals
  • Creating a highly motivating work environment
  • Managing and leading creative individual contributors
  • Maximizing the technical productivity and vitality of teams
  • Creating the most effective physical structure for supporting innovation
  • Organizing for innovative product development

This program has been strategically designed for executives who manage technical professionals. Past participants have included:

  • CIOs
  • Chief technologists
  • Directors of R&D and engineering
  • Engineering and manufacturing VPs
  • Corporate strategists
  • Head scientists
  • Project managers
  • Systems information managers
  • Product development managers
  • Other key members of technical management

Please note that faculty are subject to change and not all faculty teach in each session of the program.

  • Ralph Katz

    Senior Lecturer, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

    Ralph Katz is a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management at Northeastern University's College of Business. For more than 30 years, Katz has been carrying out extensive management research, education, and consulting on technology-based innovation, with a particular interest in the management and motivation of technical professionals and high-performing groups and project teams... ... (more)
08:00 AM - 09:00 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
09:00 AM - 12:15 PMMaking Technical Organizations Work: Technology Transfer and Effective Reward Systems
12:15 PM - 01:15 PMLuncheon
01:15 PM - 05:00 PMStructuring the Technical Organization, High Technology Clusters
05:00 PM - 06:00 PMReception
08:00 AM - 08:30 AMContinental Breakfast
08:30 AM - 12:00 PMManaging Performance and Productivity in Technical Organizations
12:00 PM - 01:00 PMLuncheon
01:00 PM - 03:45 PMSustaining Innovation and High Performance

Featured Content

Q&A with the program faculty

In this interview, Thomas Allen and Ralph Katz discuss key take-aways from the program as well as how to address the particular challenges faced by technical professionals. Read More > >

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