Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations

Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations

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Course Dates Format Duration Time Commitment Price
Dec 1–3, 2021 Live Online 3 days 5 hours/day $4,500

Tracks

Management and Leadership

Certificate Credits

2.0 EEUs

Topics

- Organizations & Leadership

Course Highlights:

  • This course is delivered in our Live Online format which enables real-time interaction with faculty and global peers
  • This course provides key insights on how to retain technical staff, integrate technical professionals into the organization, build more successful project teams, and keep teams high-performing over time
  • You will learn how to manage risk taking and uncertainty in technical projects
  • You will earn a certificate of course completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management

 

Why attend Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations?:

Organizations that are designed and managed for doing the same things well repetitively, as in manufacturing and operations, are not particularly appropriate for doing something well once, as in R&D. Running a technical organization presents a unique set of management problems. How do you motivate and reward technical professionals to maximize their performance and creativity? How do you create an organizational structure that will contribute to success, not inhibit it? How do you deal with creative individual contributors, project teams, and innovative professionals? How do you build and sustain high motivation and vitality while preventing complacency? How do you utilize "marshaling" events for building more collaborative, innovative activities? And how do you move information and technology effectively across organizational structures?

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, Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations explores proven, practical, and innovative strategies for maximizing the contribution of technical professionals.

This intensive program focuses on the management and motivation of technical professionals in the innovative organization, and in particular:

  • How creative individual contributors work together on risky projects, processing information under conditions of uncertainty
  • How to address critical problems and issues dealing with staff professionals and members of project teams, including cross-functional teams
  • How to work effectively with prima donnas and independent spirits

This course explores a set of proven, practical, and innovative strategies for maximizing the contribution of an organization’s technical resources. It provides key insights on how to retain technical staff, integrate technical professionals into the organization, build more successful project teams, and keep teams high-performing over time.

 

Course experience:
This unique two-day program focuses on issues critical to the effective management of technical professionals and cross-functional teams. Its principles and strategies can be applied in any organization where research, development, engineering, or computer-related technology developments need to take place in a timely, effective, and successful manner.

You will learn through a variety of methods, including case studies, videos, and a management game.

Learn more about the live online experience

 

Applying to the course:

We accept enrollments until the offering reaches capacity at which point we will maintain a waitlist. Many of the courses fill up several weeks in advance, so we advise that you enroll as early as possible to secure your seat.

You can begin the application process by using the red Enroll Now bar at the bottom of the screen.

 

Have questions?:

Contact Us if you would like to speak with a program director or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common questions about our courses.

Upon successful completion of your course, you will earn a certificate of completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management. This course may also count toward MIT Sloan Executive Certificate requirements.

 

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:

  • Managing risk taking and uncertainty in technical projects
  • Managing and motivating your technical professionals
  • 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
  • Leading and managing more effectively across organizational structures
  • Leading system change within established corporate cultures
  • Transferring technology and information flows between and within organizations
  • Organizing for innovative product development
  • Managing the tensions among development efforts and cost/schedule pressures

 

Hear from a past participant:

R&D Course This was my first course with MIT Sloan Executive Education. The professor was outstanding in his delivery of content and engagement of the class. In addition, he had extensive knowledge in organizations and management of technical projects and people. He focused the attendees on key points and insights into how organizations actually run and how technical professionals interact with each other - good and bad. We studied cases to identify why teams come together for positive outcomes and why teams diverge into conflict. I learned many insights and concepts that will help me lead teams to positive outcomes. I highly recommend this course.

Sample Schedule—Subject to Change

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
  • Experienced individual contributors and staff professionals
  • Other key members of technical leadership and management

 

Hear from a past participant:

If you want to enhance the efficiency of the professionals you're managing, and you need to improve the role you and your team are performing at your organization, this program is the perfect fit, where you'll find the best guidelines to accomplish such goals led by experienced professionals and delivered in the most didactic way.

Course Dates Format Duration Time Commitment Price
Dec 1–3, 2021 Live Online 3 days 5 hours/day $4,500

Tracks

Management and Leadership

Certificate Credits

2.0 EEUs

Topics

- Organizations & Leadership

Enroll Now!

$4,500