Technology Management, Ph.D.

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Modern technologies are redefining products, services, processes, organizational forms, business models and industry structures. Understanding the managerial implications of these technologies has become a fast-growing and highly important arena for business research. The mission of the School of Engineering's Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management (Ph.D.-TM) program is to educate and train scholars who will produce first-rate technology management research and who will become faculty members in leading universities.

The program fosters student research through its focus on high-quality supervision and training by faculty members who have significant research strengths in a diverse range of technology management-related fields.

This terminal degree program is for research-oriented students who are largely interested in research-based positions at academic and research institutions. Universities with undergraduate and graduate programs that emphasize the integration of technology and management are a primary source of career opportunities for PhD-TM graduates. In addition, government agencies, not-for-profit research organizations, corporate research centers, and research-based consulting firms also will seek Ph.D.-TM graduates.


Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management (Ph.D.-TM) program at the School of Engineering is based on an in-depth evaluation your academic record, professional experience, research potential, interest in doctoral study, and overall intellectual and professional qualifications.

To apply to the program, whether you are applying to study as a full- or part-time student, submit the following:

  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed indicating a bachelor's degree with at least a B average from an accredited college or university. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions providing them to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Official score from either the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • TOEFL IBT scores for international students whose primary language of instruction in school was not English. A minimum score of 90 is required for admission.
  • letters of recommendation from persons qualified to comment on your aptitude for doctoral study and research. At least 2 should be from academics.
  • Statement of purpose that at least covers why you are seeking entrance into the program and how well you are prepared to study for a PhD-TM at the School of Engineering.
  • A research-based writing sample (minimum of 10 pages). This could be a paper or research project you have worked on in the past.

In some cases, the department contacts applicants for a telephone or personal interview.

In rare cases, the PhD-TM Admissions Committee may admit an applicant who does not meet all required admissions criteria as a non-degree student. Such a student then has a later opportunity to apply for admission to the PhD-TM program.


The curriculum for the PhD in Technology Management (PhD-TM) at the School of Engineering fosters a research-intensive doctoral education relevant for the rapidly emerging area of technology management.

You will work closely with your doctoral adviser to select which courses relate to your course of study in the PhD-TM program. As part of each thematic elective course, you also take an associated thematic independent research course to thoroughly investigate previous research in the selected theme. You must undertake a doctoral research project, preferably in the second summer semester of study. This course introduces you to the requirements of management research. Finally, you will work on a dissertation, an original investigation of a research question(s) related to technology management. You are required to complete 75 credits, including 51 credits from the coursework, as outlined below, and 24 credits from the dissertation.

Additional program features and requirements (see below), such as research training, evaluating your progress, prerequisites, and transfer credit, are also available on this page.

Management Core Courses (15 Credits)

Management core courses should be taken as early in the program as possible.

Choose 5

3 Credits Organizational Behavior MG-GY6013
Introduction to theory, research and practice to better understand human behavior in organizations. Topics include motivation and job satisfaction; decision making; group dynamics; work teams; leadership; communication; power, politics and conflict; organization culture, structure and design; impact of technology; management of work stress; organizational change and development; and career management. Analysis of organizational behavior problems by self assessments, case studies and simulations.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Marketing MG-GY6073
This course emphasizes the imperative to be customer-focused in the information sectors. Topics include market definition and redefinition due to technological change; analysis of customer decisions; strategic choices of markets and products; positioning for competitive success; product pricing, distribution and communications decisions; new product development; market-system dynamics and the value chain.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Economics MG-GY6083
This course covers the fundamentals of microeconomics needed by managers. Topics include demand theory (theory of the consumer) including models of demand, demand elasticity and demand forecasting; supply theory (theory of the firm) including diminishing returns, profit maximizing production levels, labor/capital tradeoffs and long-run vs. short-run issues; market structures and how they affect opIMal production and profit levels. Other topics include positive and negative externalities and government intervention, including regulation, tariffs and subsidies. All topics emphasize managerial application.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing
3 Credits Accounting & Finance MG-GY6093
Elements of accounting and finance of importance to managers. Analysis of principles and practices of the finance function. Financing methods for internal and external ventures and innovations; capital budgeting; R&D portfolio analysis. Contrast of strategic perspectives emphasizing innovation and development with those emphasizing short-term return and investment
Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing
3 Credits Operations Management MG-GY6303
This course focuses on developing a deeper understanding of the role that operations management plays in determining business strategy and in developing competitive advantage. The primary emphasis is on how to develop and effectively manage operations in knowledge-intensive enterprises. Participants discuss the operational design and managerial implications when the emphasis of the operations group is more on knowledge management than on production and facilities management; managing the effective integration of technology, people and operating systems; understanding the complexities and challenges of operations management; the challenges of developing and managing supply chain networks; and the critical role of technology in developing operational capabilities in an organization.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Management of Information Technology and Information Systems MG-GY6503
This course is designed for managers who need to understand the role and potential contribution of information technologies in organizations. The focus of the course is on different information technologies and their applications in managing business critical data, information and knowledge. The course concentrates on the current state of IT in organizations, challenges and strategic use of IT, IT infrastructure and architecture, building, implementing and managing IT applications, and emerging issues such as intelligent systems, business process reengineering, knowledge management and group support systems.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing

Technology Management Courses (9 Credits)

Choose 3

3 Credits Organizational Theory & Design MG-GY6313
Introduction to theories of organizations including structure, design and culture. Provides an understanding of how organizations work and their interrelationship with the external environment. Examines the process by which managers select and manage aspects of structure and culture to achieve organizational goals. Topics include characteristics of bureaucracy, adhocracy, sub-optimization, human dynamics and informal systems; influence and control systems; management of technology; and planned change. Examination of organizations through research and case studies.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Economics for Information Sectors MG-GY6543
This course in applied competitive strategy draws upon recent experiences associated with the impact of information technology upon diverse industries. Students completing this course will have mastered a basic understanding of the economic and competitive implications of information technology. This competence in analysis is arrived at through understanding how availability of information (through technology or otherwise) affects the basic strategic options available and how firms and industries are likely to be affected. In addition, students will be introduced to the often poorly structured process of evaluating the economics of potential systems innovations. They will then be able to participate in strategic systems planning from a managerial point of view.
3 Credits Management of New & Emerg Technology MG-GY6603
This course surveys and explores the business implications of selected new and emerging technologies with the potential to change business practices and create new industries. Technologies discussed include new Internet architectures, Wikis, Open Source, security issues, new Web services, social networking and Web 2.0. This course is for the manager who is interested in staying current with, and learning about, new technologies for use in business. No specific engineering background is required. A variety of reference texts, journals, case studies and websites is used.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Managing Technological Change & Innovation MG-GY8653
The course focuses on effectively managing technological change and innovation, which is accomplished with a dual perspective. One perspective is based on individual, group and organizational theory, research and practice. This body of literature, viewpoints and experience provide essential guides to manage successfully the introduction of newtechnologies. Realizing the full potential of
new technologies requires effectively managing change to assure the commitment of all stakeholders. The second perspective is based on innovation theory, research and practice. This body of literature, viewpoints and experience provide key insights to for effectively managing the process of innovation and the impact of innovation on all parts of an enterprise. Specifically, the course explores a firm’s explicit need to manage and inspire people so they can communicate and innovate effectively.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval and graduate standing
3 Credits Special Topics MG-GY8693
Individualized readings on special topics assigned by instructor.

Associated Doctoral Seminars (12 Credits)

You are required to take four 3-credit doctoral seminar courses along with an associated technology management course. These seminars provide strong research background required for doctoral studies in technology management.

Please note that doctoral seminars are offered on a rotating basis. Some of the course options listed below will be available during your study.

Choose 4

3 Credits Seminar in Mangng Knowledge Wrkrs in Innovation Organizations MG-GY9203
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
MG-GY9213 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
MG-GY9223 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
3 Credits Seminar in Managing Technology Change & Innovation MG-GY9233
The objectives of this seminar are to familiarize you with the key viewpoints in the literature on technological innovation. The readings are selected to highlight the most important contributions to the literature by past and current academics. A critical analysis and review of this body of literature will set the stage for future research work in this important area of management. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
MG-GY9243 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
MG-GY9253 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
3 Credits Strategic Marketing Seminar MG-GY9263
This course examines strategic marketing issues that face firms and industries from theoretical and empirical perspectives. The seminar looks at product design, positioning and strategy, distribution, sales force, design of the marketing organization, competition, market structure, problems of information,
signaling and pricing, corporate reputation and branding, advertising and promotion, and recent advances in product and service development.
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or instructor’s permission. Co-Requisite: None.
MG-GY9273 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
3 Credits Doctoral Seminar On Entrepreneurship MG-GY9283
This seminar familiarizes students with key viewpoints in the literature on entrepreneurship. Readings highlight the most important contributions to the literature by past and current academics. A critical analysis and review
of this literature sets the stage for future research in this important management area.
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or instructor’s
permission. Co-Requisite: None.
MG-GY9293 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
MG-GY9303 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
MG-GY9313 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
3 Credits Special Topics MG-GY9323

Research Methods Courses (12 Credits)

Take All 4

3 Credits Business Research Methods MG-GY9403
3 Credits Quantitative Analysis I MG-GY9413
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
3 Credits Seminar in Managing Technology Change & Innovation MG-GY9233
The objectives of this seminar are to familiarize you with the key viewpoints in the literature on technological innovation. The readings are selected to highlight the most important contributions to the literature by past and current academics. A critical analysis and review of this body of literature will set the stage for future research work in this important area of management. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Qualitative Research Methods MG-GY9433
The course covers methods that allow you to enter natural social settings to capture data about human behavior in the actual contexts in which people pursue their daily lives. These methods include especially observation and interviewing. The emphasis is on studying first-hand and close-up the ongoing worlds of other people. The course will help participants learn how to make sense of data inductively, i.e., from the bottom up. This course is not about hypothesis testing.
It is about building grounded theory. Our focus will be on the coding and categorization of qualitative data (observational notes and interview transcripts). You will learn to go beyond the journalistic description of data to the analysis that characterizes good inductive social science. Prerequisite: doctoral standing or instructor’s permission. Co-Requisite: none.

Independent Research Project (3 Credits)

3 Credits Independent Research MG-GY9913
In this course, students undertake directed individual study or supervised readings in advanced areas of the thematic electives and are advised by the doctoral adviser. Three credits required. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or instructor’s permission. Co-Requisite: None.

Doctoral Dissertation (24 Credits)

The dissertation is evaluated in 2 parts: proposal defense and final defense. For details, contact the PhD-TM Program academic director.

MG-GY9993 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Research Training and Interaction with Faculty

You, and your fellow PhD students, are expected to participate in formal and informal research seminars each week with departmental faculty and visitors. You are also required to present research in progress once a year and work towards publishable papers, usually with a faculty as co-author.

The seminar is a key component of the student training. Participation in other research seminars and activities at the department is also required. You are expected to work actively with one or more faculty member each year to learn to be a researcher by doing research.

Advising and Evaluating

The TM doctoral program faculty director advises all first-year doctoral students. During their first year students have many opportunities to get to know the research interests of all departmental faculty. By the beginning of the second year, you will have selected an intermediary adviser who will guide you through the comprehensive exam process and up to the thesis stage. By the middle of the third year, you will have selected a thesis adviser.

Each year, you will submit a statement of intellectual progress to your adviser. All faculty members meet to review the progress of all students in a day-long meeting each year. At this time, your intellectual progress is reviewed and plans for the following year are considered.

The results of this review include a formal letter to you assessing your previous year's work and offering guidance for the following year's work.


As a PhD-TM student, you will need a fundamental knowledge of probability and statistics. If you do not have this background, you must take MG 5050 Probability and Managerial Statistics. If you lack any background in professional writing and communications, you must take JW 6003 Introduction to Technical and Professional Communications or JW 6313 Proposal Writing.

Students who have a master’s degree or who are transferring from other institutions (or other departments within the School of Engineering) are admitted based on the same qualification standards that apply to new students. For each required MS- or PhD-level course, if you have taken a similar course, you may transfer credits for the course. However, you will still have to take and pass both qualifying exams. A minimum of 30 credits, including all dissertation credit, must be taken at the School of Engineering. No dissertation credits from other institutions can be transferred.

You must take the required coursework as assigned and follow the stipulated curriculum. You must complete the coursework within your first three years and the dissertation thesis within the next three years. Thus, all students (full-time and part-time) must complete all work for the doctorate within six years of initiation.