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Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Management of Technology

Master of Business Administration

This management of technology (MOT) MBA addresses high technology business sector needs. Graduates will have a solid grounding in business fundamentals, particularly focused on topics relevant to an organization with technical core competencies. MOT MBA students work in enterprises that have advanced technology products or services. Most will have an undergraduate degree in a technical discipline; some will have an undergraduate business degree with technical work experience.

The program is for those who already have at least four years of experience working in the technology sector and who are now considering a move into management.

Students study part-time over 24 months. The program consists of six part-time terms including an industry-based final project.

Applicants should also refer to the program website http://beedie.sfu.ca/mot.

Admission Requirements

Application

Students can apply online at Simon Fraser University's online graduate studies application for admission, found at http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/prosp_students/application_process.

Admission is based on the following.

  • MOT MBA program application essay found at http://beedie.sfu.ca/mot
  • official undergraduate transcripts mailed directly from the granting institution
  • a resume
  • a minimum of four years of relevant work experience in a technology firm or technology position
  • three confidential letters of reference mailed directly from the referees, preferably from supervisors, major clients or former professors
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) results (minimum score of 550). An applicant may be eligible for a GMAT waiver at the discretion of the admissions committee, based on a combination of academic background, work experience and/or professional designation(s)
  • applicants whose primary language is not English, or whose previous education was conducted in another language, must submit evidence of satisfactory completion of a standardized English test that is acceptable to the University (see graduate general regulation 1.3.12)
  • a recent passport style photograph
  • interview (shortlisted candidates only)

Program Requirements

Students will maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average (B grade) and complete 54 units (46 units if advance credit has been given for accounting and managerial economics), including BUS 780 (or BUS 782, 783 & 784), from the following list.

BUS 750 - Managing Technological Innovation (4)

This course examines successful product and process innovations in industry, as well as the effective organization and management of the technological change process in new ventures, multi-divisional and multinational enterprises.

BUS 751 - Managerial Economics for Technology Firms (4)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic concepts in microeconomics and to explore the relevance of economic reasoning to managerial decision-making, both tactical and strategic. The importance of economic concepts, economic models and quantitative applications will be emphasized and applied to problems regularly encountered by technology managers. Students who have taken BUS 552 or BUS 703 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Mark Moore
We 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
We 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
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BUS 752 - Strategic Management of Technology-Based Firms (4)

This course deals with how technology-based firms develop and implement strategies to create competitive advantage. The module treats strategy at two levels of analysis: (a) the overall strategy of the firm and (b) the technology strategy of the firm.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Michael Parent
We 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
We 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
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BUS 753 - Business Ethics (2)

This course addresses how to navigate the moral quandaries, issues and debates raised by direct participants and stakeholders in the high-tech economy. Topics include character building practices, moral stages in the high-tech career, corporate social responsibility, the role of reputation capital in the high-tech firm, and the moral and legal obligations of the expert. Students who have taken BUS 511 or BUS 707 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Mark Wexler
Sa 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sa 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sa 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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BUS 754 - Marketing Tech-based Products and Services (4)

What differentiates high-tech markets from more traditional ones is the environment รน shrinking product life cycles, rapid changes in information and knowledge and great uncertainty about competitors. This course is designed to teach strategies for developing and executing marketing strategies in technology-intensive markets. Students who have taken BUS 556 or BUS 702 may not take this course for further credit.

BUS 755 - Topics in International Business (2)

This course will address emerging issues in international business relevant to technology intensive firms. Globalization means that cross-cultural business interactions have become more commonplace.

BUS 756 - Strategic Use of Information and Knowledge (4)

This course will demonstrate, through cases and discussion, how information can be used to support decision-making, monitor operations and enable global communications. Topics will include knowledge management and information technology to support a learning organization.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Michael Parent
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
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BUS 757 - Negotiations (2)

Negotiation is the art and science of securing agreements between two or more parties that are interdependent and who are seeking to maximize their outcomes. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 David Hannah
Sa 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sa 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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G200 Rob Prowse
Sa 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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BUS 758 - Business Operations Design (4)

The Business Operations Design course integrates organizational theory and operations management theory to provide a working knowledge of the key elements involved in designing and operating organizations. The aim is to introduce students to the best current thinking for creating effective organizational configurations that realize a desired strategy and achieve the accompanying performance.

BUS 761 - Leadership for the Technology Driven Enterprise (2)

Developing and balancing critical management competencies at the individual, interpersonal, team and organizational levels. Focus is on effective organization, motivation and leadership.

BUS 762 - Project Management (4)

In high technology firms, projects are a way of life. The introduction of a new product or service, the redesign of an information system, and the opening of a new warehouse are all examples of projects that the technology-driven manager may encounter. This course demonstrates how complexity can be managed in a manner that increases the probability of project success. As a course assignment, students develop their own plan for the project/internship phase of the program.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Blaize Reich
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
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BUS 763 - Managing Self and Others: An Organizational Simulation (2)

An intensive 3-day simulation where students discover what they would actually do when confronted with the reality of working in a company with multiple interdependencies, financial and geographical constraints and a complex and changing environment. Graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.

BUS 764 - Financing the Organization (4)

The objective is to teach the foundations of applied finance with respect to the capital raising process and the creation of finance-able business plans. A company 'life cycle' approach to financial development is utilized and topics explored include the entrepreneurial process, angel and venture capital financing, legal entities and capital structure, term sheet negotiations, business valuation techniques, going public, debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, financial contracting. Students who have taken BUS 555 or BUS 708 may not take this course for further credit.

BUS 766 - Financial and Managerial Accounting (4)

Concepts and principles in financial accounting from the user perspective and the use of accounting information for managerial decision-making. Students who have taken BUS 510 or BUS 705 may not take this course for further credit.

BUS 770 - Special Topics (2)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Alexandra Mancini
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
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BUS 771 - Special Topics (2)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Malcolm Kendall
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
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BUS 778 - Directed Studies in Management of Technology (4)

Individual study with a faculty member. A course outline must be approved by the graduate program committee.

BUS 780 - Applied Project (6)

Students will undertake a strategic business analysis and write an extended essay jointly supervised by a Simon Fraser University faculty member and an industry partner. The Management of Technology program director and a faculty member will negotiate the purpose, content and deliverables of each project with the student and the sponsoring organization.

BUS 782 - Capstone Simulation (2)

A Comprehensive Examination for the MOT MBA program. Students with credit for BUS 645 and BUS 729 may not take this course for further credit.

BUS 783 - Entrepreneurship (2)

An overview of entrepreneurial thinking and actions such as: opportunity discovery; strategy and implementation; innovation in the context of uncertainty, ambiguity and risk. Students with credit for BUS 643 may not take this course for further credit.

BUS 784 - Special Topics (2)

Special topics in business administration. Students may repeat this course for further credit under a different topic. Students with credit for BUS 725 may not take this course for further credit.

Courses from the other master of business administration programs or other programs may be used as substitutes for these courses at the discretion of the academic chair.

Students who have completed or have been enrolled in the graduate diploma in business administration program at SFU, may apply for advance credit for BUS 751, 753, 754, 764 and 766. A minimum grade of a B (3.0) in the course equivalent is required.

Students wishing to complete the biotechnology management stream must successfully complete four units of biotechnology specific courses as determined by the academic chair.

Biotechnology Management stream students are not required to complete the following course:

BUS 762 - Project Management (4)

In high technology firms, projects are a way of life. The introduction of a new product or service, the redesign of an information system, and the opening of a new warehouse are all examples of projects that the technology-driven manager may encounter. This course demonstrates how complexity can be managed in a manner that increases the probability of project success. As a course assignment, students develop their own plan for the project/internship phase of the program.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Blaize Reich
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Mo 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
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Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.