Management of Technology MBA
In the SFU Beedie MOT MBA program, you’ll get the core business and management training you’d expect from an MBA, all in the context of the tech sector.
During the first five semesters you’ll build on your skills as you acquire them. Then, in your final semester, you’ll bring everything together in the Industry Consulting Project and final Capstone.
Before classes officially start, you’ll take pre-MBA online refresher courses, such as Excel and Financial Accounting.
You take them online during July and August before classes start in September, enabling you to learn at your own pace and ease your entry into the MOT MBA program.
These mandatory courses take approximately 30 hours to complete, depending on your background and prior knowledge. You will receive more information and instructions after you have been accepted into the program.
The four-day (full days) mandatory orientation happens the first week of September after Labour Day. Please note: BUS 761 (Leadership for the Technology Driven Enterprise) will be taught during this period.
Leadership for the Technology Driven Enterprise
Develop critical management competencies at the individual, interpersonal, team and organizational levels. You’ll learn about:
- Effective organization
- How to motivate people
- Taking a leadership role
Note: This is an intensive course that takes place during Orientation.
Financial and Managerial Accounting
Learn the concepts and principles involved in financial accounting
from the user perspective. By the end of this course, you’ll understand:
- How to read financial accounts
- How to use accounting information to make managerial decisions
Managing Technological Innovation
Examine successful product and process innovations in industry, and
learn how to innovate and manage technological change within new
ventures and multi-divisional enterprises. You’ll examine:
- Real-life case studies
- How to manage a technology portfolio
- Effective organization and change management
Managerial Economics for Technology Firms
Gain an understanding of the basic concepts involved in
microeconomics, and how economic reasoning affects managerial decision
making. You’ll learn about:
- The importance of economic concepts, models and quantitative applications
- How to apply economic concepts to problems encountered by technology managers
Strategic Use of Information and Knowledge
Learn how to use information to support better decision making,
monitor operations and enable global communications. And see how
organizations are doing it. Topics include:
- Knowledge management and information technology to support a learning organization
Ethics is a huge and important topic in business. Learn how to
navigate the moral 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 and the role of reputational capital
Business Operations Design
Explore the strategic role of operations in technology-based firms.
By the end of this course, you will understand the impact of operations
on business performance. You’ll learn how to:
- Use operations to create innovations
- Innovate to create new operational capabilities
An overview of entrepreneurial thinking and actions such as:
opportunity discovery; strategy and implementation; innovation in the
context of uncertainty, ambiguity and risk.
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. You will plan for various negotiation situations and
use interactive exercises to improve your ability to negotiate.
Marketing Technology Based Products and Services
What differentiates high-tech markets from more traditional ones is
the environment of 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. You’ll learn how
- Understand customer needs in order to create, communicate, capture and sustain value for both parties
- Create the marketing section of a business plan
Financing the Organization
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
Topics covered include business plans, opportunity assessments,
valuations, and structuring. Students create the financial section of a
Strategic Management of Technology-Based Firms
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. Explore how organizations
that depend on innovation and the commercialization of intangible assets
are managed strategically. You’ll learn about:
- Developing strategies in science and technology based sectors
- Tools and techniques for the development and implementation of strategies
Learn how to manage complex projects and increase the probability of success. You’ll learn about:
- Ways to manage the introduction of new products or services
- Manage information systems change and other forms of business change
Managing Self and Others
In this intensive three-day experience, discover what you would
actually do when confronted with the reality of working in a complex and
changing company with multiple interdependencies, financial and
Note: This course takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Select Topics in Biotechnology*
Two optional stream courses will be made available in lieu of Project Management. Courses are to be announced subject to availability. Past topics include Regulatory Affairs and the Business of Biotech.
* These courses are offered subject to availability.
** These courses are offered as intensives, generally delivered on weekends. Dates will be provided well in advance.
Put your new knowledge to the test in a technology simulation working on your own and within a team.
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.
Industry Consulting Project
In the Industry Consulting Project, you'll work with some of the most innovative companies in the world
and talk in depth with their senior representatives. Then you’ll present
real-life cases to technology companies in Vancouver.