MBA for innovation
Management of Technology MBA
This is a part-time, in-person program in Vancouver, Canada; unfortunately, international students are not eligible to apply.
Our international students are encouraged to explore our Full-Time MBA, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration or Master of Science in Finance programs.
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.
Year 1 - Fall
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
Year 1 - Spring
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
Year 1 - Summer
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.
Year 2 - Fall
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
to use a variety of learning techniques including discussions, cases
analyses, and a marketing decision simulation. The course will define
hi-tech products, attempt to understand customer response to them, and
find ways of crafting marketing strategies for them, while bearing in
mind that the tectonic plates of technological change are continually
Applied Finance is the core finance course required of all business majors, and it serves as the basis for all other courses in the area of finance as well as providing the basic tools that every business student will need to be successful in their chosen career. Emphasis is placed on the underlying principles and practices and how they relate to the decision-making process faced by a financial manager charged with the objective of shareholder wealth maximization and value creation.
** These courses are offered as intensives, generally delivered on weekends. Dates will be provided well in advance.
Year 2 - Spring
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 geographical constraints.
Note: This course takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Year 2 - Summer
Put your new knowledge to the test in a technology simulation working on your own and within a team.
Topics in International Business
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.
Connect with our team
Our admissions team is more than happy to answer your questions so you know what you can expect before, during, and beyond your program.
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