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Curricula Of Engineering Based Ms Mot Programs

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.179.1 - 3.179.5



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Marcus Huggans

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Halvard E. Nystrom

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Session 2242

Curricula of Engineering-Based MS-MOT Programs Halvard E. Nystrom, Marcus A. Huggans University of Missouri - Rolla


Technology is widely acknowledged as a key determinant for organizational and industrial success. However, few students are academically prepared to provide a systematic approach to the management of this critical factor, technology. This paper is an effort to identify the current programs and courses that are currently offered by engineering master’s level programs in this area. Furthermore, it outlines the methodology that was utilized, the observations and results, and their implications.


As we enter the information or knowledge age, it is clear that technology is a major determinant for the success for firms, regions and nations. The development, acquisition, maintenance and sale of technology are critical factors for success1,2 that should be addressed by academic programs3,4,5. These programs seek to develop managers that can appreciate the technical issues at hand and be able to manage6,7. These needs have been addressed by two academic disciplines: business schools and engineering departments8. This study investigates the master’s level curricula and courses offered by engineering departments that focus on technology management with courses such as: management of technology, management of R&D, entrepreneurship, marketing high technology and innovation management.

Other studies9 have reported the exponential growth of technology management programs. To gauge how well these programs are addressing the needs it is necessary to first understand the current curricula. This preliminary study focuses on this first part, investigating the current curricula, and courses offered by MS engineering programs.


A special effort was made to include larger programs in terms of faculty and students, but programs of all sizes and all engineering disciplines were included, and contacted in the following process: 1. The survey method and the questionnaire were developed. The questionnaire consisted of two pages. The first page contained 12 questions that related primarily to the program offered. The second page contained 10 questions that were course specific. 2. The programs were investigated through their web pages if available. 3. A list of programs was developed from: • ASEE’s 1994-1995 Directory of Engineering Graduate Studies and Research, • A list of engineering management programs provided by Dr. Dundar Kokauglu (Portland State University), • A list of engineering management programs developed by Dr. Daniel Babcock (University of Missouri – Rolla), and • From references provided during the survey process by the respondents.

Huggans, M., & Nystrom, H. E. (1998, June), Curricula Of Engineering Based Ms Mot Programs Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7006

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