15.912 Technology Strategy

Fall 2008

Three key questions for effective strategies.
Effective strategies answer three key questions. (Image courtesy of Prof. Rebecca Henderson.)

Course Description

This course provides a series of strategic frameworks for managing high-technology businesses. The emphasis throughout the course is on the development and application of conceptual models which clarify the interactions between competition, patterns of technological and market change, and the structure and development of organizational capabilities.

This is not a course in how to manage product or process development. The main focus is on the acquisition of a set of powerful analytical tools which are critical for the development of a technology strategy as an integral part of business strategy. These tools can provide the framework for deciding which technologies to invest in, how to structure those investments and how to anticipate and respond to the behavior of competitors, suppliers, and customers. The course should be of particular interest to those interested in managing a business for which technology is likely to play a major role, and to those interested in consulting or venture capital.

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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Jason Davis

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
2 sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Level

Graduate