2016 Strategic Management of Technology I

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Graduate major in Technology and Innovation Management
Miyazaki Kumiko 
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Course description and aims

This course aims to learn the basic concepts, tools and theories related to strategic management of technology.
Technology strategy is the process that firms use their technological resources to achieve corporate objectives. It includes changing the technology portfolio to enable the firm to adapt to changing competitive dynamics and market needs; acquisition of or access to the range of technological skills; managing R&D. The topics covered include, innovation models, sectoral models of innovation, Porter's model, technological competence building strategies, technological diversification strategy, managing R&D, globalization strategy, innovation in knowledge intensive services.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the knowledge and skills related to strategic management of technology including processes of strategic planning, competitor analysis, technology forecasting, technology acquisition, technological competence building in different sectors such as Information communications industry, electronics, knowledge intensive services and aircraft industries.


Strategic planning, Innovation models, Technology strategy, R&D management, Globalization

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The course will be conducted for 1st and 2nd quarters. The students will be taught through active learning. Students will do 3 team presentations, have quizzes, write essays and are encouraged to take part in discussions.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Introduction to the course
Class 2 Science and Tech. for the knowledge based economy. Innovation Models The basic concepts related to the course
Class 3 Major Technological Trajectories, Technology Indicators Understanding the major tech. trajectories and the types of technology indicators
Class 4 Product Life Cycle model, Sectoral Patterns of Innovation, Quiz Understanding the Product Life Cycle model and Sectoral patterns of innovation. Perform a test
Class 5 Targets for corporate strategy, The basic ideas of technology strategy The main approaches related to strategic planning, technology strategy formulation process
Class 6 Porter's Model, Blue Ocean Strategy, Competitor Analysis Porter's model, Blue Ocean strategy will be compared. Techniques for competitor analysis.
Class 7 Technological competence building, Diversification strategy The core competence approach and technological competence building strategy and diversification strategy
Class 8 Team presentations Team presentations on the topics covered in Week 4-7


No text book

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reading material will be provided

Assessment criteria and methods

Will be evaluated through a Quiz(20%), Team presentations(50%), Essay(10%) and class participation(20%)

Related courses

  • TIM.B419 Strategic Management of Technology Ⅱ

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Prior knowledge of economics or management is not required
Students must also take TIM.B419 Strategic Management of Technology Ⅱ


The course is given in English. Active participation is encouraged

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