MIT/ILP Calendar Event
Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations
OverviewTechnical professionals' goals and incentives are often different from those of other employees, and so are the management challenges that arise. Drawing on the wealth of research and industry experience of faculty and leading practitioners, Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations explores proven, practical, and innovative strategies for maximizing the contribution of technical professionals. This intensive program focuses on the management and motivation of technical professionals in the innovative organization, and in particular:
- How creative individual contributors work together on risky projects, processing information under conditions of uncertainty;
- How to address critical problems and issues dealing with staff professionals and members of project teams, including cross-functional teams;
- How to work effectively with prima donnas and independent spirits.
The Learning Experience
Organizations that are designed and managed for doing the same things well repetitively, as in manufacturing and operations, are not particularly appropriate for doing something well once, as in R&D. Running a technical organization presents a unique set of management problems. How do you motivate and reward technical professionals to maximize their performance and creativity? How do you create an organizational structure that will contribute to success, not inhibit it? How do you deal with creative individual contributors, project teams, and innovative professionals? How do you build and sustain high motivation and vitality while preventing complacency? How do you utilize "marshaling" events for building more collaborative, innovative activities? And how do you move information and technology effectively across organizational structures?
This unique two-day program focuses on issues critical to the effective management of technical professionals and cross-functional teams. Its principles and strategies can be applied in any organization where research, development, engineering, or computer-related technology developments need to take place in a timely, effective, and successful manner.
Participants will learn principles and strategies of crucial importance to any organization where R&D, engineering, and/or computer-related technologies lie at the core of the business. Upon completing this program, participants will gain a thorough understanding of the following subjects:
- Managing risk taking and uncertainty in technical projects
- Managing and motivating your technical professionals
- Developing effective reward and incentive systems for technical professionals
- Creating a highly motivating work environment
- Managing and leading creative individual contributors
- Maximizing the technical productivity and vitality of teams
- Leading and managing more effectively across organizational structures
- Leading system change within established corporate cultures
- Transferring technology and information flows between and within organizations
- Organizing for innovative product development
- Managing the tensions among development efforts and cost/schedule pressures
"This was my fourth program and it was the very best by far. Professor Katz is Mel Brooks meets Yoda -- pearls of wisdom delivered in an extremely engaging manner. Highly recommended." ~ Past Participant Matthew K.
MIT is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The campus, situated in close proximity to Boston’s Logan International Airport, profits from Boston’s excellent public transportation system and the on-campus Tech Shuttle. The closest subway station is Kendall Square, which acts as a commercial center for MIT and the local community.
ILP members receive a 15% discount on all MIT Sloan Executive Education open enrollment programs held in Massachusetts - contact your ILO for details.