Intersecting Minds: Education, Business and Technology at the North Carolina State Jenkins Graduate School of Management

Back in the Saddle | October 14, 2008

Here we are, back in the groove of classwork after a nice, five day Fall Break. I thought I’d provide a quick update on the Management of Technology course I mentioned in my last note. The class will be taught by Steve Markham, a person with deep experience in the field of technology management. Here is the course website.

The bulk of the class will revolve around a deep research dive into the upstream operations of a major oil company (i.e. BP, Exxon, Shell, etc.). Each team will investigate aspects of the upstream supply chain: exploration, reservoir management, deep sea drilling and shipping activities, to name a few. Once we have this knowledge in hand, we’ll put together a strategic recommendation for the company’s investment in and use of technology going forward. The project is designed to give us an idea about the concepts and strategy involved in managing technology with energy serving as an introduction from which we can apply what we learn to other industries.

I’m excited about this class and the project because I have an interest in the energy industry, and I’m also keen on the intersection of technology and strategy. It sounds this class will give us a nice dose of both.

On an unrelated note, we registered for next semester’s classes today. I’ll have more on that in the future, but for now, I’ve decided to do a double concentration in Supply Chain and Marketing. In my next post, I’ll elaborate a bit on the different Concentrations NC State offers. If you’re interested now, clink here to do some research on your own.

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