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Signature Series 2013: Management of Technology Essentials

Signature Series 2013: Management of Technology Essentials

October 9-10, November 13-14  |  8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


UMR and the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) celebrate 15 years of the Signature Series!

Courses for four days. Impact for a lifetime.


The Signature Series takes some of the hottest topics and key professors from the Master of Science in the Management of Technology program. The Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) offers these short courses for high-tech professionals and leaders. You will gain information to use immediately on your job and to have ready for future challenges.

Signature Series courses are especially attuned to technical professionals and leaders. Series participants:

  • Learn in an executive-style setting with the latest delivery technologies
  • Gain knowledge to bridge the gap between business, technology and engineering
  • Incorporate their experiences into the course discussions and class exercises
  • Meet the other participants and have a chance to develop future business contacts
  • Learn from some of the University of Minnesota's world-class faculty


2013 Courses

-October Session-

October 9

Security: Cyber, Physical, Critical Infrastructure Security, and Social Engineering - Evolving threats and cost-effective counter-measures

-Professor Massoud Amin ( and

Security challenges of protecting critical infrastructure, facilities and built environment in the United States have been highlighted during the last two decades. In the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11th, our critical infrastructures are facing new scrutiny. Virtually every crucial economic and social function depends on the secure and reliable operation of our national infrastructures. Critical infrastructures such as electric power, oil/gas/water pipelines, transportation, and telecommunications networks including the Internet and digital systems become increasingly interdependent, critical and complex. From an asset management and strategic R & D viewpoint, the security, agility and robustness/survivability of large-scale critical infrastructure that face new threats and unanticipated conditions will be presented. Critical infrastructure and key resource sectors include: Agriculture and Food, Banking and Finance, Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Communications, Dams, Defense Industrial Base, Emergency Services, Energy, Government Facilities, Information Technology, National Monuments and Icons, Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste, Postal and Shipping, Public Health and Healthcare, Transportation Systems, and Water.

The course/workshop begins with an overview of risk, its application to critical infrastructures. Examines best practices to reduce the vulnerability of critical infrastructure systems due to accidents, material failure, natural disasters or attacks. Presents specifics of disaster/crisis management, business impact analysis, contingency planning, continuity of operations, and risk reduction tools. Lessons learned are examined. Vulnerability and risk analyses are applied to selected examples from critical infrastructure sectors: Energy, Electric Power and Fuel Systems, Smart Grids, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems, Telecommunications, Transportation, Water Supply, Public Health, Government Services, Banking and Finance, and more areas that class participants would like to discuss.


October 10

Project and Knowledge Management: What works?

-Karl A. Smith (

The overarching purpose of the Signature Series Project and Knowledge Management (P/KM) course is to assist participants to effectively and efficiently organize and manage projects to either (1) support on-going operations or (2) support innovation, which are described by March (1991) and Martin (2009) as the explore-exploit trade-off and by Govindarajan and Trimble (2010) as the Performance Engine vs. Innovation. The course is designed to help participants uncover broad areas of project and knowledge management and leadership in the management of technology, and identify aspects that are most relevant and applicable for implementation. The project management aspect of the course emphasizes a practical understanding of business and engineering project management – including project planning, scheduling, and controlling; budgeting, staffing, task and cost control; and communicating with, motivating, leading, and managing conflict among team members. The knowledge management aspect of the course focuses on the development of concepts and processes through which the knowledge assets of the organization and its members can be understood, managed, and evaluated.


- November Session -

November 13

How to Create and Stimulate a Culture of Innovation

-Steve Webster (

“(Innovation is) a discipline, capable of being learned, capable of being practiced.” -- Peter Drucker. This day will focus on the mindset to succeed in that discipline, and practical tools to help. Starting from the imperative of innovation, we will talk about where ideas come from, and generating ideas that align with business strategy. We will cover incremental and disruptive innovations, and organizing for each. Diagnostic tools will be presented as leadership aids to creating a innovation culture that leads to business success.

We will do this through classroom discussions, including case studies read in advance, and examples of both product and service innovations. Through the day we will have breakout sessions to consider a hypothetical enterprise, and the day will end with students making proposals to rejuvenate its innovation engine.


November 14

Leadership in the New Business Normal - Continuity and change

-Kirk Froggatt ( and

“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order." Alfred North Whitehead. Leaders create a future that wasn’t going to happen anyway by expecting, encouraging and enabling progress. In the “new normal” where both the external environment and employee expectations are very dynamic, leading progress requires a new mindset, tool set and skill set. In this workshop we’ll explore the changing context of leadership, discuss the role, mindset and differentiating capabilities of great leaders, and review a variety of leadership practices that can help you focus, align and engage your teams to accelerate progress. Most importantly, we’ll spend time throughout the day in small group application discussions where you will be able to translate key insights into focused actions or practices to enhance your personal leadership effectiveness and accelerate progress in your current role.


Registration/Further Information

Registration deadline: Tuesday, September 24. Sessions may be attended individually, or as a complete series. The program fee is $600 for a single class or $2200 for the full series.  Please download and complete the registration form and submit it to Sarah Hovden at Find details regarding the Signature Series on the TLI webpage, here.


Sarah Hovden
507-258-8054 or 1-800-947-0117

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