انجمن بین المللی مدیریت فناوری و آموزش و پرورش: تعریف فناوری و مدیریت نوآوری (TIM) بدنه دانش (BOK) برای تحصیلات تکمیلی (TIM BOK)
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|13862||2010||12 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||10080 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Technovation, Volume 30, Issues 7–8, July–August 2010, Pages 389–400
Whether it is called Management of Technology and Innovation (MOTI), Management of Technology (MOT), Engineering Technology Management (ETM) or Technology and Innovation Management (TIM), the TIM field is rapidly growing and diverse. This diversity is built upon disparate university locations of TIM programs; TIM’s emerging nature, its wide appeal as well as unique researcher and practitioner viewpoints. This has created a plethora of education materials, benchmark programs and pedagogical thought. Yet the field is growing so rapidly that no single source has yet been established which clearly identifies which topics and educational materials represents its basic Body of Knowledge (BoK). If this is so, then there is cause for concern. We review TIM pedagogy studies, TIM research, and the economic realities that initiated and continue to demand TIM education for managers. We leverage the five-year body of knowledge development activities of the International Association for the Management of Technology (IAMOT) education committee. We then develop a TIM BoK topic list and survey stakeholders that include: academics, industrial professionals and government policy makers. We found that there is a need for and convergence on a comprehensive TIM BoK source. The result is a TIM BoK source document that can be utilized to improve and monitor TIM educational programs around the world.
Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) graduate educational degree granting programs are now more than 25 years old. The concepts developed in TIM undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs have proved so useful that they have transcended their own degree granting programs. Now nearly all management, engineering and many liberal arts schools have at least one course that covers management of technology and innovation topics in the programs they offer. Further, TIM topics are now often included in more traditional courses. Today TIM degree programs are called by a plethora of names including; Management of Technology and Innovation (MOTI), Management of Technology (MOT), Engineering Technology Management (ETM) and Technology and Innovation Management (TIM). Almost all provide courses in: technology management, technology strategy, technology-based entrepreneurship and technology-based social entrepreneurship (hereafter named technology entrepreneurship), technology innovation, creative enterprise management, technology forecasting and many others. We have chosen to hereafter in this paper use the TIM designation. Universities that provide programs in TIM grew from an initial program, to approximately 150 programs by 2002 (Kocoaglu et al., 2003) and the number is still increasing. TIM degrees are so popular that universities from around the world provide them, but from a variety of different “homes” or schools. Universities currently bestow these degrees through dedicated Management of Technology and Innovation Centers, Engineering Schools, Schools of Science, Liberal Arts Schools and Management or Business Schools. Further, differing schools at the same university have come together to jointly offer joint TIM programs. Finally, in at least at one university there are two different schools which offer masters degrees that are some variant of TIM. TIM programs are now established in North America, South America, Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia with leading scholars in the field calling these six continents with exceptionally differing cultures and economic needs their home. The rapid growth in TIM graduate programs, its global appeal and the disparate university home for the education programs has combined to generate dissimilarities in curricula development. There is what at best could be stated consensus by agglomeration without constraint in TIM education. But how do we propose to generate the list of topics that should be included in a Technology Innovation and Technology Management Body of Knowledge (TIM BoK)? First, we consider the TIM research field by era in order to generate the rationale behind the interest in TIM and illustrate how this research supports the potential TIM BoK template topics. Next, two studies that focus on TIM pedagogy are considered. We found that TIM research and pedagogy have mirrored the needs generated by the improved human condition. The Human condition improved at an unprecedented rate during the 19th and 20th centuries (Mansfield, 1968 and Berman and Khalil, 1991, Schumpeter, 1909, Schumpeter, 1934, Schumpeter, 1939 and Schumpeter, 1942). Further, the transformation of the human condition was based not only on the rate of technological change but its magnitude. Technology and innovation has been the explosive force behind economic development and firm-based competitive advantage. Finally, managing this explosive change requires specialized education that has become known as TIM. Many see the importance of technology change and innovation in business and the economy as a recent phenomenon, yet if you read some of the earliest management scholars we see references to its importance to firms and the economy in managerial literature as old as the field itself (Smith, 1776 and Ricardo, 1817). But whether recent or not the continued dominance of technology change and its resultant innovations as agents of industry and societal change that foster the initiation, continuation, expanse and finally transformation of the industrial revolution into the knowledge base economy of today. Managing a wide variety of TIM elements relatively better through technology change has contributed to government- and firm-based success as demonstrated by the “Whiz kids” technology use in logistics for an army and in production for the US in WWII and at Ford after the war (Byrne, 1993). The United States was perhaps the first country to understand the value of managing technology after WWII. The US was in a “technology race” with the Soviet Union as WWII ended (Byrne, 1993). This took the form of the race to space and other less savory elements of the “cold war.” The United States (US) dominated the immediate post-WWII economy and dominated technology and innovation management research. Yet all was not going as well as it seemed for US-based technology firms. The speed of technological change, the success of the Marshal plan (Behrman, 2008) in Europe and the MacArthur versions of those doctrines in Asia (Manchester, 1978) created a world of countries more focused on economic interdependence than economic independence. The success of these programs and other country led programs initiated post-WWII stability based on a more interconnected and interdependent worldwide economy. As envisioned the almost total US global economic dominance started to wane. US-based firm’s loss market share in several industrial sectors during the 1970s and 1980s (Wheelwright and Hayes, 1985). This became a concern to government, industry and educators in the United States. The success of the global interdependence policies led to a rapid pace of technological change from many regions in the world and consequently, a shift in the balance of economic power to favor more countries all around the world. Management educational practices and specifically technology and innovation management processes evolved to meet the needs of previous worldwide economic paradigms simply did not keep pace with new demands. The advent of new TIM education programs was academic world’s response to enable highly effective future corporate and entrepreneurial professionals. Seminal work that helped define processes such as authors focusing on the diffusion of technology (Bright, 1964 and Rogers, 1995), the management of innovation (Rosenbloom, 1978 and Marquis, 1969), technologies effect on organization design (Woodward, 1965), technology strategy (Ansoff and Stewart, 1967), and technology policy (Arrow, 1962 and Fusfeld, 1978) helped to define and initiate the field of TIM. TIM was born as an interdisciplinary field of knowledge integrating science, engineering, entrepreneurial, intrapreneurial, and management knowledge practices. The field continued to evolve. The National Research (NRC) Council’s task force on Management of Technology (National Research Council Task Force on the Management of Technology (NRC), 1987 and Khalil, 1993) highlighted the multi-disciplinary nature of the field. They tasked the TIM field to link the above disciplines to produce among other things greater interdisciplinary education materials. They defined an educational charter to “plan, develop and implement technological capabilities to shape and accomplish the strategic and operational objectives of an organization.” This early field convergence effort focused on capturing the value of technology and innovation in strategic; tactical; operational; and entrepreneurial, SME, and large firm organizational terms. The TIM field is based on the anti-thesis of Keynesian equilibrium economics. TIM embraces the Austrian or Schumpeterian view of economics where change and in particular technological change causes disequilibrium-based opportunities. Most TIM professionals, then as now, provide that the essence of business opportunity is change. Further, the largest change agent in businesses is technology and its promise of economically important innovations. This is true whether you are in established or emerging economies, the firm is a large, small or medium enterprise (SME) or an entrepreneurial effort. Moreover, TIM research and pedagogy through focusing on technology in the service sector (Tien and Berg, 2003) seeks to radically improve management theory. Today we embrace the knowledge economy which is service intensive. Yet, we bring tools to those embraces which are largely based on information generated from physical products and specifically systems integrated or assembled products, theories that may not be useful in today’s economy (Linton and Walsh, 2008a and Linton and Walsh, 2008b). The emergence and embrace of the transformation of the industrial revolution into today’s knowledge economy has different needs. Many of traditional management theories do not meet the challenges of the 20th and 21st century’s knowledge based economy (Linton and Walsh, 2004). TIM’s response was to initiate improvements in nearly every aspect of managerial practice. This included efforts to incorporate technology into the strategic process of a firm (Friar and Horwitch, 1985), technology and innovations role in project management (Shenhar and Dvir, 2007; Project Management Institute, 2000), greater emphasis on operations and total quality management (Garvin, 1982 and Deming, 1982) technology development (Shrivastava and Souder, 1987), R&D management (Mitchell and Hamilton, 1988 and Souder and Rubenstein, 1976), technology forecasting (Porter et al., 1980, Ayres, 1969, Martino, 1983, Jantsch, 1969 and Jones and Twiss, 1978), the impact of science and technology on society (Rogers and Shoemaker, 1971 and Linstone et al., 2001), and many others. Yet rigid institutional boundaries between not only programs but between university schools or “homes” especially engineering and business schools need to be softened (Badawy, 1995 and Khalil and Garcia-Arreola, 1997). Nowhere was the need for cross-pollinating the technologist and managers more evident than in technology-based entrepreneurial efforts (Kirchhoff, 1994). “High tech” or perhaps more correctly stated “technology intensive” entrepreneurial efforts role in the economy was just being fully appreciated (Birch, 1987 and Kirchhoff et al., 2002) and many others initiated research that demonstrated the enormous value that these firms provided society. They demonstrated entrepreneurs were responsible for the majority of job and wealth creation in the United States and postulated the same occurred around the world. Technology change and technology entrepreneurship is now directly linked to economic policy and has taken even a larger role in the economics of most countries today based on this research. Yet economic development and competitive advantage is not as simple having the best technology, idea, innovation or product as shown by many (Kondratief, 1937 and Mansfield, 1968). Rather the pursuit of competitive advantage requires you to manage technology change and innovations exceptionally as well. For example, two firms Eclipse (Linton et al., 2009) an entrepreneurial firm focused on a systems integration opportunity and corning optical switches an intrapreneurial systems integration opportunity both broke an elemental law of Management of Technology Innovation in their respective pursuits of competitive advantage. Both firms possessed exceptional technology and innovations, but neither their founders nor the large firm management have experience in managing in the generic technological arena where their opportunity resided. As a result they both applied materials-based management and innovation practice to a fabrication and assembly-based opportunity. Both, regardless of exceptional new product development experience and exceptional resources, lost hundreds of millions of dollars with the result of the failure of Eclipse and the loss of the vast majority of the stock price at Corning. TIM pedagogy seeks to prevent these spectacular failures and replace them with equally spectacular success by meeting the reality of a changing world and asking managers to recognize the value added by technology change and to prepare them to manage it. Technology, innovation, and TIM are the wellspring of firm and regional economic success. Next, the results of our literature review in distinct eras that evolved from our research are considered. The review suggests potential topics required by an educational program. Other benefits provided are: demonstrating the increasing acceptance of the value of the field and its embrace by government, industry, and academia; the increasing historical interest of the field in the progression of its pedagogy; and the process allows an understanding of new knowledge generated by TIM researchers that educators have tried to include in their curricula. This literature review forms the basis for our survey generation process—the topics identified as elements required by TIM pedagogy. Agreement on the common elements of a TIM program by surveying community stakeholders are sought through a two-step web-based survey to test the validity of these topics and the relative value of each topic. Finally, we report our findings and discuss pathways for future pedagogy development.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
TIM stakeholders’ opinions have been obtained in two separate surveys. The input from these surveys and our research has generated a template for TIM graduate programs into a more comprehensive TIM Body-of-Knowledge Framework. The new framework establishes the knowledge areas deemed necessary for TIM education and the disciplines included in each knowledge group ranked by order of importance. The TIM BoK Framework presented here can be used as a basis for designing new graduate curricula in TIM as well as for the evaluation and possible certification/accreditation of existing TIM programs. The results further point out some important differences between TIM stakeholders’ perceived level of importance to TIM graduate education. These differences are a strong reflection that the TIM community considers TIM to be of critical importance from the strategic point of view.