This course deals with the essential activities that comprise the management of business organizations: planning, organization, leadership and control. It includes case studies, project management, team/group dynamics and strategies, the importance of diversity/globalization, human resource management and a comparison of traditional and entrepreneurial leadership and management. [Offered: W]
This workshop addresses aspects of technology development and related marketing aspects. Information retrieval strategies and organization are addressed, as is scientific business analysis and planning, competitive analysis and product development. Results are presented orally and in writing. Students are given opportunities to work effectively in teams to tackle projects such as the Company Research Project and Marketing Plans for scientific or technical products or firms. [Offered: F]
This workshop focuses on the strategic management of technology, innovation and research and development in scientific team-based settings. Business principles, including patents behind select science/technology products will be analyzed. [Offered: F]
This workshop provides a basic understanding of how organizations work and how people interact within organizations in order to achieve human, organizational, and social objectives. Topics include case studies, lectures and discussions on organizational structure and models, organizational theory, organizational culture, motivation, diversity, negotiation, communication, leadership and management and how these principles are applied in start-ups or scientific and technical environments. The major project focuses on an aspect of organizational behavior in a scientific or technical firm or application and is presented in writing and orally.
A senior honours project focusing on technology innovation, assessment of the current utility of a technology, scale-up of the technology, projected return on investment and hurdles (production, regulatory, market competition, intellectual property protection). The major class project focuses on the development of a business plan for a product that could be commercialized. Applications, implications, cost benefit analysis, feasibility, etc. are included. [Offered: F]
Current real-world issues and problems in the strategic management of start-ups and scientific/technology companies are addressed, based on the use of publicly available information including research findings. Working in groups, students will address the topics to be pursued, including both scientific and business/economic aspects. Assignments result in a written strategic plan, which is formally presented to the class. [Offered: F]
This capstone-project workshop addresses the formulation of firm-wide strategic plans (e.g., business cases, marketing plans, strategic plans) for science and technology based start-ups and traditional firms. It provides a framework for developing and implementing business strategies and the related documentation that fits a firm's environment, human resources, markets, managerial styles and organization. This course involves significant group work under the supervision of a Science and Business instructor. A written report and seminar presentation are required. A special capstone project is also required. [Offered: W]
This workshop addresses the implications for Canadian science and technology based firms of competing in the global competitive environment. [Offered: W]