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Introduction to Technology Management TMGT1106. Instructor: David Plouffe. Agenda. Introductions Course Outline Expectations Format of study My background – your questions Next week . Introductions . Whose here? Why are you here? Who am I? Why am I here?. Who are you?.

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  • Introductions
  • Course Outline
  • Expectations
  • Format of study
  • My background – your questions
  • Next week
  • Whose here?
  • Why are you here?
  • Who am I?
  • Why am I here?
who are you
Who are you?
  • Section / Name / Date / Signature
  • Home town
  • Academic Stream
  • Primary area of Technology interest
  • Expectations of this class
who am i
Who am I?
  • Kirkland Lake
  • B. Comm. – U of T 1978
  • Technology & Information Technology journey
  • Sales to President
  • Independent Consultant / Business Advisor / Interim Manager
why am i here

Why am I here?

This is where my journey led me.





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Bio Informatics









The application of science, especially to industrial or commercial objectives

The scientific method and material used to achieve a commercial or industrial objective

Electronic or digital products and systems considered as a group

-- American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed., 2000..


…is the technical means people use to improve their surroundings. It is also a knowledge of using tools and machines to do tasks efficiently.

We use technology to manage the world in which we live. Technology is people using knowledge, tools, and systems to make their lives easier and better.


…People use technology to improve their ability to do work. Through technology, people communicate better. Technology allows them to make more and better products. Our buildings are better through the use of technology. We travel in more comfort and speed as a result of technology. Yes, technology is everywhere and can make life better.

Is that true?

  • The act, manner, or practice of managing; handling, supervision, or leading
  • The person or persons who lead or direct a business or other enterprise
  • Skill in managing; executive ability
technology management
Technology Management
  • Management of technology links engineering, science and management disciplines to plan, develop, and implement technological capabilities to shape and accomplish the strategic and operational goals of an organization.
course outline and materials
Course outline and materials
  • Course outline and all other course materials can be found at
  • Course schedule and basis for evaluation are in the course outline

Class Time

  • Section 1: Monday 12:30 – 15:30

Room A226

  • Section 2: Wednesday 12:30 – 15:30

Room A224

  • Office hours 12:00-12:30 and 3:30-4:30 Wednesdays Room A224
format of study for course
Format of study for course
  • Do independent research with respect to the technology or industry topic
  • Generate questions about the topic and business implications for the visiting lecturer
  • Hand in assignment at the start of class
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Format of study for course

Think through the technology’s impact on

  • The consumer/user and their quality of life
  • The environment
  • Capital requirements
  • Ethical issues
  • The business model to make profit
weekly procedure
Weekly Procedure
  • Arrive on time
  • Hand in Assignment (research / questions)
  • Review + Q&A
  • Introduction to current week’s topic
  • Lecturer and/or Guest presenter
  • Q&A
  • Wrap up
  • Next week’s topic
  • Hand in evaluation forms
research and assignments
Research and Assignments
  • Research and assignments will be discussed each week and posted on the course website under “Announcements”
  • See
  • It is your responsibility to find out what they are
weekly assignments
Weekly Assignments
  • There is no text book for this course. For reference and independent study, students will research web sources each week for material on the current week’s topic. Five (5) sources are suggested as a minimum set of sources for your study and research.
    • Industry Association
    • Technology product company
    • Technology service provider
    • Industry Conference provider (i.e. Insight Information
    • Government department or Ministry
  • You are to hand in each week:
    • the site sources researched
    • an evaluation of the web sites research on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 dreadful – 10 awesome)
    • 3 questions for discussion on the technology or industry of the current week
individual paper
Individual Paper
  • The paper is a 1200-1500 word paper in which you address the emergence and relative importance of a technology of specific eras
  • You will need to cite all of your references in text and include the references at the end
  • Follow “Writing Guidelines” link on the website at
group assignment
Group Assignment
  • A Group Project involving sets of three teams (Team A / Team B and an Evaluation Committee) representing either: two vendors of an information technology system selection or two competing business cases of technology alternatives
final exam
Final Exam
  • To be scheduled in April
  • Essay questions related to the course content
  • Further details in March
  • Appreciate the breadth and depth of technology in business so that you can consider pursuing the Technical Management stream of studies
  • Understand some of the major business issues that are prevalent in the presence of technology
  • To have an awareness of business opportunities and risks associated with technologies and strategies that may be implemented to exploit or mitigate risks
my expectations of you
My expectations of you

Participate fully in class

  • Be engaged
  • Be curious
  • Complete research and assignments
  • Arrive on time
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My expectations of you

Enter into discussions and group work enthusiastically

  • Inquire
  • Explore
  • Imagine

Show respect to others in the class by discussing issues objectively and listening to other points of view

my coordinates
My coordinates
  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Office: phone: 474-3461 ext. 4745
  • Office location: A224
  • Office hours:
    • Wednesday 12:00-1230 and 3:30-4:30
    • by appointment call my Home Office 478.9575
my business background
My Business background

North American Information Technology and Services Industry

  • Corporate America
    • Executive Management
    • General management
    • Sales management
    • Sales
    • Small company start-up
  • Consultant
    • Business Advisor
    • Interim Manager
    • Project Manager
president canadian subsidiary nyse listed us company
President – Canadian Subsidiary NYSE listed US Company
  • $35,000,000
  • 116 staff
  • Strategic planning
  • Project oversight
  • Product introduction
independent consultant
Independent Consultant
  • Insurance CEO Advisor
  • Technology Assessments
  • Process Improvements
  • Market assessment
  • Internal/external process review
  • Interim CIO
for next week
For next week …

Innovation and Product Development

Dr. Glenn Brophey Professor Nipissing University

Bob Carpenter Director SBE Nipissing University

innovation and product development

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Innovation and Product Development

Suggestions for research

Industry Canada

Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre


Disruptive Innovation

Thank You

See you next week