As we move toward an increasingly technological future, the skills and knowledge necessary to manage and cultivate technology and the workforce around it are ever more important. A growing number of disciplines, such as communication, management and social sciences — in addition to the traditionally tech-heavy fields of science and engineering — are becoming reliant on technology and its innovations, and those who can train and organize their work and team around it are becoming more valuable.
So say the minds behind UC Santa Barbara’s newest doctoral degree, the Technology Management Program’s (TMP) Ph.D. in Technology Management. The offering integrates organizational studies with technology and innovation studies, aiming to put its students at the leading edge of business and technology.
“Not only do we want to develop scholars whose research examines the intersection of technology and social systems, we also want to establish TMP’s reputation for research excellence,” said TMP professor Kyle Lewis. In the short decade since the program’s inception as a business plan competition and certificate program, technology management at UCSB has developed into an interdisciplinary field with theoretical and practical significance.
By Sonia Fernandez, Writer, The UC Santa Barbara Current
December 21, 2016