Serving the Knowledge Economy:
Management Development for the ICT Sector

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September 2013 intake for ICT Ireland Skillnet

M.Sc. Technology and Innovation Management


M.Sc. Technology and Innovation Management


Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Technology and Innovation Management

Introduction to the Programme

ICT Ireland Skillnet and Dublin Institute of Technology are currently recruiting for its fourth intake to their management development programme for the ICT Sector to commence in September 2011.

The programme which culminates in the  awards of Postgraduate Diploma in Management of Technology and Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management, took its first enrolments in 2006 with the aim of meeting important human resource development gaps in technology-based Irish industries by providing opportunities for technical and engineering graduates to develop a broad set of business, management and interpersonal tools. The intention is that over the life of the programme participants will emerge as engineering and technology leaders with a strategic perspective on organisational issues and challenges.

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Programme Aims and Objectives

Taking account of international best practice and research conducted by ICT Ireland, the programme has been developed specifically to address the needs and interests of individuals with technology backgrounds who wish to pursue management and commercial options in their career paths. It is specifically targeted at those wishing to develop a firmer grounding in the managerial and leadership issues facing today's complex organisations, thereby creating an ideal opportunity to develop practical inter-discipline leadership and managerial skills. Designed to meet the accelerated demands of fast-track professionals, the programme provides many benefits. Participants will:

  • Enhance their knowledge and skill of a wide range of management, innovation and operational areas.
  • Enhance their prospects of promotion within their organisation.
  • Enhance their ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Interact with graduates from other Irish based companies from diverse professional backgrounds promoting learning from their colleagues and enriching their educational experience.
  • Gain a broad business perspective with enhanced management and critical thinking skills they can apply to real-life business situations.
  • Receive a fully accredited qualification from an internationally recognised business school, without interrupting their career.
  • Take advantage of the collective professional experiences of every participant and the instructors through a rich array of learning methods.
  • Experience the real world experience of a wide range of guest speakers who are leading innovations in their business disciplines.
  • Apply what they learn to their job immediately. Course discussions serve as a laboratory for solving business issues that they confront daily.


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Programme Structure

The programme is designed in two distinct stages. The first stage of the programme exposes the participant to the key management functions relevant to their industry – Finance for Management Decision Making; Management and Organisation Behaviour; Marketing and Sales; New Product Development; and Operations Management. It also advances knowledge in the specific knowledge and technology context of the participant’s industry with subjects such as Business and Technology Research Methods; Managing the Knowledge; and Technological Entrepreneurship. Completion of this stage results in the award of Postgraduate Diploma in the Management of Technology.

The second stage advances the learning from Stage 1 by adopting strategic and corporate level analysis and learning. This stage also seeks to focus the management learning from the first stage directly on the key management challenges for the technology sector. Subjects in this stage include – Strategic Management, Technology Strategy, Supplier Management (including Outsourcing); and Innovation and Commercialisation. Completion of both stages results in the award of Masters of Science (M.Sc.) Technology and Innovation Management.



Stage 1:
Postgraduate Diploma
in Management of Technology

Management and Organisation Behaviour

Marketing and Sales

Operations Management

New Product Development

Business and Technology Research Methods

Finance for Management Decision Making

Managing the Knowledge Worker

Technological Entrepreneurship

Major Group Consulting Project

Stage 2:
M.Sc. Technology and Innovation Management

Supplier Management

Strategic Management

Technology Strategy

Innovation and Commercialisation

Major Individual Project: Management Learning Report

The programme is studied on a part-time basis over one or two years, with the taught elements being delivered over workshops on Fridays and Saturdays to offer maximum flexibility to both participants and their employers. Stage 1 involves sixteen workshops and Stage 2 is delivered over eight workshops. Each stage is one year duration.  Workshops will normally take place at the DIT Faculty of Business campus at Aungier Street.

DIT Aungier Street campus

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Learning Approach 

This advanced programme explores the latest business and management thinking, examining how this relates to the current business environment. This provides the participant with key management tools which can be applied in the workplace and an understanding of how best to use these within their organisation.

While the programme leads to recognised academic awards it does not lose focus that the primary objectives of the ICT Ireland Skllnet initiative are on competence and skill development for technologists working in the ICT and associated industries. A range of learning strategies are employed including action learning, case studies, practice-based assignments, debates, and guest speakers. Project work, including group activities, is an essential component of the programme.

Module instructors on the programme are actively engaged with enterprises through consultancy, research and training assignments, so they bring knowledge of real-world business issues to the classroom and deliver high quality and relevant content as well as business processes that work to their workshops.

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Who can Participate?

Participants must have an undergraduate honours degree in a science, engineering or technology discipline.  Applicants with a degree in a non-technology discipline will be considered if they have significant experience in ICT roles or in the industry experience.  Applicants will normally come from companies in telecommunications, software, manufacturing of computer products and digital media and from a diverse range of industrial and professional backgrounds but all with ICT related experience.

This is the flagship programme of the ICT Ireland Skillnet and has been developed with the Faculty of Business in Dublin Institute of Technology in association with the ICT Ireland Skillnet. To date the programme has seen participants from a wide range of companies including: Abbott Technologies, Airtel-ATN, Aer Lingus, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel Ireland, Meteor, Novell, Smart Telecom, and TDK.

Programme participants: Ivan Kelly (Hewlett  Packard),
Santiago  Ibarz (Airtel-ATN), Paul Kiersey (Vodafone)
and Adrian Rutledge (IBM)

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Programme Fees

Due to the support of the Skillnet funding, programme fees are set at €2,750 per stage.  A reduced fee is available to suitably qualified applicants who are currently unemployed.

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About Dublin Institute of Technology

Located in state-of-the-art facilities at Aungier Street, close to St Stephen’s Green in the centre of Dublin, the College of Business at Dublin Institute of Technology is one of the largest business schools in Ireland. In addition to extensive undergraduate and postgraduate enrolments, the Faculty of Business at DIT has established itself as a leading provider of executive education in Ireland. This position has been achieved on the basis of delivering successful high impact programmes that consistently meet and surpass the education and training objectives of programme participants and their organisations.

While every DIT executive education programme is distinct, they share the following core elements:

  • High impact education and training with targeted goals;
  • Multiple learning approaches;
  • Real world instructors and expert guest presenters; and
  • Learning implementation through action projects.

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About ICT Ireland Skillnet

ICT Ireland Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd.  And unded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

The ICT Ireland Skillnet involves the coming together of a group of companies within the information and communications technology sector who are deeply concerned about the important human resources gaps in the sector and are working collaboratively to providing practical and relevant responses to fill these gaps. These companies are committed to training and development as a key element in sustaining competitive advantage.

The network emerged from the innovative work carried out in 2006-07 under the Graduate Development Accel Project. This involved the design, development and piloting of a graduate development programme to give technical and engineering graduates a broad set of business, management and interpersonal tools that they need to be successful in today's highly competitive international market place. Funding from Skillnets now allows the network to take the successful work completed under the Accel programme to another stage by expanding and developing the original programme and introducing a range of new programmes in response to company needs.

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Participant Feedback

"I found the course extremely useful, it was well informed by research and real-world testing and all the lecturers did an excellent job of reinforcing points of which I was already aware, revealing new approaches that I wasn't, and encouraging contributions from those attending, I highly recommend the ICT MSc Technology and Innovation Management course to everyone" S. Osan, Digimedia

“Before taking the MSc in Technology & Innovation Management I was involved in hardware and manufacturing engineering. My current role is as an analyst/researcher within the Intel® Innovation Centre (Leixlip), which is a global centre for researching and developing leading-edge IT solutions and technology. I can unequivocally say that securing that role was a direct result of my ICT MSc studies.” K. Ellis, Intel Corporation

"When I joined the course I was a Senior Engineer with Ericsson with a personal interest in technology and innovation and looking at career progression opportunities. The course opened my eyes specifically into technology and innovation management, entrepreneurship and also into the world of general management. In April 2008 I was appointed to the position of Research Project Manager in the Ericsson Ireland Research Centre. I was told afterwards that my participation on the course was a factor in my appointment. The topics I was exposed to and the competence I gained in the course helped me be successful in that role. Now almost 18 months later I have been appointed Network Management Research Manager for Ericssons PDU OSS Research & Innovation Unit. This is a major personal and professional achievement for me and it is certain that this appointment would not have been made without my MSc qualification in Technology & Innovation Management." G. Hogan, Ericsson

"I personally feel the program had a huge impact on my career. I have been promoted twice during the programme. I believe the main difference was that the programme course work opened me up to new ideas and ways of doing things. Also, the group discussions in class with similar technical people was invaluable. One example is that we were exposed to quality training. I am now driving that through my team through lean six sigma now and as a whole the team is getting recognized and we are getting big returns." D. Farrell, Intel Corporation

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Application Information

If you are interested in further information on this programme, including information on programme fees and the application process, please contact Susan Kelly, the ICT Ireland Skillnet Network Administrator at (e) or (p) 1890 876 696.

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