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March 26, 2018

MSc in Leadership, Innovation and Technology ICT Skillnet

Interested in taking your career to the next level and advancing your leadership skills? Our new MSc in Leadership, Innovation and Technology is the perfect course for you….

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Welcome along to the second part of our series of articles discussing the modules covered in the new Master’s in Leadership Innovation and Technology in conjunction with the College of Business at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

The partnership between Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet and DIT has been in existence for over 10 years and has seen numerous cutting-edge programmes created.

This co-designed programme draws on the in-depth industry knowledge about the tech sector within Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet and the vast experience of the lecturing team at the DIT. Members of the steering group behind the programme are senior managers and talent managers in leading ICT companies. So there is a real focus given to the current skills and processes in demand within the ICT sector in the current climate.

“We welcome this new programme that will be delivered by the Dublin Institute of Technology, because it meets the needs of our company both in terms of up-skilling our existing team and developing a steady stream of new talent. We have been actively involved and fully supportive of this programme from the start. It provides a practical and timely response to filling the skills gap in this key area.” 

Carmel Somers, Talent Manager, IBM Ireland Lab

The programme has been developed specifically to address the needs and interests of professionals with technology backgrounds, who wish to pursue leadership and management career paths.

In Part 1 we covered the following modules:

  • Personality and Leadership Module
  • Innovation Management and Creativity Module
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Module

In Part 2 we’ll be discussing the remaining modules in a bit more detail:

  • Strategy Tools for Competitive Positioning
  • Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Team Leadership and Change Management

If there’s any additional information you would like to have please don’t hesitate to contact our admissions team and when you’re ready to make an application, you can do so easily by completing the short application form on the programme page. The deadline is fast approaching, and we recommend getting your application in before all places have been filled.

There are no exams on the MSc programme, instead there is a big focus on continuous assessment, reflection on learnings and applying them to real situation in your current role.

Up first……

Strategy Tools for Competitive Positioning

A very exciting element of the MSc is that participants will undertake a full strategic analysis of their own organisation and the environment it is working in by applying strategy tools learned in the Strategy Tools for Competitive Positioning module.

The module falls under the strategy pillar and learners will cover some of the latest tools, concepts, theories and models, both strategic and tactical that are available to managers. These are applied to a wide variety of different business settings to give participants a real feel for them in different contexts and how they might apply them to their own working situations.

The module is also designed to hone participants’ analytical skills and approaches so they can be better equipped to lead and manage from a strategic position rather than an operational one.

On completion of this module learners will understand how to organise a company’s processes, resources and people and how to effectively implement best practice.

Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation

Technology is changing at a rapid pace and managers need to understand how this is going to affect their business but also how they can make use of new technology to better serve the needs of their customers.

Participants will learn how to manage advancements in technology in line with an organisations goals.

The module is split into two parts. Part one examines technological changes and how they impact an organisation, planning for transition, capturing the benefits of innovation and how to plan innovation projects. Part two examines organisational issues that are involved in implementing new technologies or innovation.

Participants will also learn more about the macro trends that are impacting the wider ICT industry – for example; the internet of things, artificial intelligence, security, bit data etc. Candidates will have a greater understanding of how these trends can be examined, managed and exploited.

This module includes a very exciting project. Learners will undertake an assessment of how emerging trends are going to impact their organisation and industry.

Team Leadership and Change Management

Change can often be an extremely difficult thing for an organisation to go through and change management one of the most taxing jobs a manager may undertake during their career.

Understanding and being aware of the need for change and communicating the benefits plays a key part in successful change management.

The Team Leadership and Change Management module is designed to help participants understand and diagnose their own change management skills, by carrying out a variety of exercises. These tests can then be used by the learner within their own organisations to audit the change management skills available and to highlight and address any areas where deficits or issues exist.

Up Next…..

In the final article in this short series we’re going to discuss the applied research project to give you a flavour of what is involved.

If you have any more questions at this stage, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are currently accepting applications and you can apply by completing the application form now.

Read Part 1

Read Part 3

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