BA in Technology Management
BA in Technology Management
Head of the program- Dr. Amir Elalouf Amir.Elalouf@biu.ac.il
What is Technology Management?
In today's world, pioneering technologies and technological innovations impact and shape a variety of diverse organizations from a range of sectors and industries. 21st century organizations understand the power and competence of technology and harness its merits to maximize their revenues, expand into new markets, advance improvements, and execute tasks. It follows that technology managers are key players in today’s industry, owing to their ability to identify these novel technologies and to assimilate them in everyday work, yielding optimal results.
Technology management focuses on the design, development, operation, and use of technological products. It concentrates on providing various services to companies and organizations in order to increase their market value and efficiency. Specifically, technology managers help organizations navigate within the evolving technological world by detecting technological needs, developing creative solutions, and providing advanced technical support. The responsibilities of people in this position include implementing the technological infrastructure and maintaining the efficiency of the hardware, software, networks, and communication systems. That is to say, technology managers offer advice on the use and exploitation of technological innovation for the purpose of improving and upgrading business processes. They supervise, point people in the right direction, and inform them about technological advancements. They focus on putting forward possible technological solutions to business problems and on ensuring that the proposed initiatives are effectively implemented.
21st century organizations are in need of skilled employees with managerial proficiency and unique interdisciplinary qualifications that combine business management and technology, and allow graduates to make in-depth data-based decisions in a technological environment. A bachelor's degree in technology management successfully meets the current labor market needs; namely, it integrates between disciplines that till now were taught separately. The curriculum bridges the gap between practice and theory, thus providing students with the leverage to pursue a long-term future career in a developing and desirable field. Bar-Ilan University is the first academic institute in Israel to offer this unique and innovative program, the only one that combines business management and technology. Smart business management includes supervision of the entire process, from the development stage to marketing, from leading the acquisition process to the implementation of the best technological tools according to the organizational type, aims and budget. Such qualifications demand distinctive training, knowledge, and expertise, all of which are provided by this innovative technology management program.
The Program’s Vision
The program’s goal is to instil in students comprehensive knowledge about technology management and provide them with practical tools that will assist them in managing IT departments. The objective is to provide the required qualifications whether the students are developing new technologies or trying to harness technology to fulfil organizational needs.
Ultimately, the curriculum prepares and qualifies the students to work in a variety of positions such as: technology, business development, management, project management, product management, etc.
The general term “technology” encompasses computer and information system, advanced instrumentation, landline and mobile telephony, internet servers, automobiles, robotics, etc. “Technology management” denotes two aspects that complement technology: (1) management of the learning processes and assimilation of technologies in organizations, and (2) management of development processes in organizations through focusing on the advance of new technologies. Every organization utilizes the diversified technologies existing in today’s market and strives to exploit them in the most intelligent and efficient way, one that will extract the full business and organizational potential. The variety of courses offered in the framework of the degree in technology management, along with the interaction between them, will provide graduates with the requisite knowledge in the field and situate them in the forefront of technology in an ever-changing world. This innovative program, the only one in the country, integrates theoretical, practical, and relevant knowledge with apprenticeship and acquiring field experience.
What Can You Do with a Degree in Technology Management?
A lot. Technology management has become a fast growing field with many career opportunities. Every business – regardless of size or type – needs a technology manager, so qualifying in this profession guarantees finding work, job security, and career advancement. Technology managers are in demand. They are sought after by a wide variety of diverse entities such as financial companies, insurance companies, governmental organizations, medical organizations, manufacturers, and essentially any business that has to deal with large numbers of clientele and employees. Furthermore, unlike other academic programs, a degree in technology management is not only theoretical but also practical, preparing the student fully for the most sought-after and vital jobs of tomorrow. Qualifying in this profession will open the door to locating a wide range of managerial jobs in the field of technology, including management of:
• Technology acquisition.
• Information systems.
• Instruction in/assimilation of new technological systems.
• Technological development in the high-tech industry.
• Patent registration.
• Development projects.
• Recruitment of talented and suitable candidates.
About the Program
The program prepares its graduates to manage IT departments in organizations that use technology and also organizations that aim to develop new technologies. Graduates will be trained to manage two complementary aspects: on the one hand, technology acquisition processes, and on the other hand, technological development and assimilation of new technological systems. So if you enjoy problem solving, working with the latest technologies, project management, and motivating and inspiring other people, then a career in technology management is the right path for you. This program is intended for people who are not content with simply learning about an interesting and rewarding field, but in addition to that seek a unique program that will prepare them to face future challenges. The program boats the following outstanding features:
• An innovative and unique program, standing in the forefront of current technology and foresees the future.
• A comprehensive curriculum, encompassing the entire spectrum of the field.
• Unique courses, handpicked for this program, and in some cases created specifically for it.
• The finest lecturers in the field, each with a substantial academic record and proven field experience.
• Gaining practical work experience that goes beyond theoretical understanding and grants students the opportunity to gain proficiency in the field in which they seek to work.
The Curriculum of the Technology Management Program:
* Please be aware that there might be some small changes in the curriculum.
The technology management program includes a wide array of courses. The knowledge obtained in these courses, along with the interaction between them, together provide graduates with the requisite tools to become skilled technology managers, whether in organizations that use technology or in those developing new technologies. The program comprises designated courses especially developed for the curriculum, with the intention of providing graduates with the essential skills and perspective to help organizations fulfill their business potential. This can only be achieved via intelligent and informed technology management, and by competent management of the development environment, be it technological or human.
The curriculum is diverse and includes foundational subjects such as performance analysis and statistics, alongside unique topics such as generating an organization’s financial value through its information systems, development and management of information systems, business intelligence, research and development, legal aspects of technology management, risk management, start-up management, computer decision support systems, and more. The preeminent lecturers in the field, each bringing vast experience in technology management, will teach varied, unique courses. which include analysis of real life scenarios.
The curriculum also includes a final practical seminar in how to build a start-up from scratch, from the initial creative idea and all the way to product presentation. Here, we aim to examine how students apply the knowledge they have attained to a real case study, and to provide students with practical and up-to-date experience in this line of work. The seminar is taught by the program’s lecturers.
The program reflects the evolving and dynamic nature of technology management; as such, it is constantly being updated. Every year, the curriculum is enhanced with additional courses and new topics (for example: artificial intelligence, machine learning, decision making in support systems in a big data environment, E-commerce, programming with Python). To conclude, the employment opportunities for the program's graduates are vast and diverse, and incorporate the different facets of technology management in organizations (technology acquisition management, information systems management, instruction and assimilation of new technology systems) in addition to technology development management in the high-tech industry (patent registration, development project management, recruitment of suitable candidates, etc.).
* Elective course
Mr. Arik Edelman
An independent IT development expert in an Excel environment, with experience in excess of 20 years in financial organizations such as large insurance companies and the largest banks in the Israeli market and investment houses. An accomplished lecturer for over 20 years at diverse academic institutes such as Ariel University, College of Management Academic Studies, Holon Institute of Technology, and the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. In addition, Mr. Edelman is a mentor for first year students in the College of Management Academic Studies.
Mr. Edelman is in charge of developing technological courses for BA and MA degrees, develops innovative tutorial tools, and implements advanced teaching methods which include novel techniques and integration of technological tools to advance and improve instruction.
Dr. Amir Elalouf
Head of the technology management program, lecturer and researcher in the department of management at Bar-Ilan University. An expert in developing efficient algorithms, he specializes in scheduling theory and computer simulation, and lectures about these fields in Israel and abroad. Dr. Elalouf has vast experience in managing software system development in E-commerce and planning and designing unique managerial applications. He advised the Israeli Defense Forces regarding computer simulation and assimilation of analytical calculation tools, and counselled organizations regarding business development and assimilation of software system. He is an advisor and a member of the board of directors in a start-up that engages in technology development.
Dr. Shalom Broyer
The CEO of leading software company Maxsoft, which specializes in implementation of ERP systems in the industrial market and in the agricultural world.
Dr. Shmuel (Mula) Cohen
An expert in finance theory, investment principles, options and derived properties, finance management and Israeli financial markets. Dr. Cohen has vast experience in training and qualifying bank employees in regard to trading stocks in the financial markets in Israel and abroad. He researches corporate governance and conducts performance research in the financial market. Dr. Cohen also dedicates time to practice as a consultant in the areas of company funding and financial management, and in value evaluations, including providing expert opinion in court.
Dr. Alex Coman
An expert in information systems and in creating financial value, Dr. Coman lectures about these topics in Israel and abroad. He has published dozens of papers in leading academic journals, and is a financial commentator on television shows and in newspapers.
Dr. Yael Deutsch
An expert in developing mathematical models suitable for solving decision problems for practical applications, in conditions of uncertainty and in a competitive environment, while using tools of optimization and game theory.
Dr. Dvir Kaveh
A psychologist and organizational consultant, one of the first researchers in Israel in the field of positive psychology and its implementation in organizations ("positive organizational scholarship"). Dr. Kaveh has accumulated experience in advising civic and business systems, as well as developing leadership skills among managers and employees.
Dr. Hanan Maoz
An expert in technology management in entities and start-ups, Dr. Maoz specializes in performance and risk management in technological fields. He researches business and technological development of information and communication products, and assimilation of technological growth and entrepreneurship strategies into ongoing organizational activities. He has held various senior managerial positions in both the local and the global high-tech industry, and in global companies that trade in NASDAQ (IBM/Lotus, Oracle Corp., AudioCodes).
Dr. Ariel Rosenfeld
Lectures in the department of management at Bar-Ilan University, specializing in artificial intelligence, autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, human-agent interaction, machine learning, and human factors in systems.
Dr. Ron Weitzman
Specializes in information systems in intricate production environments, and in medical information systems. Dr. Weitzman has vast experience in implementing computerized solutions in the fields of production management, performance measurement, formation of organizational measurement systems, and creation of decision making support systems in real time. Also specializes in developing big organizational databases and building systems for data retrieval in multi-user environments. In addition, Dr. Weitzman lectures on topics such as database design and development, computer simulation, development of internet-based systems, performance research, and quality management.
Atty. Dan Or-Hof
Owner and founder of “Or-Hof Technology & IP law”. Specializes in information technologies, internet and communication, intellectual property, privacy, and information protection. Atty. Or-Hof represents national as well as international companies, among them technology, communication, media, and advertising companies. He is a prominent lecturer in academic courses, business forums in Israel and abroad, and advanced studies for judges and lawyers. Atty. Or-Hof is also a member of the Privacy Protection Authority and an advisor to the Ministry of Justice on law, information, and technology.
“The redhead of the business world”, she is a consultant for empowerment of business presence, an actress and a lecturer, and she facilitates workshops on the art of presentation.
A serial entrepreneur, investor, and mentor to early stage projects. Co-founder and former CEO of Optibus, a company that develops public transportation and bus scheduling software using advanced optimization algorithms and machine learning to increase effectiveness in mass transportation. Prior to Optibus, Gady managed various technology companies in the fields of efficient energy use, educational computer programs, mobile phone marketing and advertising, and information security. Gady is a Bar-Ilan University graduate. He holds a degree in economics and computer science.
Department of Management, Technology Management Track
Head Of The Program- Dr. Amir Elalouf Amir.Elalouf@biu.ac.il