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MOT or MBA: Which Shark Are You?

Posted May 27, 2021

How does the M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) compare with an MBA? It’s the most common inquiry we field and it’s usually followed up with a side-by-side comparison of courses and schedules. After countless conversations with students, alumni and faculty from both programs, we've found the major difference is not a matter of content, but a matter of framework.

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What Can You Learn From Airbnb: Focus On Your Skills… Not The Idea

Posted April 28, 2021

Has Airbnb succeeded because of its terrific idea? Or is it because of the entrepreneur’s ability to encapsulate his idea in a fantastic pitch and attract VCs? Or is it because of the entrepreneur’s skills in finding the right strategy and executing it to perfection?

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The Miracle Over 20 Years in the Making

Posted January 28, 2021

Joining the billions of people waiting for the moment when I get a shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, it is impossible not to consider how we got here. 

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Taking Care of Your Career: Professional Education in Uncertain Times

Posted November 10, 2020

In uncertain times such as these, furthering one’s professional growth may seem like a bridge too far. Anxiety about more immediate concerns can consume our thoughts. The financial health and prospects of our employers, the challenges of finding a new job in this environment, the uncertainty about what our workplaces and work lives will be like on the other side of the pandemic; these are all continuing sources of concern. 

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MOT-19 Student's Capstone Leads to Patent

Posted September 11, 2020

For the first time in its history, the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) has partnered with students to file a patent on a product that originated from a Capstone project.


MOT '18 Alumnus Abdul Dire Adds Author to His Credentials

Posted August 18, 2020

In addition to being an applications engineering supervisor at 3M, Abdul Dire has recently added author to his title.


MOT Best Capstone Award - The 2020 Version!

Posted July 1, 2020

One of the (many!) highlights of the M.S. in the Management of Technology (MOT) program is the capstone project, which all students complete as an individual effort in the last two semesters.

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MOT 2020 Graduate Uses Capstone to Make an Impact on Rural Health

Posted June 24, 2020

Peter Drucker, the father of management thinking, is quoted as saying, “The relevant question is not simply what shall we do tomorrow, but rather what shall we do today in order to get ready for tomorrow.”  

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"I, too, am struggling”: An Account of Leadership during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted June 11, 2020

However unprecedented this situation is, we must rely on our fundamental leadership skills, things we learned and practiced during the M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) program, to endure and thrive.

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A Message for TLI's MOT 2020 Graduates

Posted May 15, 2020

As the Technological Leadership Institute’s (TLI) 2020 graduates join others from around the University of Minnesota and within the College of Science and Engineering for a virtual commencement on May 16, the TLI staff and faculty would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations and thank you.