Linking Courses

There are three M&T linking courses available within the M&T Program. All M&T students are required to take OIDD 399 - M&T Freshman Seminar during the fall semester of their freshman year and MGMT 237 - Management of Technology during the spring semester of their sophomore year. MGMT 235 - Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship and OIDD 236 - Scaling Technology Ventures: Aligning Operations and Strategy are available to juniors and seniors in the M&T Program. Both are not required but are taken by a good number of M&T students. 


OIDD 399 (M&T Freshman Seminar)

This course is offered in the fall semester and is mandatory for first-year students. In part, it is to build team spirit among the entering cohort as well as help the students understand the intersection of management and technology and how it is being translated in practice. By studying the interaction of various components including innovative business models, industry trends, key players, and strategies, students will learn to recognize enabling technologies and their impact on industry developments. The seminar will be delivered by a mix of faculty from the School of Engineering and Wharton who will discuss the translational initiatives at Penn. Invited M&T alumni will walk students through their own career paths and how the M&T program prepared them to face challenges in industry.  

The M&T freshman seminar will also include firms and manufacturing headquarter visits to better understand the community and the issues faced in industry. These visits will help students grasp real-world problems and be better equipped to solve them at the intersection of management and technology.

MGMT 237 (Management of Technology)

This course examines the technical and managerial challenges presented by emerging and evolving technologies. Particular consideration is given to the forces affecting the nature and rate of technological innovation and the managerial options available to both established and entrepreneurial organizations. In doing so, students explore both internal and external sources of innovation as well as the appropriate strategies and processes for capitalizing on them. The course is taught in seminar fashion with substantial class discussion. Assigned and supplementary readings are augmented by cases and occasional guest lectures. Students prepare a variety of written assignments, including case analyses and two research papers dealing with selected technologies, firms, and industries.

If students select management as their concentration, MGMT 237 can be used as one of the four courses needed to complete their management concentration. For students not concentrating in management, MGMT 237 can fulfill one of the two business breadth requirements.

OIDD 236: (Scaling Technology Ventures: Aligning Operations and Strategy)

In this course, students learn strategic scaling decisions that are grounded in operational reality. M&T Program Director, Dr. Gad Allon, discusses how to build and evaluate the “operating system” of the firm to maximize value with a focus on scaling the firm’s operations.  This involves tailoring the firm’s operational competencies, assets, and processes to a specific business strategy.

The class takes a holistic view that incorporates competitive strategy, financial evaluation, and customer experience.  Students focus on decisions and challenges many firms scaling operations face, including assessing the attractiveness of a firm’s operating system from an investor/external and management/internal perspective and building competencies in-house versus buying them.

The course counts towards both OIDD concentrations and the Management/ Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentrations.

MGMT 235 (Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

**Currently not offered**

The focus of this course is on analysis of the issues and options which must be faced in developing a successful technological venture and on the creation of a winning business plan. Particular attention is directed to the identification of technology-based venture opportunities, evaluation of technical feasibility and commercial potential, and planning for successful commercialization.