Mini MBA for Tech Executives

Mini MBA for Tech Executives

Go Further, Faster, Smarter.

Advance your tech career in BU Questrom’s Mini MBA for Tech Executives certificate program. On-site discussions, lectures, and hands-on simulations distill the most valuable concepts and insights from across all MBA disciplines. In just 3.5 days, you’ll sharpen your abilities in strategy, finance, accounting, marketing, change leadership, and digital technologies.

  • Analyze your industry and implement your strategic vision in global business
  • Understand financial statements and make management decisions
  • Develop and deliver marketing strategies
  • Lead change and effectively manage conflict
  • Leverage the impact of digital technologies on business

Upcoming Program Dates

Mini MBA for Tech Executives

September 18-21, 2018
Register by 8/28 for Early Bird Tuition: $4,400
Register by 9/10: $4,800
November 6-9, 2018
Register by 10/16 for Early Bird Tuition: $4,400
Register by 10/29: $4,800
April 2019 & June 2019
Dates coming soon

Seize New Opportunities with Confidence

For nearly 10 years, internationally-recognized scholars have led the Mini MBA for Tech Executives, distilling the most powerful concepts and insights from Boston University’s acclaimed MBA program. You’ll engage in on-site discussions, lectures, and hands-on simulations with other tech execs who are rising and broadening, eager to learn, and excited to excel.

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Who the Mini MBA for Tech Program Is Designed For
Boston University has designed the Mini MBA for leaders like you: successful mid-career executives who set the direction for technology at their firm, or who manage other technology functions or technology-based firms. The program draws from New England, across the country, and around the globe. Past participants include Technology VPs, Program Management VPs, Operations Directors, CIOs, Digital Officers and Senior Engineers. Together your classmates and faculty strengthen your knowledge, perspective, insight, and vocabulary – the keys to engaging with senior management and expanding your capability to lead.

Full-day sessions meet from 8:30-4:30, with some evening and out-of-class activities.

Day 1


Discover how to evaluate your firm’s competition and position its strategy in a global environment. Examine the external factors that affect the longer-term profitability of firms and learn to highlight the structural forces – economic, social, political, and technological – that lead certain industries and firms to achieve superior profitability.


Learn how to value stocks and bonds and determine overall company valuations using IPO and M&A techniques. A real-life case study and reading assignment will help you understand the basics of time value of money principles, mechanics of business valuation, and valuation models.

Business Simulation

This engaging and rigorous experience helps you make investment decisions about innovative new technologies under conditions of uncertainty. In each round of the simulation over Days 1-3, you will be challenged to process information from several sources to meet short- and long-term goals for your business.

Day 2


Understand financial statements, apply profitability analysis, and assess the role of accruals and judgment in accounting using revenue recognition and M&A. Case studies from well-known companies will help you identify primary items in financial statements, computing basic ratios and making revenue-related deductions.


Learn analytic frameworks to create and deliver marketing strategies. Through a case study, recognize how firm strategies and tactics are driven by marketing’s focus on customers, competition and collaborators. You will also learn to design strategies and tactics based on quantitative and qualitative analysis frameworks.

Day 3

Leading Change

Dive into the role of a change agent and the related tasks, skills, and styles required to influence others – including productively managing conflict.

Operations Management

Practice using process flows and analyses to drive efficiency, enhance effectiveness, and optimize firm performance.

Day 4 (HALF DAY)

Digital Strategy

Explore how digital technologies have transformed the ways businesses engage with customers and how your firm can outpace your competitors.


François Brochet

Associate Professor, Accounting, Dean’s Research Fellow
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François Brochet is an associate professor of accounting at Boston University. Prior to joining BU, he was a professor at the Harvard Business School for six years, and a visiting professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management for one year. He received an MS in Management from HEC Paris in 2001, and his PhD from New York University in 2007. Before entering academia, he worked in M&A advisory for LCF Rothschild in Paris, and buy-side equity research for Commerzbank in Frankfurt, and Allianz Asset Management in Munich.


Frédéric Brunel

Associate Professor, Marketing, Dean’s Research Fellow
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Frédéric Brunel is a consumer researcher dedicated to informing two main domains: consumer relationships and product design. His research strives for theoretical and substantive contributions and focuses on concepts of direct relevance to academia and practice. His scholarly work resides at the intersection of social-psychology and cultural studies and focuses comprehensively on culture, group/community and personality/gender levels of analyses. At Boston University, Professor Brunel has taught at all levels: undergraduate, MBA, doctoral and executive programs. Over the years, his commitment to higher education has been recognized through several research, teaching and service awards.


Chrysanthos (Chris) Dellarocas

Richard C. Shipley Professor in Management, Professor, Information Systems
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Chris Dellarocas is the Richard C. Shipley Professor in Management at the Questrom School of Business and Director of Boston University’s Digital Learning Initiative. He is one of the world’s most cited scholars in the fields of online reputation and social media and has consulted on these subjects for corporations and the U.S. Federal Government. Dellarocas holds PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science from MIT and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Prior to Boston University he taught at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and at the University of Maryland’s R H Smith School of Business. Before pursuing an academic career, he was a management consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and McKinsey. He serves on the editorial boards of top journals in the field of Information Systems. He is a recipient of numerous teaching, funding and merit awards, including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award and grants from Google and Microsoft. He holds 9 patents and is co-founder and advisor of many companies in the technology space.


Kathryn Griner

Master Lecturer, Finance
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Kathryn Griner joined the Finance Department at Boston University in 1994. Prior to joining Questrom School of Business, Ms. Griner was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. She teaches Introduction to Finance as well as an advanced course on Investment Banking. Ms. Griner was previously an affiliated expert at The Michel Shaked Group providing expert witness testimony on corporate valuation issues. She graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Economics and from Harvard Business School with a concentration in Finance. She received The Broderick Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2015 and The Broderick Price for Service to the School of Management in 2001.


Janelle Heineke

Chair of Operations & Technology Management Department, Dean’s Research Fellow, Faculty Director, MBA Program, Professor, Operations & Technology Management
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Janelle Heineke is Professor and Chair of the Department of Operations and Technology Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. She teaches courses in basic operations management, service management, and quality management at the MBA, doctoral, and executive MBA levels and has been involved in numerous executive education programs. Professor Heineke was awarded the Leading Edge Faculty Award by the General Electric Company in November 1996 and has also won BU Questrom’s Broderick Award for research excellence and Beckwith Award for undergraduate teaching excellence, and the Questrom Award for Faculty Excellence in Institutional Leadership. Professor Heineke has 15 years of work experience in the health care industry as both a clinician and a manager and, while practicing, held positions as a lecturer and clinical preceptor at Harvard Medical School, Boston College Graduate School of Nursing, and Northeastern University’s Physician Assistant program. She holds a DBA degree from Boston University, an MBA degree from Babson College, an MSN degree from Boston College, and a BSN degree from Marquette University.


William Kahn

Professor, Organizational Behavior Department
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Bill Kahn is a Professor in the Organizational Behavior Department at BU Questrom where he has taught since receiving his PhD in Psychology at Yale University. His teaching, research, and consulting focus on the creation of effective working relationships across functions, departments, hierarchical levels, and organizational cultures. He was awarded the School of Management’s Broderick Prize for Teaching in 1994. Professor Kahn has published widely in academic journals on subjects ranging from organizational change and consultation, motivation at work, and leadership. He is currently involved in many research and consulting projects with health care organizations that focus on managing change and the creation of cultures of effectiveness and collaboration.


Paul McManus

Master Lecturer, Strategy & Innovation, Associate, Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Affiliate, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Affiliate, Initiative on Cities
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Paul McManus is a Master Lecturer and award-winning faculty in the Strategy & Innovation Department at the Boston University’s Questrom School of Business where he teaches a range of required and advanced courses in strategic innovation, integrated strategy development, innovation management, entrepreneurship and new venture development at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels. His advanced teaching encompasses executive leadership development programs in Global 100 firms, while his external advisory work spans the private, non-profit and public sectors with a focus on accelerating sustainable development and social impact. Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University full-time in 2006, McManus spent six years in the venture capital industry with Boston Millennia Partners and eight years as a strategy, innovation and organizational/human capital consultant to the Global 1000. Professor McManus received an MBA from Boston University in 1986 and a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1977.

Program Dates and Cost

September 18-21

Early Bird Tuition:* $4,400 (Registration Deadline: August 21, 2018)
Regular Tuition: $4,800 (Registration Deadline: September 10, 2018)

November 6-9

Early Bird Tuition:* $4,400 (Registration Deadline: October 16, 2018)
Regular Tuition: $4,800 (Registration Deadline: October 29, 2018)

Registration fee for the program includes tuition, course material, breakfast, and lunch. (Parking, hotel, and transportation are not included.)Corporate discount pricing is available for groups of five or more participants from the same organization. For more information, email:

Boston: Where It Happens

photo-questrom-signThe program is held at Questrom’s Executive Leadership Center, in Boston—a world-class center for innovation and technology. At Questrom, you’ll learn from our dedicated, world-renowned faculty who are recognized for translating research into practice.

Boston is the world’s epicenter of education and a global capital of innovation and innovative thinking. Whatever your area of focus, Boston is fertile ground for growth because it’s the hub of nearly every key industry: technology, healthcare, finance and entrepreneurship, just to name a few. Plus, Boston is dense with corporations and successful business leaders you’ll want to learn from.

The Executive Leadership Center puts you at the center of it all. Questrom is located on the MBTA Green Line, minutes from Kenmore Square, Fenway Park and the neighborhoods of Back Bay and Beacon Hill. The city with all its arts, culture, food, entertainment and sports is at your fingertips. There are plenty of dining options ranging from Asian cuisine to classic American just steps from BU.

Hotel Accommodations:

If you require hotel accommodations we highly recommend the nearby Hotel Commonwealth.

Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 866.784.4000

You can also look into a room at nearby:

Residence Inn Fenway
125 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 800.409.2427
Program Partners
The ELC partners with industry leaders to ensure that we fulfill our mission of bringing together business and academic best practices. This enables us to provide participants with immediately actionable tools and techniques to lead change for their organizations. The Mini MBA for Tech Executives’ partner, CIO Development Ltd, a coaching and professional development business focused on helping large organizations’ technology leaders advance their careers.
Mini MBA for Tech Executives
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"The Mini MBA program was highly valuable to my current role of starting up a new department. The mix of faculty and peer industry experience shared during interactive sessions provided me with strategies that I can immediately adopt."
Keith Vargas
Senior Director of Technology
Philips Healthcare

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