Master of Science in Administrative Studies concentration in Innovation & Technology

The Master of Science in Administrative Studies concentration in Innovation & Technology focuses on unique aspects of technological and innovative firms, ranging from start-ups to large multinational companies. Students are exposed to concepts needed to be effective managers in a wide variety of roles (from marketing to product development to project management to human resources) in high-tech and biotech companies as well as in more traditional environments such as consumer electronics and manufacturing, retail, health care, and financial services. Emphasis is placed on the challenges of rapidly changing markets and industries, high research and development costs, international competition, and highly mobile professional employees.

Students who complete the Administrative Studies master’s degree concentration in Innovation & Technology will be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of critical and innovative thinking, a global business perspective, enhanced communication skills, as well as the technical tools and techniques necessary for business decision-making.
  • The ability to understand and apply the directly relevant concepts and typologies describing: a) varieties of innovation, and the particular “commercialization” process; b) types of contexts and their implications, i.e., the effect of institutional settings and organizational value networks (financial and cultural norms) on the innovation process; c) methods of strategic, entrepreneurial, and marketing analysis; d) the changing basis of competitive advantage over time and dimensions for describing this factor; e) modern approaches to adding value to products and services such as inter-organizational alliances and attention to user interfaces, user experience, and consumer branding; and f) the organizational roles such as business and channel developers that relate to these processes.
  • The ability to apply research-based concepts concerning innovation to analyze and manage/facilitate the commercial development and improvement of products, services, and processes that add value for stakeholders. Students will be able to accomplish this in a range of settings such as established companies and smaller or new ventures.

Core Requirements

A total of 48 credits is required.

All students must satisfy the degree core courses, concentration requirements, concentration electives, and free electives as indicated. Waived courses from core or concentration areas must be replaced by an elective course in order to meet the 48-credit-hour requirement.

Degree Core Courses

(Five courses/20 credits)

MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
Sprg ‘15

Introduction to the concepts, methods and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital and capital structure. 4 cr.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Mcgorty SMG 228 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
D1 IND Chee SMG 224 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Chambers ARR
BNR IND Turner S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET AD 642 Project Management
Sprg ‘15

The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and projects. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating individual and group efforts. Key topics of focus include overview of modern project management, organization strategy and project selection, defining a project and developing a project plan and scheduling resources, project risk analysis, work breakdown structures, and project networks. MS Project will be introduced in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course provides a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Greiman FLR 134 M 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
B1 IND Cipriano CAS 203 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
C1 IND Keegan CAS 208 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
D1 IND Keegan FLR 121 R 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
OL IND Bernardin ARR
BHA IND Reichel S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
BNR IND Kieffer U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
MET AD 648 Ecommerce
Sprg ‘15

Provides a detailed examination of how businesses can successfully use Internet and Web technology. Students are introduced to the concepts and issues of electronic commerce. Topics include comparison of e-commerce procedures, payment mechanisms, applications in different industry sectors, security, the challenges of starting and maintaining an electronic business site, as well as a comparison with traditional business practices.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
E2 IND Page FLR 266 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E3 IND Shahossini FLR 266 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Chee FLR ARR T 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
MET AD 655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures
Sprg ‘15

This course considers macroeconomic factors of relevance to the firm: aggregate economic activity, cyclical movements, and fiscal and monetary policies. The course reviews the problems of decision-making relating to demand, production, costs, market structure, and price, and provides an analysis of the interplay between governments, economic systems, labor, and multinational corporations (MNCs). Topics include: the basis for the existence, organization, and growth of MNCs; a comparison of major economic and government systems; areas include the impact on the firm's business transactions and trade due to taxation, regulation, legal environments and labor influences. This course additionally investigates the relationship between the interaction of national culture and development. Topics range from developing nations' rain forest and species management to pollution generated by developed nations. Culture, policy, and development are also discussed in relation to the impact of the business interactions (agriculture, fishing, technology transfer, etc.) among developing and developed nations.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Lee KCB 102 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
C2 IND Lee CAS 226 W 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
Sprg ‘15

Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and fostering innovation and technology to increase performance. Topics include generating and screening initial ideas; assessing user needs and interests; forecasting results; launching, and improving products and programs; bringing innovation to commercial reality.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Unger SHA 210 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
D2 IND Unger SHA 210 R 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Concentration Requirements

(Four courses/16 credits)

MET AD 667 Innovation, Global Competitiveness, and National Economic Development
Sprg ‘15

Examines various approaches to developing high tech innovation based economies as a route to self sufficiency and growth. Factors studied include both structural reforms in the political, legal and economic areas, and government sponsored initiatives in higher education, basic research, private venture capital, grants to support new product development by promising ventures, and the creation of science and technology parks and incubators. Students independently research, write, and present studies of the strategies of various countries. This will be augmented by case studies, reading, and guest speakers on strategies being employed in such countries as Taiwan, Thailand, and Brazil.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Rahman CAS B20 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AD 737 Innovative Marketing Techniques
Sprg ‘15

Marketing approaches have been significantly altered with the advent of the Internet. This course provides a view of marketing for the twenty-first century. Special emphasis is provided on the impact of new Internet marketing techniques, research using data mining and metrics, search engine optimization, reaching consumer markets through the new business models associated with social communities, blogs, and other Web 2.0 structures. 4cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
EL IND Kanabar FLR ARR W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AD 740 Planning and Operating New Ventures
Sprg ‘15

Includes opportunity assessment and feasibility analysis, concept development, budgeting and financial operations, financial and human resource management, legal and organizational issues, role of boards and external advisors that lead to the writing of a business plan.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Leybourne STH 113 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AD 746 Business Law and Regulation in a Global Environment
Sprg ‘15

Examines legal issues that affect high technology firms. Topics include copyright, reverse engineering, trade secrets, patents, international legal differences, the Uniform Commercial Code, and product liability. Cases drawn from high tech industries are used to emphasize current and future developments.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Saradjian FLR 123 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Elective Courses

Concentration Electives

(Two courses/8 credits)

MET AD 600 Economic Development and Tourism Management

Provides a market oriented, strategic planning framework to address a broad range of tourism and regional economic and development issues that relate to tourism industry development and growth. The interplay of private, public and government organizations is discuss as they relate to the development of a comprehensive tourism plan. The combination of theory and practice will prepare students to analyze tourism markets, assess area, regional and national weakness and strengths as well as the security, infrastructure/logistics, marketing and costs associated tourism. Topics include: importance of tourism to the economy, developing the tourism strategy, ecotourism, research and analysis, positioning and marketing, funding tourism and developing new attractions.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 610 Enterprise Risk Management
Sprg ‘15

This overview course examines the management issues involved with assessing the security and risk environments in both the private and public sectors in order to assure continuous system-wide operations. The course studies the elements of risk assessment and operational continuity using the project management framework of planning, organizing, and control. Students are exposed to the role of the firm in crisis response and management as well as the terms, systems, and interactions necessary to assure continuous operations. Topics include: the role and need for comprehensive assurance strategy and planning; the security aspects of the firm; an overview of the system-wide structure?as well as the organizations within that structure?designed to plan for and respond to local or national crisis; the social and emotional impact on the workforce as well as its effect on productivity; and the organizational infrastructure relating to national, regional, and international compliance. 4 cr  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Banasiewicz PHO 205 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Banasiewicz ARR
MET AD 671 Business Analytics Foundations

Students will learn how to use data effectively to drive rapid, precise, and profitable analytics-based decisions. The framework of using interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, and decision-support tools will be applied within a proprietary business analytics shell and demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 673 Corporate and Social Responsibility

The course provides an introduction to the main concepts of Global Responsibility and its impact on management. It addresses many issues surrounding what are commonly referred to as Corporate and Social Responsibility as well as the issues of related sustainability. The course covers topics such as: Marketing, Finance, ethics, Risk Assessment, Communication and Strategy. The course is designed to help understand why corporate social responsibility is important in the public and private sectors and enable students to examine how the organizational can be impacted by CSR.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 680 Global Supply Chains
Sprg ‘15

This course analyzes the managerial activities required to support manufacturing and service industry international strategies to assure that that products/services are delivered/provided in the quality and timely manner expected through the use of global supply chains, outsourcing relationships and multi-country operations. The course focuses on contemporary strategic issues that affect both large and small corporations and includes: the strategic role of the internet, international trade and logistics, cross cultural teaming, supply chain dynamics, information management, inventory scheduling and control, international coordination and transportation and customer service. 4cr.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Warburton SMG 228 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
Sprg ‘15

Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
EL IND Zlatev FLR ARR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BCP IND Cleary S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET AD 722 Legal and Regulatory Issues in the Financial Industry

A review of the legal and regulatory issues that govern the financial industry. The course reviews SEC regulations as well as the financial legal environments that affect the financial system, the operations of financial firms and protect shareholders and company employees. The course provides a historical context in which the legal and regulatory systems have evolved and relates that history to today's complex financial environment.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 725 Negotiations and Organizational Conflict Resolution

A communications skills course designed to better understand the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students will learn theories of interpersonal and organizational conflict and its resolution as applied to personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts. Students will assess their own styles, skills, and values, and develop techniques to better resolve disputes, achieve objectives, and exert influence.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 733 Leadership in Management

What does it mean to be a good leader? Can key elements of good leadership be identified? This dynamic course will start with an exploration of traditional and contemporary models of leadership, leadership development and management training. From there, participants will assess their own personal skills, preferences, aptitude and readiness to confront the challenges of leadership through a series of exercises, simulations and hands-on activities. Key elements of leadership, such as visiting, communicating, decision-making, team building and motivating will be studied and practiced. This course combines a thorough review of the theoretical aspects of leadership with the opportunity for "real world" applications through experiential learning.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 735 Marketing in Technology-Based Industries

Using case studies and lectures, this course focuses on developing appropriate market mix strategies and sound competitive analysis for the goods and services industries. Emphasis is placed on understanding consumers' needs and wants, the competitive environment, effective market communications, and proper positioning techniques.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 743 Managing Employees, Professionals, and Teams

The course explores the issues that managers face when attempting to get work accomplished through other individuals or teams as they arise in organizations that employ numerous professionals and that emphasize innovation in their products, services, and internal processes. The relationship between individuals, organizations and the larger social context is studied. Focus Topics include: motivation, incentive systems, team and work flow management. The course discusses management techniques, effective verbal and nonverbal communication methods and negotiation skills as they pertain to the different aspects of managing individuals or teams. Successful managers have developed the ability to understand the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students will learn theories of interpersonal and organizational conflict and its resolution as applied in personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 744 Venture Capital and Financing Innovation

Provides an analysis of the economics of innovation and the means by which firms secure the necessary capital to begin or expand operations. Procedures for raising venture capital through investment institutions and individuals are discussed.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 745 Global Competitiveness

Reviews the process whereby organizations establish and pursue goals within internal and external constraints, resources, and opportunities. Topics include strategy and tactics; the process of strategic choice and adjustment; resource assessment; environmental and competitor analysis; stakeholders and values; and strategy implementation, control, and valuation.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 747 Service: Quality, Delivery, and Productivity
Sprg ‘15

Topics include, the shift toward international service economies, the increasingly large service component in "non-service" industries, integrating service in the development of products and the critical role employees play in delivering service quality.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Billington CAS 204A W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AD 748 Business Strategy and Commercialization in Biotech and Medical Companies

MET AD 748 Addresses special characteristics of the life science and medical fields that affect the process of turning new technologies and innovative approaches into successful useful products and services, in such areas as gene therapy, diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals, medical imaging systems and artificial hearts, computer/internet based ?health care management information systems?, telemedicine, and bio-informatics/ genomic research tools. Emphasizes development of skills in assessing complex markets and devising useful ?business models? for cost effective commercialization and reduced time to market. Cases, readings, guest lectures, and group projects involving developing original commercialization plans and/or consulting to startup and established companies on these issues.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 757 International Business Law

Provides the student with an understanding of different legal systems as they relate to international business transactions. The seminar builds the analytical skills required to evaluate legal processes, law, and legislation-related events in international business dealings.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 760 Going International: Importing and Exporting Operations
Sprg ‘15

Techniques and procedures for conducting international trade. The course focus is practical. Topics include operations, government agencies and import/export channel networks, and the evaluation of international opportunities. Designed to provide students with the skills and tools necessary for international trade.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Zlatev FLR ARR W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AD 764 Multinational Tactics, Strategy, and Positioning

Introduces the student to the contemporary word of international business through an examination of the social, cultural, economic, ecological and commercial aspects that impact global operations. Emphasis is on both the thorough understanding of the effect that international business has on the different functional aspects of the enterprise as well as the manner in which firms organize, operate and formulate strategies in order to maximize their chances of successful operations.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 765 Management in a Changing Environment
Sprg ‘15

The relationship between contemporary American organizations and their larger social and ethical environment. Through cases, stakeholder analysis, and current issues, this course focuses on analyzing and interpreting the social environment, the effects of public policy on organizations and their social responsibility, and the managerial skills needed to anticipate and respond to emerging social issues.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Halfond SMG 210 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AD 773 International Business Simulation

Through the use of an international business simulation, students develop the ability to manage in the shifting international environment by integrating finance, strategy, and marketing skills to expand their company globally. By selling, exporting, or manufacturing in up to fourteen countries the simulation is intended to provide the student with a "real life" approach to international expansion, environmental stability, inflation and currency issues, financial operations as well as international sales and manufacturing issues. The objective of the course is to offer an overview of the factors affecting global business operations in a stimulating learning environment that is enjoyable and challenging. Intensive course.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 780 Ethics in Management

Those in leadership and managerial positions are often confronted with difficult decisions that have far-reaching implications and the ability to balance competing social and ethical values. This practical course explores different ways of approaching challenging ethical dilemmas through theories, cases, contemporary issues, and exercises -- and in the context of various cultures and business and organizational settings. 4 cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 850 Business Law

Historical background of the judicial system. The principles of law as they relate to business transactions; law of contracts, sales, agency, and property; legal aspects of business organizations; creation, corporate structure, and dissolution; securities, regulation, antitrust and labor laws.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 854 Marketing Database Analytics

The course offers an overview of how leading business organizations use transactional (i.e., sales) and related data to shape their marketing initiatives focused on three core marketing goals: new customer acquisition, current customer retention and marketing mix optimization. The overall focus of the course is on showing how the readily available, diverse data types can be translated into a source of competitively-advantageous, decision-guiding knowledge. While the focus of the course is on utilizing, not deriving data analytical outputs, students will be exposed to commonly used marketing data analytical outcomes (e.g., customer segmentation, customer loyalty/churn models, propensity to purchase or respond models, etc.).   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 855 Strategic Advantage
Sprg ‘15

Strategy concerns the long-term direction, scope and performance of an organization within its specific context. Strategic planning and implementation requires actions, performance goals, resource applications to be aligned with the efforts of other functions and departments, and with the major strategic orientation of the firm. Strategic Advantage develops critical understandings and insights about strategy and strategic management at the business unit level to ensure that competitive advantage is developed and sustained.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
EL IND Leybourne ARR
MET AD 856 Market and Economic Research and Analysis
Sprg ‘15

The course is designed to prepare the student to undertake a comprehensive survey of the regional or national economic, social, logistical/infrastructure and attraction market to determine the most appropriate allocation of resources and strategic positioning. Students are exposed to the development of tourism and regional development plan, the basis for segmentation and target markets. The methods and tools of market and economic research are presented and the role/interplay of private, local, national and international intuitions are discussed as they relate to data gathering and plan assessment and implementation.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times

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(One graduate-level course/4 credits)

Students are encouraged to use this graduate-level course to broaden their understanding of business innovation and technology. This course may be selected from other Administrative Sciences offerings or Metropolitan College departments as well as from other Boston University schools and colleges, with an advisor’s approval.

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