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Department of Technology Management

Within the boundaries of a society and economy dependable on knowledge, the technology ?know-how?, and particularly the comprehension of new and emerging technologies, constitute an invaluable asset and an enabler for business or organizations, in order to gain sustainable competitive advantage within markets, or simply to improve the operational efficiency and effectiveness, both within the public and private sector. Thus, Technology Management underlies a critical part of strategic decision making and thinking within a contemporary business or organization.

Technology Management focuses mainly on enabling businesses and organizations to become reorganized and produce new or better products and services, by acknowledging technology as the starting and referral point. In other words, Technology Management promotes the Management of Innovative Technology Change, so much in products and services that enterprises and organizations offer, as well as to the business itself, in total.

The managerial personnel of a Technology Management Department associate the strategic operations with the managerial or transactional operations of business or organization by forming a bridge between the strategic ? enterprising logic on the one hand and the scientific ? technological approach- on the other. The major task is to link and to coordinate systematically science and technology with managerial or operational strategy.

The Technology Management Department emphasizes the development of managerial and production executives employed by business and organizations with strong technological orientation so much in their structure and operation, as well as in their products and services being offered, with digital and telecommunication technologies always being at the focal point.

According to the foundation memorandum of the Technology Management Department, the graduates should compound

a) organisational and administrative knowledge for business and organizations and

b) technological knowledge with particular emphasis on the areas of telecommunications and digital systems.

Graduates will be particularly suited in the areas of design and standardisation, research and development of technological products, marketing, sales and support of corresponding services, administration and quality management of IT department of businesses and organizations, technological innovation and change management, technological and entrepreneurial feasibility studies, etc.

Therefore, a lengthier but more accurate designation of the Department could be ?Department of Production Management and promotion of innovative products and services, management of technological innovation and change into business and organizations, with the support of digital and telecommunication technologies?.

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The profile of the identical graduate of the Department is a scientist who shall be able to:

a) participate in the process, which relates to the design, production and support of innovative (or the improvement of an existent) technological product or service, where the semantic of ?technological? refers to products or services of the digital and telecommunication technologies.

b) compile techno ? economical studies, strategic and managerial plans, market research, studies for production cost and configuration, quality control, promotion and support of the product or service of digital and telecommunication technologies.

c) study and reinforce the procedures of technological innovation at the level of the business or organization, by encountering technology change as a combination of administrative and technological factors based on digital and telecommunication technologies.

d) participate to the organization and administration of a business or an organization with strong technological orientation, emphasizing in digital and telecommunication technologies.

To achieve these goals, the graduate of the Department must employ a combination of managerial, scientific and technological skills, in order to comprehend all the parameters being related both with the manufacturing entrepreneurial practice in the lifecycle of an innovative product or service.

Over the years, both in the Greek and the European level, there has been an ongoing effort to reinforce Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In several relevant surveys, it is acknowledged that one of the major predicaments in Europe and Greece is the delaying integration of the technological innovations to products and services as well as business and organizations, in addition to the great difficulty in taking over innovative entrepreneurial initiatives. Moreover, it has be has been identified that the progression of Research and Development (R & D) in the private and public sectors is minimal. The Technology Management Department aims to contribute at the extent of its potentiality towards the improvement of this situation.

The knowledge of Organization and Administration are being divided in three particular sections which include

a) the prerequisite theoretical knowledge of Organization and Management of Production and Services

b) basic techno-economic knowledge of business as well knowledge relevant with entrepreneurship and innovation, and

c) the Management and Production Technologies in which the emphasis is given to the contribution of emerging technologies

c1) business and organizational administration, succeeded by the extended enterprise and the e-business, and also

c2) the design, production and support of innovative products and services.

The Department concentrates particularly in two new technologies, in particular Digital Systems and Telecommunications. It is inevitable that these technologies not only are the center of the economical and manufacturing activity, but are increasingly being involved in other important aspects of society life such as, education, entertainment, information, health, governance etc. This has resulted in the development of an important infrastructure, which tends to be comparable to similar infrastructures in transportations or in energy production and distribution. This infrastructure constantly evolves and attempts to become as obscure (invisible) as possible and more perceivable (user-friendly) by the end user, having as a superior goal the development of totally human-centred systems, that is systems where the user interface will be integrated in objects of everyday use and the communication with the human will be accomplished in terms of daily activities. This effort has led to

a) a significant increase of vertically organized applications which embody microcomputers, interactions and the application to an integrated system of a special task, and

b) development of complex programmed telecommunications systems which administrate the information interchange and the integration of particular systems in a distribute aggregation.

The survey of Career-Space ?New ICT Curricula for the 21st Century? is typical of the trends within the European Union and Greece. The survey examines the perspectives of labour market by presenting a spectrum of specialities, the existing curricula, by emphasizing the voids that appears in the educational needs of the new specialties. Conclusively, it gives some guidelines for adjustment or development of curricula. Notably, although the study refers to issues of management, innovation and entrepreneurship, it does not designate them with the corresponding preciseness. Based on these guidelines the Technology Management Department lies in the area of IT Networks, with a minor in the areas of IT Systems and IT Electrical Engineering. It is evident that the referred specialties include a significant percentage of management, entrepreneurial and innovation courses, which are not included in the survey of Career?Space.

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