As a Wisconsin MBA student in operations and technology management, you will have opportunities to gain hands-on experience under the guidance of leading industry executives and seasoned professionals. You will apply the knowledge you gain in the classroom to resolve actual industry issues. Through corporate site visits, guest speakers, and executive development workshops, you'll gain career-building skills that will prepare you to manage businesses in a wide variety of industries.
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To ensure a global understanding of operations, technology management, and sourcing, the Wisconsin MBA Program in operations and technology management brings students to some of the leading companies in the nation. On a visit to Harken Yacht Equipment, students got a firsthand look at how Quick Response Manufacturing techniques can streamline international production and shipping. A tour of startup incubator Sector 67 showcased state-of-the-art innovation and production techniques, such as 3D printers and shared workspaces. Operations and technology management students saw the results of Sector 67 members’ innovative approaches, including a greenhouse that provides status updates of its condition via social media and the use of LED systems to improve cycling safety. Tours of businesses on the cutting edge of operations, logistics, and technology keep students up to date on the latest methods used by industry leaders.
A complete education in operations and technology management isn’t limited to production and supply chain methodologies. Seminars and courses offered by the Wisconsin School of Business, the University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium, and the UW–Madison College of Engineering’s Quick Response Manufacturing Center provide a foundation in the standard management practices that guide modern business. Many operations and technology management students pursue training programs to obtain a Six Sigma Yellow Belt or earn Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. To further enhance the value of their degree, operations and technology management students are encouraged to obtain one of the three graduate-level certificates that are offered in the MBA Program: Entrepreneurship; Strategic Innovation; or Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility. The ability to achieve industry-recognized certifications, along with a curriculum that integrates current lean business efficiency methods, creates a framework for you to build a successful career.
Executive advisory board members and accomplished alumni offer students a variety of opportunities to meet and exchange ideas. Monthly applied learning discussions led by industry experts from established companies and emerging businesses focus on real-world issues such as intellectual property rights, analytics, and supply chain inefficiencies. In a recent lecture, alumnus Yuri Ramirez discussed designing the factory of the future at Intel. A past presenter from Catalysis (formerly the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value) spoke on the importance of applying the principles of Hoshin Kanri for organizational strategy deployment initiatives. Direct contact with professionals at the forefront of managing modern production and analytical systems is a key feature of the Wisconsin MBA Program in operations and technology management.
Students are actively involved in case competitions and consulting projects with businesses and universities across the country. A team of Wisconsin MBA students in operations and technology management recently won the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference MBA Case Competition held by MIT after creating an unobtrusive way to use wireless sensors to measure ball and bat speeds. An MBA student team competing in the Global Sustainability Steward Competition won grants for a smartphone application that enables easy carpooling through a ride-sharing algorithm. Practical experience in teamwork, communicating with business representatives, and finding innovative solutions to industry challenges will prepare you to lead your organization to success.
“As I walked up the steps to shake hands with Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, I was struck by how great it was to have opportunities like this as part of my experience at the Wisconsin School of Business. My team and I had just won the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference MBA Case Competition, beating out impressive entries from Kellogg and Wharton in the finals. Eighteen months ago, I would never have expected my MBA journey to bring me here.”
—Peter Oppermann, MBA
“Besides getting the chance to meet, listen to, and learn from accomplished and seasoned leaders, I've also had the pleasure of attending an early stage technology symposium where some of the latest healthcare technology entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to a large group of venture capitalists. After their presentations, I got a chance to network with many startups and prospective investors.”
—Alexander Yampolsky, MBA
“Without realizing it, I have built a diverse network of over a hundred students whom I could always reach out to. Furthermore, I have gone a long way to overcoming my public speaking anxiety, thanks to my position as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate business statistics class. I have polished my résumé and enhanced my interviewing skills, and I am able to engage in conversation with any potential employer or business executive, on any relevant business topic.”
—Alex Monahov, MBA
Senior Consultant, BlueTree Network
Every semester, operations and technology management students receive hands-on training using advice from senior executives. These applied learning sessions prepare our graduates to tackle some of the industry's most pressing challenges.
® Project Management Professional (PMP) is a certification mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc. which is registered in the United States and other nations.
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