Application period/deadline: November 1, 2017 - January 24, 2018
• The only master’s programme in Nordic Countries focusing on Product Management
• Multi-disciplinary degree that combines technical knowledge, economic methods, and understanding of human behaviour
• Close collaboration with the industry and business
Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) combines technical knowledge, economic methods and the understanding of human behaviour. The students will learn to explore phenomena and to solve problems from the three aforementioned perspectives. Product Management major focuses on the development and management of products and services throughout their life-cycles. Product management major is designed to provide the student with the ability to:
• Analyse, design, and develop different technologies, products, and services
• Manage technologies, product life-cycle and product development processes
• Understand product management and product portfolio management’s principles, goals, processes, and information systems
• Master the phases of productisation, including requirement management, design, delivery, maintenance, and removal
Product management major in the master’s programme in Industrial Engineering and Management can be complemented with the courses related to production management, organisation and knowledge management, project management, and engineering studies.
The degree programme involves close collaboration with industry and business, meaning that lectures include practical cases that improve the learning experience. Guests from various organisations are often invited to speak in the lectures. Assignments are typically connected to practical industrial problems and challenges, allowing students to gain industry experience as they start building networks within the business world. The language of instruction in the degree programme is English and many exchange and international degree programme students participate in the courses. In addition, exchange studies abroad are recommended for the students. A lot of cooperation exist with other universities in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Graduates typically work in technical economic development and management positions in companies or other organisations. The graduates will have expertise in new product development, rapid development and productisation. They will be competent in different areas of product management such as strategic fit, value maximisation and balancing the product portfolio, and they can use their knowledge when solving challenging problems in various, especially technology-intensive, industries.
Possible titles include:
• Product manager
• Product Data Manager
• Product Development Engineer
• Product Portfolio Manager
This MSc will equip you with the fundamental knowledge and skills required for managing innovative product and brand or policy development, service delivery, or integration of emerging technologies in fast-paced industries.
The management of innovation is the critical element ensuring successful new products and services are encouraged, survive, and flourish.
Every successful company from technologists like Google, Apple, and Spotify to think tanks and agencies like Ogilvy, Unruly Media or Mindshare, media like Monocle, BBC, and Wall Street Journal, and even movements like Bitcoin and Occupy understand the need for innovation and creativity.
Another common characteristic of these organisations is that senior executives or leaders from all of them have shared and discussed innovation challenges and opportunities with students on this programme. Recent speakers in our Innovation Case Studies series have included fashion designer Paul Smith, 'city super woman' Nicola Horlick, and editor of Monocle Tyler Brûlé.
Goldsmiths graduates have recently captured Academy Awards, Baftas, and Golden Globes (Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave), the Mercury Prize (James Blake) and the Turner Prize (Laure Prouvost). We have a long history of demonstrating innovation and our students have the unique opportunity of developing interdisiciplinary practical and theoretical management capabilities in this bustling creative and entrepreneurial environment.
You'll learn core leadership skills, and how to apply them to manage the near continuous need for innovations and changes in organisational products, structures, strategies, and processes. You can choose to study the latest techniques and strategies for consumer behaviour and marketing or seek to develop a fully formed business model for entreprenurial ventures.
The programme mixes theory and practice and allows you to obtain a professional qualification in project management and development, which will enhance your employment prospects.
The Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths benefits from excellent links with industry. Graduates of this programme will be capable of leadership and adaptive management styles, and will be able to direct and manage innovation in a variety of organisations.
In addition to these modules, you'll also partake in a compulsory Research Project:
Research Project (60 credits)
You'll undertake an independent piece of research or a large-scale multimedia website and/or mobile application addressing a specific innovation gap or entrepreneurial opportunity related to digital entrepreneurship. The research dissertation should be no longer than 10,000 words. If you choose to develop a multimedia application you must provide an accompanying 3,000 word critical analysis essay reflecting on the production process. You'll be allocated to an appropriate supervisor.
Students on the MSc Management of Innovation programme can choose 45 credits of options. This offers opportunities for students to focus on specific aspects of management and innovation that fit with individual student interests from developing innovative ventures to product development and progressive and contemporary forms of managing and motivating human capital.
Please note as an enrolled postgraduate student it is often possible to take additional modules from other departments at Goldsmiths, however these audited modules are not for credit towards your MSc.
The programme will help you develop strong project management, problem-solving, decision-making and critical evaluation skills. You'll develop an understanding of theories of leadership, and the characteristics of the organisational and social structures within which leaders and talented individuals work. You'll learn about project management and how it can be applied to a range of project environments. You'll also learn about innovation approaches and challenges, and how to translate conceptual and theoretical implications of innovation to practical applications.
Graduates of the programme will be capable of managing projects full of change, transformation, and innovation in any size of organisation – from start-ups to non-profits and Fortune 500 companies. Senior level industry guest speakers and analysts feature on several of the modules on the programme.
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