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TMI Faculty and Courses

Technical Management Institute courses are taught by Krannert and Engineering faculty who have extensive applied experience working with executives in the classroom.

This professional development program offers people in both large and small companies best practices in managing a technical workforce, and an understanding of the management of business costs and the dynamics of cross-functional project management.

Key courses include:

Personnel Management

Dr. Benjamin Dunford
Associate Professor of Management, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

This skills course is designed to give managers practical tools for improving their ability to negotiate deals and motivate people to improve performance. It utilizes a blended learning approach, combining interactive exercises and class discussion.

By the end of the session participants should be able to:

  • Avoid common negotiation mistakes that result in money being left on the table.
  • Improve problem-solving skills in day to day management situations.
  • Understand how to help employees “take ownership” of a task.
  • Conduct an effective performance appraisal interview and facilitate long term effectiveness.

Strategy

Dr. Richard Makadok
Professor of Management, Brock Family Chair in Strategic Management, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

Strategic management focuses on the “big picture” questions of business: What determines total corporate performance of an entire business enterprise? Why do some companies succeed, while other companies fail? And what – if anything – can managers do about it? Within these “big picture” issues, we will also address more focused questions as well: How can a company anticipate how its competitors will respond to its strategy? Which industries/markets offer the best opportunities for sustained profitability, and why? How can a company build and sustain a competitive advantage?

Program and Project Management

Dr. Mitch Springer
Executive Director, Center for Professional Studies in Technology and Applied Research (ProSTAR), Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University

This course is a fast-paced experience that will stimulate participants into looking for ways to incorporate project management into organizational processes or enhance those already in place. Dr. Springer will help participants acquire skills that will aid in completing projects on time, staying within budget, maintaining consistently high quality, and gaining a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Participants will learn the essentials of defining, scheduling and staffing a program or project, as well as executing a program plan with the teamwork necessary for success. 

Business Analysis

Kevin C. Dittman
Associative Professor, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University

Business analysts play a vital role in bridging business and IT functions of an organization. Their ability to understand the business domain, and translate those needs to technical people in terms they can understand, is vital to the success of any project initiative.

In this innovative course, participants will dive more deeply into what business analysis is and explore stakeholder management and requirements, concluding with requirements analysis and specification.

Cost Analysis

Dr. Troy Janes
Clinical Assistant Professor, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

There are two main fields of accounting: financial accounting and managerial accounting. Financial accounting is primarily concerned with producing financial information for external users. Managerial accounting focuses on information generated by internal accounting information systems. Well-designed managerial accounting systems help companies maximize profits and investment return to business owners.

This course introduces participants to managerial accounting concepts and techniques and provides an understanding of how managers within an organization use managerial accounting information in order to plan operations, control activities, and make decisions.The course will explore topics such as cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, determining the costs of products and services, relevant-cost decision analysis, transfer pricing, and capital investment decisions. 

After completing the course, participants should be able to:

  • Distinguish between fixed and variable costs;
  • Understand how the product/service costs are determined;
  • Identify costs relevant to decisions; and
  • Explain how interdepartmental transactions are costed.

Leadership

Dr. Benjamin Dunford
Associate Professor of Management, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

With an explicit focus on leadership of technical employees and the unique factors that help motivate them, this course is taught from a managerial perspective, with an emphasis on what practicing managers need to know to effectively lead and motivate employees, especially technical employees. The goals of the course are to:

  • Provide participants with a richer understanding of what managerial leadership involves;
  • Help participants formulate their own model of leadership;
  • Help participants identify specific approaches to motivating and leading technical employees;
  • Provide participants some feedback about their own leadership characteristics and skills.