Management 665
Management of Technology and Innovation

Wayne Smith   [ wayne.smith@csun.edu ]

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[updated: Wednesday, September 1, 2010]

"Every child is born an artist. The challenge is to remain an artist into adulthood."
-Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)



The purpose of this web site is to provide information and materials for students enrolled in Wayne Smith's Management 665 course ( Class # 17156 ) for the Spring, 2007 semester. This course is offered by the Department of Management in the College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). CSU Northridge is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system.

My email address is wayne.smith@csun.edu. For email sent to me by students, the Subject line should start with "[CSUN Mgt665]" (without the quotes) [ example ]. Interested students may learn more about me by reviewing my personal web page. The PDF materials on this page require the "free" (as in "free beer") Acrobat Reader. Students desiring to generate PDF files under MS-Windows can use the "free" (as in "free speech") PDFCreator.


The following notes are updates/changes provided prior to the semester and between class sessions (in descending chronological order).

The above notes are also available as a subscription feed [ .atom ]. A subscription feed is a contemporary approach to automated student notification.

Pre-Course Materials

These materials can be reviewed before the first class session. This resource can be useful for prospective students desiring to gain a better appreciation for the subject matter of this course without purchasing the required textbook first.

Course Materials

These materials should be reviewed before the first class session.

General Materials

The following materials apply to all my courses independent of subject matter.

Assignments and Exercises

The following materials are the tentative assignments (probably three in number) for this course. They also may be updated and expanded as needed.

Related Syllabi

For graduate courses, I prefer a "Read/Write" syllabus (i.e., a syllabus that I and the students can alter in some way if needed). The following syllabi are for similar courses from other institutions. These materials may be helpful to us in refining our topics for study. Several more related syllabi are posted on the "Academy of Management Technology and Innovation Management Syllabi Archive" [ .html ] (see, in particular, the MIT and UC Berkeley courses).


The following free "podcasts" may be of some use for students during recurring commute hours. Although no Apple-specific technology is required for access to any of this content, the use of the freely-available iTunes (for MacOS or Windows) is helpful in managing podcasts in general. The audio lectures that I have found to be particularly congruent with the learning outcomes of this course are shown below. In my view, the Stanford presentations by top CEO's in and around Silicon Valley (in all types of technologies) is the best collection of high-tech, entrepreneurial source material publicly available on the 'net today.

Regional Learning Opportunities

It is important to keep up with local peers and professional development opportunities as well. The following are a few of the regional user groups and professional society activities that I found to be relevant to this course (a few of which come from a more comprehensive list that I maintain separately for MIS/IT majors).

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