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Laurier celebrates first cohort of the EMTM program
Oct 24/12| For Immediate Release
Hamid Noori, Director of the EMTM Program
Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
WATERLOO – The first cohort of Laurier’s Executive Masters in Technology Management (EMTM) – a program designed for senior leaders who drive innovation – will take the stage at Wilfrid Laurier University’s convocation ceremonies Oct. 26 to receive their Master of Science degree in Management.
The EMTM is a part-time, 11-month program that differs from an executive MBA in that it is designed specifically for leaders who manage technological innovation. EMTM students take a variety of courses that focus on developing problem-solving skills, which they then directly apply to a research project related to challenges or growth opportunities in their organization.
“The rapid pace of business today makes it essential for companies to employ individuals who can successfully take an innovation to market,” says Hamid Noori, director and chair professor of the Laurier EMTM. “The Laurier EMTM program provides tech leaders with those skills, which not only benefits their company, but also makes them more valuable to the organization.”
Vice-presidents, directors and managers from companies such as Christie Digital, Research In Motion and Desire2Learn are among the graduates from the first EMTM graduating class.
Clint Carter, senior director of global manufacturing at Christie Digital, is in charge of operations at Christie's offices in both Waterloo and China. For him, the EMTM gave him the opportunity to critically examine the different factors affecting employees across both cultures.
"The value to me is that the program has opened up my mind to many new ideas and solutions to the often unique challenges and issues by an innovative technology organization," says Carter. "The program was filled with very relevant content and I have been able to immediately apply many of the lessons learned in the EMTM to the workplace."
Fellow EMTM student Jessica McElhone, director of market intelligence at Desire2Learn, was attracted to the EMTM because of its relevance to the tech sector and to her role specifically. As part of her program, she researched how companies can derive insight from content posted to social media channels.
“The EMTM made the in-class topics relevant to the technology space, which is always changing,” says McElhone. “The program provides employees with a tool set that helps drive innovation, and ultimately makes an organization a stronger player in the tech sector.”
EMTM classes are held on alternating weekends in Waterloo and are divided into three terms. The program is a combination of in-class learning, online sessions, integrated sessions and major research papers. Students also have access to executive coaching from faculty. For more information, visit: www.laurieremtm.ca.
Laurier’s School of Business & Economics also offers a highly customized MBA program for full-time and part-time students, including co-op options, an MBA/CMA designation and an MBA/CFA program. It offers international study opportunities, an entrepreneurship stream, and the option of doing a major research paper or self-directed study.