PLEASE NOTE - The Technology & Information Management graduate programs WILL NOT be accepting applications indefinitely.

The Baskin School of Engineering offers a Ph.D. program in Technology and Information Management. This full-time program is located at the main UC Santa Cruz campus.

TIM faculty members:

Program Overview

The Technology and Information Management (TIM) Program, in its teaching and research, addresses Management of Technology (MOT), and its dual, the development of technology to support or enable managers (which we call the Technology of Management or TOM), in the environment of dynamic and highly competitive commercial enterprises that are often called "high-tech" enterprises.

TIM is a new and distinct discipline within engineering, combining technology management, systems engineering, and information technology. The graduates of its academic programs (undergraduate and graduate) will have a solid technology base from engineering and information technology, coupled with an understanding of the functions comprising business enterprises. Building on this foundation, TIM courses will teach analytical methods in the context of the management challenges faced by enterprises that create new products and services. These analytically trained graduates will be prepared to take leadership roles in existing companies, help create new enterprises, or pursue careers in academia or industrial research.  

Research by faculty and graduate students in TIM complement its academic offerings, with research in selected areas of both Management of Technology (MOT) and the Technology of Management (TOM). In MOT, initial research will emphasize development of theory, analytical results, methods and tools that more closely couple economic factors into engineering and product decisions of firms. MOT includes studies of the role of information technology in the management of complex systems of both technology and people. Complex systems may involve relationships with partner companies (e.g. suppliers) or among divisions of a large corporation, as well as interactions between organizations and their customers. These components often act with different economic interests. Such complex systems can be made to run more efficiently by using technology to coordinate information exchange between the components.

Other research topics in MOT include supply chain management, management of new product development and product portfolios, allocation of financial resources, and also those related to management of industrial research, the engineering of new products, product manufacturing and customer support. MOT in particular will draw upon adjunct faculty from outstanding candidates in Silicon Valley companies for some of its course offerings. MOT research is already being conducted by current TIM faculty, some in partnership with colleagues in other SOE departments.

In TOM, the emphasis is on development of both theory and software to enable organizations to manage large collections of data in a way that preserves and enhances the information and knowledge that data represents, as well as enabling people in an organization to retrieve that information in a timely and comprehensible way. Thus with TOM a key objective is to provide corporate decision-makers with the means to exploit the large collections of data now gathered, in areas from manufacturing to sales to services.

The results from TOM have relevance across the enterprise functions of analysis, planning and operations. Topics in TOM complement, and can draw upon, existing strengths in SOE in areas of databases, systems, graphics, and information retrieval.

In summary, the domain of the TIM program is: 1) the management of technology and innovation (MOT), with emphasis on analytic approaches to complex problems whose solutions have both technological and financial components, and 2) the development of technology of management (TOM). Information technology, and information systems and services are core components of both.

Program Learning Outcomes

Fees & Tuition

Please refer to the campus registrar's webpage for up-to-date information:
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For More Information

If you are interested in learning more about the program, we invite you to contact the TIM Inter-Departmental Chair, Professor John Musacchio, or the TIM Graduate Student Advisor, Emily Gregg.