Checking date: 13/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Technology-based firms management
Study: Master in Computer Engineering (228)

Coordinating teacher: MORCILLO BELLIDO, JESUS

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
Specific competences: 1. Competence for general and technical management and management of R&D&I projects in technological companies and organizations, within the scope of Computer Engineering 2. Capability for elaboration, strategic planning, management, coordination and technical and economic management of projects within the scope of Computer Engineering, in accordance to quality and environmental criteria. 3. Capability to apply enonomic, Human Resource Management and Project Management principles, as well as the legal framework, regulation and normalization of Computer Engineering. Learning results: o Be able to manage technological companies and organizations, within the scope of Computer Engineering. o Be able to carry out project economic management and Human Resource Management, within the scope of Computer Engineering.
Description of contents: programme
1. The Information Technology (IT) sector. 2. The firm: general concepts and classifications. 2.1. General Management. 2.2. Main functional áreas: Finance, Marketing, HHRR, Operations. 2.3. Strategy. Mission, vision and competitive advantage 2.4. Corporate strategy. Business unit and functional strategy 3. Economic foundations of management. 4. The Finance function. 4.1 Investments and project selection criteria. 4.2 Accounting. 3.3 Financing and financial analysis. 4. Strategy. 4.1. Strategy definition. Mission, vission, competitive advantage. 4.2. Corporate, business unit and functional strategies. 5. IT project economic management. Earned Value Management. 6. Specific management challenges in the IT sector.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures. o Lectures by professor with TIC/audiovisual support, on the main concepts. Complementary bibliography is provided. o Resolution of practical cases, problems, etc. presented by the instructor, either individually or in groups o Instructor-moderated presentation and discussion of topics related to the subject and practical cases Individual study o Critical reading of instructor-recommended texts: Press articles, reports, books and/or academic papers, either for class discussion or for complementing the knowledge on the subject Group work o Preparation of assignments and reports, either individually or in groups Partial and final exams
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • Material created by instructor. Slides, exercises, .... Through Aula Global LMS.
  • Richard A. Brealey, Stewart C. Myers, Alan J. Marcus. Fundamentos de Finanzas Corporativas. McGraw-Hill.
Additional Bibliography
  • Veciana, José María. La creación de empresas : un enfoque gerencial. La Caixa.

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.