Technical Management Institute

Program Overview

Technical and engineering managers choose the Technical Management Institute at Purdue University each year to learn management and leadership skills, business analysis, program and project management, and cost analysis. The program is a unique opportunity to immerse in a learning environment that provides an introduction to many tools and techniques that are quickly applicable in the work environment for new managers.

The instructors and designers of the program evolve the curriculum from one year to the next to address needs expressed by university partners and participants. The focus of the program is an equipping of new project team managers and staff group managers with tools in human resources, leadership, cost analysis, strategy, project management, business analysis, and many other pertinent topics.

Participants in the Technical Management Institute represent many types of companies and organizations ranging from manufacturing firms to IT organizations to agribusiness companies to entrepreneurs. Benefits of participating in the program come not only from the classroom time spent with award-winning instructors from the Krannert School of Management, the College of Engineering, and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, but also from the networking that goes on among students during class, throughout the break times and during meal conversations.

More Information

You’ll come away with new ideas as well as tried-and-true best practices in a variety of topic areas related to managing and leading teams. Titles of the 2017 sessions include:  Personnel Management, Strategy, Program and Project Management, Business Analysis, Leadership, Cyber Security, Executive Presence, Planning for Success, and Amplifying your Success.

When you choose to continue your lifelong learning in your management role by participating in the Technical Management Institute at Purdue University, you will gain:

  • Understanding of the financial basics of business analysis and cost analysis
  • Gain the skills to give managers practical tools for improving their ability to negotiate deals and motivate people to improve performance, utilizing a blended learning approach, combining interactive exercises and class discussion.
  • Ability to translate business objectives for the technical workforce and establish a bottom-line emphasis
  • A strategic management focus 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? 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?
  • Current perspectives on leadership and program and project management in the technical arena

For additional information and online registration, please visit Purdue Online Registration.

CEUs and Certificate
A certificate of completion from Purdue University is provided to participants who successfully complete the program. There is also an option to earn 2.5 CEUs (continuing education units) from Purdue University at no additional cost.

Class is held in Krannert Executive Education Center. A block of rooms is held at the Purdue Memorial Union Club Hotel, which is right across the street from your classroom.


Students of previous sessions offered by the Technical Management instructors shared these comments…

“I feel I have a much better grasp on how marketing integrates value … concepts that came to life during this course.”

“It was good to get through the mechanics to understand how the numbers can be used differently, and what pitfalls to watch for.”

“I liked how the instructor applied personal experiences to the exercises.”

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