Offered jointly through the School of Natural Sciences and the School of Engineering


FALL 2014

NSCI 610 - ENGI 610 - Management for Science and E

Tuesday /Thursday 6:00 to 7:30 PM

and Saturday, TBA
LOCATION: Dell Butcher Hall 180
Course Handouts

In today's business economy a significant number of technical students are pursuing careers in technology entrepreneurial firms. The Weiss School of Natural Science and the George R. Brown School of Engineering offer an extensive curriculum in engineering and science and students graduating from these programs are extremely well grounded in their technical field of specialization. Unfortunately, these students have no access to managerial concepts associated with new venture creation despite their strong interests in this area.

To help prepare engineering and science students for careers in entrepreneurial organizations Weiss School of Natural Science and the George R. Brown School of Engineering are pleased to offer the following entrepreneurial management curriculum focusing on providing an introduction to entrepreneurship for technical students at Rice University. The program consists of two courses held sequentially within an academic year. The courses are team taught in modular format by management faculty, entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurial service providers.
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Dr. Harry Wilkinson (Resume) Professor Andrew R. Barron

Department of Chemistry
  Butcher Hall
  (713) 348-5610

Office Hours: Individual module instructors will assign office hours.

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Course Description

This course is for science and engineering graduate students who want to understand the basics of management in new and/or small technology based businesses.   The concepts covered will provide an overview of management particularly relevant to students who are interested in careers in technology or entrepreneurial ventures.   It is intended that students who take this course will be eligible for MGMT 625 taught by Dennis Murphree of Murphree Venture Partners. The purpose of MGMT 625 is the selection of a student team from the 8 to 10 teams normally in the class to participate in the Rice University Business Plan Competition held in the spring of each year.

NSCI 610/ENGI 610 is team taught to provide insight into how technology oriented firms manage people, projects, accounting, marketing, strategy, intellectual property, organizations and entrepreneurship.   A variety of methods will be used to explain the concepts and practices of management including; readings, case discussions, exercises, guest speakers, two written assignments and a leadership movie.   Student active participation is essential for most sessions and will carry 95% weight in determining grades.   The team written assignment on project management will carry 5%.

The major topics include:  

Organizational Behavior and Leadership.   Ten single sessions plus one double session, a Saturday class.   (Dr. Harry Wilkinson,   This module is intended to give students the tools needed to begin the long term process of acquiring and maintaining the interpersonal skills required for leadership in technology oriented organizations.  

High Technology Organizations.   One session. (Dr. Harry Wilkinson and Mr. Charles R. Gregg). This module is intended to give students an overview of the various types of legal organizations appropriate for High Technology enterprises and the pros and cons of each and the various organizational types they may encounter in high technology enterprises from the traditional functional structures through the various matrix type approaches to the fully projectized structures.

Project Management.   Five sessions.   (Merrie Phinney Barron, Project Management, Insperity, and Professor Andew Barron)   This module is intended to give students an overview of some of the various tools used to manage high technology projects.   Teams will be formed for both presentations and a written assignment.

Intellectual Property.   Two sessions.   (Professor Andrew Barron,   This module is intended to give students an understanding of the importance and methodology used to protect intellectual property.  

Understanding Accounting.   Three sessions.   (Mr. Wesley Cunningham)   This module is intended to give students an appreciation of both the simplicity and complexity of accounting concepts and the importance of the assumptions behind the numbers.  

Marketing in High Technology Organizations.   Two sessions.   (Ms. Susan Wilkinson, Marketing Director, St. Luke's Health Systems)   This module is intended to give students a broad picture of the steps necessary to successfully bring a new product from the initial technology concept in the laboratory to the first use by a consumer.

Strategy and Entrepreneurship.   Four sessions.   (Dr. Harry Wilkinson) These modules are intended to give students an overview of entrepreneurial organizations, the various types of tools used to improve effectiveness and a general understanding of the benefits and limitations of setting strategy or directions in the highly volatile and often unpredictable high technology environment. These modules are intended to provide students a bridge to the course MGMT 625.  

Grading Criteria

The grade for the course will be a function of performance in the individual modules.   Each module will be weighted based on the number of sessions as a percent of the total number of sessions.   There are twenty-seven single sessions and one double session (Saturday class) for a total of twenty nine; therefore:  

Leadership - 12/29 


High Technology Organization - 1/29 3%
Project Management - 5/29 17%
Intellectual Property - 2/29 7%
Accounting - 3/29 10%
Marketing - 2/29 7%
Strategy and Entrepreneurship - 4/29 14%

Course Policies

Classroom attendance is required.   Students who miss class sessions will have points deducted from their final participation grades.   (You cannot participate if you are not there.) Students who will miss class for "legitimate" reasons can avoid having points deducted from their final participation grade by informing the module instructor and the course coordinator(s) of the reason for the absence before class or in the case of unavoidable absence (e.g. auto accident) as soon after class as practicable.  

Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with the course coordinator(s) during the first two weeks of class.   All discussions will remain confidential.   Students with disabilities should also contact Disabled Student Services in the Ley Student Center.   Additionally, you will need to register with the Disability Support Services Office in the Ley Student Center.  

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Module Schedule
Topic and Assignment

Module 1: Organizational Behavior & Leadership -  Dr. Harry Wilkinson

Tues Aug 26

Course and Module Introduction and Video "The Pygmalion Effect" - Discussion

Personal Information Sheet - please complete and return to Dr. Wilkinson

Thurs Aug 28

Chapter 1 "Introduction" - Owlspace

"How Business Schools Lost Their Way" (HBR May 2005) Email for PDF reprint
Case Study - "Jim Tate's Senior Clerk" Discussion - Owlspace

Influencing Individuals and Small Groups in Organizations, Chapter 11 - Owlspace

Tues Sept 2

Chapter 3  "Learning From Experience: On the Job or Case Studies" - Owlspace

"The Human Side of Management"(HBR Nov/Dec 1996) Email for PDF reprint
Case Study - "Joe Lane" - Owlspace

Influencing Individuals and Small Groups in Organizations, Chapter 3 and Appendix - Owlspace

Thurs Sept 4

Chapter 4 "Psychological and Process Motivational Concepts: Spontaneous and Reflective Behaviors" - Owlspace

"When to Trust Your Gut" (HBR Feb 2001) Email for PDF reprint)
Case Study - "Alpha Omega (A)"  - Owlspace

Influencing Individuals and Small Groups in Organizations, Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 - Owlspace

Tues Sept 9

Chapter 6 "Perception in Organizations" - Owlspace

"The Human Moment at Work" (HBR Jan/Feb 1999) Email for PDF reprint
Case Study - "King Industrial Products"  - Owlspace

Influencing Individuals and Small Groups in Organizations, Chapters 8, 9, and 10 - Owlspace

Thurs Sept 11

Chapter 7 "Effective Communications" - Owlspace

"Managing Your Boss" (HBR Jan 2005) Email for PDF reprint
Case Study - "Atlas Development Laboratory (A - part 1)  - Owlspace

Tues Sept 16

Chapter 9 "The Effective Use of Power" - Owlspace

Case Study - "Atlas Telephone"  - Owlspace

Influencing Individuals and Small Groups in Organizations, Chapters 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 - Owlspace

Thurs Sept 18

Chapter 10 "Leadership" - Owlspace

"Be Seen as a Leader" (HBR Dec 2013) Email for PDF reprint
Case Study - "Rondell Data"  - Owlspace

Tues Sept 23

Chapter 11 "Leading Creativity" - Owlspace

Case Study - "Anderson Manufacturing and Development Co."  - Owlspace

Thurs Sept 25

Chapter 23 "An Integrated Approach to Understanding Behavior"  - Owlspace

Case Study - "Jack Webb A"  - Owlspace

Influencing Individuals and Small Groups in Organizations, Chapter 17 - Owlspace

Sat Sept 27 Movie - "12 O'Clock High" (Note: This class is on Saturday, Class will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until 2:30 p.m.; pizza and soft drinks will be provided and you are encouraged to bring a significant other as a guest.)

Module 2: Project Managment - Mrs. Merrie Barron and Professor Andrew Barron

Tues Sept 30 Project Management Overview  - Reading Material: Connexions via OpenStax - Chapters 1 - 6
Thurs Oct 2 Project Requirements and work breakdown structure
Tues Oct 7 Project manager detective: who is to blame?
Thurs Oct 9 Chunnel Project
  Tues Oct 14

Fall Break

Thurs Oct 16 Team presentations
  Module 3: Marketing in High Technology Organizations - Ms. Susan Wilkinson
Tues Oct 21 Presentation: Marketing Medical Devices from the Laboratory to the Consumer
Thurs Oct 23 Case Study: "We've Got Rhythym!" Medtronic Corporation's Pacemaker Business (HBS 9-698-004)  Email for PDF reprint
  Module 4: Matrix Structures - Dr. Harry Wilkinson
Tues Oct 28

Chapter 20 - "Coordinative (Matrix) Organizations" - Owlspace

Case Study - "Missile Products Corporation (A)" - Owlspace

Module 5: Introduction to Cash Accounting Concepts and Limitations - Mr. Wesley Cunningham
Thurs Oct 30

Introduction to Concepts in Cash Accounting
Insperity 10-K
Financial Statement
T Accounts

Case Study: "Introduction to Accounting Records"(HBS 9-192-153) Email for PDF reprint

Tues Nov 4


Thurs Nov 6


Module 6: Financial Tools - Mr. Wesley Cunningham
Tues Nov 11


  Thurs Nov 13 Midterm Recess
Module 7: High Technology Organizations - Mr. Charles R. Gregg
Tues Nov 18

Mr. Charles R. Gregg - High Technology Organizational Structures

Module 8: Intellectual Property - Professor Andrew Barron
Thurs Nov 20

Professor Andrew Barron - What is Intellectual Property? Reading and Understanding a Patent

Tues Nov 25

Professor Andrew Barron - TBA

Thurs Nov 27 Thanksgiving Holiday
Module 9: Entrepreneurship
Tues Dec 2

No Class


Thurs Dec 4

No Class

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