Technology Transfer in the Global Economy

TMGT / 550



University of Phoenix

Tampa Campus



Kurt Madsen



May 6, 2004 through June 10, 2004





Technology Transfer in the Global Economy



Tampa campus with learning teams to meet as agreed.



Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.



May 6, 2004 through June 10, 2004 

Course Description:

This course introduces the student to the concept of multinational enterprises and the role of technology in the strategic management of these enterprises.  This course focuses on opportunities to utilize technology transfer within a global business to meet the goals of the strategic plan.


This course is based upon the University of Phoenix module and adapted by the instructor to meet students’ needs. Changes from the module will be posted on the instructor’s website for this course. IF THERE IS A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN THE MODULE AND THE INSTRUCTOR’S WEBSITE FOR THIS COURSE, THE WEBSITE WILL GOVERN.




Kurt Madsen                                                                             (813) 991-0177

Email:                         Website:


Please turn in assignments in paper during workshops. Avoid sending assignments via email unless you will miss a workshop (e.g., due to travel or illness).



Feel free to call or send email. By telephone, please call Monday through Friday between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Feel free to call anytime on Saturdays.



Kurt Madsen has worked as a software engineer, manager, and consultant in all phases of the system development lifecycle in the following industries: telecommunications, financial services, e-commerce, aviation, and healthcare. He has an M.S. in computer science from New York Polytechnic and a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University. As an Adjunct Instructor, he has taught computer science at the University of South Florida, College of Engineering.


2001 - Present.  Mr. Madsen founded MetaTech, Inc., a software development company that helps companies become more agile with respect to how their IT departments handle continually changing requirements. This is accomplished through recommended changes in architecture, process, and organization.


1998 - 2001.  As a Management Consultant at Perot Systems, he advised clients on e-commerce projects such as internet banking and e-marketplaces.


1993 - 1998.  At Salomon Brothers, a wholesale investment bank, he led the development of a Business-To-Business (B2B) integration product used by banks for electronic trade confirmation and securities clearance.


1986 - 1993.  He began his career at Nynex Science and Technology, an R&D laboratory, where he specialized in object-oriented technologies and distributed computing.


Student Materials




The required textbook for this course can be downloaded from eResources.

Asheghian et al, “Technology Transfer in the Global Economy,” c 2003, Leyh Publishing, ISBN 1-932042-28-8

The following are the textbooks used by the instructor the last time he taught this course. They are both optional. Total Global Strategy II is recommended; the second book is not.

Yip, George.  (2003).  Total Global Strategy II.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice-Hall.  (Make sure to find the 11th edition.)

Ferraro, Gary.  (2002).  The Cultural Dimension of International Business, 4th ed.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice-Hall.



You are required to have the software specified below:

  Microsoft Office for Windows or equivalent software for Linux. The relevant programs within MS Office Professional for this course include Word and PowerPoint. Excel and Access (database) are optional, but may be useful.

 The MS Office suite is used for the course because it is ubiquitous in the business world. If expenses are an issue, feel free to substitute alternate software such as Linux, StarOffice, OpenOffice (see: and as long as you can use course files  (which are both free). It is assumed that students have a basic working knowledge of this software. While some guidance on usage will be available from the instructor and fellow students, in-depth instruction in using these software applications is beyond the scope of this course.


- Alternatively, you may use any version of Linux with StarOffice or OpenOffice (see: as long as you can use course files.

   An e-mail address.

   Access to the Internet with a browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Konqueror)

   Virus protection software (e.g., Norton Antivirus from



University of Phoenix Library and Online Collection.

University of Phoenix Library and Online Collection.  Internet Resources for TMGT 550 Technology Transfer in the Global Economy.  [Web site].


University of Phoenix Materials

University of Phoenix approved style guide

“Library Handbook.”  (Download from

 “Directions for Completing Learning Team Log.”  (This is available for download from

“Learning Team Log.”  (Download from

“Directions for Completing the Learning Summary.” (This is available for download from

“Learning Summary.” (Download from

Learning Resources

Students are highly encouraged to participate in using the learning resource center for research and study. The digital library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is completely free of charge. Registration to use the digital library is required – Web Site:


Policies and Grading


Course Standards

UOP trusts each student to maintain high standards of honesty and ethical behavior.  All assignments submitted in fulfillment of course requirements must be the students’ own work.  All assignments except those designed as “group” is meant to be individual efforts.  Group work is meant to be equal efforts by all group members. It is assumed that students will perform professionally in preparing work required for this course. 



“Plagiarism (from a Latin word for “kidnapper”) is the presentation of someone else’s ideas or words as your own.  Whether deliberate or accidental, plagiarism is a serious and often punishable offense” (Aaron, 1998, p. 258). Please review The Little, Brown Compact Handbook, 4th ed., pp. 329-333.


Original vs. Copied Work

When writing papers or other assignments, it is OK to include limited 3rd- party quotes as long as the source is properly referenced in the back of your paper. But copying blocks or pages of text from 3rd- party sources (e.g., Internet) directly into your paper will reduce your grade even when properly referenced. When the need to copy limited text into a student's paper is  compelling, 3rd party content should be identified as such with references and block text font such as the following:


Here is an example of material that is copied directly into a paper.


Grading of Written Work

All documents are to be typed, spell-checked and grammar checked, submitted double-spaced, and prepared in the proper APA format required for the program.  The instructor will use The Little, Brown Compact Handbook (3rd ed.) for format reference. Assignments will be evaluated on the following criteria:


         Submission of assigned task on time

         Completion of tasks as assigned. READ ASSIGNMENTS CAREFULLY


         Evidence of sufficient time spent appropriately

         Quality of presentation of material

         Original content. The text should come from you, the writer, not a 3rd party source.

         Demonstrated understanding. This only comes from spending time researching and reading prior to writing your paper. There is no shortcut here.

         Research with references. Use references liberally. Note that I frequently check references when grading assignments.

         Competition among students. Assignments are graded relative to the average performance for the class. Each student’s background is considered for fairness.

In summary, follow these steps when writing papers:


1.       Research and read 3rd-party content to learn the topic and get ideas.

2.       Then, Develop a document outline and, optionally, a logic map.

3.       Next, write your own material to fill in the outline.

4.       Finally, add references to the bibliography section of your paper.


Do these steps and your understanding will shine through on your papers.


Grading of Oral Presentation

Although the facilitator, Mr. Madsen, will be evaluating your presentation, he is not your sole audience.  Be sure to engage your entire audience, which includes your fellow classmates. Maintain appropriate eye contact with your audience. Ask them questions, or ask for their opinions.  Structure your presentation to address the following:

         Motivate:  Why is your presentation important?

         Preview:  What specific points/topics are being covered?

         Discuss:  Cover each point/topic with adequate support.

         Review:  What was covered and how it applies.


Late Policy

All assignments are due at to the workshop in which they appear in the module or website (i.e., complete the week before). Assignments must be turned in by 6:00 p.m. the night they are due. No emailed revisions will be accepted past the due date (without assessing a late penalty).


A 5% late penalty will be assessed for all late or incomplete work. All missed assignments must be made up by the next session. Assignments not submitted during next session immediately following the due date will receive a zero. No assignments will be accepted past the last night of the course.


An “I” grade may be issued if requested and approved by the instructor, before course completion.  The “I” must be made up within three weeks and the highest grade possible for those assignments is a “B”.  


Attendance and Participation

Since this course is only a few weeks, students are strongly encouraged to attend all workshop and learning team sessions. Per university policy, students are allowed one workshop absence and one absence for learning team meetings during the course. AN INSTRUCTOR CANNOT ISSUE A GRADE OTHER THAN “W” OR “WF” TO A STUDENT WITH MORE THAN ONE WORKSHOP ABSENCE OR LEARNING TEAM MEETING. There is no approval for second absences.


Any absence will adversely affect the final course grade (e.g., attendance points, participation points, quizzes, and the late penalty as applicable). If there are assignments that are due on the night of the absence, and those assignments are not emailed to the instructor by the 6:00 p.m. that night, they will be considered late and the late penalty will apply. [The reason for this policy is that assignments may carry more weight towards the final grade than attendance and participation points. If it were possible to turn in assignments after 6:00 p.m., there would an incentive to miss a workshop if a student were running late with completing an assignment.]



Evaluation Criteria

The final grade will be determined by a weighted average of the following evaluation criteria: 


TMGT550 -- Evaluation Criteria








Assignments and Criteria




Individual (70%)




Workshop Attendance




Individual Assignment #1

Prior to class

Workshop 2


Individual Assignment #2

Workshop 2

Workshop 3


Individual Assignment #3

Workshop 3

Workshop 4


Individual Assignment #4

Workshop 4

Workshop 5






Learning Team (30%)




Business Strategy Memo

Workshop 1

Workshop 2


Problems and Concerns

Workshop 2

Workshop 3


Financial Considerations

Workshop 3

Workshop 4


Organizational Structure

Workshop 4

Workshop 5


Technology Transfer Plan

Workshop 5

Workshop 6


Project Presentation

Workshop 5

Workshop 6
















Grading Standards

Final letter grades and G.P.A. input will be determined using upon the following ranges:



Letter Grade

Quality Points










































Teaching / Learning Model

This course will incorporate faculty facilitation of theoretical content knowledge and its applications.  Student achievement of course objectives is evidenced by text-based discussions, individual written work, quizzes, oral assignments, and team work.  Through the accomplishment of projects, students practice and refine learned skills and evidence application of knowledge through product submissions for evaluation and grading.


Learning Teams

Students are encouraged to review the course module for instructions on the governance of Learning Teams, student responsibilities for the group, and themselves. Students will complete a “Learning Team Charter” for this course.   The “Learning Team Log” is an official attendance log to document activities and/or performance related issues.  Any Learning Team member who does not contribute risks loosing credit for the learning team evaluation criteria. The log should reflect the lack of contribution or performance and be agreed upon by the group


Learning teams are an extension of the classes and an essential part of the academic experience for students.  In addition to providing a supplemental learning environment for mastery of course content, learning teams also provide students with an opportunity to develop and refine teamwork skills. Students are expected to ascertain the location for their learning team meeting each week during the class session.  The instructor must approve the location as appropriate and conducive to learning.  At the first meeting of the learning team, each team should create a charter that will be reviewed by the instructor during the second class session. Each week, each learning team must complete a learning team log documenting each member’s attendance at the learning team meetings.  Non-attendance or attendance for less than the required scheduled time of Learning Team meetings by any individual student will be considered during the grading process for that student.  Non-attendance at Learning Team meetings and/or classroom meetings may result in course withdrawal and a "W" grade being issued.  Teams should create one unified log for the entire team’s activity each week that is signed by each team member.  Two copies of that log should be provided to the faculty member, so that one copy can be turned in for attendance and the other copy retained by the faculty member.