New Program in Technology Management at UC Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the launch of a new Ph.D. DEGREE in Technology Management. Applications are due January 15, 2017 for matriculation in Fall 2017.

This new program is administered by UCSB’s Technology Management Program (located in UCSB’s top-ranked College of Engineering), whose internationally-renowned faculty include:

Stephen R. Barley
Gary Hansen
Paul Leonardi
Kyle Lewis
John Mohr
Renee Rottner
Dave Seibold
Ambuj Singh
Bob York

 Why Pursue a Ph.D. in Technology Management?

Scholars who study technology, innovation, and organizing are in great demand across many fields including business, information studies, communication, sociology and engineering. Yet most disciplinary-based programs, be they in the social sciences or in engineering schools, do not train Ph.D. students with the right mix of skills to understand both the organizational and technological aspects of work. The Ph.D. Program in Technology Management fills this void.

 Is a Ph.D. in Technology Management the right fit for you?

We seek students who want to become exceptional scholars and who will go on to research and teach at top universities across the country and around the world.  You would fit our program well if you are interested in technology-related work regardless of whether you have a background in the social sciences, physical sciences, management or engineering.  Our program integrates organizational studies with technology and innovation studies in an interdisciplinary environment that transcends the distinctions between disciplines.  If you come from a technology or scientific background we will teach you about the importance of organizations and social systems.  If you have a social science or management background you will learn to understand the role of technology and innovation in shaping organizational action.

 Where can our Ph.D. take you?

The job market for interdisciplinary Ph.Ds. with training in technology and organizations is expected to be strong over the next decade. We anticipate that most graduates will pursue academic positions in Business Schools (where the study of technology innovation and entrepreneurship is growing), Schools of Communication (where the study of organization and technology is increasing swiftly), in Schools of Information (which are being rapidly founded across the country), and in Schools of Engineering (that are increasingly interested in the social aspects of technical work). Unlike the demand for Ph.D. tenure track faculty in many other disciplines, the number of tenure track openings in these schools exceeds the number of Ph.Ds. awarded each year, and that gap is increasing.

 Why UCSB?  

UCSB is world renowned for its interdisciplinary culture, which encourages collaboration across disciplinary boundaries and exciting new interdisciplinary fields and programs. Our faculty is world renowned for its commitment to interdisciplinarity; we have backgrounds that range from engineering and management to the social sciences.  Our Ph.D. students are encouraged to explore courses and to make links to faculty in the social sciences, environmental science, and other engineering departments.

The Technology Management Program is housed in the College of Engineering, which ranked as number one in the world among public universities for engineering research. The National Research Council ranks all of UCSB’s College of Engineering research programs among the top five for their disciplines.

 Learn more about this new Ph.D. Program here

For more information about the Ph.D. Program, please contact Paul Leonardi ( or Kyle Lewis (

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