Master in Strategic Management in Software Engineering

Program Presentation

Business management as studied in the XXI century, that is, within an overall society dominated by technologies that provide new services and new technologies supported by products, demands a different vision on business.

In this context, software engineering plays a role in the value chain of companies, whether it is a "core" process or a "support" process, but never disorganized, with it being an intrinsic part of business strategies. This is the reason why Software engineering should be addressed with a strategic vision that recognizes it as an agent of change in their own organizations and strategies.

In this regard, software engineering demands a different type of leadership, which overcomes the current formal software engineering studies. Therefore, it requires a professional software engineer with the strategic vision that facilitates locating the software development process with their own strategic perspective that requires a strategic process, which they must do with management tools that allows them to know and understand that software engineering is a management process that consist of people and machines.

The Master's program in Strategic Management in Software Engineering (SMSEw) addresses the challenge of training these professionals by addressing their core competencies and the strategic direction of various infrastructures, modeling and the technological management of software engineering itself within a comprehensive and innovative vision of computing in organizations aligned and consistent with the development of a software company, whether they be for production or software use.

Importance of graduate training in Strategic Management and IT

The importance of software engineering requires a strategic process that is attached to the broad field of strategic management with an emphasis on the role of analysis and software engineering processes on strategic business projects. This requires proper graduate training to:

  • Understand the basics of strategic management;
  • Understand the principles of leadership as a source of technology management;
  • Understand the basics of computer infrastructures used in organizations;
  • Understand the basics of information models used by organizations;
  • Understand the management technology tools used in the production of information;
  • Understand the integration of technology, systems and projects in organizations;
  • Understand the intimate relationship between business processes, organizational systems and ways of working with software engineering;
  • Acquire skills to overcome the specific and singular problems of all activity related to processes of organizational change resulting from the implementation of new technologies;
  • Acquire skills to confront scenarios involving teams operating in technological environments.
Central concepts of the program: Strategic Management and Business Software

While strategic management leads to the understanding about the proper management of a company, and software engineering leads to the appropriate development of software, when joining the first to the second, a space is create where Business Administration with Business Management Software coexist. This new space allows two things:

1. Understand Strategic Management aligned with Software Engineering which now operates as a management portfolio for future organizational resources of software. In this case, it is better understood as the new forms of corporate management supported by software development.

2. Apply Strategic Management in the function of the direction of a Software Engineering unit. In this case, we obtain an entrepreneurial view of Software Engineering as provided when they are considered a strategic resource and subject to business management.

Who is the programme for?

The training methodology proposed summed up to the clarity, amplitude and didactic of the content design, allows the Master’s Degree in Strategic Management in Software Engineering be addressed to people who wish to acquire the foundation and knowledge needed to strategically manage a unit of Software Engineering, or all those people that are in strategic processes related to a company’s software portfolio.

The Master’s Degree in Strategic Management in Software Engineering is aimed at computer professionals, and people in the world of engineering, administration, in the field of sciences, such as mathematics and statistics, software business entrepreneurs, and researchers interested in the relationship between business and ICT.

Because of its executive guidance, the Master’s Degree in Strategic Management in Software Engineering aims to train dynamic, creative and motivated professionals, improve and/or lead business projects of software development.

The candidate will be evaluated on:

  • Professional experience of more than 5 years.
  • Education in engineering or the area of business (Business Administration, Economy).
  • Interest to respond to the competitiveness of new business using the development of software systems as essential organizational strategy elements.

Diploma

By passing all the subjects and satisfying all the academic, administrative and economic demands required by the Ibero-American University Foundation, and the university or entity regulating the program, the respective degree or title will be issued. The name of the degree or title may vary depending on the laws of each country and of the policy of each university that issues the diploma.

Program Structure

The Master’s Degree in Strategic Management in Software Engineering is composed of 18 subjects, a Case Study and Resolution, and a Thesis. Each subject allows you to learn and understand the foundations of business strategy, people management, and the necessary technologies and their related uses. The objective is to learn and understand how to manage software when it is a strategic resource from its theoretical, conceptual and historical bases, to its organizational, social and technological implementation.

The estimated duration of the Master’s Degree in Strategic Management in Software Engineering is of 85 credits distributed in the following manner: 70 subjects and 15 credits for scientific research methodology training and the development of the Final Master’s Project.

Regarding the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • This being a distance learning program, not subject to classroom attendance, there is no specific date of initiation, which is why the student can finalize the enrolment process at any time, as long as there are available spaces in the program.
  • For academic and learning purposes it has a minimum duration of 18 months, starting from the delivery/handing out of the first volume to the date of the last subject’s evaluation test.
  • The maximum duration to complete the program is 24 months. During this period, the student must have successfully passed all the subject’s evaluated activities and must have their Thesis approved.

The credit structure for the Master’s degree in Master’s Degree in Strategic Management in Software Engineering is summarized in the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
1st Part: Business Strategy 15 4 150
2nd Part: People Management 8 3 80
3rd Part: Business and Technology 47 12 470
4thPart: Scientific Research Methodology and Final Master’s Project 15 5 150
TOTAL 85 24 850

The equivalent of credits may vary according to the university granting the degree 
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objectives:

  • Understand and master the basic concepts of quality software design, development, and maintenance as part of the strategic business development.

Specific objectives:

  • Understand the phenomenon of software system developments as the foundation of new business strategies based on business innovations.
  • Learn the principles and methodologies for the development and maintenance of software systems.
  • Learn engineering principles and methods that are reliable and work efficiently to obtain software profitably.
  • Learn and master the elements that sustain the organizational change management that involve the software systems development and implementation, their effects and aptitude in a business and technological project.
  • Learn and master the tools and strategic business techniques that allow you to design, generate and display a business strategy based on software systems.
  • Learn and master techniques and tools on people management for the strategic business based on software.
  • Enable limitation evaluation, the justification of new applications and strategic decision making when there are software system development resources involved.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of the Master’s Degree in Strategic Management in Software Engineering are:

  • Advising or consulting in software processes and technologies.
  • Advising or consulting in software business creation.
  • Manager of a systems department or area.
  • Director of technological business projects.
  • Director of Business projects based on software.
  • External advisor or business consultant in strategies for organizational change through the integration of software systems.
  • Director of software business creation projects based on Technology.

Study Plan

The Master's Degree in Strategic Management in Software Engineering is made up of 4 parts:

  • 1st Part: BUSINESS STARTEGY (150 hours)

The first part allows us to understand how an organization prepares a strategy for change and how it plans its organizational deployment.

The corresponding subjects and hours that make up this part are shown in the following table:

  PART 1: BUSINESS STRATEGY  
# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Strategic Planning and Management 40
2 Reengineering, Strategy and Management of Systems and ICT 40
3 Strategic Management of Human Resources 30
4 Information and Change Society 40
  TOTAL 150
  • 2nd Part: PEOPLE MANAGEMENT (100 hours)

The second part allows us to understand and generate strategies of organizational change by means of people and work groups.

The corresponding subjects and hours that make up this part are shown in the following table:

  PART 2: PEOPLE MANAGEMENT  
# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Techniques 30
2 Work Group Management Techniques 30
3 Virtual Collaborative Working Environments 20
  TOTAL 80
  • 3rd Part: SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS (350 hours)

The third part introduces the tools that turn a traditional organization into an organization on a supported network based on software systems. This achieves an overall view of business when involved in design, development and maintenance of software systems and are considered strategic topics.

The corresponding subjects and hours that make up this part are shown in the following table:

  PART 3: SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS  
# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Programming Languages and Paradigms 30
2 Architectures, Networks and Distribution Systems 40
3 Web Technology and Web Engineering 40
4 Analysis and Integral Design of Systems and Requirements 40
5 Data Modeling and Database Design 40
6 Network Management and Security 30
7 Databases and Information Resources Management 40
8 Software Business Process 40
9 Business Intelligence and Document Management 60
10 Integration of Business Management Systems 50
11 ICT Project Management 60
  TOTAL 470
  • 4th Part: SCIENTIFIC REASEARCH METHODOLOGY AND FINAL MASTER’S PROJECT (200 hours)

The fourth part allows the training of a postgraduate researcher in theoretical fields solving academic and/or professional problems.

  SCIENTIFIC REASEARCH METHODOLOGY AND FINAL MASTER’S PROJECT (200 hours)  
# ASIGNATURAS HORAS
1 SCIENTIFIC REASEARCH METHODOLOGY AND FINAL MASTER’S PROJECT 200

Management

  • Dr. Arturo Ortega-Mansilla. Doctor of Electrical Engineering, by the University of Barcelona. Telecommunications Engineer by the Ramon Llull University, Spain. Coordinator of the IDi Area - Area Projects, FUNIBER.
  • Dr. Jon Arambarri Basáñez. Doctorate in Project Engineering from the Catalonia Polytechnic University and the Cordoba University. MBA Executive, Institute of Applied Business Economics, Basque Country University. Masters in Telecommunication Engineering, Bilbao School of Engineering. Director of IDi in www.virtualware.es; Multimedia, 3D Animation & Interactive Virtual Environments. Academic Coordinator of the Master Program in Strategic Management in Telecommunications and its Specializations.
  • Ms. Angélica Agudelo Reina. Master and Postgraduate degrees in SAP SD and MM (Materials Management - Sales and Distribution). Extensive experience in ERP functional consulting in different sectors of the industry, and analysis of industrial operations. Academic Coordinator of the Master Program in the Strategic Management of Software Engineering and their specializations.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dra. Isabel De La Torre Díez. Doctorate in Telecommunication from the Valladolid University. Professor in the Valladolid University on topics linked to telematics services, databases and business intelligence. Postdoctoral Research in Biomedical Informatics.
  • Dr. Fernando Izquierdo Álvarez. . Masters in Telecommunication Engineering and HR and Business Management - MBA IESE. Master in Advanced Networking and Internet Services from the Madrid Polytechnic University. Vast experience in new ICT technologies companies. International consultant.
  • Dra. Marina Aguado. Doctorate in Telecommunication from the Basque State University. MSc. in Management of Manufacturing Systems from the Cranfield University, England. Experience in I D i Projects. Professor in the Basque State University.Experiencia en Proyectos I D i. Profesora de la Universidad del País Vasco.
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctorate in Engineering from the Catalonia Polytechnic University and an MBA from the Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering, UPC. Business, technology and business solutions consultant. Professor in the Iberoamerican International University.
  • DraIzel Marez. Doctorate in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communication from the Catalonia Polytechnic University. Professor in the Iberoamerican International Universidad.
  •  Dr. Santos Gracia Villar. Doctorate in Industrial Engineering from the Catalonia Polytechnic University. Expert in Cooperation and management Projects.
  • Dra. Beatriz Sainz De Abajo. Doctorate from the Cordoba University. Professor in the Department of Signal and Communications Theory and Telematics Engineering, in the Valladolid University.
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctorate in Project Engineering, from the Catalonia Polytechnic University, Spain. Master in Project and Design Management from the Milan Polytechnic, Italy, Professor in the Buenos Aires University, Argentina. Professor in the Iberoamerican International University.
  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Doctorate in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communication from the Catalonia Polytechnic University. Academic Director of the Environmental Area in the Iberoamerican University Foundation.
  •  Dr. Jon Arambarri Basáñez. Doctorate in Project Engineering from the Catalonia Polytechnic University and the Cordoba University. MBA Executive, Institute of Applied Business Economics, Basque State University. Masters in Telecommunication Engineering, Bilbao School of Engineering. Director of IDi in www.virtualware.es Multimedia, 3D Animation & Interactive Virtual Environments.
  • Dr. (c) Diego J. Kurtz. Doctorate in Engineering and Knowledge Management from the PPGEGC – UFSC (in process). Master in International Business - Wiesbaden Business School, Germany. Researcher in the Core Management for Sustainability (www.ngs.ufsc.br) and Junior Researcher of the Dynamic SME Project (www.dynamic-sme.org). Program Coordinator and Professor in the Iberoamerican University Foundation.
  •  Dr. (c) Saúl Domingo Soriano. Doctoral candidate at the University of Leon. Master in Business Management from the Barcelona Catalonia Institute of Technology. Master in e-Business Consulting and Information Technology from the Las Palmas University in Grand Canaria, Spain. Director of Master and Specializations Final Project, Iberoamerican University Foundation.
  • Dra. (c) Gabriela Larrea Madinyá. Doctorate in Projects, from the Iberoamerican International University (in process). Masters in Strategic Management from the Catalonia Polytechnic University. Expert in communication and marketing strategies applying new technologies.
  •  Ms. Pedro Chávez Chiclayo. Computer Systems Engineer from the Trujillo Antenor Orrego University (Peru). Master in Computer Science from the Campinas State University in Sao Paulo (Brazil).
  •  Ms. Virginia Saman. Engineer in Computer Management from the St. Mary University Campus Guayaquil Chile. Master in Logistics (France).

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.