Advances in the human capacity to compute, communicate, and store digital information are continuously transforming management in modern organizations. The ever-changing and constant interplay between technology and society means that graduates of the Department of Technology and Society will not so much be finishing a degree program as starting a lifelong journey of learning and discovery in which our alumni play an extremely important role.
Our B.S. and M.S. degrees in Technological Systems Management address the knowledge and skills needed for career success in the 21st century.
Our curriculum allows students to explore four major areas in depth.
- Data science management, including "big data," data visualization, artificial intelligence, and related topics.
- Mobility and the mobile "apps" revolution.
- Digital networks, beginning with the Internet, the largest engineering project in human history.
- Entrepreneurship, startup ventures, innovation and design thinking.
While pursuing an understanding of these areas, students will have the opportunity to develop skills in such areas as the following:
- Computer programming, network management, and web analytics.
- Leadership, management and marketing skills
- Quantitative skills, particularly in applied mathematics and statistics.
- Written and oral communication skills.
- Foreign language and cross-cultural skills.
- Critical and creative thinking.
The digital network revolution that powered Korea's rapid socioeconomic development continues to transform human activities on a global scale. Consequently, graduates of this department possess a new set of "Fourth Industrial Revolution" literacies, competencies and character qualities to address matters of profound importance such as the future of the Internet in an age of climate change and COVID-19 online education and work. In addition, as noted in a recent report by the World Economic Forum, employers increasingly demand 21st-century capabilities such as collaboration, creativity and problem-solving.
Stony Brook University was a pioneer in the science-technology-society (STS) field during the mid-1970s, along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). John G. Truxal, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Technology and Society at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Elting E. Morison, who founded the STS program at MIT, are considered the founders of this interdisciplinary approach. It strives to have engineers and other technology-intensive fields address social problems related to technology, particularly issues related to assessment, diffusion, education (STEM), innovation, and risk.
ICT4D has a slightly earlier origin, in the analysis of the influence of mass media on society leading up to World War II and the study of the adoption of agriculture information and innovations in the American Midwest. Wilbur Schramm's Mass Media and National Development: The Role of Information in the Developing Countries (1964) was particularly influential in exploring the role of technology in economics and social development around the world. Another seminal work was Everett Rogers' Diffusion of Innovations (1962), one of the most cited books in academic history. Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media (1964) created the framework for an interdisciplinary area called "media ecology." By the 1980s, these communication-media frameworks were beginning to be used for the study of developing countries and their use of ICT.