UCLA Extension

Essentials of Business for Technical Managers

A 2-Day Short Course

Is an MBA necessary for success as a manager? Most technical people are capable of acquiring the skills necessary and the knowledge they need to manage effectively if they know where to start. An MBA is highly desirable but by no means necessary! This course offers you the opportunity to identify those business principles and practices that are essential for becoming a successful technical manager in commercial and public institutions.

Those who are new to management as well as those who have experienced years of leading organizations and teams will find this practical course rewarding. More than merely a survey of MBA curriculum topics, this enjoyable and fast-paced workshop is immediately applicable to technical managers. It provides exercises and case studies that surface the essential business techniques and knowledge that are needed and to apply them to actual work situations.

Topics include:

  • Manage the “Bottom Line”
  • Manage Operations
  • Make What Sells and Sell What You Make
  • Put It All Together for Now and the Future

Coordinator and Lecturer

Chris Christensen, MS, MBA, President, Christensen Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm, Playa del Rey, California. For three decades, Mr. Christensen was a program and project manager in the aerospace, high-technology components manufacturing, and systems integration industries. He successfully managed projects that produced intelligence data fusion systems, business and manufacturing process improvements, and the development of successful commercial products. He worked both as an intelligence analyst and a consultant to government agencies collecting and analyzing data to predict future events.

In 1992 Mr. Christensen launched Christensen Associates, Inc., to consult to executives, managers, and senior staff in effective business management. He coaches executive teams, facilitates off-site retreats, and leads on-site workshops in forecasting future business and technological breakthroughs, strategic planning, new product development, and project management.

Mr. Christensen is a certified Program Management Professional, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Certified Quality Manager. He teaches at Caltech and Loyola Marymount University.

For more information contact the Short Course Program Office:
shortcourses@uclaextension.edu | (310) 825-3344 | fax (310) 206-2815