Carnegie Mellon University

Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Technological Change (SETChange)

    Technological change and entrepreneurship are at the heart of regional and national economic growth, as well as firm performance. Strategy to guide innovative activity in new and ongoing organizations is key to harnessing this growth either publicly or privately. The SET Change program in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Change seeks to provide students with substantive training in the areas of firm strategy, entrepreneurship, and technological change.

    A distinctive feature of the program is that students receive training in analytical modeling. The program also builds on the broad interest and expertise in many parts of Carnegie Mellon regarding the study and practice of technological change. Coursework draws from a number of disciplines and areas, including economics, history, statistics, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, firm strategy, and engineering.

    The primary goal of the program is to train students for positions in firm strategy, entrepreneurship, and technology management in business schools, public policy schools, and consulting firms. Students who take suitable disciplinary courses in addition to the courses required for the program may also qualify for positions in disciplinary departments such as economics and organizational behavior.  

    The program exploits CMU's commitment to interdisciplinary education. It draws on the expertise of four academic units: the Social & Decision Sciences Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, the David A. Tepper School of Business, and the Engineering and Public Policy Department in the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

    Pursuing a mandate to collaborate with scholars at colleges and universities worldwide, the SET Change doctoral program draws PhD candidates from Instituto Superior Técnico and Universidade Católica Portuguesa, two outstanding Portuguese universities, to advance their studies at Carnegie Mellon in an exchange that contributes to building a European base of scholarship in this field.