Discovery of the digital professions


The telecommunications industry, like any other industry sector, is made up of companies operating in various markets. Each company is therefore a player in this market with users and customers for its products. Every successful company must therefore have a vision for the world it wants to create for its users. Smart organizations build their strategy to meet this vision. The choice and design of products called corporate strategy, the focus of their R&D departments and the engineering resources they hire must be perfectly aligned to meet the vision. As young engineers leave school to work in these companies, awareness of these issues will help them to better integrate into their jobs in the industry. The aim of this series of lectures, case studies, and workshops is to introduce students to these concepts.

Teaching and Learning Methods:

  • Conferences by speakers from high-tech companies
  • Case studies
  • Workshops

Course Policies: 

  • Active participation in the workshops
  • Learning the concepts learned during the sessions.

  • Conference: Engineers as Managers: A Conceptual Model of Transition, PICMET '99: Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology. Proceedings Vol-1: Book of Summaries (IEEE Cat. No.99CH36310)
  • Publication: CHRISTENSEN, CLAYTON M., RAYNOR M., MCDONALD R. What Is Disruptive Innovation? Harvard Business Review 93, no. 12 (December 2015): 44–53
  • Book: DRUCKER, PETER F. Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles. New York: Harper & Row, 1985. Print.



  • How do high-tech companies position themselves to serve their users and customers (markets)?
  • Why can't the high-tech industry do without engineers and what are the engineering roles within these structures?
  • How important is a strong academic background in corporate R&D departments?
  • How do engineering careers evolve in the corporate world over the course of an engineer's working life and why is it necessary to train throughout one's career?
  • What are start-ups and what skills are needed to launch one?

Learning Outcomes: 

  • To understand the missions of an engineer in R&D roles in the industry,
  • Understand the evolution of the role of an engineer in high-tech companies during his or her career.

Nb hours: 20 hours


  • Quiz on the concepts studied in the course
  • Note on participation in the workshops