Operations and Technology Management (OTM) is an MBA specialization ideally suited for those seeking advanced positions as consultants, analysts, product or service managers, project leaders, business developers, or operations, information technology, and supply chain managers while priming themselves for senior leadership roles. With OTM, you gain critical business skills applicable to both service organizations and manufacturing firms. 

Our graduates develop a broad knowledge foundation that allows them to master complex and integrated business problems of strategic and economic importance in order to deliver products and services faster, cheaper, and better, thereby achieving enhanced customer satisfaction and sustainable business value. More specifically, OTM is a degree that provides students with the decision-making skills and comprehensive knowledge of planning, designing, implementing, managing, evaluating, and improving the processes, resources, and information systems an organization uses to create and deliver products and services.  

The OTM degree is administered by the Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management.

Class of 2013
Class of 2014 - Top: Marc Zephyrin, Peter Oppermann, Todd Pilcher, William Wait (director) | Bottom: Michael Hitchcock, Urban Wemmerlöv (executive director)

Class of 2015 - Top: Christopher Van't Hof, Christopher Peters, Alex Monahov, Christopher Maramba, Shaishav Singh | Bottom: Hema Narasimhan, Daniel Sharkey, Nicole Truog (director), Rakesh Sah, Urban Wemmerlöv (executive director)


OTM’s flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum takes a strategic and application-oriented view and provides for both depth and breadth. All students take MBA core courses in operations management, finance, financial accounting, marketing, management, strategy, and data analysis. In addition, OTM students have required coursework in managerial accounting, decision-making models, ERP, lean organizations, and managing change, and can take electives in entrepreneurship, negotiation, logistics/supply chain management, service operations, service/product design, e-business, systems analysis and design, as well as in traditional core business areas like finance, accounting, and marketing.

Students have great flexibility in choosing coursework, and may emphasize either Operations Management or Information Technology Management, or a combination of the two. There is also a special track on Healthcare Operations Management. Certificates in Sustainability, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship are also available.


Recent graduates have assumed positions in strategy and business development, consulting, financial analysis and investment, operations planning, supply chain analysis, logistics planning, product management, business analysis, and have enrolled in corporate leadership development programs. A recent study of Wisconsin School of Business graduates showed those with OTM degrees were the highest paid alumni category seven years after graduation.

Organizations that have hired Erdman Center graduates belong to a variety of industries, illustrating the versatility of this degree (see our alumni page for a full listing):

Healthcare and Biotechnology

Abbott Labs, Guidant, Novartis, Promega, Epic Systems, GE Healthcare, Medtronic


Accenture, Celerant, Deloitte, ZS Associates, Market Rx, Ingersoll-Rand

Financial Services

Capital One, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, SunTrust Banks


Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Intuit, Sony, i2, Intel, Philips Broadband Networks, Samsung, Schlumberger, CDW Berbee, LG Display

Automotive and Equipment

Case New Holland, General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Deere & Co, Delphi, Johnson Controls, Harley-Davidson, Goodyear, Cummins

Industrial Products

Grainger, Eaton, Sonoco, TRW, JohnsonDiversey

Consumer Products

Kimberly-Clark, Spectrum Brands, Sorrento Lactalis, Best Buy, Sara Lee, Sears Holdings