Can Cable Technologists Learn to Think Like MBAs?


That’s the aim of the SCTE’s upcoming Leadership Institute at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business this spring for up-and-coming technology managers (see SCTE Pitches Leadership Program At Dartmouth’s B-School).

Actually, one of the key lessons will be how to avoid thinking like a hapless MBA who screws things up.

“We’re not going to be picking on any particular company, but we will be looking at the systemic reasons executives fail,” said Eric Johnson, a professor of the science of administration at Tuck and director of the school’s Center for Digital Strategies, who has been developing the program with SCTE.

As Johnson explained: “A big part of how we think about leadership is self-awareness, how you build teams around yourself to compensate for your weaknesses.”

The week-long program, to be held April 26-30, also will focus on biz-school chestnuts like leadership, innovation, risk assessment, “value creation” and financial analysis. Time Warner Cable chairman, president and CEO Glenn Britt and CTO Mike LaJoie are scheduled to be guest speakers (see TWC’s Britt, LaJoie To Speak At SCTE Leadership Conference).

Tuck’s curriculum for SCTE will use case studies “as a vehicle” for delivering an idea, Johnson said, mentioning Apple, Google, Groupon and Cisco as firms likely to be discussed. “We’ll maybe let the participants drive it, maybe look at what Time Warner Cable or Cox are doing,” he added.

You can find session descriptions for the SCTE/Tuck program here.

At this point, SCTE has sold more than 25 of the spots — at a whopping $9,970 a pop — out of about 40 total. Attendees include execs from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Bright House, Suddenlink, Liberty Global, Alpha Technologies, Arris, CommScope and SeaChange International.