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The most critical challenge facing organizations today is managing the analysis, evaluation and dissemination of data, information and knowledge for strategic decision making. The models of organization and management that were successful yesterday are increasingly irrelevant and impede progress and innovation in the evolving knowledge-based economy. New models are urgently needed to meet the demands of today’s global market. Columbia University’s M.S. in Information and Knowledge Strategy program trains students to develop the leadership skills needed to address this challenge.
Graduates will be able to:
- Develop products and services for any organization using multiple types of knowledge.
- Create strategies and implementation plans to increase use of existing institutional knowledge.
- Lead information services and knowledge management initiatives that support organizations’ strategic objectives.
- Demonstrate creative knowledge sharing and collaboration in support of innovation and change in the workplace.
- Demonstrate an understanding of current copyright, regulatory and other legal issues relating to information and knowledge management and how they impact decision making within an organization.
The unique 16-month format enables students to take advantage of extensive benefits delivered through an online experience. Collaboration, learning support, and accelerated innovation are common elements of the state-of-the-art platform that combines exceptional content delivery with a highly developed social media framework. The online experience enhances engagement, both for students among themselves and in their interactions with program faculty and the Columbia University community. It is balanced with three five-day residencies during which students, faculty, and industry leaders establish long-lasting relationships.
“IKNS is a curriculum for our times. We need people now who can develop strategies to manage knowledge; and the need for this skill is only going to grow – and grow geometrically – in the coming years.”Bob Libbey
Head of Digital and Social Communications, Pfizer Inc.
Who Should Apply
The Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy is of value to individuals with a wide range of backgrounds where the use of information and knowledge is key to organizational performance. Geared towards high potential individuals looking for new challenges, those who want to expand or extend their current roles, and current or future entrepreneurs who recognize the opportunities to create new ventures in the knowledge domain, the program takes an original and pragmatic approach to the exploration of emerging opportunities in this field.
A high level of critical and analytical thinking, as well as organizational and writing skills, is required. The program is especially appropriate for individuals who enjoy problem-solving and are enthusiastic about the strategic potential of social media and networking applications in the workplace. Applicants should have two years minimum of relevant work experience as well as a general understanding of the role of information technology and some proficiency with basic business software tools.