University of Wisconsin–Madison

Innovation and Organizational Change

Creating Tomorrow's Information Leaders, Today

This specialization prepares students to manage and lead organizational change and create new social and economic value within information organizations like libraries and archives. Other coursework provides students with the entrepreneurial skills to develop new information products and services and start entirely new information‑intensive businesses.

This specialization is offered in coordination with the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Wisconsin School of Business.

Students completing the specialization may be eligible to receive either a Weinert Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship or the Weinert Graduate Certificate in Strategic Innovation as part of their iSchool MA degree.


In order to complete the twelve credits required for either the Entrepreneurship or the Strategic Innovation Certificate, students must complete the following iSchool courses, both of which count toward the twelve credits required by either certificate:

  • LIS 603: Research and Evaluation Methods (required)
  • LIS 732: Strategic Information Services (required)

Students can choose the remaining 6 credits from the Weinert Center list of approved courses and in consultation with their advisor; however the iSchool faculty especially recommend the following courses:

  • MHR 715 – Strategic Management of Innovation
  • MHR 722 – Entrepreneurial Management
  • MHR 741 – Technology Entrepreneurship

Students seeking the Weinert certificate will need to declare themselves as certificate students through the Weinert Center by filling out a web form on the Weinert Center site.

Other recommended iSchool coursework in this area, which does not count toward the Weinert certificates, includes the following:

  • LIS 615 Systems Analysis And Project Management For Information Professionals
  • LIS 654 Information Services Management
  • LIS 632 Metadata Standards and XML