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2010/2011  KAN-IM  Innovation and Management

English Title
Innovation and Management

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Course Period
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for MSc of Social Science
Course Coordinator
  • Susana Borras - International Center for Business and Politics
Main Category of the Course
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Management of Information and Knowledge Management
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The aim of the course is to enable students to:
  • get acquainted with the key concepts and dimensions of the innovation management, strategy- and processes;
  • identify, analyze and apply appropriate business models (such as open innovation models, user driven innovation, knowledge networks, public-private partnerships etc.) for developing and managing innovations;
  • critically analyze and employ methods for dealing with innovation in or between organizations (such as in networks);
  • understand specific challenges related to management of innovation in a highly uncertain business environment;
  • Acknowledge the importance of innovation for present-day entrepreneurship sustainability
Oral exam based on synopsis
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period Autumn Term
Duration 20 Minutes
The exam is an individual oral examination (20 minutes per student including votation) based on a synopsis. The synopsis must be written in groups of 3-5 students (max. 10 pages) or individually (max. 3-5 pages). Students will be evaluated on the basis of the oral examination.

If a student is ill during the regular oral exam he/she will be able to re-use the synopsis at the make-up exam. If the student was ill during the writing of the synopsis and did not contribute to the synopsis, the make-up exam can be written individually or in gropus (provided that other students are taking the make-up exam).
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

The course will focus on organizational and managerial challenges concerning innovative processes in organizations. For innovative processes to take place a variety of knowledge, technologies and competencies need to be present. In this setting, managerial challenges concerning how to foster heterogeneity, guide creative processes and manage the autonomous processes of innovation become apparent.

Additionally, as the needed variety of knowledge does not always exist inside a single organization, it is essential that the innovative organization opens its borders and provide for an inflow and outflow of knowledge. This results in the configuration of a number of new organizational forms that are to be designed and managed properly. Throughout the course, we will examine the more traditional ways of organizing for innovation; i.e., either as an internal process inside the firm (hierarchy) or as a process where the needed knowledge is searched for externally (in the market). But more importantly, we will look at a range of hybrid forms of organizing for innovation (e.g. networking).

The students will be introduced to contemporary literature on innovation management, focusing on the processes of knowledge search (selection and management), strategy implementation and capturing the value of innovation.

Teaching Methods
Lectures, case analyses etc.

The text book is Tidd, Joe and Bessant, John (2009): Managing Innovation. Chichester: Wiley, 4th edition. www.wiley.com/go/innovation

Other obligatory reading material will be uploaded to SiteScape in the beginning of September 2010.