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BUS2016 : Introduction to Innovation and Technology Management

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module provides a general introduction to a range of models, concepts and principles relating to the innovation process. It provides students with an understanding of the definition of innovation, its strategic importance and a range of managerial issues relating to the pursuit of innovation through product or service development. Emphasis is placed on conditions promoting innovation success and a critical assessment of their application in different contexts. The module aims to raise awareness of the pivotal role of innovation in the creation of competitive advantage and in delivering economic and social change. It sets the management of innovation and technology in its wider organisational and business context and highlights the importance of a critical approach to decisions about innovation and technology management.

Outline Of Syllabus

•Defining innovation and technology            
•Micro perspectives on innovation and technological change –product life cycles, dominant design
•Industry and macro perspectives on innovation and technological change – long waves and industry life cycles
•Who are the innovators? – individuals, small firms and large firms in the innovation process      
•Success and failure in innovation
•Research and development and the product development process
•Innovation in services      
•Innovation strategy                                                      
•The resource based view

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion142:0042:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Final lecture (12th session) relates to BUS2017 exam not taken by Exchange Stds taking BUS2016.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Includes opportunity for one-to-one tutorial for formative feedback on assignment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS2017Introduction to Innovation and Technology Management
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures introduce students to the main theories of and approaches to Innovation and Technology Management as it applies to both manufacturing and service activities. Students are introduced to some of the key debates and controversies in the subject area. Critical approaches to the literature are demonstrated through the lectures.

The seminars permit more detailed discussion of specific issues and case examples.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M1002,000 - 2,500 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignment tests students' ability to apply models and theories about the innovation process to the context of a specific innovation and requires original investigation of a range of academic and web-based sources, and the development of a logical and reasoned argument, supported by the academic literature on innovation and technology management.

Reading Lists