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NBS8214 : Technology Change and Innovation Management

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Richter
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to expose students to key concepts and theoretical debates related to the management of innovation and to develop students’ critical understanding of radical and incremental technological change. It is designed to develop a critical understanding of these topics but aims to be inclusive for students who may lack existing knowledge of the subject matter. The module emphasises ethics and sustainability in its approach to the topic of innovation. It seeks to be relevant to those aiming at a professional career in all economic sectors, especially in technology-intensive firms, consultancies, research organisations, governmental or quasi-governmental organisations or academia.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover a range of themes including: The innovation process – definitions and key concepts; Drivers of innovation; Strategic approaches to innovation; user involvement in innovation; Technology policy and national systems of innovation; Models of technology change.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00planned as present-in-person interactive sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures, planned as present-in-person, combine the setting out of key ideas and concepts that underpin the module’s knowledge outcomes in lecture mode with a high level of interaction via practically-focused activities, giving students the opportunity to discuss in small and larger groups the module's themes, drawing on their own multi-cultural experiences. Hence, these activities will support students in achieving the module’s skill (as well as knowledge) outcomes. Lectures also provide students with the opportunity to consider the relationship between the module material and the module assessment. Guest speakers with specific practice/research expertise in relation to the module's core topics may contribute to the module dependant upon their availability.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002000 word individual assignment
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MIndividual and small group evaluation of summative assessment exemplars
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The individual assignment will be set to assess students’ understanding of the theories and debates in innovation management and technological change.

Reading Lists