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NBS8623 : Open Innovation Management

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Hanna Bahemia
  • 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 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module is designed to help students understand the importance of innovation at the firm and project levels. We examine the shift from a closed to an open model of innovation. A core objective of the module is to develop students’ understanding about how to implement open innovation at different levels and in different contexts. The module then explores the importance of Industry 4.0 and its impact on sustainability, and strategic collaborations as a means for promoting enterprise and factory competitiveness. Through a series of lectures and small group learning activities students will develop an understanding of open innovation, and Industry 4.0

Outline Of Syllabus

The evolution from a closed to an open model of innovation
Debate about open innovation
The role of traditional and emerging external partners in the innovation process
Implementing open innovation at different levels of the firm
Industry 4.0 and its impact on sustainability

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00Present in person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading331:0033:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery51:005:00Online drop-in
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Present in person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study211:0021:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will be delivered through lectures to introduce the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of open innovation and industry 4.0. There will be class discussion of case studies and academic papers.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 words
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 Presentation2MPresentation by each group on a given paper (group and paper selected by the lecturer); feedback provided by the lecturer and peers after the group presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative Feedback:
Presentation by each group on a given paper (group and paper selected by the lecturer); feedback provided by the lecturer and peers after the group presentation

The essay assesses the student’s ability to critically evaluate open innovation and Industry 4.0 with the support of theoretical and empirical studies as well as case studies.

Reading Lists