NBS8214 : Technology Change and Innovation Management

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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 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 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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Rationale and Relationship to Learning Outcomes
The lectures will underpin the theoretical aspects of the module and students will be expected to carry out directed reading and independent studies where appropriate. This will be further enhanced by group activities in class.
The lectures will provide the context for small group work and independent work.

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
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