Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prior study of business/management

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    Innovation acts as a key driver for economic growth providing social and economic
    benefits for local, national and international communities. Without innovation, our
    social and economic systems do not function! This module encourages you to
    understand how innovation actually happens by carrying out a practical innovation audit
    within a large established organisation. You will identify critical issues and skills needed
    to achieve entrepreneurially driven innovation. Since employers are seeking creative
    students who are able to initiate and participate in innovation activity, this module will
    enhance your employability in the wider world of work.

    Autumn Semester:

    Section 1: Introduction: What is innovation?
    ? An appreciation of the role of creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation within
    organisations (private and public) and the economy to create both social and
    financial value.
    ? Innovation Policy and integration into overall strategy
    ? Innovation categories and its measurement
    ? Types of innovation explored: social, green, technical.

    Section 2: How do you make it happen?
    ? Entrepreneurship as a pattern of management behaviour that delivers innovation
    outcomes Innovation models: past, present and future
    ? Innovation Management Policy and Process
    ? Structuring the organisation for innovation
    ? How do organisations find innovation opportunities ? closed versus open
    innovation systems
    ? Factors for internal innovation success ? networking, culture, knowledge
    management, research and development.
    ? Technical Innovation, networking and knowledge transfer
    ? Social Innovation Social enterprise and entrepreneurship as a means of creating
    social value
    ? IPR strategies protecting the opportunity by using intellectual property rights

    Spring Semester:

    Section 3: What does innovation involve?
    ? Innovation from the economist?s perspective
    ? Impact of National Accumulated Resources and Capabilities: technological
    trajectories and path dependence
    ? National infrastructure and culture ? education, weak or strong rule of law
    ? Key players in Innovation

    Section 4: An Economic Perspective: How to foster Innovation in the External
    ? National System of Innovation as a tool of social and economic development
    ? Government Support and Policy Measures for Innovation
    ? New Technology, knowledge, generation, diffusion and adoption
    ? Science parks, technology centres and cluster effects.

    Teaching: Lectures and workshops

    ? Group presentation ? Master Class Presentations (10%)
    ? individual industry innovation report - 1,500 words (40%)
    ? Group innovation report on a live company ? 3,000 words (50%)

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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