Corporate Culture, Human Resources and Innovation

Université Catholique de Lille

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Corporate Culture, Human Resources and Innovation

  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

  • Location

    Lille, France

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Human Resources, Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    This course will provide students with an overview of:
    - A brief history of management and organizational behavior: from scientific management to
    employee engagement and self-management
    - 21st century concepts of work and organization: the Gig Economy, intrapreneurs,
    crowdsourcing, network structures, collaborative organizations, holacracy, mass
    customization, the Experience Economy with CX (customer experience) aligned with EX
    (employee experience) 
    - Motivation theories with a self-discovery tool: extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, the
    importance of autonomy, purpose and mastery
    - The role of culture in an innovative organization: cultural orientations in national and
    corporate culture that can foster or impede innovation
    - How creativity works: Insights from neuroscience and psychology
    - Innovation theories and models: from early models to new trends
    - Design Thinking and Doing
    - Identifying and removing obstacles to innovation
    - Communicating and selling innovation projects
    - The role of Human Resources as a strategic business partner: strategic functions of HR in an
    innovative organization
    - Attitudes to change: How to get everyone on board for an innovation project. Case studies and
    sample organizations: Apple and Nokia, 3M, Google, Valve, …
    - Field trip to company in or around Lille.
    - Practical application of the concepts learned: The Change Project

    Learning Outcomes:
    At the end of the course, the students will be able to:
    - Understand the processes, cultural factors and HR tools that foster innovation,
    - Refer to new concepts such as the collaborative organization, the employee experience (EX) and
    - Develop new innovative techniques in their university career and foster innovation in their
    future professional life,
    - Identify their strengths and potential in the context of organizational behaviour, career
    planning, creativity and innovation

    Presentations, case studies, share of experiences, group work, debates

    All course materials will be supplied in class. References may be made to the following resources:
    - The Collaborative Organization, Jacob Morgan
    - Design Theory, Methods and Organization for Innovation, Weil/Le Masson/Hatchuel 
    - Drive, Daniel Pink
    - Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer
    - Riding the Waves of Innovation, Fons Trompenaars,
    - Charles Hampden-Turner
    - 21 Tomorrow’s New Formula: Concept-Driven
    - Innovation through Strategic HR, Lynne Mealy

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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