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The objective of this course is that students learn to set up and conduct independent scientific research based on theories studied in the previous courses of the IS master. This leads to the analysis of innovation management in practice at the level of the Master’s thesis. This implies that after completing the course the student:
- is able to conduct research of the dynamics and challenges of Science and Innovation in a creative and independent way;
- has the ability to apply knowledge and research methods, and problem-solving abilities in broader contexts related to the dynamics and challenges of Science and Innovation;
- has insight into the complex interactions between science, innovative technology and society and is able to reflect critically upon the roles of science and technology in society;
- has professional and academic skills, in particular in relation to the dynamics and challenges of Science and Innovation;
- is able to apply and knowledge and understanding in such a way that he or she demonstrates a professional approach to their work;
- is able to communicate conclusions, as well as the knowledge, reasons and considerations underlying these conclusions, to an audience of specialists and non-specialists alike.
The course starts with two weeks of orientation. Orientation on the objects and subjects of research, the theoretical models taught, recruiting policy agencies and/or firms for cooperation, formulating the central research question as well as a research plan and planning. The research question should be aligned with the innovation problem in practice experienced by one of the participating organisations that act as commissioning organisations. After that, three weeks are spent on developing a theoretical framework for the analysis of innovation management by the cooperating organisations from a system perspective addressing the various more detailed ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘who’ questions and hypotheses on them. Subsequently, during the next two weeks methods and instruments of data collection, measurement and analysis will be investigated and developed. During the two weeks thereafter actual data collection is carried out and the innovation analysis can take off and a concept research report is prepared. During the last week an individual oral examination of inconclusive subjects in the concept report takes place, after which the research report is finished including the management advice for the commissioning organisation derived from the results obtained.|
Academic skills: Concise writing, Valuing literature, Argumentation and reasoning, Reflection on science and society, Selection of theories and methods, Reflection on the validity and reliability of data and measurement, Data analysis, Critical interpretation of results, Writing a research proposal and a scientific report, Oral research presentation & Learning to work independently, Learning to collaborate, Giving feedback, Giving advice, Write a vocational publication.