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Course module: GEO4-2268
Innovation Management
Course info
Course codeGEO4-2268
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Geosciences; Graduate School Geowetenschappen; M Science and Innovation Management;
Contact persondr. G. Capponi
Course contact
dr. G. Capponi
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
1  (01/09/2020 to 06/11/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotC: C (MON-afternoon, TUE-aftern,THU-morn)
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 02/06/2020 08:00 up to and including 28/06/2020 23:59
Course application processOsiris Student
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 17/08/2020 08:00 up to and including 18/08/2020 23:59
Waiting listNo
Course goals
Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
The objectives of this course is to make students aware of the opportunities and threats of developing innovations within established and entrepreneurial companies, to make them acquainted with theoretical concepts and models relevant for these subjects and to train their academic skills necessary for recognizing, analyzing and managing innovation problems that emerge in practice from a theoretical perspective.
After finishing the course, the students:
  1. have advanced knowledge and understanding of the dynamics and challenges of Science and Innovation from a firm perspective acting in society at large;
  2. have the ability to apply knowledge and research methods, and problem-solving abilities in broader contexts related to the dynamics and challenges of Innovation Sciences in a creative and independent way;
  3. have insight into the complex interactions between science, innovative technology, firms, industries and society at large, and are able to reflect critically upon the role of science and technology in firms, industries and society at large;
  4. have professional and academic skills, in particular in relation to the dynamics and challenges in Innovation Sciences;
  5. are able to communicate conclusions, as well as the knowledge, reasons and considerations underlying these conclusions, to an audience of specialists and non-specialists.
Technology-related venturing comprises activities of organizational entities (within established firms or start-ups), which are focused on developing and launching new, better and/or cheaper products, services or processes based on new technological insights into and knowledge of emerging and disruptive technologies from different areas. Ventures engaged in innovation will, however, face many problems arising in practice, which they have to deal with: lacking resources and complementary assets; lacking dynamic capabilities; the prevailing appropriation regime; the emergence of a dominant design and standardization; assessment of user needs and customer value; and competition. In this course, these problems are studied in further details with respect to their causes, possible solutions and management. Additionally, cases from various technological fields such as pharmaceuticals, clean technology and information technology will be analysed in order to provide students with the academic skills to apply theoretical knowledge for the solution of innovation problems encountered in practice by established as well as entrepreneurial firms.

The course may act as a requirement for the university wide Annotation ‘Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation’.
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Basics in Innovation and Technology Management
Prerequisite knowledge can be obtained through
Self-study of recommended additional resources
Private study materials
Schilling, M. (2013). Strategic Management of Technological Innovation, McGraw-Hill.

Tidd, J. and Bessant, J. (2013). Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change, 5th edition, John Wiley & Sons.
Required materials
List of scientific articles (see course manual)
Instructional formats
Group meetings


Class session preparation
See course manual

Contribution to group work
See course manual

Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

Written exam (40%), Workshop: paper on the group assignment, presentation (50%) and participation in group meetings (10%).

Aspects of student academic development
Structured activity and performance evaluation (of others as well as personal)
Writing skills (general) - preparing, writing, rewriting and finishing various texts
Debating, arguing
Research report analysis and evaluation

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