Strategic Innovation Management
In a world increasingly characterised as VUCA – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous – few things are assured. We can be relatively certain that an insatiable demand for high quality products and services will only be met by individuals and organisations who invest in learning how to manage innovation within an increasingly digital world. While stakeholders are rarely willing to compromise on quality, the demand for value is greater than ever. Traditional business models are increasingly being turned on their head in both B2C and B2B markets. Organizations of all sizes and missions are facing growing pressure from cost-conscious and eco-aware customers, employees and governments, who are demanding affordable, sustainable and high-quality products that work in the digital era. The module addresses these challenges through integrating innovation, the creation of value from ideas, and entrepreneurship, the skills and ideas to make innovation happen.
Research demonstrates that innovative organisations outperform, in both employment and sales, firms that fail to innovate. To support individuals with either limited or extensive business experience seeking to develop a new innovation mindset and toolkit, the Strategic Innovation Management module focuses on developing the dynamic capabilities that entrepreneurs need to innovate in demanding global and technology driven environments.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Strategic Innovation Management|
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Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
The aim is to provide an understanding of how entrepreneurs and managers can deal with ongoing innovation in service and manufacturing settings. It will explore the enablers and blockers to the innovation process within a number of different contexts including start-ups, scale-up enterprises, established organisations and public sector/NGO institutions considering both B2C and B2B requirements. A key aim is for students to understand the strategic as well as operational issues that affect the innovation process and to equip both aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs to deal with them. The course will explore how organisations can create value – social or commercial – through the application of ideas. It will also raise the question of whether innovation is always a good thing and how we can develop approaches towards ‘responsible’ innovation.
The module will explore the challenges in establishing and sustaining innovation across a spectrum of novelty and risk. We will deep dive into do better, do radical, do different, and disruptive innovation. Learners will be introduced to a range of enabling tools, models and structures that will equip them to drive forward new ventures within both established and early stage organisations in the digital era.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Critically evaluate the significance of innovation and how it links to broader strategic and operational issues in the digital era. Explain how organization type and size, technological complexity, environmental uncertainty, and sustainability concerns influence innovation processes.
- 2. Appraise the capabilities and routines needed to establish new commercial or social ventures.
- 3. Assess how inclusivity and diversity build innovation capabilities within organizations, increasing the opportunity space for social and commercial innovation and change.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Explain how firms are able to develop new products and services that are differentiated from their competitors, and how firms can out-perform their competitors, whether measured in terms of market share, profitability, and growth.
- 5. Critically engage with a range of tools to diagnose barriers to innovation in a company setting. We will use analytical tools to recommend appropriate strategies for the development of innovation projects.
- 6. Apply a range of innovation models and tools to generate product, process, positional or paradigm improvements and breakthroughs.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills.
- 8. Demonstrate independent study skills.
- 9. Demonstrate the ability to independently research issues.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||22||A mixture of lectures, in class exercises, case studies, student presentations and videos|
|Guided independent study||33||Flipped learning: The module embraces the flipped classroom, which means that students are guided to prepare independently for lectures through engaging with content outside the lecture theatre, so that we can explore faster and deeper in class.|
|Guided independent study||95||Assessment preparation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|In-class presentation||10 minutes per class||1-9||Verbal|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Individual report focusing on one core innovation management theme||30||1000 words||1-9||Written|
|Individual Innovation Fitness Test Report||70||2000 words||1-9||Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Individual Report||1000 word report (30%)||1-9||August reassessment period|
|Individual Report||2000 word report (70%)||1-9||August reassessment period|
1. Innovation as a Core Business process
- What is innovation and why does it matter?
- Exploring the technology enabled innovation space
- Innovation as a journey
- The inter-relationship between Entrepreneurship and Innovation
2. Managing the Agile Innovation Process
- Where and how to search
- Selecting and building opportunities
- Capturing value
3. Building Dynamic Capabilities
- Evolving repeatable innovation capabilities
- Strategy: Planning for the future
- People: Leadership, teams, organization
- Learning through doing
- Making innovation happen
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Basic reading: Ahead of each class, students will be expected to engage with a mix of video material and book chapters from Strategic Innovation Management, Tidd, J and Bessant, J (2014).
Web based and electronic resources: Business Source Complete, Proquest Business Premium and Emerald Insight, along with extensive use of video material.
- Tidd, J and Bessant, J (2014). Strategic Innovation Management, Wiley. ISBN 978-1-118-45723-8
- Tidd, J and Bessant, J (2018). Managing Innovation, Wiley. ISBN 978-1-119-37945-4
- Dodgson, M, Gann, D and Phillips, N, (2014), The Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management, Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-969494-5
- Bessant, J. (2018), Riding the Innovation Wave, Emerald. ISBN 978-1-78714-570-2
- Radjou, N and Prabhu, J,(2015), Frugal Innovation, Profile. ISBN 978-1-78125-375-5
- Rao, H and Sutton, Robert I. (2014) Scaling up Excellence, Random House. ISBN 978-1-84794-099-5
- Osterwalder, A, Pigneur, Y, Bernarda, G, and Smith, A. (2014) Value Proposition Design, Wiley ISBN 978-1-118-96805-5
- Viki, T, Toma D, and Gons, E (2017) The Corporate Startup, vakmedianet ISBN 978-9-46276-150-6
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