Social and Technological Innovation
‘Innovation’ is one of the buzz words of current management thinking, but what does it mean? We are living in an age where everyone is looking for the ‘next big thing’, that’s what innovation is, it is about having an idea, making it work and doing things differently. This module will examine different ways in which social and technological innovations have revolutionised how we do business and in turn how society operates. We will look at the theory behind innovation and apply it to current business case studies enabling you to analyse how certain businesses and organisations have used innovative practices to do things differently, for the benefit of society, the environment and in the process - their own competitive advantage.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Social and Technological Innovation|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
This module will equip you with the theory behind innovation management, setting it in the context of sustainability. We will focus on case studies of companies and organisations that have adopted social and technological innovations that enable them to do business, or offer services in new ways. On completion of this module you will be able to identify organisations that are using social and technological innovations to ensure their competitive advantage in the market place. You will also be able to identify opportunities for further innovations, that may in turn develop into business opportunities for you in the future.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. engage critically with debates surrounding the need to innovate.
- 2. evaluate the differences between social and technological innovations in service design or product management.
- 3. critically analyse case studies of businesses and organisations that have adopted social or technological innovations in order to do business differently.
- 4. investigate potential opportunities for the future of business and society using social and technological innovations.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 5. synthesise the various theories that describe innovation processes.
- 6. identify management processes that will enhance the successful adoption of innovations by companies or organisations.
- 7. debate the role that corporate and social responsibility plays in innovation within organisations.
- 8. critically discuss the extent to which innovation enhances a societies capacity to act
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 9. demonstrate written and oral skills in order to use the language of innovation to inform and enthuse in both academic and applied contexts.
- 10. practice research skills in order to identify innovation opportunities the future.
- 11. illustrate independent and group skills in order to present an in depth case study on either social or technological innovation.
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 & Teaching activities||22||11 x 2 hour lectures Taught formal lectures, with input from module lead, visiting speakers and students|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||4||4 x 1 hour support tutorials Optional support tutorials for students to access module leads time for assistance with course work and clarification of learning|
|Independent Study||124||You will be expected to manage your time accordingly in order to work as a group member and on your own to produce the various assignments.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Outline of Plan for group presentation||500 words||1-11||Written and oral|
|Structure plan for individual assignment||500 words||1-11||Written and oral|
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 paper on the application of the theory of innovation management to practice||60||2000 words||1-11||Written and oral|
|Group presentation||15||5 minute video on a future innovation opportunity||1-11||Written and oral|
|Individual paper on an aspect of the group presentation||25||1500 words||1-11||Written and oral|
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 paper (60%)||Individual paper 2,000 words (60%)||1-11||July/August|
|Group presentation (15%) plus individual paper on an aspect of the presentation (25%)||Individual paper on an aspect of the presentation (40%)||1-11||July/August|
A student will be referred in all components if the student fails the module with a mark of below 40% overall.
A student if deferred in a single component will be reassessed in that component only.
- Introduction to Innovation – what is it? How does it fit with sustainability?
- Corporate and social responsibility – cause or effect of innovation?
- Innovation’s role in strategic management and competitive advantage
- Models of Innovation – the key models used to describe innovation
- Processes of Innovation – how does it happen? external and internal stimuli
- Social Innovation I - The extent to which innovation enhances a societies capacity to act, and in particular the notion of an ‘Innovation Union’ as means of articulating a shift from a conceptual idea to action, focused on creating knowledge and also creating jobs.
- Social Innovation II – Examples of innovation in: Social Enterprise, public service organisations, and co-operatives engaging with social and using technological innovations
- Technological Innovation I – Examples of Tech based companies, manufacturers or service industries using technology to innovate their offer
- Technological Innovation II – examples of digital economy based industries/services using technology to innovate their offer
- Student presentations – opportunities for the future
- Review and revision
4 smaller support tutorials, to be used as sessions to assist individuals with assignment design and focus, plus support for group work projects.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener.
- Text Book for the module: Bessant, J., and Tidd, J. (2011) Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Wiley
Other recommended texts include:
- Barney, J.B. and Hesterley, (2012) Strategic Management and Competitive Advantage – concepts and cases (4th edition) Pearson
- Belz, F-M. and Peattie (2012) Sustainability Marketing – A global perspective (2nd edition) Wiley
- Blowfield, M., Murray, A. ( 2008) Corporate responsibility : a critical introduction, Oxford University Press
- Boulton, R.E.S., Libert, B.D. and Samek, S.M. ( 2000) Cracking the Value Code – How successful Businesses are Creating Wealth in the New Economy, Arthur Anderson, Harper Collins
- Brown, S., Lamming, R., Bessant, J. and Jones, P. (2005) Strategic Operations Management (2nd edition) Butterworth- Heinemann
- Crane, A., Matten, D. and Spence, L.J. (2014) Corporate and Social Responsibility: Readings and Cases in a global context, (2nd edition) Routledge
- Martin, D. and Schouten, J. ( 2012) Sustainable Marketing, Pearson Education
- Nemetz, P.N. (2013) Business and the sustainability challenge : an integrated perspective, Routledge
- Tidd, J., Bessant, J. and Pavitt, K. (2009) Managing Innovation (4th edition) Wiley
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Indicative learning resources - Other resources
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