Local-Global Innovation (Cornwall Research Seminar Series)
The world of business faces unprecedented challenges today, from skills and labour and materials shortages to climate change, from global competition to consumer activism. Understanding these business challenges requires innovative, interdisciplinary research approaches that studies business in the context of society, economy and the environment.
At the forefront of this work is the Environment and Sustainability Institute(ESI) on the Penryn campus: a £30 million interdisciplinary centre, pioneering research to provide solutions to problems of economic, social and environmental change. The Exeter Centre for Circular Economy(ECCE) has recently been established to carry out world-leading research in the field of circular economy, working closely together with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation&Circle Economy as well as compassing the Tevi project, which closely collaborates with SMEs in Cornwall.
By drawing on the interdisciplinary and methodological expertise and strengths of the ESI, ECCE & Tevi, employing the Collaboratory methodology, which unites stakeholders to solve local or global problems, you will learn about methodologies and experiment with systemic approaches to collective business, social and environmental problem solving. In this seminar and workshop series, you will gain access to the latest interdisciplinary research methods and theories explained to you by the researchers working on live research projects based on the Cornwall and Exeter campuses and beyond. This module offers a unique opportunity for you to gain first-hand access to cutting edge research that is working to solve business challenges in the fields of science, technology, climate change, resource management and medicine.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Local-Global Innovation (Cornwall Research Seminar Series)|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
11Duration (weeks) - term 2:
In this online module you will discover what it takes to conduct business research and discuss local and global impacting research with leading academics from a range of disciplines.
The aim is to encourage and inspire students to engage in a range of intellectual arguments about important local and global issues faced by business, understanding the fast-changing business context and formulating research questions and selecting appropriate research methodologies.
To achieve this aim you will participate in a series of online and face-to-face Local-Global Innovation seminars and workshops, discussing emerging topics in business contexts and interdisciplinary research methods (both qualitative and quantitative) covering such topics as: Climate Change, Sustainable Futures, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, Management and Policy Decision-Making, Circular Economy, Food Security and Land Research, Environment and Human Health, Earth Systems and Environmental Science.
You will also prepare an academic research poster, which will help you to learn how to summarise and visually present complex academic research to a broad audience.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. synthesise interdisciplinary research and methodology articles;
- 2. describe the breadth of business research in the context of emerging social, economic and environmental challenges and/or technological innovation;
- 3. explain the different approaches and methodologies and their relative strengths and weaknesses.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. categorise sub-disciplines of business research, and analyse relevant facts and theory;
- 5. analyse and evaluate independently a range of research-informed literature and synthesise research-informed examples from the literature into written work;
- 6. identify and implement, with limited guidance, appropriate methodologies and theories for solving a range of complex business problems;
- 7. with minimal guidance, deploy established techniques of analysis, practical investigation, and enquiry within business research;
- 8. describe and evaluate in detail approaches to our interdisciplinary understanding of business with reference to primary literature, methodologies and research articles.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 9. devise and sustain a logical and reasoned argument with sound, convincing conclusions;
- 10. communicate coherent arguments, evidence and conclusions using a variety of formats/media in a manner appropriate to the intended audience;
- 11. analyse and evaluate research methods and complete a range of research-like tasks with very limited guidance;
- 12. evaluate own strengths and weaknesses in relation to graduate-level professional and practical skills, and act autonomously to develop new areas of skills as necessary;
- 13. critically reflect on learning experiences and evaluate personal achievements;
- 14. communication and seminar / workshop discussion skills.
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||11||Online and face-to-face seminars|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||5||Online and face-to-face workshops|
|Guided Independent Study||134||Additional research, reading and preparation for module assessments|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Discussion and Q&As during online and face-to-face seminars and workshops||Ongoing throughout the module||1-14||Oral feedback|
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|
|Essay||50||1500 words||1-14||Written and Verbal feedback from tutor|
|Academic Research Poster||50||One-page (A3) poster||1-14||Written and Verbal feedback from tutor|
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|
|Essay (50%)||Essay (1500 words)||1-14||July/August Reassessment Period|
|Academic Research Poster (50%)||Academic Research Poster (One-page, A3, poster)||1-14||July/August Reassessment Period|
A student if deferred via a single component will be reassessed in that component only.
Seminar based structure with guest lectures. Topics and contexts include, but not limited to Climate Change, Sustainable Futures, Humanities and Social Sciences, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, Management and Policy Decision-Making, Food Security and Land Research, Circular Economy, Environment and Human Health, Earth Systems and Environmental Science. Guest speakers specifically talk about their research approach and practically show how to do qualitative and quantitative methods research. The convenor provides a full programme of each academic years topics/speakers prior to the start of the module.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Muff K., (2014) The Collaboratory: A Co-Creative Stakeholder Engagement Process for Solving Complex Problems
Tobi, H., & Kampen, J. K. (2018). Research design: the methodology for interdisciplinary research framework. Quality & quantity, 52(3), 1209-1225. (Open access link)
Visser W., (2014) The Age of Responsibility: CSR 2.0 and the New DNA of Business
Additional reading material (primary literature/ review articles/ methodologies) will be provided via ELE.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
As provided and recommended during classes and via ELE
Last revision date