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Postgraduate Course: Developing and Managing Innovative Organisations (IDCORE) (PGEE11192)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to develop student understanding of enterprise development and business management, including creativity and innovation, business planning, shifting markets, and effective teamwork and leadership, complementing the specialist technical knowledge and skills gained through the wider EngD programme. During this course students will also be encouraged to reflect on their own skills, goals and areas for development.

The course will increase understanding of the processes by which new technological solutions are shaped into new products, services and process for which there is a need within the market, and build greater awareness of the resources required for that to happen effectively. It will explore the roles which entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship play in influencing how new opportunities are identified, shaped and taken to the market through the formation of new organisations or the integration of innovation into existing organisational forms, examining the role which innovative and enterprising individuals play in managing and leading innovation and organisational development. The importance of soft skills in these processes, such as networking and negotiation, will also be considered. Students will learn through a range of means, including on-line material, learning through the interactive workshops and reflection on practices within their own and other placement organisations.

The 10-credit course, offered in Semester 1 of Year 2, will combine face-to-face learning supported through some on-line delivery. It will provide students with knowledge and skills to understand better the commercial context of their industry-based CDT placement, making them better-placed to integrate into and contribute more effectively within their organisation from an early stage. Students will engage in independent self-study at the start of their placement and meet during Semester 1 for a total of four days of intensive, residential bootcamp-style learning, divided across two blocks with several weeks between (likely to be 2.5 days for Part One and 1.5 days for Part Two. Guest speakers contributing to sessions across the four days will bring vital practitioner perspectives to enrich the learning environment. Students will reflect on their experience of working in their placement organisation during the interactive, residential learning blocks and as they complete assessments which focus on applying learning about developing and managing organisations to their research/workplace.
Course description The curriculum will focus around the following themes:

What is innovation and why is it important. Factors and drivers influencing organisational planning and decision-making.
Innovation and change in new and established ventures: systems and resources for entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.
Innovation as a process.
Creating a supportive organisational environment and culture for innovation and change.
Developing and managing effective networks, partnerships and alliances: exploring the role of teams and collaboration.
Approaches to managing and leading innovative organisations.
Understanding and managing the dynamics of technological innovation.
Hackathon and Group Presentation: Evaluating organisational approaches to innovation.
Key trends and opportunities in the renewable energy space.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Online Activities 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 30, Other Study Hours 26, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Self study
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework«br /»
Assessment of the course will be based around three components:«br /»
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Individual reflective report, 2,000 words (60%). «br /»
Students will develop a reflective report drawing on the knowledge acquired during the taught part of the course and experience in their industry placement. Submission of assignment around Week 9/10 of semester.«br /»
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Presentation, individual component (20%) and group component (20%). «br /»
During the second part of the residential learning block students will deliver a presentation in small groups, which explores course themes in the context of their placement organisations. Students will compare and contrast the approaches to enterprise development and business management evident within their respective host organisations, evaluated during the Hackathon. All members will be required to contribute to the development and delivery of the presentation. Timing of the assessment/presentation will depend on scheduling of the second part of the residential block, but is likely to be around Week 10/11.«br /»
Feedback Feedback will be provided during workshop activities within both study blocks. Web-based interactions during and between the two blocks will also be used to provide guidance and feedback regarding course content and project work. Written feedback will be provided for the individual elements of assessment and for the group-based component of the presentation. Verbal feedback will also be provided during the Q&A section accompanying each group presentation, and there will be opportunities for further informal feedback following the presentations which will take place on the final day of the second block.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and discuss critically the frameworks and methods used to manage innovation at firm level.
  2. Apply these frameworks and methods to the analysis of the management of innovation in an organisational context.
  3. Understand the importance of organisational context in the ways in which innovative opportunities are identified, evaluated and exploited.
  4. Recognise the different approaches to managing and leading innovative organisations and reasons influencing their selection.
Reading List
Barringer, BR and Ireland, RD (2016) Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Burns, P (2012) Corporate Entrepreneurship: Innovation and Strategy in Large Organizations, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Burns, P (2018) New Venture Creation: A Framework for Entrepreneurial Start-Ups, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Tidd, J and Bessant, J (2013) Managing Innovation, Wiley: Chichester.

Selected additional readings will be provided.
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Sarah Cooper
Course secretaryDr Katrina Tait
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