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Postgraduate Course: Management Consultancy in Practice: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CMSE11547)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryBuilding on knowledge and understanding developed in previous courses relating to innovation management in organisations and the establishment and growth of new ventures, this course provides a hands-on opportunity for students to conduct a consultancy project in innovation management in established organisation or in venture development and growth.

In this course the students engage with real business clients to apply the theoretical concepts and frameworks that they have accumulated in the first semester to address practical challenge in a business setting.
Course description The course will:
Develop students' knowledge and skills in conducting management consultancy projects;

Enhance student's capabilities to recognise, assess and evaluate problems and to articulate and deliver appropriate solutions;

Enhance the students' knowledge on the practice of innovation through exposing the students to the 'messiness' of innovation problems in a real setting and/or to explore a growth-related issue facing a host organisation to develop workable solutions to present to management.

Students will have to apply their knowledge of theories, concepts and frameworks of innovation management/entrepreneurship and venture creation that they have been exposed to in the first semester to solve a real business challenge.

The students will have to apply their knowledge of theories, concepts and frameworks of innovation management/entrepreneurship and venture creation that they have been exposed to in the first semester to solve a real business challenge.

The projects will be defined around a specific innovation/venture growth problem and will be defined together with clients from private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Outline content:
-Principles of Management Consulting
-Managing innovation in organisational settings
-Venture growth and development in practice
-Conducting business-related research

Student Learning Experience:
Tutorial/seminar hours represent the minimum total live hours - online or in-person - a student can expect to receive on this course. These hours may be delivered in tutorial/seminar, lecture, workshop or other interactive whole class or small group format. These live hours may be supplemented by pre-recorded lecture material for students to engage with asynchronously.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% coursework (individual) - assesses all course Learning Outcomes
70% coursework (group) - assesses all course Learning Outcomes
Feedback Formative: There will be formative feedback exercise throughout the semester (project supervision meetings) providing students with feedback on progress towards skills and knowledge outcomes.
Summative: Summative feedback will be provided on all assessment.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply relevant theories, framework and concepts to deliver appropriate solutions in a particular context
  2. Critically evaluate challenges involved in innovation management/venture growth in practice and with alternative solutions
  3. Enhance interactive skills with business clients
  4. Develop skills and toolkits for conducting a consultancy project
Reading List
Stroh, L.K., Johnson, H.H. (2006) The basic principles of effective consulting, Lawrence Erlbaum.

Tidd, J. and Bessant, J.R. (2013) Managing innovation: integrating technological, market and organizational change, Chichester: Wiley

Burke, G, Molian, D, Barrow, P and Clarke, E (2007) Growing your Business: A Handbook for Ambitious Owner-Managers, Routledge, Abingdon.

Goffin, K. and Mitchell, R. (2017) Innovation management: effective strategy and implementation, London: Palgrave
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.

Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.

Practice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Apply creative, innovative, entrepreneurial, sustainable and responsible business solutions to address social, economic and environmental global challenges.

Work with a variety of organisations, their stakeholders, and the communities they serve -learning from them, and aiding them to achieve responsible, sustainable and enterprising solutions to complex problems.

Cognitive Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Be self-motivated; curious; show initiative; set, achieve and surpass goals; as well as demonstrating adaptability, capable of handling complexity and ambiguity, with a willingness to learn; as well as being able to demonstrate the use digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to quality.

Understand how to manage and sustain successful individual and group relationships in order to achieve positive and responsible outcomes, in a range of virtual and face-to-face environments.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology and social media; to understand how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and responsible relationships.

Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Act with integrity, honesty and trust in all business stakeholder relationships, and apply ethical reasoning to effective decision making, problem solving and change management
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Course organiserDr Hajar Mozaffar
Tel: (0131 6)51 5007
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Dunn
Tel: (01316) 513758
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