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Postgraduate Course: Managing Innovation in Context (CMSE11549)

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
SummaryCreating new businesses, attracting new customers, developing new products and services, and discovering new value propositions happen, more often than not and increasingly so, through innovation. Shifts in market, the emergence of new technologies, changes in the political and regulatory landscape, competition and globalisation compel both entrepreneurs and existing firms to foster innovation. This course examines the activities, practices and competencies involved in managing innovation in firms, whether they are start-ups or established firms, and large or small. The course explores the approach to organise and manage innovation across the range of different types of innovation, whether product, services, technologies or business models.
Course description Aims, Nature, Context:
The ability of organisations to manage innovation is critical to their survival whether these organisations are small start-ups or large, established multinationals. While competitive advantage can come from size, location, or the possession of rare and inimitable resources, the pattern is increasingly favouring those organisations which can mobilize market and technological skills and experience to create novelty in their products and services, and in the ways in which they create and deliver these products and services. The aim of this course is to clarify what innovation is, and how it can be organised and managed in firms in order to create value. This course will provide students with a foundational knowledge of the key concepts and frameworks of innovation and an awareness of their practical application within organisations which is necessary for later practical and theoretical courses in the MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation programme.

Topics include but are not limited to:
Nature of innovation
Structure for innovation
Innovation culture
Innovation strategy
Innovation process (developing new products and services)
Value of Innovation

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 Students MUST also take: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation in Context (CMSE11540) AND Entrepreneurial Finance (CMSE11539)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework (individual) - assesses all course Learning Outcomes
Feedback Formative: students will be given the option to submit a draft slide deck to receive feedback on content.
Summative: feedback on the assessment will be provided within agreed deadlines.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and discuss critically the toolbox of theories, frameworks and methods to manage innovation at firm level, including their history and current controversies.
  2. Apply these theories, frameworks and methods to the management of innovation in any organisational context.
Reading List
There is not a recommended text book for this course. Instead, each session will be supported with a short list of core readings.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 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.

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.

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.

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.
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Course organiserDr Raluca Bunduchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5544
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Dunn
Tel: (01316) 513758
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