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It is widely accepted that successful innovation is essential to organisational survival and growth and this module provides students with the opportunity to develop a rich understanding of this complex topic. During the module, students will be encouraged to take an holistic view of innovation processes in multiple contexts, particularly SMEs: product and service innovation, process innovation and innovation in the marketplace. Building on an understanding of the strategic logic for innovation and the functioning of development and market processes, students will be introduced to critical issues in innovation management, including ideas and creativity, the roles of venture champions and other actors, knowledge and learning processes and aspects of the organisational context for innovation. Student learning will be reinforced by a research project, in which an innovation context is analysed and reported.
The meaning of innovation; innovation contexts, including SMEs and the third sector; the strategic logic of innovation; innovation development processes; market processes; actors and success factors in innovation processes; creativity and the management of ideas; knowledge management; organisational learning; venture champions and entrepreneurship; the organisational context: structure, culture and the leadership of innovation.
A student passing this module should be able to:
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