MANU9IM: Innovation Management (Alternates with MANU9QI: Business Improvement)

Semester:  Autumn

Level:  10

Credit Value:  20

Module Coordinator:  Dr Gerry Edgar, Management, Work & Organisation Division

Contact Hours:  30 hours

Assessment:  50% coursework; 50% examination

Module Aim/Objectives:

The aim of the module is to develop multi-disciplinary understanding of the complex interactions in the management of innovation. The overall approach is to use a systems thinking perspective to relate the key activities of innovation planning and strategy to aspects of asset and staff investment, collaboration channels and created culture.

Success in this module would indicate a broad appreciation of the many factors necessary to motivate, harness and capitalize on creativity. The explicit intention in this module is to highlight the many complexities faced by organizations in addressing the pursuit of innovative products, and the network of entities involved in the knowledge generation to achieve it.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion students should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the following aspects of Innovation Management:

  • What are the Technology Lifecycles, definitions of Invention and Innovation?
  • Core Product and Process Design Management Issues – the concept, package and network.
  • Key features of Technology and Innovation management strategies.
  • Managing Innovation: Developing Innovative Capacity – organization design.
  • Managing Technological Change – operational challenges.
  • Managing Intellectual Property – basic knowledge of the copyright and patent systems.
  • Use of Technology/ Innovation Management tools – technology forecasting, scenario planning, technology diffusion.
  • Acquiring New Technological Competences - develop, collaborate, acquisitions.
  • Geographic issues for innovation capability - Clusters, Regional and National Systems of Innovation.

They are also expected to develop and demonstrate the following generic skills:

  • Team working/collaborative skills, Presentation, numeracy, design, drawing and creativity skills.

The required cognitive skills developed by the module are:

  • Systems thinking, complex problem mapping, creativity and analytical.


This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

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