BE211-5-AU-SO:
Managing Innovation

The details
2023/24
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
15
13 June 2023

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BBA N100 Business Administration,
BBA N103 Business Administration (Including Placement Year),
BBA N104 Business Administration (Including Foundation Year),
BBA N104CO Business Administration (Including Foundation Year),
BBA N110 Business Administration (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N120 International Business and Entrepreneurship,
BSC N121 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N123 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Placement Year),
BSC N124 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N124CO International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N501 Marketing,
BSC N502 Marketing (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N504 Marketing (Including Placement Year),
BSC N505 Marketing (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N505CO Marketing (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N111 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management,
BSC N112 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N113 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N114 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N114CO Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module introduces the student to a contemporary view of managing innovation - the development of new products, processes, and services. It is concerned with the study of the innovation process.


The process is understood to evolve as an S-shaped curve consisting of three distinct phases: emergence (the development of the product or service, its manufacturing capabilities, and its place in the market), growth (where the product family pervades the market), and maturity (where the market is saturated and growth slows).


The relationship between the innovation process and the use and management of technology, together with its links to the development of innovation strategy, dynamic interactions with innovation networks, learning processes and government support for innovation, provides for the content of this module.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:



  • To equip students with the knowledge, expertise and skills with which to manage the innovation process both at the strategic and the operational levels in different types of organisations.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:



  1. Have obtained a clear understanding of the micro perspective of innovation concerning technology S-curve, punctuated equilibrium, dominant design, and absorptive capacity.

  2. Have acquired a clear understanding of the sources of innovation and the process of innovation and how they affect the way innovation evolves.

  3. Have acquired a clear understanding of an organisation's internal culture, structure and strategy and their influence on the innovation process.

  4. Clearly understand the importance of the external environment for innovation, and how alliances, inter-firm linkages, networks and national innovation systems impact on the innovation management process.

  5. Have obtained a clear understanding of how government policy principles and practices affect the process of innovation and technology management.

  6. Prepare and communicate both orally and in writing their understanding of the innovation process as it informs enterprise development.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will typically be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour class per week, with a 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar.
  • Discussion of case studies, discussion of journal articles, group work, signposting to additional resources.

The lectures will be developed around the key concepts as mentioned in the indicative module content and will use a range of live examples and cases from business practice to demonstrate the application of theoretical concepts.

The seminars will focus extensively on business case studies, and selected journal or selected newspaper/business magazine articles. Cases are sourced primarily from the European Case Clearing House (ECCH), Harvard Business Cases, FT Reports and other international case banks to encourage students to analyse issues pertaining to the course. Seminars will also involve interactions with business people and other practitioners. Seminars will be combined with group work to provide students with the opportunity to develop critical and practical problem-solving skills.

Bibliography

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Group Report   11/12/2023  25% 
Coursework   Individual reflective journal (1000 words)  18/12/2023  75% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Xiaoying Li, email: xiaoying.li@essex.ac.uk.
Xiaoying Li
xiaoying.li@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
No
No

External examiner

Dr Vikrant Shirodkar
University of Sussex
Senior Lecturer In International Business
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 25 hours, 17 (68%) hours available to students:
8 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Essex Business School

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