Managing Innovation and Technology

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
11 June 2020


Requisites for this module



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Module description

This module focuses on the management of innovation activities and how businesses may benefit from the development and application of technology. It introduces the management of innovation and technology as a multiple perspective approach, which incorporates the key areas of the business and management together.

The module provides a clear overview of the critical theories and concepts of innovation management. It also highlights the issues and factors involved in the management and development of new products, new services, new technologies, and new business models. Since managing innovation and technology is crucial to a firm's success, understanding the above factors can lead to the success of the innovative firm in the short and long-term.

Module aims

The module is designed to:

1. Introduce and critically evaluate innovation management theories and concepts.

2. Demonstrate the various techniques used to manage innovation and technology successfully within a firm.

3. Demonstrate the key activities and critical decision points involved in the development of new products, services, technologies, and business models.

4. Examine the fundamental role of innovation and technology in delivering value to the business

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

1. Understand the fundamental concepts and models of innovation management and how firms can benefit from technology

2. Critically evaluate both academic theories and business practices within a diverse range of innovation case studies

3. Critically evaluate the key challenges and benefits of the management of innovation and technology within different industries including pharmaceutical, retail, automotive, and aerospace

Module information

Lecture (1 hour)
Seminar – weekly (1 hour)

Learning and teaching methods

The module is normally delivered through:- Lecture (1 hour) Seminar – weekly (1 hour) In academic year 2020-2021 the delivery is likely to be different and involve online learning.


  • Tidd, Joseph; Bessant, J. R. (c2013) Managing innovation: integrating technological, market and organizational change, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Smith, David. (2015) Exploring innovation, Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Trott, Paul. (2017) Innovation management and new product development, Harlow, England: Pearson.
  • Kimbell, Lucy. (2014) The service innovation handbook: action-oriented creative thinking toolkit for service organizations : templates - cases - capabilities, Amsterdam, Netherlands: BIS Publishers.

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 Weighting
Coursework   COURSEWORK     
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Amir Homayounfard, email:
Amir Homayounfard, Nicholas Beuret



External examiner

Dr Natalia Slutskaya
University of Sussex
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 35 hours, 32 (91.4%) hours available to students:
3 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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