GRA 2207 Managing Knowledge Work, Creativity and Innovation

GRA 2207 Managing Knowledge Work, Creativity and Innovation

Course code: 
GRA 2207
Department: 
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Credits: 
6
Program of study: 
Master of Science in Business
Course coordinator: 
Wajda Wikhamn
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc in Business - Leadership and Change
Semester: 
2019 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

Managing knowledge work, creativity and innovation is a course that will provide an overview of contemporary research and practice based knowledge of the most important topics, concepts, and contributions within the fields of knowledge, creativity and innovation management. It will facilitate experiential learning of the competences needed to lead change in organizations. Above all, the course will deal with three questions: 1) why do individuals, team, and organizations need to manage knowledge, create and innovate at work; 2) what is knowledge work, creativity and innovation within the organizational settings, and 3) what can leaders, human resource managers and professionals, employees, and organizations in general do to facilitate learning, creativity and innovation processes within and around their organizations.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The students will obtain an in-depth understanding of contemporary research evidence-based knowledge in the integrated fields of creativity and innovation management, and get an overview of the most important topics, concepts, and contributions within this field.

Learning outcomes - Skills

After completing the course, the students should be able to critically examine theories, studies and practice in knowledge work, creativity and innovation management. They should know how research in this field may be conducted, and see how this knowledge may be applied to real life situations. And vice versa, the students shall be able to construct new knowledge from real life situations that the course will enable them to engage with.

General Competence

The students should be able to communicate and discuss knowledge work, creativity and innovation concepts, processes, real-life practices in order to construct, communicate and utilize knowledge about managing knowledge, creativity and innovation at work.

Course content

PART ONE: MANAGING KNOWLEDGE WORK
1.1. Introducing Knowledge Work: Processes, Purposes and Contexts
1.2. Individual Knowledge Sharing and Hiding
1.3. Knowledge-intensive Firms
1.4. Managing Knowledge Creation in Teams
1.5. Human Resource Management and Knowledge Work
1.6. The Role of Social Networks for Knowledge Work
1.7. Managing Knowledge for Innovation

PART TWO: MANAGING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
2.1. Creativity and Innovation Processes: Definitions, Typologies, Rationale
2.2. Context: Building the innovative organization & Developing an innovation strategy.
2.3. Search: Sources of innovation, Creativity and innovation networks.
2.4. Select: Decision making under uncertainty, Building the innovation case.
2.5. Implementing creative ideas: Creating new products and services.
2.6. Capture: Capturing the benefits of innovation, Capturing learning from innovation.

Teaching and learning activities

The course is structured as a combination of lectures, discussions, in-class activities (e.g., case studies), and compulsory student presentations. It requires substantial amount of preparation by the students and active involvement during class.

MKWCI TV is an experiential learning project, where students need to invest significant amount of effort and show their best collective creative output. During the process, students need to apply a wide variety of skills relevant to modern organizations (storytelling, interviewing, digital skills, working under time constraints, reflection and induction of theory from practical examples).  

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the examination code (course). Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course starts.

At resit, all exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course.

Qualifications

All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Presentation
Exam code:
GRA22071
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
30No 1 Semester(s)Group (2 - 4)Student presentations – MKWCI TV clips, cases or research articles (in groups of maximum 4 students)
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA22071
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
70No24 Hour(s)Group/Individual ( 1 - 3)If the exam is based on a case study, students have to cover the costs associated with purchasing the specific case from the source (e.g., The Case Centre).
Exams:
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Presentation
Weight:30
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-4)
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:Student presentations – MKWCI TV clips, cases or research articles (in groups of maximum 4 students)
Exam code:GRA22071
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:70
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:24 Hour(s)
Comment:If the exam is based on a case study, students have to cover the costs associated with purchasing the specific case from the source (e.g., The Case Centre).
Exam code:GRA22071
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
ECTS
Total weight: 
100