GRA 6834 Business Development & Innovation Management

GRA 6834 Business Development & Innovation Management

Course code: 
GRA 6834
Department: 
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Credits: 
6
Program of study: 
Master of Science in Business
Course coordinator: 
Espen Andersen
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc in Business - Elective course
Semester: 
2019 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

Much of an organization's value creation - and certainly most of its competitive advantage - comes from innovation. Innovation can happen through changes in technology - how an organization does things - or in business models - how it gets paid. This course will explore theories and cases of innovation and technology evolution within a strategic context, as well as the more theoretical concepts of dynamic organizational capabilities.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The course aims to give the students a thorough understanding of strategic innovation management - how organizations change to adapt to changes in the external environment, evolve their technology, and understand the nature of technological change. After attending this course, the student will have learned to

  • understand how technology develops and the drivers of technology evolution
  • understand the concept of business models and business model innovation
  • understand how industries are influenced by technological change and business model evolution
  • understand the challenges involved in formulating strategic change and adapting an organization to external technological change, particularly disruptive change
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • analyze technology-rich and complicated business cases and recommend strategic initiatives
  • be able to identify disruptive innovations and formulate technology strategies to adopt or overcome them
  • be able to identify obstacles to innovation and suggest ways to overcome them
General Competence
  • Critical reflection and thinking, developing technology and strategic insight
  • Appreciation for the complexity of managing and introducing technologies
  • recognize technology hype and hubris in all its varied an interesting forms
  • have learned how to learn and keep learning about technological change
Course content
  • Technology evolution and technology history
  • Disruptive and sustaining technologies/innovations
  • Entering new markets with technology
  • Linking strategy and innovation
  • Building strategic innovation capability
  • Technology market structure and evolution
  • Componentization and integration
  • Industry structures and competitive environments in eBusiness
  • Electronic markets and market facilitators
  • Technology implementation and institutionalization
  • The politics of technology and innovation
Teaching and learning activities

The course is structured as a combination of lectures, discussions, in-class activities, case analysis, and case discussion. Substantial preparation and active involvement during and between classes is required.

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 specific 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:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA68341
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
50No1 Semester(s)Group/Individual (1 - 3) Term paper
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Class participation
Exam code:
GRA68341
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)Individual Students are expected to be prepared and to participate in all class sessions.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA68341
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
20No 2 Week(s)Individual Assignment based on online simulation as well as other, smaller assignments before some classes
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:50
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment: Term paper
Exam code:GRA68341
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Class participation
Weight:30
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:Students are expected to be prepared and to participate in all class sessions.
Exam code:GRA68341
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:20
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: 2 Week(s)
Comment:Assignment based on online simulation as well as other, smaller assignments before some classes
Exam code:GRA68341
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