GRA 8175 Technology Management and Disruptive Innovations (2019/2020)

GRA 8175 Technology Management and Disruptive Innovations (2019/2020)

Course code: 
GRA 8175
Department: 
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Credits: 
2
Course coordinator: 
Espen Andersen
Product category: 
Executive
Portfolio: 
EMBA Global - Programme Courses
Semester: 
2019 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

Rapid changes in technology – information technology in particular - changes the competitive environment for many industries, in some cases (music recordings, newspapers, certain mobile phone manufacturers) putting existing companies out of business. To counter this, and to take advantage of technology developments, managers need to understand how technologies evolve, under which conditions they can threaten existing business models, and how to effectuate organizational change to defend or abandon existing practices before it is too late.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The intent of this course is to give the student an understanding of how technology changes over time, the impact of rapid technology evolution for business environments, how to recognize disruptive innovations and counter them, how to market your products or services as disruptive.

Course content

The course will be based on two themes: 

  • Understanding the role of IT in organizations: This part of the course will analyze organizations in terms of the chains, shops, networks framework, trying to understand how value is created in each of these strategic configurations, and how IT supports this value creation.
     
  • Understanding technology evolution: Focus on how technologies evolve, how to position your self as a provider or user of technologies, phases of competition, sustaining and disruptive technologies, network externalities and intellectual property.
Teaching and learning activities

1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. 

Taught over 16 hours at Part Time level. The course is case-based and will involve substantial preparation and classroom participation.

Attendance to all sessions in the course is compulsory. If you have to miss part(s) of the course you must ask in advance for leave of absence. More than 25% absence in a course will require retaking the entire course. It's the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ It's learning or other course materials.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component will be graded using points on a scale 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 course. Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam components will get a lower grade or may fail the course. Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments.

Specific information regarding the points system and the mapping scale beyond the information given in the course description will be provided in class. This information may be relevant for requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several elements of the overall evaluation.

The course is a part of a full Executive MBA programme and examination in all courses must be passed in order to obtain a certificate.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Qualifications

Granted admission to the EMBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Class participation
Exam code:
GRA 81751
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner with external supervisor
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
50No -Individual 50% Individual class participation
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 81751
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner with external supervisor
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
50No1 Semester(s)Individual 50% Individual assignments
Exams:
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Class participation
Weight:50
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: -
Comment:50% Individual class participation
Exam code:GRA 81751
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:50
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:50% Individual assignments
Exam code:GRA 81751
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