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Innovation Management

Innovation Management
Master programme in
Business studies * / Business Administration and Leadership * / Business Administration and Leadership
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Responsible for the activity
Flemming Sørensen (flemmiso@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Margit Neisig (neisig@ruc.dk)
Study administration
ISE Studyadministration (ise-studyadministration@ruc.dk)
Exam code(s)
Overall objective

Overall objective The course introduces students to recent knowledge on processes of innovation and their complexity. Insight is provided into how innovation takes place within companies, among employees, and between companies and organisations in networks, in interaction with other actors, including users, and in a broader, complex, societal context. The course also discusses how a company’s innovation leads to value creation in the interaction between the company and its environment. There is also a focus on the role of management in promoting and organising innovation and innovation processes in companies. The course introduces management- and employee-oriented tools that can promote innovation and support innovation processes. The course is organised as a process-oriented course in which the knowledge acquired is continuously translated into a practical innovation process carried out by the students.

Detailed description of content

The course presents, discusses and applies modern theories of innovation and innovation processes. The focus will be on internal processes as well as on processes between companies and organisations, interactions with users and other stakeholders, and the significance of the wider societal context. Emphasis will also be placed on how management can support and lead innovation processes.

The course sessions will consist of lectures with presentations and discussions on theory, and of group work where the theories will be applied in an innovation process. In the group work, the students plan and implement an innovation process from idea generation to innovation pitch. The innovation idea is pitched in front of a feedback panel during the final lecture of the course.

The teaching is thus planned as a coherent, process-oriented course, in which an innovation process is planned and implemented by the students. At the course sessions, students will for example develop and apply various types of idea generation and user involvement methods, develop business models, outline innovation networks, prepare an innovation pitch, etc.

The groups also produce an analysis covering all the different parts of the students’ innovation process. The analysis is submitted as a portfolio assignment. In the portfolio, the students, on the basis of the course literature, lectures and group work, analyse and reflect on the specific innovation process and its individual/characteristic elements. Active participation is therefore important during the lectures. The portfolio is included in the examination.

Topics covered during the course include:

• Creativity, including “the fuzzy front end of innovation”: how innovative ideas arise, how ideas are chosen from a range, and how the creative organisation is formed. • The nature and significance of various forms of innovation processes, including stage gate models, open innovation, bricolage, etc., and the various phases of the processes. • Business models, business model development and innovation, and the organisational possibilities and barriers towards this. • Introduction to different types of prototypes, service blueprints, scripting, etc., their meaning and application in a broader context. • Different types of user involvement processes and methods, and their advantages and disadvantages. • The importance of, and possibilities for, integrating sustainability and CSR in innovation. • Organisation of the innovative organisation, its innovation networks and the role of the surroundings in innovation. • The importance of the good pitch, and its nature. • Possibilities and barriers to funding and profiting from innovations.

Course material and Reading list

Selected chapters from the book: Bessant, J. and J. Tidd (2015). Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 3rd edition, Chichester: Wiley.

Selected journal articles and book chapters, which will be indicated on Moodle.

Overall plan and expected work effort

Teaching, including presentations, dialogue, small exercises and group work (40 hours)

Class preparation, consisting of literature reading and preparation for activities related to the innovation process (140 hours)

Activities related to the innovation process, including for example user involvement and pitch preparation (30 hours)

Examination, including completion of portfolio and preparation for the oral examination (60 hours)

Total: 210 hours



Evaluation and feedback

The activity are evaluated regularly regarding the study board evaluation procedure. The activity responsible will be orientated about a potential evaluation of the activity at semesterstart. Se link to the study board evaluation praxis here https://intra.ruc.dk/nc/for-ansatte/organisering/raad-naevn-og-udvalg/oversigt-over-studienaevn/studienaevn-for-erhvervsoekonomi-og-virksomhedsstudier/arbejdet-med-kvalitet-i-uddannelserne/


Course session 1: Introduction to the concept of innovation, innovation processes and management of innovation processes Course session 2: Creativity and idea generation Course session 3: Innovation processes and the organisation of innovation processes Course session 4: Business Model Innovation Course session 5: Prototypes, service blueprints, scripting, etc. Course session 6: User consultation Course session 7: Perspectives on CSR and innovation Course session 8: The innovative organisation and its environment Course session 9: Possibilities and barriers to funding and profiting from innovations Course 10: Pitch

Overall learning outcomes

  • Via the course, students gain knowledge and insight into recent theories and empirical academic knowledge on innovation and complex innovation processes. The students acquire insight into how innovation processes are organised and managed, and how they involve various internal and external actors, including employees, users and other companies. In addition, students gain knowledge of how innovation forms part of a broader societal and systemic context. Students acquire skills in leading, organising, working with, analysing and reflecting on innovation processes. The students thereby gain insights that will enable them to lead complex innovation processes in and between companies and organisations.

Form of examination
Individual oral exam based on group product.

Permitted group size: 2-6 students.

The character limit of the written product is maximum 24,000 characters, including spaces.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

Time allowed for the exam including time used for assessment: 20 minutes.

The students are examined separately.

The assessment is an overall assessment of the written product(s) and the subsequent oral examination..

Permitted support and preparation materials for the oral exam: All.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theories and empirical evidence presented regarding innovation and innovation processes.

Explain and reflect on how innovation processes are organised and managed, and how they involve different internal and external actors, including employees, users and other companies.

Explain and reflect on how innovation forms part of a wider societal and systemic context.

Theorise, analyse and reflect on an innovation process carried out by the students themselves during the course, together with its structure and individual activities.

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60023GB
Last changed 31/05/2022

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Wednesday 14-09-2022 08:15 - 14-09-2022 12:00 in week 37
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Wednesday 21-09-2022 08:15 - 21-09-2022 12:00 in week 38
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Wednesday 28-09-2022 08:15 - 28-09-2022 12:00 in week 39
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Wednesday 05-10-2022 08:15 - 05-10-2022 12:00 in week 40
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Wednesday 12-10-2022 08:15 - 12-10-2022 12:00 in week 41
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Wednesday 26-10-2022 08:15 - 26-10-2022 12:00 in week 43
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Wednesday 02-11-2022 08:15 - 02-11-2022 12:00 in week 44
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Wednesday 09-11-2022 08:15 - 09-11-2022 12:00 in week 45
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Wednesday 16-11-2022 08:15 - 16-11-2022 12:00 in week 46
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Wednesday 30-11-2022 08:15 - 30-11-2022 12:00 in week 48
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Wednesday 14-12-2022 10:00 - 14-12-2022 10:00 in week 50
Innovation Management - Submission of assignment

Monday 02-01-2023 08:00 - Friday 13-01-2023 18:00 in week 01 and week 02
Innovation Management - Oral exam

Monday 13-02-2023 10:00 - 13-02-2023 10:00 in week 07
Innovation Management - Resubmission of assignment

Monday 20-02-2023 08:00 - Wednesday 22-02-2023 18:00 in week 08
Innovation Management - Reexam