Upon completion of the course, students will have a broad overview of the scholarly literature on innovation in the social sciences, including theories of:
- What innovation is
- Why innovation is important in the economy
- How firms may work to promote innovation
- How regional, national and sectoral context affects firm innovation strategies, and how innovation policy may be viewed in this light
- The effects of innovation on firms and on the overall economy
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Present and critically assess different scholarly theories and hypotheses, as well as strategy and/or policy statements, related to innovation
- Conduct an analysis of the drivers and/or outcomes of innovation
- Discuss different strategies for promoting innovation in a firm
- Give informed policy recommendations in the field of innovation
This course will contribute to students general competence in:
- academic writing
- search and review of relevant literature
- presentation and academic discussion
- understanding of policy and of the role of context in firm strategy
The course will cover the following topics:
1. Innovation and economic development
2. R&D and experience-based models of innovation
3. Innovation systems and networks
4. Sectorial and geographical variations in innovation
5. Innovation policy
6. Management and organisation of innovation
Required prerequisite knowledge
|Individual Written Assignment||55/100||A - F|
|Oral Exam||45/100||30 minutes||A - F|
Assessment will be based on two components:
1. An individual essay of up to 3000 words counting 55% of the final mark.
2. An oral exam of 30 mins, containing a student presentation and a question and answer session pertaining to the course literature. This will count for 45% of the final mark.
Students are free to select the topics for their essay and oral exam presentation within the course contents. However, the essay and the presentation should cover two different topics.
There are three mandatory coursework assignments:
1. A formative essay of up to 3000 words on a self-selected topic. The topic covered in the formative essay cannot be used in the assessed essay or in the oral exam presentation.
2. A 10-15 minute seminar presentation on an assigned topic.
3. A 5 minute discussion of a seminar presentation given by another student.
- Course coordinator
- Rune Dahl Fitjar
- Course teacher
- Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim, Bjørn Terje Asheim, Giuseppe Calignano
Method of work
The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. The seminars will be based on student presentations and discussions. Each student will be required to give one seminar presentation and to act as a discussant for another student's presentation. All students are expected to read the required literature ahead of the seminars and to participate actively in the discussions. Students will also have a written assignment in addition to the final essay.
Lectures: 30 hours
Seminars: 20 hours
Self-study, including assignments: 200-250 hours
Jan Fagerberg, David C. Mowery and Richard R. Nelson (2005): The Oxford Handbook of Innovation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Selected chapters, which will be announced at the start of the course.
In addition, the reading will include a number of journal articles and book chapters, which will also be announced at the start of the course.