On completion of the course, students will have a broad overview of the scholarly literature on innovation, including theories of
- what innovation is
- why innovation is important in the economy
- how firms may work to promote innovation
- how societal 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
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 and an economy
- 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
- case analysis
- presentation and academic discussion
- understanding of policy and of the role of context in firm strategy
- Evolution of regional and national economies
- Creation and diffusion of knowledge
- Innovation networks and innovation systems
- The sociology and geography of innovation
- Innovation policy
Required prerequisite knowledge
|Individual Written Assignment||55/100||1||A - F||All. |
|Oral Exam||45/100||30 minutes||A - F||All. |
1. An individual essay of around 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.
The essay and the presentation should cover two different topics.
1. A formative essay of around 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. Students must upload their presentation (Powerpoint or speaker notes) to Canvas.
3. A 5 minute discussion of a seminar presentation given by another student. Students must submit written and oral feedback on the presentation.
4. A written reflection of around 2000 words on the cases presented by guest lecturers, using theoretical perspectives from the innovation studies literature.
5. Participation in guest lectures.
- Course coordinator
- Rune Dahl Fitjar
- Course teacher
- Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim, Bjørn Terje Asheim
Method of work
Lectures: 30 hours
Seminars: 20 hours
Self-study, including assignments: 200-250 hours
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.
Sist oppdatert: 22.03.2019