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 counting 55% of the final grade.
2. A 30 minute oral exam which will count for 45% of the final grade.
The essay and the presentation should cover two different topics.
- Each student will prepare a 15 minute presentation for the class on an assigned topic. The presentation should cover the additional readings for this topic and should aim to raise some topics for discussion during the seminar. Students must upload their presentation (power points or speaker points) to Canvas at least three days before the seminar.
- Each student will act as a discussant on another student’s presentation and will prepare a 5 minute comment on the presentation. The comment should open up to a general discussion in the group.
- Students will write an extended abstract of 500-1,000 words outlining the structure of their final essay. The extended abstract is due 6th March, 2020. It has be submitted on Canvas as a PDF file.
- Students will write an essay of 5,000 words on a topic of your choice. It should be based on a research question. The essay may be based on (some of) the additional readings in the course, but should also incorporate additional literature found as part of your research and which is relevant to addressing the research question discussed in the essay. The essay has to be on another topic than a student’s seminar presentation. The final essay is due on 15th May, 2020. It is to be submitted on Inspera as a PDF file.
- Course teacher
- Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim , Tatiana Aleksandrovna Iakovleva
- Course coordinator
- Bjørn Terje Asheim , Rune Dahl Fitjar
Method of work
Lectures: 30 hours
Seminars: 20 hours
Self-study, including assignments: 200-250 hours
Bjørn Terje Asheim, Arne Isaksen, and Michaela Trippl, eds. (2019): Advanced Introduction to Regional Innovation Systems, Elgar Advanced Introductions, Edward Elgar Publishing
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: 17.11.2019