This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Innovation is increasingly important for the development and competitiveness of firms. Today’s most successful firms compete mainly through innovation, whether in the form of continuous development of new products, improvement of processes or organizational forms, or identification of new markets. In order to survive in the knowledge economy, firms need strategies for what kind of innovations to pursue and how to promote innovation by designing the necessary preconditions. In this context, knowledge and understanding of innovation is an important asset. Through this course, students will develop a critical perspective of the firm strategies for the management of the innovation process. Through investigation of the innovation processes in the real private or public organization during the course, students will acquire the skills to assist in managing the firm innovation process.

Learning outcome

Through the course, students will develop a solid understanding of the scholarly debate on innovation in the management sciences, including
  • The importance of innovation to firms
  • Identifying strategic capabilities
  • Sources of innovation
  • The process of innovation
  • Leadership an organization of innovation
  • Strategies for innovation
  • Getting innovations to market
  • Responsible and social innovations
  • User as innovators

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 in real organizations
  • discuss different strategies for promoting innovation in a firm
  • contribute to the management of a firm’s innovation process

General competence
This course will contribute to students’ general competence in
  • academic writing
  • search and review of relevant literature
  • presentation and academic discussion
  • ability to conduct a fieldwork in the organizations
  • ability to analyze frim innovation standpoint through theoretical lenses


The course will take up the following topics:
  1. Disruptive innovation
  2. Exploring innovation space
  3. Innovation as a process
  4. Sources of innovaion
  5. Dynamic capabilities
  6. Innovation strategy
  7. Lean for innovation
  8. Innovation in public organizations
  9. Sustianable innovation
  10. Gate stage process, agaile model of innovation
  11. Open innovation

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

The course builds on MØA305 Perspectives on Innovation and will presuppose an understanding of the theories and concepts presented there


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Group (max. 2 students) or Individual Written Assignment1/11 A - FAll.

Coursework requirements

70% Compulsory attendance at lectures

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Tatiana Aleksandrovna Iakovleva
Course teacher
John Robert Bessant , Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim , Elisa Thomas , Giuseppe Calignano , Rune Dahl Fitjar , Ragnar Tveterås , Eric Christian Brun

Method of work

The sessions will be organized as a combination of lectures, group discussions and group/individual presentations. Active participation in class is expected. It is desirable that students work together in groups, of 2 or 3 students. Between sessions, participants must work independently in groups with assignments or other deliverables agreed with the lecturers. Assignments will be based on practicing innovation tools that can be applicable in the real-life situations. It is mandatory to deliver one written work and presentation in the middle of the course (either group work or individual). Students will receive feedback on that assignment but not a formal grade. Final deliverable is written work of no less than 3000 words (either group or individual)
Expected workload: 250-300 hours
Lectures: 60 hours
Self-study: 100 hours
Assignments - included contact with firms: 120 hours

Lectures 60 hours
Assignments 90 hours
Self-study 100 hours

Open to

The course is open to all Master's students within the University of Stavanger.

Course assessment

Student evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the UiS Business School's evaluation system.


Tidd, J. and Bessant, J. (2014): Strategic Innovation Management . John Wiley and Sons.

Iakovleva, T., Oftedal, E. and Bessant, J. (2019) Responsible Innovation in Digital Health: Empowering the Patient, Edward Elgar Publisher

Additional literature
Additionally articles will be posted on Canvas for each lecture.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 17.11.2019