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 the 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 and the innovation process and 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
- The process of innovation
- Innovative organisations
- Strategies for innovation
- Sources of innovation
- Getting innovations to market
Upon completion of the 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
- Generate and evaluate ideas
- Conduct an analysis of the drivers and/or outcomes of innovation
- 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 generate and evaluate own and other's ideas
- understanding of firm strategy


The course will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to business innovation: Why and how firms should deal with innovation
- Creativity process: Intrapreneurship
- The innovative process: From idea to market
- The organisation of innovation: Resources, drivers and barriers.
- Strategic management of innovation: Models of innovation
- The innovation Frontier: User-driven innovation, social innovation, responcible 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 1st edition. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.

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

Sist oppdatert: 18.09.2019