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Managing Innovations


Admission requirements



This course gives an introduction into the theory of innovation management. Leading questions are: What is innovation management? Why management of innovation? How do innovation processes work? Starting from featuring established theories and models of innovation management we will proceed with discussing current trends such as open and user centric innovation, innovation systems, and entrepreneurship versus valorisation. Important topics are the distinction between invention and innovation, the organization of change associated with innovation, and organizational structures for innovation in firms and in collaboration of several firms in clusters and innovation systems. The class will blend academic insights with practical exercises and life cases presented by guest speakers.
The course is organised in co-operation with the Center4Innovation, Campus The Hague.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
1. describe and explain the key concepts of (managing) innovation from historical, theoretical and practical perspective
2. describe and explain policy and governance aspects of managing innovation
3. appreciate the role of creative and rational innovation techniques by hands-on exercises
4. recognize human / cultural aspects in the innovation process and management approaches
5. recognize and analyse leading edge innovation business practices
6. identify opportunities for pursuing entreneurship or knowledge valorization

The use of case studies, illustrations from current business events, and interactive setting will create awareness of how leading international businesses are confronting and resolving the issues related to innovation management.


The schedule can be found on the LIACS website

Detailed table of contents can be found in blackboard.

Mode of instruction

6 lectures (3 hours per lecture).
Lectures will provide a short introduction followed by (prepared) case presentations and class discussion. Active participation in the class discussion is required to attain the learning goals and will be taken into account for the final grade.

Assessment method

The requirements for the course and the contribution of each towards the final grade are as follows:

1) Class Participation (40%)
· Result of quick tests (20%) at the beginning of each class. 5 quick tests starting from second session to sixth session are scheduled, the question categories include open question and multiple choices. All the questions are relevant to the reading materials which assigned before the session
· Your active participation in the discussion in class (20%) is integral to the design of this course. To make sure that your participation is marked by the teaching assistant correctly, please bring your name card and put it on the table.

2) Final paper (60%)
The final paper is to be written solo, in response to the topics offer in class. You are invited to propose your own topic to the instructor. It should be 10 pages, Fontsize 12pt in length. Please see paper assignments details in blackboard for more information.


Managing Innovations

Reading list

All assigned readings are to be done BEFORE the indicated classes and will be available in Blackboard.
Blackboard access is essential as of the first lecture.

Signing up for classes and exams

You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis. Check this link for more information and activity codes.

There is a limited capacity for students from outside the master ICT in Business. Please contact the Programme Co-ordinator.

Contact information

Programme Co-ordinator ms. Judith Havelaar LL.M