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[ 986CABUCB2K19 ] KS CB2: Understanding innovation

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS M1 - Master's programme 1. year Business Administration Matthias Fink 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites KS BC1: Induction-team development UND KS BC2: Foundations of management UND KS BC3: Foundational readings and academic writing
Original study plan Master's programme Leading Innovative Organizations 2019W
Objectives
  • Students understand the characteristics of and processes associated with creative people (i.e. individuals, teams and networks) who work in organizational contexts. They possess foundational knowledge about how to manage creative people.
  • Students acquire scientific knowledge from advanced primary sources, elicit its theoretical and practical implications, and critically reflect on it.
  • Students explore and develop their personal, largely implicit theories of creativity/innovation.
  • Students understand what it means for them to take responsibility for a creative process. They know how to test, reflect on and further develop their abilities to contribute to and shape creative team work.
  • Students realize that innovation is not a miracle, but rather the result of individual and collective action and see the need for testing their actions against the backdrop of what is good for the people, the planet and economy.
Subject Arguably, technically advanced, wealthy societies rely increasingly on innovation as the primary driver of their economic development. Consequently, human re-sources, specifically highly qualified, creative people have become the most important economic resource—sought after by firms and regions alike. This course focuses on creativity as a human capacity that everyone possesses to a greater or lesser extent and on particularly creative people — who they are, what they do and how they are embedded in social networks. In the first phase of the course students actively engage in innovation challenges and gain first-hand experiential knowledge about creative processes. In the second phase they work with advanced academic literature and engage in profound dialogues in class to acquire current scientific knowledge about creative people and how to manage them.
Criteria for evaluation Presence in class is mandatory. Two preparatory tasks are graded ‘pass or fail’. To pass this course, both preparatory tasks must be graded ‘pass’, the team task and the exam ‘4’ or better. If so, the final grade is equally composed of the team task (50%) and the exam (50%).
Methods Innovative team projects (including presentations), individual tasks testing academic findings, theory input from instructors, extensive dialogue and discussion in class based on academic readings.
Language English
Study material Selected articles from the leading academic and practitioner journals
Changing subject? No
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 40
Assignment procedure Direct assignment