[ 572ORGIIUMS15 ] SE Seminar in Innovation and Management

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS B2 - Bachelor's programme 2. year Business Administration Matthias Fink 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites (*)IK Verhalten und Management in Organisationen UND KS Organisation und Innovation
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Business and Economics 2016W
Objectives Seminar in Innovation and Management: Designing the Innovating Organization
Lecturer: Dr. Isabella Hatak, MA MSc

Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to

  • compare and contrast traditional and contemporary organizational designs
  • compare and contrast views on the change process, which is often closely tied to an organization’s innovation efforts
  • discuss contemporary issues related to managing change including organizational culture (e.g. emphasizing innovation and risk-taking), employee stress, and successful change action
  • define innovation and identify different types and sources of innovation
  • describe techniques for stimulating creativity and innovation
  • understand the motivational requirements of the unique group of idea people so that they put forth maximum work effort by comparing and contrasting early and contemporary theories of motivation
  • discuss how leaders influence idea people to work together toward the fulfillment of a company’s mission and the achievement of its goals related to innovation by referring to early theories of leadership and contingency theories of leadership (e.g., Fiedler model, SLT, path-goal model)
Subject The innovating organization is one that recognizes and formalizes the roles, processes, rewards, and people practices that naturally lead to innovations. According to Galbraith (1982), an organization that purposely designs these roles and processes is more likely to generate innovations than is an organization that doesn't plan for this function. Such a purposely designed organization is needed to overcome the obstacles to innovation. Because innovation is destructive to many established groups, it will be resisted. Innovation is contrary to operations and will be ignored. These and other obstacles are more likely to be overcome if the organization is designed specifically to innovate.

A consistent set of policies concerning structure, process, rewards, and people are needed to accomplish the goal of creating an innovating organization that will work. In fact, it is the combination of idea people, reservations in which they can operate, sponsors to supervise them, funding for their ideas, and rewards for their success that increase the odds in favor of innovation.

This course will therefore provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of both the fundamental elements of organizational design and the basics of innovating. By combining these two fields, the objective is to help students understand how an organization can be structured and led in order to motivate idea people that create innovations.

Criteria for evaluation
Methods The course involves a combination of formal lecture, class discussions and reflections, case analyses, placing particular emphasis on student participation, and students’ presentations.
Changing subject? No
Further information (*)Mindestens je 1 Methoden-, Organisations- und Innovationsseminar ist zu absolvieren (Seminar Management Skills kann ein Seminar in Organisation oder Innovation ersetzen)
Earlier variants They also cover the requirements of the curriculum (from - to)
2ORGSINS: SE Seminar in Innovation and Management (2014S-2015S)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 25
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority