Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Leadership and Innovation in Organisations

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT The Edward de Bono Institute for Creative Thinking and Innovation

DESCRIPTION This study-unit focuses on leadership and innovation within organisations - public, private and NGOs. It shall explore the factors that that make an organisation innovative, and shall highlight the barriers that hinder organisational innovation.

Students shall learn how innovations can be managed in organisations and the interrelationship between leadership and innovation. They shall discuss why all organisations should strive to be innovative, regardless of whether they are privately or publicly owned, and the role of leaders in this regard. They shall also be encouraged to assess leadership qualities and to investigate, explore and analyse the existing level of innovation in particular organisations.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to highlight the conditions which facilitate the management of innovation, and how obstacles to innovation can be overcome. It further aims to identify the manner in which leaders are capable of enabling increased organisational innovation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain how creative ideas feed the innovation process;
- Define and critique innovation strategies in organisations;
- Identify, examine and evaluate the key issues that create barriers and those that facilitate innovation in organisations;
- Describe the role of leadership in organisations that value innovation.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Apply, appraise and critique the application of innovation principles in organisations;
- Design and appraise strategic assessments of organisational innovation;
- Apply leadership skills to their social and professional lives.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

- Goodman, M. and Dingli, S. (2013) Creativity and Strategic Innovation Management, Routledge.

Supplementary Readings:

- Christensen, C.M., Overdorf, M., MacMillan, I., McGrath, R., (2001). Harvard Business Review on Innovation. Cambridge MA.
- Christensen, C.M., Raynor, M.E. (2003). The Innovator's Solution. Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA.
- Genovese, M. A. (2016). The Future of Leadership: Leveraging Influence in an Age of Hyper-Change. Routledge.
- Majaro, Simon (1989) The Creative Gap. Longman Trade/Caroline House.
- Tidd, J., Bessant, J. & Pavitt, K. (2005). Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological and Organization Change. 3rd ed. Hoboken: Wiley. London.

Other reading materials may be suggested during the course of the study-unit.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Group Learning

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) Yes 30%
Assignment Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Sandra M. Dingli

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