Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Innovation in Organisations

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT The Edward de Bono Institute for Creative Thinking and Innovation

DESCRIPTION The study-unit addresses the issue of innovation in organisations and how creative ideas are harnessed in a strategic attempt to foster innovation in organisations. The possibility of conducting innovation audits in organisations to assess factors that enable and factors that inhibit innovation will be discussed.

Bridging the gap that many perceive between the classroom and the world of business is a key concern of many organisations and firms. The study-unit will include a blend of theoretical material (to establish an academic underpinning) and practical exercises to encourage experiential learning.

Indicative Content:

- What is innovation, incremental and radical innovation;
- Idea management systems in organisations;
- What is an innovation audit? Important considerations; how can innovation be ‘audited’ (sample audits provided);
- Organisational climate and culture;
- Innovation in NGOs, Charities and State funded organisations;
- Disruptive innovation; Value creation (Swiss watches);
- Open innovation (von Hippel);
- Lead users; product development;
- Teams – including Belbin’s typology;
- Barriers to innovation in organisations;
- Idea scouts, idea connectors and innovation champions.

Study-Unit Aims:

Students will be expected to recognise the conditions that facilitate organisational creativity and innovation and to understand how they can be fostered and implemented.

They will be expected to identify obstacles to creativity and innovation which may exist at various levels within an organization and to explore ways in which these may be overcome.

This will enable students to achieve an understanding of the importance of strategically managing innovation within an organisation and to be capable of exploring and developing strategies which will enable increased innovation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe the link between creativity and innovation – ‘creative ideas feed the innovation process’;
- Analyse the development of innovation principles (including Schumpeter’s notion of ‘creative destruction’).

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Conduct strategic assessments of organisational innovation;
- Develop innovation strategies in organisations;
- Identify the key issues that create barriers and those that enable innovation in organisations;
- Design strategies to overcome any identified barriers to innovation in organisations.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Goodman, M. and Dingli, Sandra (2017) Creativity and Strategic Innovation Management: Directions for future value in changing times, Second edition, Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), ISBN 978-1-138-67509-4.
- Tidd, J., Bessant, J. & Pavitt, K. (2005). Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological and Organization Change. 3rd ed. Hoboken: Wiley. London.
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Supplementary Readings:

- Christensen, C.M. (1997). The Innovator's Dilemma, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA.
- Christensen, C.M., Overdorf, M., MacMillan, I., McGrath, R., (2001). Harvard Business Review on Innovation. Cambridge MA.
- Christensen, C.M., Overdorf, M. (2000), Meeting the challenge of disruptive change, Harvard Business Review, Vol. 78 No.2, pp.66-77. Cambridge MA.
- Christensen, C.M., Raynor, M.E. (2003). The Innovator's Solution. Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA.
- Goodman, M. and Dingli, S. (2013) Creativity and Strategic Innovation Management, Routledge (particularly Ch. 8 to Ch. 15).
- Drucker, P. (2006). Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Harper Row, New York.
- Majaro, Simon (1989) The Creative Gap, Longman Trade/Caroline House.
- Tidd, J., Bessant, J. & Pavitt, K. (2007). Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Wiley. London.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Online Lecture and Workshop

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Sandra M. Dingli

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