ENTREP 7046 - Managing Innovation

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2016

This course recognises todays business needs to gain competitive advantages in order to face the turbulent economic environment where they operate. The ability of managers to turn ideas into actions is critical to maintain or improve businesses position in the market. This course will provide the know-how and tools to create and manage innovative businesses/organisations.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENTREP 7046
    Course Managing Innovation
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive: 36-40 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Course Description This course recognises todays business needs to gain competitive advantages in order to face the turbulent economic environment where they operate. The ability of managers to turn ideas into actions is critical to maintain or improve businesses position in the market. This course will provide the know-how and tools to create and manage innovative businesses/organisations.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Allan O'Connor

    Teaching staff

    Trimester 2
    Name: Dr Graciela Corral de Zubielqui

    Short Bio:
    Dr Graciela Corral de Zubielqui is the Associate Head of Research at the ECIC. She is a lecturer in the postgraduate Project Management and Innovation area in the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, The University of Adelaide. Her research interests include innovation, knowledge transfer, collaboration activities between industry, government and university, SME performance and impact on regional economic development.

    Email: graciela.corraldezubielqui@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Opening Intensive:
    Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th July 2016
    Marjoribanks 128, BankSA Teaching Suite

    Closing Intensive:
    Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th July 2016
    Marjoribanks 128, BankSA Teaching Suite

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    An action learning approach is adopted whereby students “learn through doing” through analysis of relevant cases and through interactive and traditional exercises that relate to lecture topics. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

    1 Assess firms’ innovative capabilities
    2 Develop strategies for managing innovation
    3 Identify the best alternatives for a successful innovation process
    4  Acquire the appropriate resources to manage the innovation process effectively
    5  Describe the impact of innovative networks in the innovation process
    6 Recognise the importance of innovation management for the firm’s success
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1 to 6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1 to 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1 to 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1 to 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1 to 6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text book:
    Tidd, J., & Bessant, J. (2013). Managing innovation: integrating technological, market and organizational change, Fifth edition, Wiley.
    Recommended Resources
    There is a wide range of material available on the course topics including the following:

    1. Cohen, W. and Levinthal, D. (1990) Absorptive Capacity: A new perspective on learning and innovation. Administrative Science Quarterly, 35, 128-152.

    2. Gassmann, O., Enkel, E. and Chesbrough, H. (2010) The future of open innovation. R&D Management, 40, 213-221.

    3. Gronum, S., Verreynne, M. and Kastelle, T. (2012) The role of networks in small and medium-sized enterprise innovation and firm performance. Journal of Small Business Management, 50, 257-282.
    4. Lasagni, A. (2012) How Can External Relationships Enhance Innovation in SMEs? New Evidence for Europe. Journal of Small Business Management, 50, 310–339.

    5. West, J. and Bogers, M. (2014) Leveraging external sources of innovation: A review of research on open innovation. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 31, 814-831.

    6. Zahra, S. A. and George, G. (2002) Absorptive Capacity: A review, reconceptualization, and extension. Academy of Management Review, 27, 185 - 203.

    There is a range of journals where entrepreneurship research scholars publish their research, such as (note that this list is not definitive):
       1. Journal of Small Business Management
       2. Small Business Economics
       3. International Journal of Innovation Management
       4. Technovation

    Library Resources
    The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website.  The University Library web page is: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/

    From this link, you are able to access the Library's electronic resources.

    Online Learning
    MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study (see:https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au)

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as intensives.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours’ work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self-directed study).
    Learning Activities Summary

    This is a draft schedule and session dates are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary. 

    Content Readings Additional Readings


    The innovation imperative (What it is and Why it
    Chapter 1
    Learning to manage Innovation as a Core Business
    Chapter 2
    Innovative Organisation and leadership Chapter 3
    2 Developing an Innovation Strategy (considering
    firms’ characteristics and innovation)
    Chapter 4
    Sources of Innovation Chapter 5 Cohen, W. and Levinthal, D. (1990)
    Zahra, S. A. and George, G. (2002)
    Innovation Networks Chapter 6 Gassmann, O., Enkel, E. and Chesbrough,
    H. (2010)
    Gronum, S., Verreynne, M. and Kastelle, T. (2012)
    Creating value (exploiting knowledge and IP) Gronum, S., Verreynne, M. and Kastelle, T. (2012)
    3 Decision-making Under Uncertainty Chapter 7
    Building the Innovation Case (Developing Business plan  / Forecasting innovation/ estimating the Adoption of Innovations/Assessing risk, recognising uncertainty) Chapter 8
    4 Implementing innovation (managing innovative
    Chapter 9
    Exploiting Open Innovation and Collaboration Chapter 10 Gassmann, O., Enkel, E. and Chesbrough, H. (2010)
    Capturing the benefits of innovation and learning from innovation Chapter 12 West, J. and Bogers, M. (2014)
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    An overview of the course assessment appears in the following table. Details appear in the following section:

    # Assessment Length Weighting Due Date Learning Outcomes
    1 Two (2) Multiple Choice and true/false Question Tests 2 x 25 questions 2 x 20%
    (40% in total)
    June 17 / July 15 1
    2 A case study submission Maximum of 800 words / 2 pages per case study 15% June 29 1 to 6
    3 CEO from innovative SME’s Interview Maximum of 3,000 words 30% July 21 1 to 6
    4 Critical review Maximum 1,000 words 15% July 12 1 to 6
    Total 100%

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1:  Two (2) Multiple Choice Question Tests (Individual assessment)
    Weighting:       40% (20% each)
    Due Dates:       Test 1:  June 17th
                             Test 2:  July 15th

    Submission Details:     The two tests will be held online. Each test will be completed on an individual basis. The quizzes will be open only for 2 hours at 6pm and you will have one hour to complete the test.

    Read and understand the materials presented during the lectures and the readings. Answer the questions on the question sheet that
    will be handed out during class.

    The first test will assess your knowledge and understanding of the material covered to the first intensive.  The second test will
    cover material covered in the second half of the course.

    Length and Presentation:
    Each test will comprise 25 questions (true/false and multiple choice).
    Each test will be of one hour duration.

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    · Whether your response to a question equates to the most correct answer on the question sheet provided.

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 1 and 2.

    Assessment 2:  Case study “Design thinking and Innovation at Apple” (Individual assessment)
    Weighting:       15%
    Due Dates:        June 29th

    Information about the case study will be posted at myuni before the first intensive.

    Submission Details:     Online through MyUni

    Read the Case Study and then prepare a response to the questions set for each case. Case studies reinforce understanding of key course concepts and the student’s ability to apply these to practical situations.

    The case will assess your knowledge, understanding, and application in practical business situations of the core theories, concepts, drivers, frameworks, entrepreneurial leader and team, and resources that comprise the entrepreneurial process.

    Length and Presentation:
    The case write-up should be in the vicinity of 800 words (no more than 2 pages in length). 

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    ·  Your ability to critically analyse the information presented.
    ·  Evidence of critical analysis of the issues and concepts.
    ·  Clarity of expression and good use of language.
    ·  Structure and sequence of presenting your answers.
    ·  Overall presentation including correct grammar, spelling, punctuation and referencing.

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 1 to 6.

    Assessment 3: SME’s innovation assessment and CEO Interview (Individual assessment)
    Weighting:       30%
    Due Date:         July 21st
    Submission Details:     Online through MyUni

    This task will be discussed in detail during the first intensive. You will be required to identify a suitable SME from Adelaide
    with more than 5 years in the market. You should organise a meeting with a company manager. Using innovation tools, you will assess the SME’s innovation managing process and produce a written report.

    You are to prepare and conduct an interview with this person using questions discussed with the lecturer during the first
    intensive. Preparation is crucial if you are to derive maximum benefit from this assessment. Reflect on the responses obtained during the interview, then write up your report. The report should contain a description of the company, a summary of your evaluation, a set of recommendations for the firm and finally a reflection on what you learned through this exercise.

    This assignment will assess your understanding of the topic and the correct application of theories, concepts and frameworks and, if appropriate, the effective use of local and international research data to support your analysis and discussion.

    Length and Presentation:
    3000 words (maximum)
    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    ·  Your ability to apply that which has been covered in the course to a real-life situation.
    ·  The level of detail provided that demonstrates understanding of the key issues and techniques involved in analysing an innovative SME.
    ·  Evidence of critical analysis of the issues and concepts.
    · Clarity of expression and good use of language.
    · Logical planning, structure and sequence of presenting your findings.
    · Overall presentation including correct grammar, spelling, punctuation and referencing.

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 1 to 6.

    Assessment 4:  Critical review (Individual assessment)
    Weighting:       15%
    Due Date:         July 12th
    Submission Details:     Online through MyUni

    This task will aim to help you with critical analysis skills. You will have to write a "Critical Review" of an academic article. Grading criteria are: Logical and Coherent discussion (80%), structure of your review (10%), and sound grammar and referencing (10%). you must adhere to proper academic referencing standards (Harvard referencing Style). It is not sufficient to give a mere summary of the academic article. You must provide your opinion of the article as this assignment assesses your critical analysis skills.
    Further details about this assignment will be provided during the first intensive.

    This assignment will assess your understanding of all course topics.

    Length and Presentation:
    You will have to write a "Critical Review" of no more than an A4 page at 1.5 line spacing, double sided.

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    ·  your ability to apply what you learn from this course and analyse academic research.

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 1-6

    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.

    Please refer to step by step instructions: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/tutorials/files/AssignmentStudentSubmission.pdf

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    ·   Assignment Submission:  Unless otherwise advised, assignments should not be emailed to the instructor but should be lodged via the MyUni Course site. Note that assignments may be processed via TURNITIN which is an online plagiarism prevention tool.

    ·   Cover Sheet:  Please submit, separate to your assignment, the completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work.  Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.

    ·  Backup Copy of Assignments:  You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing.  Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.

    ·  Extensions of Time:  Any request for an extension of time for the submission of an assignment should be made well before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer.  Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks
    from the original assignment submission date.  Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine extenuating circumstances and proof, such as a doctor’s certificate, may be required.

    ·  Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade. Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late.  Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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