Managing Technological Innovation

The Open University

Course Information

The history of technological innovation has been nothing short of remarkable, affecting our lives, the effectiveness of organisations, the profitability of industries, the well-being of societies and the prosperity of nations. Understanding the processes that underpin technological innovation is therefore crucial, whether you are a user or producer of technological innovation. And if you are involved in managing innovation processes, an understanding of the overall process of innovation and its variations is a core professional competence.

What you will study

The Managing Technological Innovation programme offered by The Open University adopts a broad definition of innovation, ranging from incremental change and improvement to radical or ‘disruptive’ innovation, and is applicable if you are involved or interested in the management of innovation in a wide variety of contexts and sectors, including: IT/IS, telecommunications, computing, engineering, manufacturing, transport and logistics, retailing, energy production and supply, defence and security, management and administration, and any form of services, including health, welfare and leisure. In all of these fields, and more, the major themes of this module – of creating, managing, transferring/sharing and sustaining innovation – are central to the effective and successful operation of organisations of any size and purpose.

You begin by gaining an overview of the field of technological innovation. Then, through the study and analysis of a number of topical issues in innovation, such as open innovation and green innovation, you explore the detailed issues that need to be addressed in ensuring that technological innovation is encouraged and delivered in an effective manner. The module combines leading innovation management perspectives with practical techniques for facilitating specific aspects of the innovation process in this fast-moving subject area.

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