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Perspectives on Innovation

Course content

The first part of the course comprises a general introduction to innovation as an academic discipline. This section includes definitions, concepts, central understandings of innovation and the rapid development of the research field during the last two decades. A number of new perspectives on innovation has been introduced recently. Consequently, innovation as an academic field is today quite heterogeneous.

The second section of the course deals with the question of how innovation in private and public sectors should be defined, and operationalized, and what taxonomies that can, or should be, used in studies of innovation in manufacturing and services respectively. The European innovation surveys (CIS) will be introduced, both the background as well as strengths and weaknesses of the European initiative on a common database.

The last subtopic concerns drivers and barriers, i.e. factors that promote or inhibit innovations, but with an emphasis on the role of innovation systems, systemic features and networks in innovation processes.

Learning outcomes


  • Render the development of innovation scientific field
  • Explain similarities and differences in innovation in manufacturing and services respectively, as well as similarities and 
  • Differences in innovation in private and public service sector.
  • Identify and discuss the drivers and barriers of innovation
  • Analyze the impact of innovation systems, systemic features and networks on organizations’ innovativeness.
  • Consider innovation policy and funding agencies.


  • Use knowledge of innovation as analytical tools in empirical studies of innovation systems and the interaction between the organization and external parties.
  • Derive relevant research questions based on review of innovation literature 
  • Use theory and research studies to guide actions to support and improve interactions within innovation systems and networks.


  • Transforming acquired knowledge and skills into their own competence.
  • Communication and discussions of professional matters with managers and politicians.
  • Clarify the relationship between individual organizations on the one hand and innovation systems and networks on the other.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and workshops which work with concrete examples and cases.

Coursework requirements

Normally, the coursework requirements includes two written works, one additional individual work and one group work. In addition the students have to participate in the discussions and evaluation of the written works. Students must have approved all work requirements before they can partake in the final exam.

Final examination

Four-hour individual written exam

Sist oppdatert: Emrys Gerritse 08.04.2016

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