Technology Driven Innovation
Technology Driven Innovation level 1
Most innovations have a technology component attached to it. In the past, the R&D departments were mainly in charge of the scientific discoveries and of their conversion to concrete technological solutions. Currently, innovation is the role of everyone in the organization and managers need to be able to understand how new technologies can help them find innovative solutions to solve their challenges. During this Certificate, you will learn how to manage technology-driven projects by accelerating the transformation of innovative projects from ideation to commercialization/deployment whilst managing associated risks.
(Preliminary module) This module is concerned with strategic innovation management for corporate competitive advantage. It provides students with the knowledge to understand, and the skills to manage innovation at the operational and strategic levels. Specifically, it integrates the management of market, organizational and technological change to enhance competitiveness of the firm. Students will acquire a critical understanding of innovation at the operational and strategic levels in the strategic innovation management context and obtain a critical understanding of the contexts, processes, structure, and capabilities in managing innovation in a fast changing globalised business environment.
Creativity and Ideation Techniques
This module introduces participants to an exploration of creativity and ideation within the discipline of business and management. The changing understanding of creativity is explored as well as personal approaches to creative problem solving. The broad nature of ideation is examined – especially in terms of idea generation, evaluation, and concept development. The role of both creativity and ideation in gaining strategic advantage is introduced. Participants will be exposed to creativity in different fields i.e. Business, Arts, Science, Engineering and Social science.
Innovation Project Feasibility
This module presents the various methods and concepts that can be used to assess the feasibility, viability, and sustainability of an innovation project in term of: Economic feasibility, Legal feasibility, Operational feasibility, Technical feasibility, Schedule feasibility, etc. Accounting, Finances, Risks and Budgeting concepts will also be covered. The Innovation Project Feasibility sees the application by participants, to their own professional practice, of the theory they have learnt regarding the design and evaluation of learning innovations, through carrying out and writing up a smallscale research project.
Participants will learn innovation concepts and techniques that allow innovation to emerge from a better use and combination of existing knowledge. Concepts of Knowledge management will be presented as well as techniques like Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) and C‐K. TRIZ is an Inventive Problem Solving Process and a structured, “left‐brained” approach to breakthrough innovation through the use of patterns of invention documented in the most inventive of the world’s patents. The C‐K design theory or concept‐knowledge theory is both a design theory and a theory of reasoning in design. The theory builds on several traditions of design theory, including systematic design, axiomatic design, creativity theories, general and formal design theories, and artificial intelligence‐based design models.
Innovation Management Project
Every participant will be given the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired through the 4 certificate modules to a real innovation challenge/project of their organization. This practical experience will be source of valuable learning that will validate and enrich their strategic innovation expertise.