Strategies and Systems of Innovation

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Miyazaki Kumiko 
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Fall Semester

Outline of lecture


This course relates to the various agenda concerning technology strategy at the level of the firm, sector and national systems of innovation. Based on empirical research findings, technology strategies in sectors such as information and communications, consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, telecom services and robotics will be analyzed. Strategies towards globalization and national systems of innovation in different countries will also be examined. Students are assessed by class participation, case studies, presentations and end term report.

Purpose of lecture

The ability to generate and manage technological change is a major feature of competitiveness of firms. The course aims to teach basic concepts related to technology strategy. Technological opportunities and strategies are heavily influenced by the characteristics of technology paradigms and the direction of technological change, which influence corporate strategies as well as Sectoral Systems of Innovation. The course will identify and analyze major tasks facing firms in the generation and exploitation of technology. We will use some case studies to illustrate the concepts.

Plan of lecture

01.Introduction to the course
02.Innovation Models and Sectoral Patterns of Innovation
03.Technological Competence Building - the case of Optoelectronics
04.Technology Diffusion - (Mobile telecom)
05.Technology Diffusion - (Robotics)
06.Innovation Infrastructures (case 1)
07.SSI (Sectoral System of Innovation) (Nanotechnology)
08.Innovation related Techno-economic Networks
09.Managing Strategic Alliances (case of high tech industries)
10.Strategies for Complex Product and Systems
11.Case of Renewable Energy (wind power, solar power)
12.National Systems of Innovation (US Model)
13.Ethics and Environment Technologies in the UK
14.Group presentations

Textbook and reference

Reading material will be provided

Related and/or prerequisite courses

Prior knowledge of economics or management is not needed.


Class participation(20%), 2 Case Studies (40%), Group presentation(40%)

Comments from lecturer

The course is given in English. Active participation is encouraged.

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