2018 Theories of Innovation

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Industrial Engineering and Economics
Senoo Dai  Shichijo Naohiro 
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Course description and aims

The course focuses on the basic concepts and frameworks past of Innovation and Innovation management. In the first half, I will give the lecture about types, models, and dynamics of innovation. In the second half, we will discuss about hot topics in innovation management.
This course facilitates students’ understanding of innovation, and offer the helpful findings for innovation management.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to explain the concept of innovation and acquire the ability to use several frameworks related to innovation management.


Linear model, Chain-linked model, User innovation, Open innovation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In the first half, students get the basic knowledge about innovation theory. In the second half, students discuss about the "user innovation" cases and the "open innovation" cases.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Explain the concept of innovation.
Class 2 Innovation type Explain the types of innovation.
Class 3 Innovation Model: linear vs. chain-linked Explain the dkifference between innovation linear model and chain-linked model.
Class 4 Market and technology dynamics Understand the market and technology dynamics.
Class 5 Innovation-based strategy Understand the innovation-based strategy.
Class 6 Industrial implications Identify the difference of innovation effects between industries.
Class 7 User innovations Explain the concept of user innovation.
Class 8 Case Collection and Selection(1) Select two typical cases of user innovation.
Class 9 Case Discussion(1-1) Discuss the topic based on original result of analysis.
Class 10 Case Discussion(1-2) Discuss the topic based on original result of analysis.
Class 11 Open innovations Explain the concept of open innovation.
Class 12 Case Collection and Selection(2) Select two typical cases of open innovation.
Class 13 Case Discussion(2-1) Discuss the topic based on original result of analysis.
Class 14 Case Discussion(2-2) Discuss the topic based on original result of analysis.
Class 15 Summarization of the course Have overall picture of the course.


All materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on final(60%) and discussion contributions(40%).

Related courses

  • IEE.B330 : Behavioral Economics and Management
  • IEE.B331 : Applied Microeconomics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)



Instructor: Prof. SHICHIJO Naohiro

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