2020 Innovation Management I

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Graduate major in Technology and Innovation Management
Fujimura Shuzo 
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Course description and aims

The purpose of Innovation Management I and II is for students to learn to think on their own about the conditions for producing social gains through actions to bring change. Therefore we don't simply give explanations of examples, as you would find in business books and business magazines. For students to innovate on their own, they must first discover and analyze a problem based on their own circumstances, and learn to consider feasible innovations. They must then validate criteria that hold up to existing theories and analyses, and be able to judge whether they can be used for implementing one's own innovation.

In Innovation Management I, students define the concept of innovation in order to reach the first stage objective, then consider the relationship between technology and the market through lectures and group work, being provided with a starting point for analyzing their own problem. After we explain the concept of "innovation" as defined by Schumpeter and Drucker, we will discuss "innovative opportunities", mentioned in Drucker's "Innovation and Entrepreneurship", as well as encourage a broad understanding of the relationship between markets and products.

Student learning outcomes

Students will not just memorize innovation concepts and examples as simply knowledge, but also keep in mind their own role as a promoter of innovation.
Students will think of the problems they face as innovation opportunities, and analyze problems to begin thinking about solutions.
Students will gain an understand of the need to think of solutions as conceptual systems.


Innovation, New combination conceptual system

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

On the day of group work, issues will be discussed by all attendants after the presentations.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction How should MOT be learned? nothing
Class 2 Grouping. Characteristics of Japanese companies Build communication system for group members
Class 3 What is the innovation? Introduction of the definition of Schumpeter and Drucker. Lecture; Innovation as a probability event Giving the issue for GW of 4th and 5th lectures.
Class 4 Group work; presentation about the cases of 1-4 of innovation opportunity. Giving the issue for GW of 6th and 7th lectures.
Class 5 Group work; presentation about the cases of 5-8 of innovation opportunity. nothing
Class 6 Group work; How did Drucker determin the order of opportunity of innovation? Giving the issue of the final report.
Class 7 Group Work: Presentation of the cases of "Gesellschaft" and "Gemeinschaft". Discussion of the features and functions of the organization Giving the issue for GW of 2th lectures of Innovation Management II .

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Peter F. Drucker, "Innovation and Entrepreneurship"
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Assessment criteria and methods

Reports: 80%
Contribution to the lecture: 20%

Related courses

  • Innovation Theory Ⅱ

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

This is the prerequisite course to take "Innovation Management II".

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