2016 Innovation System I

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Graduate major in Technology and Innovation Management
Miyazaki Kumiko 
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Course description and aims

In the 21st century, we are experiencing a shift to a knowledge driven economy. The source of competitiveness has changed from production efficiency towards differentiation, creativity and innovation. How innovations can be stimulated in all sectors from micro to macro levels are critical issues of concern. The course aims that students learn basic concepts related to SSI (Sectoral Innovation Systems) and NSI(National Systems of Innovation).
The course relates to the various agenda concerning technology strategies at the level of a firm, sector or a nation. Based on empirical research findings, systems of innovation in sectors such as information and communications, robotics, mobile telecom, nanotechnology are studied. The instructor will use case studies to illustrate the concepts.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the knowledge and expertise to analyse various sectoral innovation systems, including technological competence building, technology diffusion mechanisms, innovation related networks, major technological trajectories related to different sectors. In addition, students will be able to acquire knowledge to analyze National Systems of Innovation and will be able to understand the Silicon Valley model, the EU model.


Sectoral Innovation System, Strategies, Innovation related Networks, NSI, Technology Systems

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The course will be conducted for 1st and 2nd quarters. The students will be taught through active learning. Students will do 3 team presentations, have quizzes, write essays and are encouraged to take part in discussions.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Introduction to the course
Class 2 Science and Tech. for the knowledge based economy. Innovation Models The basic concepts related to the course
Class 3 Major Technological Trajectories, Success and failures in innovation Understanding the major tech. trajectories and success / failures in innovation
Class 4 Product life cycles,  The Nanotech case, Quiz Understanding the product life cycle. Perform a test
Class 5 Technology diffusion Understanding the concepts, theories related to technology diffusion
Class 6 Case of technology diffusion A case study of technology diffusion (eg. Robotics )
Class 7 Team presentations Team presentation related to tech. diffusion
Class 8 Overcoming the Valley of Death, R&D Management Understanding R&D management and Overcoming the valley of death



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reading material will be provided

Assessment criteria and methods

Will be evaluated through a Quiz(10%), 3 Team presentation(50%), 2 Essays(20%) and class participation(20%)

Related courses

  • TIM.C413 : Innovation System II

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

Prior knowledge of economics or management is not required


The course is given in English. Active participation is encouraged

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