2016 Innovation System II

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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 innovation models, technology diffusion mechanisms, innovation related networks, major technological trajectories related to different sectors and how to overcome the Valley of Death. In addition, students will be able to acquire knowledge to analyze National Systems of Innovation and will be able to understand contrasting models such as 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 The case of Smart systems, Innovation in services The basic concepts related Innovation in Services
Class 2 Innovation Related Networks Understanding Innovation related Networks
Class 3 Sectoral Innovation Systems The concepts of Sectoral Innovation Systems
Class 4 TRON case, Industry Academia Linkages The case of TRON and the issues related to Industry-Academia Linkages
Class 5 Team presentations Team presentations on Secotral Innovation Systems
Class 6 National Systems of Innovation (part 1) the US Model Learning the US Model of Innovation (Silicon Valley model)
Class 7 National Systems of Innovation (part 2) the EU Model EU Model and the evolution of Framework programmes
Class 8 Team presentations (3) Final team presentations on NSI


No text book

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reading material will be provided

Assessment criteria and methods

Will be evaluated through a Quiz(10%), 3 Team presentations(60%), 2 Essays(20%) and class participation(10%)

Related courses

  • TIM.C412 : Innovation System I

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

Prior knowledge of economics or management is not required
Students should have taken the course Innovation System Ⅰ(TIMC412)in advance


The course is given in English. Active participation is encouraged

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