2017 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 to teach basic concepts related to SSI (Sectoral Innovation Systems) and NSI(National Systems of Innovation).
The course relates to the various agenda concerning innovation systems in a sector or a nation. Based on empirical research findings, systems of innovation in sectors such as information and communications, robotics, mobile telecom, nanotechnology , high tech industries are studied. The Professor 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, science and technology systems, technology diffusion mechanisms, innovation related networks, industry and academia linkages, major technological trajectories related to different sectors and the role of government. In addition, students will be able to acquire knowledge to analyze National Systems of Innovation and will be able to understand the US model, the Swedish model, the UK model, the EU model and the case of technology catching up in South East Asia.


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 in 3rd and 4th quarters. The students will be taught through active learning. Students will do team presentations, have quiz, 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. Convergence, Innovation, Evolutionary Economics, Society 5.0 The basic concepts related to the course
Class 3 Major Technological Trajectories, Product Life Cycles, Open Innovation Understanding the major tech. trajectories open innovation, and Product Life Cycles
Class 4 Adoption of ICT by Society, The Role of Government, Quiz Study the concepts of technology adoption and technology diffusion, perform a quiz
Class 5 Roles and Mechanisms of Public Research Institutes in Supporting Industry (P. Intarakumnerd, GRIPS) Understanding how Public Research Institutes such as Fraunhofer, ITRI, AIST support Industry
Class 6 The role of Multinationals in Global Value Chain and Innovation Policy in Sweden (L. Stenberg, VINNOVA) How Multinationals play a role in the Global Value Chain in Sweden and Innovation Policy
Class 7 Team presentations Team presentations
Class 8 TRON case Understanding the case of Innovation related Network through TRON



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reading material will be provided

Assessment criteria and methods

Will be evaluated through Quiz and homework (50%), Class Participation and Team Presentation (30%)

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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