2019 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 innovation related networks, 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 and service sectors are studied. National System of Innovation in the UK, EU, US and Catching up countries in South East Asia will be 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, 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、Innovation policy in the UK, catching up strategies in South East Asia.


Sectoral Innovation System, Strategies, Innovation related Networks, NSI, Technology Systems, Innovation,
Open Innovation, Catching up strategies in Asia, Innovation policy, Platform strategy, US, EU Model

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 Q4. The students will be taught through active learning. Students will do a team presentation, write essays and are encouraged to take part in discussions.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Sectoral Innovation Systems and some case studies The concepts of Sectoral Innovation Systems and some case studies
Class 2 National Systems of Innovation, National Competitiveness of Countries The basic concepts related to National Systems of Innovation
Class 3 Innovation Policy in the UK(M. Norton) The concepts of Sectoral Innovation Systems and some case studiesUnderstanding the Innovation Policy in the UK
Class 4 Platform strategy in the era of IoT (Dr Fukami, Rikkyo Univ.) Understanding the platform based strategy in the IoT era
Class 5 Innovation Clusters (Norton) Study innovation clusters policy through cases
Class 6 Sector Innovation System in the case of automobiles and touriism in Thailand (P. Intarakumnerd, GRIPS) Applying the Innovation system concept to Manufacturing and service industries, in the case of automobiles and tourism in Thailand
Class 7 Team Presentations Learning the concepts of National Innovation System and the US Model of Innovation (Silicon Valley model) and the EU Model
Class 8 Team Presentations Group presentations


No text book

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Reading material will be provided

Assessment criteria and methods

Will be evaluated through Team presentations(40%), Essays (40%) and class participation(20%)

Related courses

  • TIM.C412 : Innovation System I

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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