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Develop your knowledge and skills relating to current debates and practices. Enjoy access to your own studio space and workshop support. Read more

Key benefits:

• Develop your knowledge and skills relating to current debates and practices
• Enjoy access to your own studio space and workshop support
• Tap into long-established associations with key creative and professional networks.

Suitable for

The course is designed for:

• Committed practitioners who wish to develop their personal creative practice to a higher, professional level
• Applicants from business, marketing or engineering backgrounds, who may be finding themselves increasingly involved in the design and creative sector
• Those who wish to pursue a change of career path into the divers filed of product innovation.

Programme details

The aim of the course is to develop your critical and contextual practice, contemporary and innovative methodologies, cross-disciplinary and collaborative practices, and reflective studio-based practice.

During your time with us, you will be encouraged to undertake independent contextual and theoretical research that will improve your capacity for independent enquiry, creativity and professional practice.

Module titles

• Research Methods and Practice
• Specialist Practice
• Creative Contexts
• Practice in Context
• Negotiated Thesis/Major Project

Career potential

The field of product innovation is assuming a strategic role in many sectors of commercial and social enterprise.

Consequently career prospects are diverse and offer scope for developing specialization or broad consultancy opportunities terms of one or more of following modes of professional practice:

• Freelance consultancy
• Mainstream design consultancy practice
• In-house company designer.

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Innovation has become an imperative for most private firms but increasingly also in the public sector. Therefore, competences in innovation management are emphasised as one of today's most important competences by CEO's and governments alike. Read more
Innovation has become an imperative for most private firms but increasingly also in the public sector. Therefore, competences in innovation management are emphasised as one of today's most important competences by CEO's and governments alike.

The programme provides a general background on innovation management including

- the management of innovation from invention to commercialisation
- innovation strategies, structures, and cultures
- market forces of innovation and market-oriented new product development
- the management of intellectual property rights
- Entrepreneurship

The programme creates a unique opportunity to experience the challenges throughout the new product development process and to develop a mutual understanding about the rationales on the technology as well as on the business management side. There is a broad empirical basis that such a mutual understanding is a key prerequisite for successful cooperation between R&D and marketing and ultimately for innovation success. The aim of the programme is therefore to enhance students' understandings about strategies, structures, processes, people and cultures to develop successful innovations and to enhance the innovative capability of firms.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

PREREQUISITE COURSES

Management Research Method
The learning objective of this course is to enable you to conduct empirical business research in a valid and reliable manner. You learn how to formulate research questions and to identify an appropriate research plan and methodology for the given set of research questions. This includes methodologies how to define unit of analysis and sample as well as methodologies how to collect, analyze and interpret data.

Entrepreneurship: Shaping Entrepreneurial Thinking
This course will enable you to develop entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour and to start your own firm based on your business ideas. Students develop and evaluate business ideas and learn how to develop a compelling business case based on entrepreneurial market research. The course furthermore includes the decision on the appropriate legal form for their new venture and new venture financing.

Classic and Contemporary Readings in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The course enables students to create two forms of competences. 1) An improved ability to read, question, and form conclusions from research-based literature, and 2) an overview of the central classic and contemporary literature in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. Together these competencies provide students with the ability to critically evaluate and choose relevant literature in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.

New Product Development Clinic
The learning objective is to enable you to understand and execute the crucial tasks in the new product development process from idea generation to commercialisation. The course takes a concrete development problem as point of departure. Students will generate ideas for the solution of this problem and then carry out concept testing, prototype development, market assessment and pre-launch activities. Therefore, you will experience all the challenges in the new product development process hands-on. The course will be co-taught with faculty from Aarhus BSS and Aarhus School of Engineering. The teaching method of the course is project-based.

SPECIALISATION COURSES

Appropriating innovation – Managing Intellectual property rights
In this course the aim is to develop an understanding of how intellectual property rights, particularly patents, can be used as tools for technology development. A short introduction to the history and theory of patents is followed by an examination of the use of patents as tools of technology development. The course will also consider the evidence in support of the theory that patents on significant inventions are used to control and block 'downstream' innovation. Furthermore, the course will consider the 'anti-trust'- patent so-called 'interface' and recent changes to policy in favour of patents in the US.

Organising for Innovation
In this course the aim is to develop an understanding of the firm-internal perspective and context on innovation. This includes the formulation of and decision for innovation strategies, organisational structures and designs for innovation, creativity and performance within innovation teams, cooperation between R&D and marketing in the new product development process, champions and promotors of innovation, the management of radical innovation and the measurement of innovation performance.

Open and User-Driven Innovation
Shorter product life cycles and increased technological complexity of new products and services force firms to increasingly open their innovation processes to external sources of innovation. The learning objective of this course is therefore to enable you to understand which relevant sources of innovation exist outside the firm and how a firm can systematically use these external sources as leverage for new product development and for enhancing the innovative capability of a firm. The course includes emerging forms of open and distributed innovation. Specific focus will be given to user-driven innovation, including market orientation in the new product development process, lead user innovation, user communities and user toolkits.

In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the Summer University or at one of our more than 200 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the master's thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and get a chance to concentrate on and specialize in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.

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Objectives

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY TRIP WITH A PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVE

USA 2016 - http://en.grenoble-em.com/msc-ise-residency-trip-silicon-valley

The aim of the MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship's master degree is to provide a framework and a toolkit for future managers and entrepreneurs to identify, assess and manage business opportunities in either their own companies or in existing organizations.

The program reflects the realities of the global environment and provides general management courses together with highly specialized modules in the areas of Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

A word from the Program Director

"Innovation and Entrepreneurship are everywhere in our daily lives: smart cities, internet society, the digital economy, big data and design thinking, to name only a few. The consequences are huge: we will no longer buy – we will use! We will no longer manufacture - we will print with 3D printing!

After the Internet of People with mobile internet technology and applications, the next wave will be the Internet of Things called : IoT with news applications, new behaviors, and above all new business models. You have to discover and learn the causes and impacts of IoT in the next decade.

The MSc in Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship is a convergent Master-level program designed for students who want to prepare themselves for the tectonic shift in the way we live and work. Companies and organizations, already responding to the challenges of tomorrow, project hiring graduates who have learned to navigate through the new landscape of innovation and strategy. See the opportunities got by the graduates in Employability section - http://en.grenoble-em.com/msc-innovation-strategy-and-entrepreneurship#Entreprise

If you want to broaden your theoretical knowledge while gaining practical experience in the working world, network with today's leading industry experts and tomorrow's game-changers, create your own business or help companies face tomorrow's challenges head-on, this program was designed for you! You will be challenged by an intensive, rigorous curriculum, taught by acclaimed academics and professional experts, and learn from your fellow students – a truly international group – through teamwork and intensive real-life case studies.

If you are ready to embark on this adventure and be part of this unique experience in Grenoble, heart of the French Alps and France's capital of innovation and entrepreneurship, come and join us!"

Marie-France Derderian, MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrpreneurship Program Director

Program

In addition to its proximity to research-intensive, international companies (STMicroelectronics, Hewlett-Packard) and scientific organizations (the micro and nanotechnology innovation center GIANT Minatec (http://www.minatec.org/) - the French Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (http://english.cea.fr/english-portal) and LETI (http://www-leti.cea.fr/en/Discover-Leti/Innovation-platforms)), this program also comes from a top quality international teaching team made up of academics and professionals, thus creating an atmosphere supportive of teaching, learning, creative thinking and research.

The program’s main objective is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the field of Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

The program corresponds to the realities of the global management environment by offering highly-specialized courses in the fields as well as courses relating to general management and business, thus extending the intellectual understanding of Innovation, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship as a discipline.

PROGRAM ORGANIZATION

Students will be required to attend the program full-time for one academic year from September to June the following year.

Following the classroom portion of the program, students will complete a Final Management Project on a topic of their choice related to the program content. Students may complete the project while participating in an internship or full-time employment.

1) General Management and the Corporate Environments

- Finance for Managers
- Cross Cultural Communication and Negotiation
- Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Issues in Business
- Managing IT for Success
- Leadership, Team Building and Managerial Creativity
- Project Management
- Legal Environment of International Business
- Economics
- Accounting for Managers

2) Innovation Management

- Introduction to Innovation
- Creativity and Innovation
- Innovation Through Design
- Marketing High Tech and Innovation
- Managing Business and Innovation Networks

3) Strategy

- Strategic Management
- Microeconomics of Competitiveness (Harvard)
- Mergers, New Acquisitions and Restructuring
- Strategic Marketing and Marketing Planning

4) Entrepreneurship

- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- New Venture Business Planning
- Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities
- Small and Family Business
- Digital Marketing for Entrepreneurs

*Content subject to change.

At the end of the classroom portion of the program, each student will be required to complete a Final Management Project of approximately 20,000 words in length under the guidance of a GGSB professor.

In order to successfully complete the Final Management Project, students are required to address a particular research question or knowledge gap in their field of study.

This research should be business-oriented and coherent with the program’s objectives. A student may choose to write the Final Management Project on a topic grounded in his or her internship experience.

Live Business Cases

LIVE BUSINESS CASES 2015-2016 - http://en.grenoble-em.com/live-business-cases-msc-innovation

During this program, participants will have the opportunity to become real-life business developers by exploring a Live Business Case provided by companies working in partnerships with the MSc Innovation, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship program. Students will work in groups and delve deeply into their cases during the seven months from October to June under the supervision of a GGSB coach.The Live Business Cases are launched by a briefing given by the company.

LIVE BUSINESS CASES WILL COVER:

- Innovation, entrepreneurship, and management issues from an integrated, holistic perspective.
- A capstone opportunity for students to apply theoretical principles from coursework and lectures.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE LIVE BUSINESS CASE, STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

- Build a company analysis
- Select and apply a methodology, and make useful and efficient recommendations.
- Understand the Business Development process
- Provide critical analysis
- Make strategic decisions
- Work in a small multicultural group under time constraints
- Produce compelling written and oral presentations
- Demonstrate communication, negotiation and leadership skills

At the end of the seven-month Live Business Case, each group will produce a written report and make an oral presentation to the Jury and other groups from the program. The Jury consists of the company coach, the school coach, and the program director.

MANAGERIAL CREATIVITY : A METHOD OF SELF MANAGEMENT BY THE STUDENTS

This course/workshop is an introduction to all group assignments to be carried out all through the year. In order to help you to be efficient when working in small groups, you need to know not only your personal strengths and improvement points but also those of your class.

By discovering them during this course, you will be able to imagine together how to leverage the strengths of your class and how to manage your improvement points. You have to manage the classroom as a company, so we will appoint different representatives in charge of the main aspects of the construction of the class as a performing team: event manager, class representative, timekeeper, project leader, MSc community leader, and Alumni communication and coordination manager. These representatives and their teams will draft an action plan for the coming year.

Foreign Languages

Foreign language skills are essential in business today and the program is taught in English but provides the possibility to learn a foreign language at the same time. No prior knowledge of French is required to attend the program. Non-French speakers may study French. Native and fluent French speakers will have the possibility to choose from Spanish or Chinese. The language component is not compulsory.

Careers

The students following the MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship generally wish to prepare for careers as:

- R&D Managers
- Project Managers
- B to B Product Managers
- Business Engineers
- Business Developers

Or in the following fields:

- Biotech
- High Tech IT
- Start-ups

CAREERS

Graduates of the MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship program hold positions in a variety of sectors all over the world:

- Guillermo, Venezuela: Product Manager - Organizacion Palo Alto
- Huwein, China: Project Manager, Reverse Innovation - Biomerieux
- Amit, UK: EMEIA Product Marketing - Apple
- Alexandre, France: Business Analyst and Pricing Expert - Schneider
- Nikolay, Russia: Analyst - International Innovation Nanotechnology Center
- Nikos, Greece: Business Developer - Intralot
- Agostino, Canada: Associate - Kachan and Co.
- Mayur, Singapore: Executive Business Development - Adnai Mining
- Khodor, France: Digital Marketing Manager - Eurocopter

Admission

This program is designed for recent graduates from any background as well as managers or entrepreneurs willing to develop and manage technological and business opportunities.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

- Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject with a good grade average
- No past work experience necessary
- Fluency in English - see test requirements below.
- The GMAT is not required for this program.

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- 21st Century Innovation. There has never been a better time to study innovation! Innovation is the no. 1 priority of the Irish government as a driver for economic growth; it is the central pillar of EU and US development strategies. Read more

Overview

- 21st Century Innovation
There has never been a better time to study innovation! Innovation is the no. 1 priority of the Irish government as a driver for economic growth; it is the central pillar of EU and US development strategies. Companies large and small also recognise the essential need for early-stage innovation research that uncovers crucial understanding of user needs, socio-cultural trends and insights, which lead to exciting and differentiating new innovation concepts.

“There is political agreement in Europe that to ensure competitiveness, prosperity and wellbeing, … the progressive shift in emphasis of European innovation policy from exclusive reliance on ‘technology push’ to more demand- and user-driven innovation must continue.”

(Design as a driver of user-centred innovation EU Commission, April 2009)

- For all Innovation Leaders
This MSc offers the opportunity to become a leader in Design Innovation for your organisation. The MSc in Design Innovation gives a practical education and experience in the key themes that drive 21st century innovation, such as innovation strategy and deep understanding of human needs, behaviours and socio-cultural trends. You will learn the methods to research, acquire, analyse and present this understanding as well as the techniques and skills to synthesise actionable innovation concepts.

Course Structure

The programme is delivered by assignments, lectures, workshops and dissertation. A large portion of the learning is experiential through case research, workshop discussion, fieldwork and individual or group assignments. A substantial field project is carried out in the third semester, with a written dissertation on completion. All modules and dissertation are 100% continuously assessed, with no end of semester written examinations.

- Modules
The programme is delivered over 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time). It is structured in a modular format to facilitate part-time study over 2 years while staying in employment. Also, modules may be studied individually with individual certification and for accrual of credits towards a Diploma or Masters award.
Taught modules are delivered in semesters 1 & 2 (Autumn and Spring).
Dissertation project, including field research, is carried out in semester 3 (Summer).

Career Options

This MSc programme is ideal for anyone aspiring to be an effective radical innovator. In particular, it directly prepares graduates for the roles of innovation leadership, innovation management, product management, strategic marketing, market research, design strategy and new product or service development in a wide variety of sectors such as technology, pharmaceutical, agri-food, design, manufacturing, service industries and all areas of the public service.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code
MH50K Full-time

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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- 21st Century Innovation. There has never been a better time to study innovation! Innovation is the no. 1 priority of the Irish government as a driver for economic growth; it is the central pillar of EU and US development strategies. Read more

Overview

- 21st Century Innovation
There has never been a better time to study innovation! Innovation is the no. 1 priority of the Irish government as a driver for economic growth; it is the central pillar of EU and US development strategies. Companies large and small also recognise the essential need for early-stage innovation research that uncovers crucial understanding of user needs, socio-cultural trends and insights, which lead to exciting and differentiating new innovation concepts.

“There is political agreement in Europe that to ensure competitiveness, prosperity and wellbeing, … the progressive shift in emphasis of European innovation policy from exclusive reliance on ‘technology push’ to more demand- and user-driven innovation must continue.”

(Design as a driver of user-centred innovation EU Commission, April 2009)

- For all Innovation Leaders
This MSc offers the opportunity to become a leader in Design Innovation for your organisation. The MSc in Design Innovation gives a practical education and experience in the key themes that drive 21st century innovation, such as innovation strategy and deep understanding of human needs, behaviours and socio-cultural trends. You will learn the methods to research, acquire, analyse and present this understanding as well as the techniques and skills to synthesise actionable innovation concepts.

Course Structure

The programme is delivered by assignments, lectures, workshops and dissertation. A large portion of the learning is experiential through case research, workshop discussion, fieldwork and individual or group assignments. A substantial field project is carried out in the third semester, with a written dissertation on completion. All modules and dissertation are 100% continuously assessed, with no end of semester written examinations.

- Modules

The programme is delivered over 24 months part-time. It is structured in a modular format to facilitate part-time study over 2 years while staying in employment. Also, modules may be studied individually with individual certification and for accrual of credits towards a Diploma or Masters award.
Taught modules are delivered in semesters 1 & 2 (Autumn and Spring).
Dissertation project, including field research, is carried out in semester 3 (Summer).

Career Options

This MSc programme is ideal for anyone aspiring to be an effective radical innovator. In particular, it directly prepares graduates for the roles of innovation leadership, innovation management, product management, strategic marketing, market research, design strategy and new product or service development in a wide variety of sectors such as technology, pharmaceutical, agri-food, design, manufacturing, service industries and all areas of the public service.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code
MH51K

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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The Bath MSc in Innovation and Technology Management is designed for engineering, science and management graduates who are looking to develop an in-depth understanding of innovation and technology management concepts and methods, and the skills to apply these in real life. Read more
The Bath MSc in Innovation and Technology Management is designed for engineering, science and management graduates who are looking to develop an in-depth understanding of innovation and technology management concepts and methods, and the skills to apply these in real life. It is delivered jointly by two of the University's top ranked departments- the School of Management and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Whilst other programmes explore the management of technology from either a technical or management perspective, our MSc is unique through its combination of management and engineering, integrating the two disciplines to ensure you have the necessary skills to manage across boundaries.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/msc-innovation-technology-management/

Why study the MSc in Innovation and Technology Management?

* Improve your employability - learn how to engage more competently in collaborating across complex inter-organisations networks, differentiating yourself from the competition and significantly improving your employability
* Develop your leadership capabilities - the MSc in Innovation and Technology Management will equip you with key management skills enabling you to take the lead on strategic decisions on innovation and technology management.
* Engage with practitioners to solve “real-life” problems- undertake live assignments with University of Bath sponsor organisations, enabling you to apply theoretical knowledge in practice.
* Increase your skill set by learning how to implement a number of advanced design techniques and methodologies including rigorous decision analysis.
* Gain knowledge of international competence in complex networks: a vital skill in today’s global environment.
* Flexible approach – option to steer more towards engineering or management during your dissertation.
* Access to leading-edge research from two of the University of Bath’s highly rated departments.
* Qualify from a top ranked Business school, Engineering Faculty and University.

Structure and content

The programme has been designed around the specific themes of Innovation & Technology Management. The units are structured to provide a strong and coherent narrative. The introductory unit takes a high level look at innovation management, introducing the key themes and concepts that will be explored in more depth throughout the year. Subsequent units are focused on an aspect of innovation such as: creativity; strategy; new product development; and commercialisation. Every unit is bespoke - that is, tailored to the exact needs of the ITM programme. Each unit is delivered in modular format, over 1 week, which creates a unique, in depth learning experience.

Semester 1
-Management of Innovation
-Decision Analysis
-Managing Product Development
-Systematic Approaches to Innovation
-Creativity and Design for Innovation

Semester 2
-Engineering and Project Management
-Commercialisation of New Technology
-Innovation in Networks
-Technology Strategy and Organisation
-International networks for production, services & logistics

The programme finishes with a Dissertation of between 10,000-12,000 words.

Career development and support

We recognise that enhancing your employability is a primary goal for undertaking a Master's degree at Bath. We have a successful track record and extensive experience of working with a wide range of global organisations to develop the right skills and competencies that our students will need to achieve their career goals.

Destinations of our MSc in Innovation and Technology Managment graduates (2014):

100% of 2014 MSc Innovation and Technology Management graduates were employed within 6 months of graduation. Our outstanding record for employability is reflected in the companies and organisations where these graduates now work:

Recruiters include:

Abide Financial
Aston Martin Lagonda
Bain & Company
Bloomberg
EY
GDR Carbon China
Mercedes Benz
Technovation Partners
Zhongrong International Trust

Career Development Programme

Our expert careers team is dedicated to providing first class careers support exclusively for School of Management MSc students.
We offer a Comprehensive Career Development Programme and provide an individual service by working with you on a one-to-one basis to identify your career goals and help you to plan your job search.

Our Career Development programme is integrated into your MSc timetable and includes;

- An overview of career opportunities in different sectors
- Workshops on the recruitment process including: CVs, cover letters, application forms and interview advice
- Mock interviews and assessment centres
- Opportunities to network with graduate recruiters, sector specialists and alumni
- Guest speakers, company visits and presentations, employer-led skills sessions
- Development of employability skills by participating in company sponsored community projects
- Week-long business immersion week - The Future Business Challenge
- Additional support for international students and those seeking global job opportunities

A highly ranked business school

We have established ourselves as one of Europe’s leading business schools and 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the University of Bath, celebrating our past achievements and looking forward.

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/about/rankings.html#NSS) and 1st for Business & Management (The Complete University Guide 2016) (http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=Business+%26+Management+Studies), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014 (http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/about/rankings.html#ref) for business and management studies, confirming the world-class standing of our faculty.

Find out about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/faculty/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/msc-operations-logistics-supply-chain/how-to-apply

Government Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters courses is being developed for students at English universities. There will be loans of up to £10,000 available for Masters students starting a course in 2016/17. More information is available on the study site (http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/taught/government-loans/index.html) and the government website external website.

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The MSc in Global Innovation Management is a unique two-year programme. It’s offered jointly by. - University of Strathclyde. - Aalborg University (Denmark). Read more

Why this course?

The MSc in Global Innovation Management is a unique two-year programme. It’s offered jointly by:
- University of Strathclyde
- Aalborg University (Denmark)
- Hamburg University of Technology (Germany)

You'll have the opportunity to study at two of the universities.
The course focuses on new challenges in innovative global enterprise and provides you with:
- a practical and global perspective of innovation management
- skills applicable to larger multinational organisations and smaller enterprises
- broader views of Innovation Management including; technology management; research and development; product/service development
- increased research capability

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/globalinnovationmanagement/

You’ll study

The programme is divided into four semesters over two years.

You’ll spend your first year at Strathclyde. You’ll gain practical experience of working within globally distributed teams and with an industrial client.

In the first semester of Year 2, you’ll either undertake in-depth study of innovation management in Germany or an industrial internship in Denmark.

In the final semester you’ll take on a thesis project. This is supervised by the Year 2 host institution.

Partner Universities

- Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, University of Strathclyde
The department focuses on 'what to make' and 'how to make it'. Its research interests involve:
- product and process technologies
- information technologies
- design methodologies
- telepresence and organisational modelling

The department has a range of innovative purpose built design and manufacture laboratories. This includes the new digital design and manufacture studio. It brings together:
- data capture
- CAD
- 3D visualisation
- rapid prototyping capabilities

The department achieved a research rating of four (where five is top) in the most recent UK national assessment of research.

- The Institute of Technology and Innovation Management, Hamburg University of Technology
The institute’s focus is on the management of technology and innovation. In particular, the practical management of the innovation process.
Lecture content is based on new research findings. You’ll also take part in:
- group work
- case studies
- practical applications in the field of innovation management.

Research is directly focused on innovation processes and new technologies.

- The Centre for Industrial Production (CIP) at Aalborg University
The main focus is on linking theory to method. The relationship between product development, manufacturing and distribution networks in a global context is of key interest.
The University ensures that their most relevant and up-to-date research activity is delivered to students through project-based work. There’s a particular emphasis on industrial experience.
The centre organises their research into four distinct areas:
- product development in networks
- supply chain management
- strategic manufacturing development
- organisational design and change

All three universities are members of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Careers

As a graduate of Global Innovation Management you’ll be able to enter the international employment market working for employers such as:
- enterprises dealing with high end technological products and services
- consultants making technology assessment and innovation /change management
- governmental institutes dealing with innovation policy and strategy
- relevant research and higher education institutions

Where are they now?

100% of our graduates are in work or further study.*

Job titles include:
- Business Analyst
- Business Systems Developer
- Engineering Consultant
- Researcher
- Product Manager
- Senior Analyst

Employers include:
- Alten
- Emerson
- Openlink Financials
- Siemens
- SRW & Co
- University of Strathclyde

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2011/12, 2010/11

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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This MSc Product Design programme is for students with a background in design, engineering or related areas. The course and modules aim to develop and enhance your innovation skills and knowledge required to achieve successful product design development and innovation. Read more
This MSc Product Design programme is for students with a background in design, engineering or related areas. The course and modules aim to develop and enhance your innovation skills and knowledge required to achieve successful product design development and innovation.

You will develop a high level of creativity and design ideas as a part of your response to possible market opportunities. This is a key element to your learning on this programme.

The course will also enable you to develop a critical understanding of sustainable factors and its relevance and importance to all our futures. The course creates opportunities for students to originate new ideas and model or prototype design solutions that will meet perceived manufacturing, marketing and consumer needs.

Subject guide and modules

The range of modules reflects the nature of innovative design solutions plus the additional knowledge and skills required to put it into practice professionally. Elective module selection is detailed in the Programme Specifications.

Core Taught Modules
-New Product Development (EM4006)
-Research Project (PD4001)
-Product Design Innovation (PD4002)
-Sustainable Design (PD4005)
-Innovation Business Development (PD4008)
-Design Realisation (PD4009)
-International Studies (PD4010)

Optional Taught Modules
-Strategic Management (EM4002)
-Computational Fluid Dynamics and Applications (ME4501)
-Finite Element Analysis: Theory and Application (ME4502)
-Renewable Energy (ME4504)
-CAD Principles and Materials Selection (ME4505)
-Advanced Computer Aided Design (ME4518)

The Major Project module is completed between April and September.
-Major Project (PD4000)

Learning, teaching & assessment

The modules in this programme are delivered with lectures, seminars and lab-based tutorials giving a good balance between scientific methodologies and hands-on practice.

Creativity will underpin much of the interactive work during this course. Developed ideas can be manufactured using a variety of techniques including the use of our range of Rapid – Prototyping equipment.

Modules are assessed mainly through coursework, although some modules may also have exams. The major project is assessed by dissertation and supporting design work. Examples of past major projects range from the development of innovative Rigging for Stunt Kite Boarding, Race Car Suspension using composite technologies with Innovative Designs to the use of Solar Energy to help cool domestic conservatories.

Personal development

This is an interactive course aimed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the changes, developments and potential opportunities that face us all in a Global economy. You will create and deliver a major project and develop effective research and specification skills.

Semester 1 modules will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise required for this level of work, as well as the opportunity to initiate the research for the major project idea. Semester 2 modules will enable you to extend your professional understanding and expertise through module coursework, individual projects and teamwork.

You will also make several individual presentations and get chance to hone your interview techniques.

Professional accreditation

This programme is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers leading to Chartered Engineering status (CEng).

Career prospects

Career prospects for graduates are excellent On completion of this one year course the student should be able to confidently develop their own product ideas and innovations ‘ready for manufacture and marketing’, start their own design business enterprise, or enter new product development organisations and other creative businesses at a higher level of responsibility.

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This MSc will equip you with the fundamental knowledge and skills required for managing innovative product and brand or policy development, service delivery, or integration of emerging technologies in fast-paced industries- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/msc-management-innovation/. Read more
This MSc will equip you with the fundamental knowledge and skills required for managing innovative product and brand or policy development, service delivery, or integration of emerging technologies in fast-paced industries- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/msc-management-innovation/

The management of innovation is the critical element ensuring successful new products and services are encouraged, survive, and flourish.

Every successful company from technologists like Google, Apple, and Spotify to think tanks and agencies like Ogilvy, Unruly Media or Mindshare, media like Monocle, BBC, and Wall Street Journal, and even movements like Bitcoin and Occupy understand the need for innovation and creativity.

Another common characteristic of these organisations is that senior executives or leaders from all of them have shared and discussed innovation challenges and opportunities with students on this programme. And recent speakers in our Innovation Case Studies series have included fashion designer Paul Smith, 'city super woman' Nicola Horlick, and editor of Monocle Tyler Brûlé.

Goldsmiths graduates have recently captured Academy Awards, Baftas, and Golden Globes (Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave), the Mercury Prize (James Blake) and the Turner Prize (Laure Prouvost). We have a long history of demonstrating innovation and our students have the unique opportunity of developing interdisiciplinary practical and theoretical management capabilities in this bustling creative and entrepreneurial environment.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Chris Brauer.

Modules & Structure

You'll learn core leadership skills, and how to apply them to manage the near continuous need for innovations and changes in organisational products, structures, strategies, and processes. You can choose to study the latest techniques and strategies for consumer behaviour and marketing or seek to develop a fully formed business model for entreprenurial ventures.

The programme mixes theory and practice and allows you to obtain a professional qualification in project management and development, which will enhance your employment prospects.

The Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths benefits from excellent links with industry. Graduates of this programme will be capable of leadership and adaptive management styles, and will be able to direct and manage innovation in a variety of organisations.

Innovation Case Studies 15 credits
Project Management 30 credits
Organisational Behaviour 15 credits
Digital Research Methods 15 credits

In addition to these modules, you'll also study:

Research Project (60 credits):
You'll undertake an independent piece of research or a large-scale multimedia website and/or mobile application addressing a specific innovation gap or entrepreneurial opportunity related to digital entrepreneurship. The research dissertation should be no longer than 10,000 words. If you choose to develop a multimedia application you must provide an accompanying 3,000 word critical analysis essay reflecting on the production process. You'll be allocated to an appropriate supervisor.

Option modules (45 credits):
Students on the MSc Management of Innovation programme can choose 45 credits of options. This offers opportunities for students to focus on specific aspects of management and innovation that fit with individual student interests from developing innovative ventures to product development and progressive and contemporary forms of managing and motivating human capital.

-Consumer Behaviour (15 credits) – The psychology of decision making, the rational and irrational human, heuristics, priming, and information processing. This module introduces pricing strategies, individual differences in consumers, and legal issues in analytics and analysis of consumer behaviours. This module helps you understand individual consumers and target markets for the development of innovative products and services.

-Entrepreneurial Modeling (30 credits) – This module aims to nurture the skills and attitudes of students to allow them to become innovators and to provide models of entrepreneurial/business support relevant and useful for creative entrepreneurs. The module has evolved from NESTA’s Creative Pioneer Programme and will use the Modelling Techniques that were designed and have evolved from industry best practices that provide approaches to commercialising creativity. It will look at the range of business models that exist and review how best to build a financially sustainable organisation. Students produce a full and robust business plan for a new venture.

-Leadership & Talent Management (15 credits) – You learn about methods for assessing and nurturing leadership potential and talent along with approaches to enhancing and motivating leaders. The module uses case materials and practical examples introducing the importance of theory and research-based practice in these fields.

-Psychology of Marketing and Advertising (15 credits) – Students learn the traditional form of marketing: targeting, differentiation, loyalty, and buying behaviour and contrast this with emerging market views on physical and mental availability. The module explores the present and future of marketing strategies building on understandings of consumer behaviours and behavioural economics. The roles of communication strategies and cognitive psychology are taught in relation to advertising effectiveness and channel strategies.

-Research Design and Applied Statistics (15 credits) – Students learn to critically evaluate effective research design and analysis of data in work environments. The module aims to equip you with the skills to collect, code, analyse and interpret data; to understand how to design quantitative studies to ethically test hypotheses; to use analysis software; and to present data appropriately in text, tables and figures.

-Training and Development (15 credits) – Performance appraisal; training needs analysis; training design and delivery; employee development (eg. appraisal, 360-degree feedback, development centres); leadership; practical and strategic issues.

-Workplace Coaching and Counselling (15 credits) – Introduction to key concepts in coaching and counselling, theoretical approaches to coaching and counselling, counselling for stress management, counselling for careers, career development and management, workplace coaching, and professional issues in coaching.

Please note as an enrolled postgraduate student it is often possible to take additional modules from other departments at Goldsmiths, however these audited modules are not for credit towards your MSc.

Skills

The programme will help you develop strong project management, problem-solving, decision-making and critical evaluation skills. You'll develop an understanding of theories of leadership, and the characteristics of the organisational and social structures within which leaders and talented individuals work. You'll learn about project management and how it can be applied to a range of project environments. You'll also learn about innovation approaches and challenges, and how to translate conceptual and theoretical implications of innovation to practical applications.

Careers

Graduates of the programme will be capable of managing projects full of change, transformation, and innovation in any size of organisation – from start-ups to non-profits and Fortune 500 companies. Senior level industry guest speakers and analysts feature on several of the modules on the programme.

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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The MSc in Integrated Product Design course focuses on the design of innovative products, emphasising the balance between the interest of users, industry and society. Read more

About the course

The MSc in Integrated Product Design course focuses on the design of innovative products, emphasising the balance between the interest of users, industry and society. It covers the whole design process, integrating all aspects relevant to product development, in particular global new product design.

It meets industrial demand by integrating technology, management, aesthetics, environmental sustainability, ergonomics, marketing, business and design methods – to produce highly qualified and sought after designers able to cope with the challenges the global economy presents.

Specifically, the course aims to:

Provide an integrated programme of study across a broad range of knowledge and skills in product/industrial design
Develop design and technology research skills related to the design process through practicing applied research
Develop advanced design skills, enabling graduates to practice as an independent design professional and to further develop design and professional skills in product/industrial design engineering
Nurture scientific rigour as well as creativity to enable graduates to follow a successful career in product/industrial design and assume leadership roles in national and international companies and institutions.

Aims

Students master all aspects of integrated product design advancing their design skills and knowledge by applying systematic state-of-the-art theories and methodologies, and by integrating user, technology and business aspects. This not only opens up dynamic career options, but equips students with a comprehensive skillset to take into the commercial world.

The primary aim of this programme is to provide students with the practical knowledge and transferable skills required to be at the forefront of global product and services design research and development, in either an industrial or academic environment.
Graduates of this MSc will also have the independent learning ability required for both continual professional development and the acquisition of new skills at the highest level.

The course provides an integrated approach and promotes advanced studies in design theory, creativity and aesthetics, innovation methods, advanced design techniques, human factors and applied ergonomics, engineering, material and production science, sustainability and research methods.

Course Content

The first term includes three taught modules worth a total of 45 credits plus one double module of 30 credits which continues into the second term alongside three further modules. The thick module, Professional Design Studio, will include guest lectures, research seminars and group or individual project. The projects can be based on design research or product/industrial design.

The ‘Design Futures’ module will introduce the importance and potential value of future foresight techniques and develop a vision of the future and critically evaluate its implications for design, innovation and enabling technology.

The ‘Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Techniques’ module will introduce CAD and graphics based design modelling, rendering techniques and tools, product design simulation techniques and tools, rapid prototyping and manufacturing techniques.

For the final four months of the programme (June to September), students can either continue their projects to greater depth as their dissertation project, or undertake a new subject. Students are encouraged to form industrial links as part of this project.

Typical Modules

Sustainable Design
Design Creativity and Aesthetic Awareness
Human Factors in Design
Professional Design Studio
Design and Innovation Futures: Seminar & Workshop
Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Techniques
Strategic Design Management and Research
Dissertation Project

Assessment

Work in each module is predominantly assessed through practical project assignments including both individual and group work. The dissertation makes up a third of the overall degree and may include a substantial practical design element, but in all cases will be assessed through a final 20,000 word submission.

Special Features

High league table standings: Our courses are among the highest-ranking for Product and Industrial Design in the UK. In all the most recent university guides, as well as in the National Student Survey, Brunel Design is placed in the top four out of all UK Art and Design courses.

High employability: Design graduates enjoy excellent career prospects – see student graduate articles.

Accreditation

Brunel's Integrated Product Design course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).

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You will be provided with concepts and skills for a variety of consumer, commercial, national and international markets across industry sectors. Read more

INSTITUTE FOR DESIGN INNOVATION

You will be provided with concepts and skills for a variety of consumer, commercial, national and international markets across industry sectors.
How can the innovation process support the development of new products and services? This programme opens up the processes of design and innovation and allows you to evaluate and test your ideas through a series of individual and group projects designed to develop innovative designers.

Through the process you will respond to briefs from industry partners, develop products and business concepts. This programme was developed jointly with the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development.

See the website http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/design-innovation-management/

Programme Aims

a) To enhance design skills and knowledge through theoretical and practical application individually and in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams

b) Develop collaborative behaviour through active learning and team work, analysing and evaluating problems and responding to challenges in real time

c) To enable graduates to develop their critical thinking and insight to improve their effectiveness as designers

d) To enable graduates to develop their analytical and research skills through undertaking a substantial innovation management design and evaluation project

e) Develop the critical analysis skills required to evaluate and reflect on the innovation process and the behaviours required to manage innovation in the design process

Programme Structure

To complete the MSc Design Innovation Management students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules (4 in the first semester and 4 in the second semester). All modules are compulsory. All students must complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits.

ASSESSMENT

Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams.

Students will be asked to produce project briefs, concept drawings, user scenarios, storyboards, project blogs and multimedia documentation

CAREER PROSPECTS

The programme enables you to pursue a broad range of management careers in the private and public sector. In particular, we aim to enhance your career prospects and prepare you for roles in innovation management. On completion, you might expect to gain senior management roles in a range of functions including marketing, new product development, innovation, research and development, and technology. Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking an MRes or PhD programme.

COMPULSORY MODULES

- Design Thinking
- Reflection and Action
- Meaning Making in Design
- Design Innovation Project
- Innovation Management
- Entrepreneurship
- Intellectual Property
- Collaborative Project
- Dissertation

Find information on modules here http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/design-innovation-management/

Scholarships

We are investing over half a million pounds (£0.5m) in our scholarship and bursary scheme to support your studies at Loughborough University London in 2017. This package of support celebrates and rewards excellence, innovation and community. Our ambition is to inspire students of the highest calibre and from all backgrounds and nationalities to study with us and benefit from the wider Loughborough University experience and network. Our range of scholarships, bursaries and support packages are available to UK, EU and international students.View the sections below to discover which scholarship options are right for you.

What's on offer for 2017?
Inspiring Success Programme
-For unemployed and underemployed* graduates living in the East London Growth Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest
-Award value: 100% off your tuition fees
-We are joining forces with The London Legacy Development Company to offer a two day programme of specialist support for graduates, including workshops, skills seminars and networking opportunities to increase students' employability and support those looking to enter into postgraduate education.
-Eligibility: At the end of the programme, eight students will be selected for a 100% scholarship to study a masters course of their choice at our London campus in September 2017.

Dean's Award for Enterprise
-For students looking for the skills and support to launch a new business
-Award value: 90% off fees to launch your business idea
-Eligibility: The award will be given at the discretion of the Dean and the Senior Leadership Team, based on a one-page submission of your business idea.

East London Community Scholarship
-For any students who obtained their GCSE’s or A-levels (or equivalent qualifications) from The Growth Boroughs – Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest
-Award value: 50% off your tuition fees
-Eligibility: Competitive scholarship based on one-page submission showing your contribution to our community.

Alumni Bursary
-For all Loughborough University alumni
-Award value: 20% off your tuition fees
-Eligibility: International and UK/EU alumni holding a current offer for LoughboroughExcellence Scholarship
-For international and UK/EU high achieving students
-Eligibility: Any student holding a high 2:1 or first class undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised high quality institution will be considered.

Find information on scholarships here http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/scholarships-and-bursaries/

Find how to apply here http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/

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Do you want to change the world? Our innovation programmes will set you on your way. The innovators of the 21st century will bring together arts, science, engineering, humanities and enterprise to deliver innovative products, services and ways of living. Read more
Do you want to change the world? Our innovation programmes will set you on your way.

The innovators of the 21st century will bring together arts, science, engineering, humanities and enterprise to deliver innovative products, services and ways of living. They will be team players, with a breadth of skills enabling them to work across specialisms and cultures. They will be designers and entrepreneurs, and have a passion for style, efficiency and sustainability. Bristol’s innovation programmes are for people who want to pursue their subject specialism in a way that enables them to apply it: to become innovators who can change the world.

Our aim is to educate a new generation to create and grow innovative companies and social enterprises. The MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme aims to develop the high-level skills and critical competencies needed for successful innovation and entrepreneurship, through a practice-orientated approach based on collaborative teamwork across disciplines and cultures. It teaches students how to apply their subject-specific knowledge to real-world challenges through a range of transdisciplinary units focusing on innovation-led entrepreneurial skills, design and systems thinking, making and testing. Students will be equipped to apply their knowledge and skills to address key issues such as health, education and the environment. Their final project will be their launchpad, when they will create an enterprise, put together a detailed plan and work out how take it forward and raise investment.

Santander Innovation Scholarships

We have five Santander Innovation Scholarships worth £3,000 each, which will be awarded as a one-off payment to the top five students on the MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme at the beginning of their course. These scholarships will be open to both home and overseas students and will be offered based on academic merit for the best innovation pitches (text or video) submitted, as judged by the innovations academic team. Representatives from Santander will meet the student award recipients at an event in September/October, near the start of term, when these scholarships will be awarded.

Programme structure

You will start by learning to work in teams and find out about both design thinking and systems thinking. This combination can deliver a holistic understanding of a genuine problem or need, generate ideas that will transform both the system and lives of users, while ensuring the new system is sustainable. You will work in multidisciplinary teams to take on a series of innovation and entrepreneurial challenges. You will also learn to create innovations to meet real human needs through the In the Wild unit, understanding your target audience and the issues facing them and developing ideas for possible solutions. You will gain insight into the technological, social and political influences on design and innovation, drawing on case studies of success and failure to help you think about future opportunities.

In the second teaching block you will explore solutions for a real-world client, iterating to develop an unexpected range of possibilities and creating prototypes to test with real customers or users. You will learn about different kinds of enterprise and learn how to explore your ideas from a business or social perspective and how to place them in the appropriate context. You will find out how to assess the feasibility, sustainability and desirability of a proposed venture, how to create business plans and how to assess whether your ideas will work, are viable, or whether anyone will want them.

In your final project over the summer, you will work in teams to pull together all you have learned - to create and trial a prototype for an innovative product or service, or a social innovation. Your team may contain staff and external partners, as well as students. You will put together a detailed enterprise plan to accompany your prototype, including market analysis, intellectual property searches, resource profiles, financial plans, user testing and clear opportunities for investment.

Careers

You will still be an expert in your chosen subject specialism and you will still be able to proceed into careers requiring an honours course in that specialism. However you will also be equipped to do much more: to take your subject knowledge and apply it to real-world challenges, to innovate, to work in teams with people from different specialisms, backgrounds and cultures, and to create and implement entrepreneurial plans to take ideas forward. These skills are highly valued by all organisations, large or small, local or global.

You may graduate as a member of a new venture that you and your fellow students have created. Or you may decide you want to create your own enterprise or join an existing one. Whatever you decide, you will be able to hit the ground running, building on your entrepreneurial and innovation experience. You will soon have the satisfaction of seeing your work starting to make an impact – and ultimately changing the world.

You will graduate with a portfolio of work to show what you have been able to do and will have a network of professional contacts to draw on. You will also be able to go on to further study, either in the UK or internationally.

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MA Innovation Management recognises the need to identify and verify opportunity. Where MBA and design management programmes analyse problems, this postgraduate course deploys connective and creative approaches to managing innovation in order to synthesise opportunities. Read more

Introduction

MA Innovation Management recognises the need to identify and verify opportunity. Where MBA and design management programmes analyse problems, this postgraduate course deploys connective and creative approaches to managing innovation in order to synthesise opportunities.

Content

MA Innovation Management is part of the Culture and Enterprise programme. It aims to bring together open-minded individuals from a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds in order to promote new ways of thinking and doing that encourages creative collaborations in the pursuit of innovation. Our focus is on developing strategic collaborative practitioners who can identify, and develop, innovative business and public sector opportunities.

MA Innovation Management will explore innovation in relation to services, products and user experiences. It will be delivered through a range of different learning experiences, from the traditional to the experimental, from student- led to industry-linked, so that students can produce synergistic and co-operative approaches to problem-solving, risk-management and opportunity development.

Graduates of MA Innovation Management will be able to identify and deliver creativity and innovation within both a lifestyle and business context. They will be able to apply innovation tools and practices, research and identify which creative vectors are suitable for a given scenario and communicate such opportunities in a compelling and engaging way.

MA Innovation Management graduates will be highly attractive to potential employers in business, the creative industries or policy makers who wish to embrace 360- degree innovation. This postgraduate course will help graduates develop careers in areas like innovation research, strategy and business development and brand/product management.

Structure

Unit 1: Exploration and Experimentation

Unit One acts as an induction into the College and an immersion into the area of design-driven innovation and its management.

Unit 2: Collaboration and Independence

This unit acts as a natural extension to Unit 1 and requires you to identify, propose and investigate a personal direction, in which you can demonstrate originality and self-direction in tackling and solving problems that are genuinely at the forefront of the subject.

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This is a creative, project-based course focusing on the practical and theoretical study of product design and its relationship to interaction. Read more
This is a creative, project-based course focusing on the practical and theoretical study of product design and its relationship to interaction. As an advanced product designer, this course supports your continued development and will refine your practice in interaction and user-centred product design.

The course explores academic theories as well as industry practice within interactive media, digital arts, entertainment and product design; and is a combination of two separate fields: product design and interactive media.

In Interactive Product Futures you will focus on user-centred design processes and research and analyse “user interaction” as your primary focus. The emphasis is on technology-mediated communication between humans and objects or spaces, allowing you to apply design and apply technological solutions to people’s infinite needs. You will also examine how technology gives personality to objects, and thereby how to ensure technology and design are more empathetic to people and their behaviours.

In the early units of the course you will be given short project briefs in which to design, implement, test and evaluate solutions in the form of an interactive product. Each project brief may take the form of an online or offline product; for example: an online quiz, an e-commerce type application, a toy. This is also an opportunity to produce a series of creative works within the specialisation of rapid prototyping (3D printing), animation, game design, web design, installation art, projection mapping, creative coding, computation design and entertainment media. The aim is to provide you with the opportunity to develop a software solution to a given problem, or aspect of a larger problem.

You will be encouraged to experiment with new ways of working with objects/scenarios and their integration with technology both creatively and collaboratively, and to apply emerging and existing technological solutions through personal fabrication, research and the experimental application of technology.

The course promotes cross disciplinary thinking as an approach to product design, so that the relationship between interactivity, artefacts, environments and the systems and organisations in which they operate can be re-examined.

By studying the course you will develop your creative design skills to innovate and influence product and interaction design practice and realise the commercial potential of your design proposals.

- Collaborative project
'The Digital Gym' project, which allowed students to research how emerging technologies are applied and user behaviour enhanced to provide a distinct, immersive gym experience on the Greenwich Peninsula.

Study units

- Technology Issues
- Business and Innovation
- Research Process
- Concept and Prototyping
- Major project

Through the Business and Innovation unit you will have the opportunity to explore the generation of innovative new business models that will help to shape your emerging project concept.

The Technology Issues unit encourages you to engage and explore emerging new technologies as well as skills in scripting and coding, first within a group, then as a cross-disciplinary, and finally in an individual project.

Through the Research Process unit, you will explore academic theoretical frameworks and research methodologies and their application within industry practice.

In both the Technology Issues and Concept and Prototyping units, youwill explore the dialogue between product and user, the function, usability and forms, flow and creativity and user experiences.

The course will culminate in your final Major Project.

Programme Aims

All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:

- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;

- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;

- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;

- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;

- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.

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The TU Wien and the Vienna University of Economics and Business jointly offer a Professional MBA Program of international format. Read more
The TU Wien and the Vienna University of Economics and Business jointly offer a Professional MBA Program of international format. This program creates a special potential of success by combining technological excellence and managerial realization competence.

Participants gain a profound knowledge in general management, innovations management and entrepreneurial leadership. Here innovation is understood as the process through which knowledge and creativity lead to product or service changes. Entrepreneurship is then the process through which knowledge and creativity generate new ways of delivering these products and services, either through a new organization or through reformation of an existing enterprise.

Contents
The Professional MBA Program comprises of general economic science modules and specialist in-depth modules. The basic modules of economic science raise all of the participants to a common level of sound, fundamental economic knowledge and serve as quality assurance for knowledge that has already been acquired.

Managing People and Organizations
Strategy and Innovation
Managerial Economics and Decision Analysis
Accounting and Finance
Marketing and Markets
Operations and IT
Leadership and Ethics
After that the professional specialization and immersion in the subject matter take place. The final part of the MBA Program serves for the consolidation and integration of what has been learned, as well as the writing of a practically-orientated Master's Thesis.

Sources of Innovation
Strategy of Innovation
Marketing of Innovation
Organization of Innovation
Financing and Controlling of Innovation
Entrepreneurial Leadership
Master's Thesis
In addition to the lectures various excursions and a field trip to the USA (Boston area: MIT, Harvard Business School etc.) are also planned.

Target Group

The Professional MBA Program is aiming mainly at people operating at the gateway between technology and economy and those who want to operate in this area in the future:

Employees of companies or self-employed that have placed or tend to place themselves as innovation leaders
Engineers, Natural Scientists and Economists working in the fields of product marketing and product controlling with leadership experience
Employees who have made the first steps in their career and want to be prepared to take over an interdisciplinary, innovation oriented management position
Potential founders with technological background

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