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Technological change and the digital economy raise new economic and managerial challenges for businesses and public and private sector organisations. Birkbeck's Postgraduate Certificate in Business Innovation is designed for graduates who wish to acquire advanced, practical knowledge of these challenges and the best ways of approaching and tackling them.

We will consider the theoretical foundations of managing business innovation, but we will also look at real-life applications of this theory, the realities of contemporary professional practice, and how you can encourage, nurture and manage innovation. This combination of practical insight and analysis of real-world issues will enhance your career development and equip you for a range of management roles.

This programme will give you a deep understanding of the importance of innovation for rethinking a range of ideas, issues and structures within management, including business strategy, corporate assets, intellectual property rights, institutions, organisations and firms, entrepreneurship, and globalisation in a changing world. This course is ideal if you want to develop topical, focused and practical insights into the fundamentals of business innovation, including not only the technological aspects of innovation, but also the associated business models and working patterns. Modules focus on innovation management, entrepreneurship, networks and institutions influencing innovation, and digital business models.

If you wish to continue with your studies, you will be automatically accepted on to 2 Birkbeck Master's degrees: MSc Business Innovation with Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management; and MSc Business Innovation with E-business.

Birkbeck is a centre for excellence in research and inspirational teaching in business innovation. Our Centre for Innovation Management Research draws on a variety of academic disciplines across the fields of management, law, geography, economics and science policy to consider innovation systems, intellectual property rights, social capital, entrepreneurship, globalisation and more. The Centre's academic team delivers high-quality teaching and training in innovation and entrepreneurship to students and industry professionals.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Birkbeck is a centre of excellence in research and provides inspirational teaching in business innovation.
The programme is supported and informed by the cutting-edge research and professional expertise of our Centre for Innovation Management Research.
Many Birkbeck students work in, or have professional experience, in the industries under consideration. This provides strong networking opportunities with fellow students and Birkbeck alumni, with potentially beneficial impacts on your career development.
This Postgraduate Certificate provides guaranteed progression routes on to relevant Master's degree at Birkbeck, should you decide to continue you studies.
We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, Birkbeck's Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers, as well as enthusiastic teachers, and they regularly publish cutting-edge research. We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

Visit the Business Innovation (Postgraduate Certificate) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

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