Why is innovation key to sustainable business strategies? How do different types of firms organise their innovation activities? How is knowledge diffused in firms and networks? Whether your interest is to run your own business, work in innovation management, or become a consultant, these are all questions that you will come across. The MSc programme in Innovation, Knowledge and Entrepreneurial dynamics (MIKE-B) deals with these questions among others. The key objective of the MIKE-B programme is to train business economists in the understanding of entrepreneurial dynamics with a special focus on knowledge management and innovation.
In companies, organisations and among policymakers there is a growing focus on the need to re-design firm strategies, institutions, and economic policy to match the demand of the new 'knowledge-based economy'. There is an increasing demand for academically trained employees and managers who can pursue new opportunities, create innovation and contribute to a dynamic development of firms in changing environments.
The MIKE-B programme use the problem-based-learning (PBL) model of learning, combining frontal lectures with projects where students are given much flexibility to follow their interests and deepen their insight in specific topics. This learning style is a trademark of Aalborg University, and is increasingly gaining adepts in other universities throughout the world. The programme aims at educating proactive team-players to pursue their interest in collaboration with others students.
Employment and career opportunities
With a Master degree in Innovation, Knowledge and Entrepreneurial Dynamics you will get a specific and profound knowledge about how knowledge is produced, diffused and used. You will have obtained a specific capability to analyse dynamic processes and to find relevant solutions to essential problems.
Typical job opportunities are in firms, financial institutes, national and international organisations, and regulatory bodies where analytical work related to regional, national and international framework conditions and strategies for industrial and economic development are in the centre.
The MIKE-B programme prepares you to undertake a career in:
-The private sector (larger companies, banks and financial institutions, or consultancies) -Regulatory bodies at the local, regional, national, and international level (municipalities, regional bodies, Ministries of Trade, Industry, Science and Technology, etc.) -National or international organisations (for instance labour market organisations, industrial associations, European Commission, OECD, the World Bank) -National or international research institutions and universities (as a Ph.d.-student or research fellow)
Content and Structure
MIKE-B is an international programme for Danish and international students. The teaching language is English.
The programme consists of four terms (semesters). The third term (9th semester) offers an opportunity for traineeship or study abroad as well as courses within the MIKE-B programme.
Concurrently with the MIKE-B programme runs a 'twin programme' within Economics (cand.oecon.). The title of the economics programme is 'MSc in Innovation, Knowledge and Economic Dynamics' (MIKE-E). Parts of the activities (courses, seminars, project work) is organised as joint activities between the two master programmes, parts of the activities (especially courses in tools and methods) are organised as separate activities within each programme.
The programme consists of courses, seminars and project work. The project work gives a good opportunity to reflect and use the theories, methods and tools presented in the courses and seminars. The programme includes courses, seminars and project work within the following topics
-Knowledge, learning and innovation management -Entrepreneurial dynamics -Knowledge, learning and innovation in firms and society -Innovation and competence systems -Knowledge, globalisation, and internationalisation of the firm -Knowledge, growth, trade and economic development -Knowledge- and innovation policy -Research methods