Coursebooks 2017-2018


Early detection of innovation potential


Lecturer(s) :

Rossel Pierre




It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.


The course aims at providing knowledge and competences for the strategic management of innovation, by developing methodological capabilities for the early detection of both risks and opportunities linked with innovation dynamics, in the short and medium term, with all the necessary follow-up steps


The course comprises on the one hand, knowledge acquisition courses (sessions 1-6 and 7-10, with focused lectures, case studies and in-class exercises) and on the other hand, a competence acquisition perspective, consisting, all along the semester, in working on the semester's major exercise by groups of 3.

The content of the course sessions is as follows :

  1. Methodological base 1: The monitoring approaches
  2. Methodological base 2: Trend analysis
  3. Methodological base 3: The forecasting approaches
  4. Methodological base 4: Scenario design and planning
  5. Methodological base 5: The assessment approaches
  6. Methodological base 6: The creativity issue
  7. Advanced research problems 1: Early detection issues
  8. Advanced research problems 2: Systems' approaches
  9. Advanced research problems 3: Public policy issues
  10. Wrapping up for management of innovation challenges: A Strategic intelligence synthesis


Content of the semester's major exercise: defined by the students (teams of 3) upon a double choice, namely: 1) the topic of each exercise, out of a 30-some shopping list and 2) the methodological package. 6-8 topics will be therefore studied in depth while carrying out these major exercises, thus expanding the content of topics and issues covered by the course. All topics are related to technology and innovation challenges.


Environmental scanning, technology foresight, forecasting, technology assessment, early detection, weak signal analysis, innovation management, strategic intelligence, creativity

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

No required courses

Recommended courses

No recommended courses others than those dealing with innovation management in MTEE cursus

Important concepts to start the course

None for entering the course (the course's theme is supposed new to all, as experience already showed).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Standard roll-out for all sessions, divided in three parts: a lecture and a presentation of case studies on the session's main theme(s), and finally one or more small in-class exercise(s).

Formal exercises (major semester exercises) elaborated during the whole semester by groups of three and presented during session 12 or 13. In the early elaboration phase, an orientation meeting with teacher is recommended.

Expected student activities

In the classroom, during each session: 1) during formal lecture and case study presentation, questions or comments are expected; 2) in the third part (in-class exercises), small group work will take place, occasionally with results reported upon by rolling rapporteurs, otherwise synthetised by lecturer.

As for the semester's major exercises: contribution to group work and final powerpoint presentation (i.e., the document elaboration, and directly or indirectly, the oral presentation).

Aside in-class work and major exercise group work: reading of the sessions' slides (also preparing for the final MCQ exam), examining the extended version of the sessions' slides as well as the additional documents, reading the other work group major exercise slides.

Assessment methods

1) Continuous control (during the semester) and 2) Final exam during the semester's last sessin (December 2016), counting, for these two assessment components, as follows:

50 %      Oral presentation (during session 11 or 12), of a powerpoint document, result of team work carried out during the whole semester under the label «major exercise»

50 %      MCQ exam, taking place during the semester's last session (December 2016), under the form of an individual exam bearing on the slides presented during the semester's first ten sessions


Others Almost constant lecturer email accessibility, and option for an orientation meeting with lecturer to prepare the major exercise's outline.



After an initial bibliography provided in the syllabus, references will be then given along the course roll-out and its thematic progression, week after week.


No handbook, but an equivalent on Moodle comprising the sessions' slides (in the short version serving as reference for the final MCQ exam), the extended versions and the additional documents providing more information on the course's themes

Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

A manager's career in 1) research; 2) a technology-intensive service or 3) an innovative industrial sector !

In the programs

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German