MGT-414 / 4 credits

Teacher: Younge Kenneth

Language: English

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

Remark: Special schedule. See the MTE website: https://go.epfl.ch/mte


Summary

This course focuses on the economic and organizational conditions that shape technological innovation by firms. The intent is for students to learn core concepts that can make innovation initiatives within a firm more successful, and to then apply those concepts to real business problems and cases.

Content

Keywords

Technology

Innovation

Strategy

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify and evaluate strategies and structures that are more likely to lead to success
  • Apply theory and best practices for assessing the potential for new ideas to convert into new products, technologies and businesses
  • Apply different theoretical perspectives on technology strategy and innovation, think creatively about alternative courses of action, and ask insightful questions

Transversal skills

  • Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
  • Evaluate one's own performance in the team, receive and respond appropriately to feedback.
  • Identify the different roles that are involved in well-functioning teams and assume different roles, including leadership roles.
  • Keep appropriate documentation for group meetings.
  • Resolve conflicts in ways that are productive for the task and the people concerned.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.
  • Summarize an article or a technical report.

Teaching methods

The course will be taught through readings, lectures, discussions, individual research, the analysis of rough drafts, group-organized research, and group presentations. We will analyze real companies in often fast changing environments. Students will be placed in the role of a key decision maker and asked to address issues related to the management of technical and innovative products and services for that firm.

Expected student activities

Perhaps more than any other course at the College of Management, this course will emphasize the importance of logical analysis in a verbalized and written form. The quality of what you write, and how you write it, will be an important aspect of the course. You will be given constructive criticism along the way on rough drafts that you must submit in advance for review; you will then receive criticism from both the instructor and others in the course, which you should use to improve. Complete mastery of written English is not required for the course (the power of good ideas and rigorous analysis generally outweigh issues of word choice and fluency), but there is a strong written requirement for the course and it is expected that students will (at times) struggle with the difficulties of rigorous writing. Writing is not easy.

Assessment methods

10%  Class Participation
10%  Individual Report – Rough Draft
10%  Comments on Rough Drafts
20%  Individual Report – Final Draft
10%  Team Project - Presentation
20%  Team Project - Final Report
20%  Final Exam

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

No

Bibliography

A reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course.

A case packet will be made available online for purchase.

 

Prerequisite for

MGT-411 Innovation Management

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Number of places: 60
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Technology & innovation strategy
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Number of places: 60
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Technology & innovation strategy
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Number of places: 60
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Technology & innovation strategy
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Number of places: 60
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Technology & innovation strategy
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Number of places: 60
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Technology & innovation strategy
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Number of places: 60
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Technology & innovation strategy
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Number of places: 60
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Technology & innovation strategy
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

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