MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Entrepreneurship, Technology and Society
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The course will cover:
The entrepreneur and the knowledge economy
The characteristics of knowledge and technology
The social shaping of technology
Standards, network effects and lock-in
The adoption and diffusion of innovations
The organisation of innovation and the production of knowledge
Interactions between public and private knowledge
Technological transitions and the gales of creative destruction
The purpose of this course unit is to introduce students to a range of foundational concepts in understanding the knowledge economy. It will explore the characteristics of knowledge, the processes and institutions that generate progress in knowledge, and the spread of innovations throughout society. The course tackles key approaches and theoretical perspectives from the sociology and history of science, technology and innovation to build a view of how economies are transformed through successive gales of creative destruction.
After completing the course, students will be familiar with:
- A range key conceptual approaches for understanding the modern knowledge economy
- A sample of in-depth case studies of major innovations, exemplifying the key perspectives
- How the dynamics of the wider knowledge economy impact on firm-level strategic decision making
Students will also develop the following skills:
- Group working
- Presenting critical arguments in seminars and through the written papers
- Basic research skills.
Group Presentation (20%) tests the ability of the students to critically interpret and communicate the relevance of historical cases of technologies and relate them to contemporary examples.
Short essay or blog or approx. 1200 words (30%) tests students’ ability to apply the models of technology development and adoption to the case of an emerging technology.
Individual essay (50%) of max 2500 words tests the students’ understanding of the social dynamics of technology diffusion and adoption.
Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.
Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.
Written and/or verbal comments after students have given a group or individual presentation.
Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.
Volti, R. (2001) Society and Technological Change, 4 edition, Worth, New York (good introductory text)
Mazzucato, M. (2015). The entrepreneurial state: Debunking public vs. private sector myths (Vol. 1). Anthem Press.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Elvira Uyarra||Unit coordinator|
Informal contact methods