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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "BUS 345"
COURSE NAME: "Innovation and Information Technology"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Francesco Lapenta
EMAIL: flapenta@johncabot.edu
HOURS: TTH 1:30-2:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Junior Standing
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course emphasizes the contextual and contingent nature of contemporary working-life and general social activities within the setting of business enterprises. Increasingly, highly skilled individuals, building and using information and communication technologies, can create new markets or take over existing ones by redefining the rules. The course aims to provide students with an understanding of how to use appropriate analytical tools in making decisions in respect to emerging business challenges and opportunities; to explore a series of contemporary business cases; to understand the main theories surrounding innovation, information systems, and new business models; to develop critical thinking in the area of business innovation through information systems and to learn how to research a topic in depth and develop a specialized understanding of a particular industry and/or business phenomenon.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

The aim of the course is to offer understandings of how innovation takes place and what the important explanatory factors, as well as the economic and social consequences, are.

The course is focused on practices and processes to manage innovation effectively in new and existing organizations (both incumbents and followers).

Teaching methods

 

The course will be delivered through lectures, videos, class discussion and case-based

exercises. Students will be expected to complete the required reading before the lectures

and to engage in debates and other exchanges related to the topics of each week’s session.

The teaching philosophy is based on “active learning” whereby students are active

participants in the learning process and create their own experiences through independent

and interactive inquiry and analysis.

Textbook

There is a textbook for the class and we will follow it closely. You are strongly advised to purchase this book for the class.

 

Book Title

Author

Publisher

ISBN number

Strategic Management of Technological Innovation

Schilling, Melissa A.

McGraw-Hill

5th edition 2017

 

Additional readings

Additional Readings will be distributed in class when necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Schedule 

 

Week

Date

Class

Topic

1



1

Introduction to Innovation

1



2

A Unified Model for Technological Innovation

2



3

The Impact of Technological Innovation on Society

2



4

Sources of Innovation

3



5

Types and Patterns of Innovation

3



6

Standards Battles

4



7

Case study 1

4



8

Timing of Entry

5



9

Case study: 2

5



10

Technological Innovation Strategy

6



11

Strategic Decision Making Processes

6



12

Collaboration Strategies

7



13

Innovation Role Game in Class

7



14

Intellectual Property Management

8



15

Mid Term

8



16

The Organization of Innovation Process

9



17

Case study: 3

9



18

Managing New Product Development

10



19

Managing New Product Development Teams 

10



20

Business Model Innovation

11



21

Open Innovation

11



22

Case study: 5

12



23

Crafting a Deployment Strategy

12



24

Case study: 5

13



25

Innovation Role Game in Class

13



26

Group presentation

14



27

Group presentation

14



28

Review class

 

 

 


 


Week

Date

Class

Topic

1

 

1

Introduction to Innovation

1

 

2

A Unified Model for Technological Innovation

2

 

3

The Impact of Technological Innovation on Society

2

 

4

Sources of Innovation

3

 

5

Types and Patterns of Innovation

3

 

6

Standards Battles

4

 

7

Case study 1

4

 

8

Timing of Entry

5

 

9

Case study: 2

5

 

10

Technological Innovation Strategy

6

 

11

Strategic Decision Making Processes

6

 

12

Collaboration Strategies

7

 

13

Innovation Role Game in Class

7

 

14

Intellectual Property Management

8

 

15

Mid Term

8

 

16

The Organization of Innovation Process

9

 

17

Case study: 3

9

 

18

Managing New Product Development

10

 

19

Managing New Product Development Teams

10

 

20

Business Model Innovation

11

 

21

Open Innovation

11

 

22

Case study: 5

12

 

23

Crafting a Deployment Strategy

12

 

24

Case study: 5

13

 

25

Innovation Role Game in Class

13

 

26

Group presentation

14

 

27

Group presentation

14

 

28

Review class

 

Week

Date

Class

Topic

1

 

1

Introduction to Innovation

1

 

2

A Unified Model for Technological Innovation

2

 

3

The Impact of Technological Innovation on Society

2

 

4

Sources of Innovation

3

 

5

Types and Patterns of Innovation

3

 

6

Standards Battles

4

 

7

Case study 1

4

 

8

Timing of Entry

5

 

9

Case study: 2

5

 

10

Technological Innovation Strategy

6

 

11

Strategic Decision Making Processes

6

 

12

Collaboration Strategies

7

 

13

Innovation Role Game in Class

7

 

14

Intellectual Property Management

8

 

15

Mid Term

8

 

16

The Organization of Innovation Process

9

 

17

Case study: 3

9

 

18

Managing New Product Development

10

 

19

Managing New Product Development Teams

10

 

20

Business Model Innovation

11

 

21

Open Innovation

11

 

22

Case study: 5

12

 

23

Crafting a Deployment Strategy

12

 

24

Case study: 5

13

 

25

Innovation Role Game in Class

13

 

26

Group presentation

14

 

27

Group presentation

14

 

28

Review class

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

·     Account for the importance of technological development and innovation for economic growth and increased competitiveness on a firm level;

·     Identify a firm's need to have a strategic and integrated approach to be able to successfully manage innovation and technical development;

·     Analyze complex innovation processes in firms both internally and externally.

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
 Assessment will be based on class participation (10%) a midterm exam (30%) a group report (30%) and a final exam (30%). The midterm and the final exam will be based on the course material and students will be required to solve a case study.  

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY

More than three absences will result in the loss of a letter grade if not adequately excused.


You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until ____________
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Class Schedule 



Week

Date

Class

Topic

1



1

Introduction to Innovation

1



2

A Unified Model for Technological Innovation

2



3

The Impact of Technological Innovation on Society

2



4

Sources of Innovation

3



5

Types and Patterns of Innovation

3



6

Standards Battles

4



7

Case study 1

4



8

Timing of Entry

5



9

Case study: 2

5



10

Technological Innovation Strategy

6



11

Strategic Decision Making Processes

6



12

Collaboration Strategies

7



13

Innovation Role Game in Class

7



14

Intellectual Property Management

8



15

Mid Term

8



16

The Organization of Innovation Process

9



17

Case study: 3

9



18

Managing New Product Development

10



19

Managing New Product Development Teams 

10



20

Business Model Innovation

11



21

Open Innovation

11



22

Case study: 5

12



23

Crafting a Deployment Strategy

12



24

Case study: 5

13



25

Innovation Role Game in Class

13



26

Group presentation

14



27

Group presentation

14



28

Review class