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The RSM MSc in Management of Innovation programme is one academic year’s duration. Core courses are compulsory and will be offered during the autumn semester (22 EC). Master electives (18 EC) are offered during the spring semester, of which one elective can be chosen from another MSc programme. It is also possible to replace one elective with an internship or business project. During the year, students work on a master thesis project (20 EC).

Please note that certain electives may be very popular. Although we can place most students in the elective(s) of their choice, there are no guaranteed places.

 

    • Whether an organization innovates determines whether it survives. It does not take a world-wide crisis for an organization to realize that the status quo will not be sufficient. And it is not only the multi-national corporations like Amazon that need to innovate, it is the restaurant at the corner, the local charity, and even national governments see the need for innovation. The question is not whether to innovate, but how.

      In this course you learn why organizations struggle to innovate and what to do about it. The course is organized around three broad questions such that each question will be addressed in a specific module:

      1.       How can organizations generate value?

      2.       How can organizations capture the value that they generate?

      3.       How can organizations and managers deliver value?

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by dr. H. Klapper​​​​​​​

    • Generation, recognition, adoption and sharing of innovation is certainly a challenge for every organization, but creating an organizational structure that enables an organization to continuously innovate is also an equally, or even more, daunting task. This course will introduce the central challenges and available solutions to organize innovation activities.

      Central topics encompass the processes by which innovation is generated, idea generation, theories of organization of innovation, organizing in service organizations, innovation networks, and organizational design in start-ups also through prototypes. The theoretical knowledge will be supported with case studies, skill development activities and guest speakers with whom the student will have the unique opportunity to discuss and share their opinion.

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by dr. S. Tasselli

       

    • New products, services and business models are generally implemented through projects. In this course students will have a “hands-on” experience in which they will plan and execute one of such projects. The goal of the course project is to transform an innovative idea into a tangible product. During the class sessions and through the course activities, students will be able to discuss concepts and theories that will allow reflecting on their work and help them improve their team’s project.

      The course is divided in four different modules. The first module focuses on providing students with the basic tools for setting up and starting the execution of the project. The second module focuses on the management of the parties involved in a project, the project team and other stakeholders. The third module focuses on the discussion of risk management and project governance as mechanisms of project control. Lastly, in the fourth module, the course discussion assumes a critical perspective on project management practices and explores why projects fail and how to overcome those failures.

      Review the course guide for more details.

      Taught by dr. J.P. Madiedo

    • In a knowledge-based and innovation-driven business environment, managing ideas is an essential capability if an organization is to gain a sustainable competitive advantage. All innovations begin with ideas and managing these ideas is needed during the entire innovation process. Employees in any job and at any level of the organization can contribute to innovation with creative ideas. Thus idea management is important for everyone and at any moment.

      This course takes place as part of the master in Management of Innovation. After general courses concerning innovation strategy and organization of innovation it is the first of a series of two courses that follow the temporal order innovation in the innovation funnel: Fuzzy front end (this course: problem analysis, idea generation, selection and communication), and Implementation (course 2: Innovation Implementation).

      The course consists of a series of lectures, 2 assignments and an exam. Assignment 1 is an individual assignment which involves a reflection of a real world individual creative process. Assignment 2 is a group assignment which involves identifying a problem, generating, selecting, and communicating a creative solution to the problem and reflecting on the group process. Assignment 1 is worth 30% of the grade, assignment 2 is worth 40% of the grade, and the exam is worth 30% of the grade.

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by Dr. P. Ananth​​​​​​​. 

    • The aim of Your Future Career is to prepare students at an early stage in their MSc for their career.

      When you care about what you do, you will enjoy your work more, create greater impact, and be more successful in being a force for positive change. However, it can be difficult to identify what your passion is, where your competencies and skills will be useful, and which professional environment and culture are the best match for you. Therefore, RSM Career Centre has developed a course to put you in the driver's seat of your career, and to support you in identifying your first career step after graduation and preparing for it.

      The online modules of “Your Future Career” will help you make crucial steps towards the most suitable internship or job for you. To pass the course you need to gain a minimum of 50 points by 31 January 2022, 16:00. You can decide yourself if you want to reflect on your interests and motivations, develop knowledge of the job market, functions, companies and industries, receive peer feedback on your application materials, have contact with an alumni mentor or attend an interactive workshop.

      The course will be offered to MSc programmes who opted in for this. The Your Future Career course takes place in block 1 and 2 (30 August 2021– 31 January 2022) and is awarded 1 ECTS based on pass/fail.

      Contact: RSM Career Centre via yourfuturecareer@rsm.nl

      Review the course guide for more details.

      Taught by dr. M. Szymanowski & L. Keir.

    • This is an Honours class. Students will need to apply with a motivation statement and will be selected based on their motivation and grades.

      MSc Management of Innovation program provides world-class and state-of-art knowledge in innovation management. The Innovation clinic course offers a unique opportunity to translate that knowledge into practice, building valuable personal experience of innovation in the field. You will pro-actively use the knowledge you gain during the MSc program to deliver innovation hands-on that is to the benefit of society particularly in relation to sustainability. You will generate, develop and implement ideas to meet business, societal and environmental needs. This goal is also in line with the new RSM mission statement – a force for positive change.

      The Innovation clinic is a great opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practice of your own initiative. Design thinking and lean start-up methods are provided to help. Short clinics / workshops and focused discussions provide students with check-ins, tools and expert coaching as they creatively work through challenge definition, ideation, ideas selection and implementation phases shown below.

      MSc Management of Innovation program provides world-class and state-of-art knowledge in innovation management. The Innovation clinic course offers a unique opportunity to translate that knowledge into practice, building valuable personal experience of innovation in the field. You will pro-actively use the knowledge you gain during the MSc program to deliver innovation hands-on that is to the benefit of society particularly in relation to sustainability. You will generate, develop and implement ideas to meet business, societal and environmental needs. This goal is also in line with the new RSM mission statement – a force for positive change.

      The Innovation clinic is a great opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practice of your own initiative. Design thinking and lean start-up methods are provided to help. Short clinics / workshops and focused discussions provide students with check-ins, tools and expert coaching as they creatively work through challenge definition, ideation, ideas selection and implementation phases shown below.

      MSc Management of Innovation program provides world-class and state-of-art knowledge in innovation management. The Innovation clinic course offers a unique opportunity to translate that knowledge into practice, building valuable personal experience of innovation in the field. You will pro-actively use the knowledge you gain during the MSc program to deliver innovation hands-on that is to the benefit of society particularly in relation to sustainability. You will generate, develop and implement ideas to meet business, societal and environmental needs. This goal is also in line with the new RSM mission statement – a force for positive change.

      The Innovation clinic is a great opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practice of your own initiative. Design thinking and lean start-up methods are provided to help. Short clinics / workshops and focused discussions provide students with check-ins, tools and expert coaching as they creatively work through challenge definition, ideation, ideas selection and implementation phases.

       

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by Dr. G. Cross​​​​​​​.

    • In modern organizations, employees are continuously expected to learn and improve themselves. One of the core aspects employees are expected to develop in order to advance in a company are their leadership skills. The aim of this course is to establish a solid foundation of the key principles of leadership development based in the state of the science. The focus will be on both developing your own leadership potential and your ability to develop other’s leadership.

      Together we will explore different approaches to leadership development such as 360 degree  feedback,coaching, mentoring, and learning from experience. The basis of the course will be an understanding of leadership development based in the scientific literature. You are expected to actively participate during the lectures both in discussions and through in-class exercises. In addition to active in-class participation, you are expected to complete a number of assignments outside of the classroom, both individually and in small groups.

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by Dr Tina Davidson

       

    • Motivation

      What do Internet of Things (IoT), 5th generation networks, healthcare service platforms, the circular economy, energy transition and fair-trade products have in common? These require changes at the level of systems. This has implications for innovation management. Companies have to cooperate with other firms, because products and services offered by different companies get integrated in complex systems. Therefore, not only these products and services but also the interfaces between them and the entire system are to be innovated. This provides managerial challenges. Even more, these innovative systems have societal implications. Negative externalities have to be mitigated. Or even better: companies and other stakeholders can become a force of positive change by seeking positive societal impacts. Standards provide agreed-upon specifications for interfaces between system elements, and provide criteria and test methods for quality and sustainability aspects. This elective introduces you to this field.

       

      Importance

      Within complex systems, systems elements are interconnected by means of interfaces. In general, such interface specifications should remain stable during a certain period in order to enable innovation at the level of the products, services or system elements they interconnect, so standardisation is essential. Though change is inherent to innovation, such stability via standards is needed as well, until this interface itself needs to be replaced by a substantially better one. This is not just a technical issue. It relates to a diversity of stakeholders with different stakes and adhering to different values. So the relevance applies both to business and to society.

       

      Approach

      A role-playing game and a company visit (both if the COVID-19 situation allows), lectures, guest lectures and literature make you familiar with the field and with theories about its functioning. Next, it is leaning by doing: together with fellow-students you analyse an innovation field for which standards are essential. Let’s take the example of hydrogen use in cars as an alternative to fossil fuels and electricity. This would be an innovation as such, and for different stakeholders: car producers and their suppliers of systems, equipment and components, fuel stations, organisations in the supply chain of hydrogen, etc. In individual and group assignments you will have to map the field and the standards needed for it, analyse the stakeholders and their stakes, interview a specific stakeholder, provide advice to this stakeholder, and develop a roadmap and strategy for the introduction of, in this case, hydrogen (or argue why this is not feasible, should this be the case).

      Review the course guide for more details.

      Taught by prof.dr.ir. H.J. de Vries.

    • For several years, firms have embraced the idea that innovation activities should reflect an open system instead of following the typical vertically integrated model. In nearly every sector, the ideas and technologies that generate products and services emerge from an increasing number of firms that participate in the value chain. Getting multiple partners to collaborate in innovation projects, thus, seems to offer benefits that are difficult to achieve by a single firm. While this “open” approach to innovation appears promising, its adoption entails challenges. To reap the benefits of such approach, organizations need to understand whether and how “open innovation” initiatives fit their strategy and culture. Furthermore, organizations need to recognize whether they are already part of or are able to develop an ecosystem that supports collaboration and what the best tools to solve their specific “innovation problems” are. Finally, organizations need to understand how to overcome the challenges that result of trying to put it all together. This course provides the opportunity to study these issues and to develop a skill set that allows navigating through typical open innovation challenges.

      View the course guide for more details.

      This course is taught by dr. JP Madiedo Montanez

    • “But why can’t I patent in Europe just because I talked about the invention at a conference?” “But I thought the claims in my patent would stop my competitor marketing that!” “I invented an improvement! So why do I have to get a licence from them before I can market my own invention?” “So I would have been better off just keeping this process secret rather than patenting it?”

      Intellectual property is a vital asset for firms today, and patent portfolios can be extremely valuable. Yet all too often managers know little about patent law and patent strategies. This ignorance can be costly, because a naïve manager is like a lamb going to the slaughter-house. Skilful competitors will slice and dice a poorly worded patent that is in their way, or use a variety of other patent strategies to hinder the goals of their less knowledgeable and less experienced counterparts.

      The course will commence with an overview of all forms of IP, as managers need to be able to identify all the different sorts of IP that can attach to one product. After a short, basic introduction to US and European patent law, we will look at how patents have increasingly become a strategic weapon rather than just a means of protecting an invention from imitation. With Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of war’ as a guide, we will look at the different strategies businesses use. Patenting is not, however, always the best option. Alternatives to patenting will also be examined.

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by dr. H. Gubby, barrister. 

    • With the Circular Economy elective, you are taking the next step in sustainability strategies.

      Where most sustainability strategies today still focus on reducing a company’s negative footprint, in this course we will also look at making a pósitive footprint.
      Academically, this can be referred to as ‘regenerative sustainable development’. For business it means: instead of adding a burden to doing business as usual, we’re implementing a positive agenda to company strategies, business partnerships and customer relationships.

      An exiting and existing example is paint that cleans the air (produced by AkzoNobel), and during this course, we will look at several other examples in the market today and discuss concepts for the future. We will look into the business benefits ánd obstacles of implementing these alternative project and/or company strategies.

      Would you prefer to make a great business out of contributing to society and the environment, rather than just postponing the damage a company has on the environment or people? Then you are welcome to step into the Triple Top Line paradigm; the core of our theories and practice.

      You are happily invited to step forward with a daring proposal for your roadmap assignment, fiery debates in the lectures and bold ideas during the exercises.

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by D. den Held

    • Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field of academic study and real-world practice. At its core, social entrepreneurship pertains the combination of market-based and nonprofit approaches to solve social issues, a feat social entrepreneurs achieve by combining the knowledge and skills used in traditional business with a passionate commitment to having a meaningful and sustainable social impact. By combining insights from the academic literature with real cases and scenarios, the course will introduce students to both theory and practice of social entrepreneurship.

      Each week, the course will focus on one important aspect or theme of social entrepreneurship, through two types of lectures: a “theoretical” lecture and a “workshop”.

      • “Theoretical” lectures will compose the first appointment of each one of the six weeks of the course. These lectures will take the form of traditional frontal lectures where the lecturer will cover the material related to the week’s topic.
      • “Workshop” lectures will instead compose the second appointment of each week and will focus on interweaving the theoretical content covered in previous lectures with real case scenarios and practical exercises. Such lectures will be interactive in nature, with in-class exercises (both individual and in groups), case-studies, and contributions from guest practitioners.

      The six weeks of the course will cover the following topics

      • Week 1. Social Entrepreneurship: definition and characteristics
      • Week 2. Social entrepreneurs and opportunities recognition
      • Week 3. Hybrid business models for social enterprises
      • Week 4. Scaling impact in social entrepreneurship
      • Week 5. Evaluating social impact
      • Week 6. Group projects final presentations

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by dr. P. Versari​​​​​​​

    • Social networks and relationships play a key role in the generation, implementation, and diffusion of innovations. They are not only critical to access and exchange information and resources but also imperative to organize support and to market innovative ideas. In this elective, you will learn where to source good ideas in online and offline social networks and how to take advantage of the relationships and interactions that spur breakthrough innovations.

      The learnings of this elective are especially relevant for prospective consultants and innovation managers who need to analyse and shape change processes and intra- or inter-organizational collaboration projects. For students interested in examining, understanding, and optimizing their network position and structure, the learnings are of equal use.

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by dr. S. Tasselli

    • Organizations are in a continuous hunt for the next blockbuster design, product, or service to gain or sustain their competitive edge. Throughout the management of innovation program, you have learned scientific theories, models, and frameworks. However, the reality is likely to be different than the stylized case studies and academic studies. The innovation journey is full of roadblocks for ambitious and visionary innovators. This course will provide you a unique opportunity to see the rollercoaster journey of innovation management in real life.

      This course will be co-taught by Ivo Rutten and Murat Tarakci. Ivo was Vice President and Head of Global Strategic Alliances at Signify (previously known as Philips Lighting). Ivo will walk you through his innovation journey spanning six countries and several executive positions. We will zoom in a particular innovation project he initiated and developed. Murat Tarakci is Associate Professor of Innovation Management. Murat will complement the practical insights with a theoretical understanding. Thereby, this course will offer you to combine and excel in both theoretical and practical knowledge of innovation management.

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by dr. M. Tarakci and I. Rutten.

    • People often prepare long and detailed business plans when they want to implement new ideas. This takes a lot of time and resources and since customer preferences can change pretty quickly, a business plan might be obsolete by the time it is done. How can you approach innovation in a more flexible and agile way and develop innovations that are truly customer-centric?

      During this course, you will learn how to shift your mindset and embrace a different approach to developing new products, services and processes. Using design thinking to develop innovations will help you to see the value of an offering from a customer’s perspective. This structured approach means empathizing with the user to match their real needs, and stimulates creativity and innovation. You will learn to define, interpret, and reframe problems, and how to involve others in your project. You will focus on iterative solutions to get to a final product through prototyping and trial and error.

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by dr. D. Deichmann​​​​​​​. 

    • Leadership is a key factor in innovation. At the same time, the innovation context places unique demands on leadership. For example, different phases of the innovation process and different innovation types can require specific leadership styles and behaviors. Moreover, leadership for innovation can be based on different paths: providing an own inspiring vision and getting employees to follow it or fostering employee creativity and innovation - or a combination of both. In addition, innovation leaders are often empowered by the creativity of the crowd and have to orchestrate a multitude of diverse ideas. The demands on innovation leaders are further shaped by the unprecedented rate of technological and social change on a global level. To successfully lead for innovation, future leaders have to navigate the intricacies of the leadership-innovation relationship, while building on a strong understanding of how leadership mechanisms operate.

      This hands-on course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to become a successful innovation leader yourself. The course includes both the central scientific theory and evidence on leadership and innovation, as well as real-life cases and guest lectures. The course learnings will be delivered in an interactive way that includes a combination of case discussion and more experiential learning. Students will be able to take note of relevant theories and understand how these may work in practice. Moreover, students will be able to experiment with leadership themselves using the theories in exercises and leadership role-plays. During the entire course, students will have the opportunity to develop, broaden and practice their own leadership abilities.

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by L. Gross.

    • Most students from RSM will be confronted with new business development at some stage in their careers. This course aims to serve as a pilot test for you, assessing your strength and weakness in entrepreneurial practices. To do so, this course will collaborate with multiple companies and provide tangible business projects for you, with the aim to address real business challenges related to new business development. As a result, you will face the full complexity of new business development. To assist you navigate the project, a reference contact from the company will actively work with you during the six weeks of the course.

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by dr. Z. Wu.

    • Students that would like to gain some practical experience during the Master program, can do so by means of an internship. Students can use one of the elective blocks to do a full time internship.

      Instead of an elective a so-called business project can be carried out. This business project will be shorter than a regular internship. The advantage is that such a project can be carried out during one of the three elective blocks. A student can come up with a business project at a company of his or her choice. At the end of the internship the student will hand in a report.

      The business project can be related to the thesis. However, this is not a requirement. Please not that even the two are linked, the business project will be assessed separately from the thesis itself and should contain another focus than the thesis. Please consult your thesis coach in case you want to combine your internship with you thesis.


      THIS ELECTIVE COUNTS AS A FREE ELECTIVE FOR MI STUDENTS ONLY. IN OTHER WORDS: in order to graduate you MUST complete at least two MI programme electives!

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

      Taught by Sandra Langeveld, MSc.

    • The research fundamentals course is designed to support the individual master thesis project. The course focuses on the study of the various thesis research methodologies that are available for conducting research in Innovation Management. These include qualitative research (case studies or grounded theory), surveys and archival data analyses, and experiments.

      The course main components are the Research Fundamentals I & II courses. Research Fundamentals I comprises a set of introductory lectures. The goal of these lectures is to discuss the basic concepts of research and for students to get a better understanding of how to design a research project. Students will work on topics that go from developing a research question to making a preliminary selection of a research method for their study. Research Fundamentals II comprises group sessions and workshops, specific to a certain research method. These sessions will provide students with in-depth knowledge and skills that can be applied on their own thesis.

      This course works according to the flipped classroom principle, which means that the student needs to prepare before class following the suggested material. The lectures are used for interactive feedback, gamification, and in-class discussion, to deepen the student’s knowledge of the methodology and to provide specific feedback on her/his work. Meanwhile, through the assignments, the student will work on the method section for the thesis, integrating what has been learnt through the course.

      Review the course guide for more details.

      Taught by dr. JP Madiedo, F. El Osrouti, MSc, M. Hoseinpour, MSc and Q. Zhang, MSc

    • Your master thesis is an opportunity to show your capabilities and your potential as a future manager. During this part of your studies, you will interact with internationally-recognised companies and well-known researchers in the innovation industry.

      Your master thesis takes you through a structured trajectory which starts in September during the core courses. You will familiarise yourself with research into innovation taking place at RSM, and the relevant academic literature and topics available. You’ll be offered a list of potential thesis topics by staff involved in this MSc. Suggestions will include a general research question and core literature research. In October you will meet staff at a thesis ‘bazaar’ to discuss topics that interest you. You will make a final decision on your topic before the end of the year and be assigned a coach who is an expert in your chosen subject area. Early in January you will study research methodology so you are up to date with best practice in research, and have the foundation for successful completion of your thesis. In early spring you will deliver your final research proposal, before implementing your research question. Your thesis will be finished before the summer. RSM staff and researchers will assist with coaching you through the entire master thesis process.

      Most students choose a master thesis on the subject of innovation management, but you are free to write a master thesis research project in any complementary discipline.

      Review the course guide​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more details.

Note regarding taking courses if you are not an RSM master student: RSM does not offer the possibility for non-RSM students (master or otherwise) to take RSM courses outside of official exchange partnerships or other inter-faculty agreements.