Term: Spring 2019 - E-term III (01/14/2019 - 03/08/2019)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Times & Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Time||Location|
|1/14/2019||3/8/2019||T||5:40pm - 9:15pm||PCBE 235|
ADMN 898 Managing Growth and Innovation deals with central concepts and related applications at the intersection of technological innovation, organizational growth, and corporate entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship.
The overall course structure is based on the principles of ‘integrated course design’ (Fink, 2003), with close linkages among three core course attributes: learning goals, teaching and learning activities, and feedback and assessment. In effect, this means the course lays out explicit learning goals students will achieve as the course unfolds. Additionally, the teaching and learning activities throughout the course are set up to help students to progress towards attaining the learning goals. Finally, student performance assessment and feedback will be geared toward providing timely feedback as to how “close” the student is toward achieving the learning goal(s) and how “well” he/she has been able to achieve it on date. This will help students to take charge of their learning and utilizing the feedback they will be able to improve and enhance their learning further during the time left on the course.
In order to achieve the imperatives of sustained growth, technological innovation is increasingly becoming the lever that firms adopt, especially in disruptive business environments. Yet, building an organization to successfully and repeatedly bring innovations to market is a daunting managerial challenge. As organizations get more established, they often lose the innovative edge, finding that their very existence is threatened by their inability to innovate successfully. Leaders with a deep understanding of innovation and change management, which are central to intrapreneurship, can help organizations counteract this tendency.
Focusing on firm growth in the first part of the course, we will examine why it is so challenging to maintain sustained growth in disruptive environments. Simultaneously, we will examine the nature of disruptive environments, including how industry standards evolve. The second part of the course will take a close look at technological innovation as the lever that can help firms to achieve and maintain sustained growth. Specifically, we will examine four aspects of technological innovation and their impact on organizational growth: exploring, executing, leveraging, and renewing innovation. The course will draw on rigorous theoretical understanding of innovation in disruptive environments and develop a toolbox of strategies and practices managers use to effectively manage innovation and organizational growth when operating under these operating contexts.