Innovation Ecosystems

Specialization
Instructor Erica Santini
Modality In presence
Duration 12 hours
ECTS 1
Period First semester

Course objectives

Innovation ecosystem offers the bedrocks for the understanding of complex systems facing innovation challenges. The course opens by introducing the concept of innovation and ecosystem. After the exploration of the different types of ecosystems in management studies, the module focuses on innovation ecosystems by applying a strategic management perspective. The course enables the students to better understand the evolving set of actors, activities, and artifacts, but also institutions and relations making up an innovation ecosystem. Moreover, the course explores how the different components of an innovation ecosystem work together for the innovative performance of an actor or a population of actors. The course also integrates and deepens students’ knowledge and skills through a group project that requires them to innovate by finding solutions to challenging social problems using tools taught in the class.

Content summary

  • Knowledge flows and innovation
  • Business ecosystem and Innovation ecosystem
  • The components of an innovation ecosystem
  • Innovation ecosystems and SMEs

Teaching methods

Lectures, case analyses and teamwork

Texts

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