Course overview

This course is designed for managers to understand the factors that constrain innovative performance within organisations and shows them how to develop new practices to encourage innovation.

To aid this understanding a number of perspectives are necessary. First we look at innovation from an industrial perspective, showing how innovations of product, process and organisational form can create and destroy markets. Then we consider innovation within an organisation, showing how innovation can be used to create and sustain a powerful competitive advantage or to revitalize a stagnating organisation. Finally, we look at innovation from a managerial perspective, highlighting the entrepreneurial practices required to stimulate and maintain innovation within the delegates own organisations.

Nottingham University Business School is an international leader in finance and management education and a research pioneer in entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability. We are ranked sixth out of 101 UK business and management institutions for the quality and volume of our research.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of different types of innovation and of the distinction between incremental and radical innovation;
  • Have an understanding of different methods to develop innovative strategies;
  • Have an understanding of the impact of technological change upon industry structure;
  • Explain the role and importance of assets and resources upon the innovative performance of firms;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the processes necessary to support innovation within small firms;
  • Explain the barriers to innovation within large firms and understand the use of innovation processes within large firms.

Key facts

Course Dates
5 days
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
University of Nottingham
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
University of Nottingham
Mixed Cohort
Course Logistics
The Innovation Management module consists of a one week block programme. Formal sessions are held from Monday Feb 20th to Friday Feb 24th. In addition, participants are expected to work independently, preparing cases, reading and completing coursework, and in groups, to complete the requirements of the group project.
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