Technology and Innovation Management

Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Technology and Innovation Management
Course code
PHD011 (AF:365130 AR:193546)
ECTS credits
Degree level
Corso di Dottorato (D.M.45)
Educational sector code
2nd Term
Course year
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The course addresses the main technology and innovation management challenges that firms face in a dynamic and turbulent environment. The objective of the course is to analyze the contribution of the strategic organization of innovation in explaining firms’ performance differentials, i.e. what mechanisms related to technology and innovation management can explain why persistent differences in economic performance between industries, and even between firms within the same industry persist. In what follows an outline of the course is provided.
- Knowledge of the literature and fundamental theories and methods in the field of technology and innovation management;
- Ability to critically assess the literature on technology and innovation management.
- Capability to identify an innovative research question and formulate it into a research paper
Only for students enrolled in the PhD program.
Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of management and organizational studies. Required reading before the course begins: Schilling, M. (2017), Strategic Management of Technological Innovation, McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 9780071289573.
Introduction to TIM
Innovation and Technological Change
Managing innovation in multinational contexts
Value creation and value appropriation
Firm Boundary & Innovation
The evolution of decision-making in complex product innovation context
The Governance of Innovation Networks
A reading list will be provided on the moodle platform.

Further readings:
Shilling, M. (2017), Strategic Management of Technological Innovation, McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 9780071289573.
Hayes, R., Pisano, G., Upton, D. &Wheelwright, S. (2004). Operations, Strategy, and Technology: Pursuing the Competitive Edge. John Wiley & Sons.
Mark Dodgson, David M. Gann, and Ammon Salter, (2008). The Management of Technological Innovation. Strategy and Practice, 978-0-19-920852-4, Oxford University Press.
Tidd, J., Bessant, J. & Pavitt, K. (2009). Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Organizational & Market Change. John Wiley & Sons.
Tushman, M. & Anderson, P. (Eds.). (2004). Managing strategic innovation and change : a collection of readings (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press
Participation 60%
Demonstration of having done the readings, willingness to answer questions, and attention and response to classmates.

Final Examination 40%
TIM assignment assay
Students are asked to write a short assay with the purpose of (1) identifying a knowledge/research gap in the field of Technology and Innovation Management and (2) showing why it matters for theory development and/or management practice.
Students can write the short assay on the themes in the syllabus or other issues that fall within the subject.
The course is interactive and based on the discussion of seminal papers. To prepare for discussion, student must read all the articles listed in the section “Seminars and mandatory readings” of the syllabus that will be also available on the Moodle Platform. The students are supposed to be completely familiar with the articles and think critically about their content. The instructor will guide the discussion and introduce the theme of the seminar but will not be the main contributor to the discussion.
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 19/07/2021