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Innovation Systems and Technological Development
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The course equips with knowledge and skills on analysis of innovation systems of different levels and their technological development.
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About This Course

This course is focused on innovation system, how they can be decomposed for critical analysis and management. The course was designed and developed for students and graduates of engineering majors to equip them with knowledge and skills on innovation systems of different levels and technological development. It aims for understanding of today’s importance of innovation in business environment and draws attention to interconnection of innovation policies and innovation activities of all levels (from global to local) in innovation systems.

The course's takeaways for the learners are:

(1) tools and approaches for holistic understanding of innovation and technological development of countries and regions;

(2) skills in systems analysis, complex problem solving and critical thinking while understanding innovation systems around us.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the learners will be expected to be able to:

LO1. Apply systems analysis by exploring innovation systems of different levels to determine dynamics in innovation systems change

LO2. Differentiate societal and economic context of innovative development of countries, regions and territories to interpret the relations between components of innovation systems of different levels

LO3. Select and compare innovation metrics and reflect on innovation systems performance

LO4. Evaluate the role of innovation on micro, meso and macro levels of economic performance in the framework of technological development

LO5. Design the institutional profile of the national innovation system to critically assess innovation systems functions and dysfunctions

LO6. Complete a SWOT analysis to evaluate the national innovation system and provide recommendations for improvement of national, regional, sectoral innovation policies and innovative industries performance

Expected Prior Knowledge

BSc degree in engineering related field is desired, but no strict prerequisites are required for the course.

Course Instructor

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Irina Pavlova

Irina is an Associate Professor at Innovation Management Department of Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics and an Associate Professor at School of Engineering Entrepreneurship of National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University (Tomsk, Russia). She has a scientific degree of Cand. Sci. in Economics. Her area of specialization is innovation management, innovation systems, entrepreneurial universities, triple helix model, regional dimension of innovation, innovation statistics, innovation and technology policies.

ECTS Credits

3 credits

Course Content and Structure

The course includes the following modules:

  • Part 1. Systems in Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Part 2. National Systems of Innovation.
  • Part 3. Innovation Activity in Regions and Territories through Regionalization and Localization Theories
  • Part 4. Measuring Innovation: Statistics and Multi-faceted Approaches.
  • Part 5. Technological Trajectories of National Systems of Innovation: from Assessments to Foresights.

Assessment Methods and Weighting Scheme

The learners will be assessed through:

  • Tests 25%
  • Forum discussion 15%
  • Reflection notes 20%
  • Course project 40%

Recommended Readings and Other Learning Resources and Tools

Basic readings and study materials are provided in each module of the course.

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Welcome to the course "Innovation Systems and Technological Development"

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