0389 K4c Small Business Management: Innovation and Strategy
Katie Hyslop, M.Sc.
Contact details
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09/25/18 to 11/30/18
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Day Date Time Room
Monday 12/03/18 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.06
Monday 12/10/18 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.06
Monday 12/17/18 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.06
Monday 01/07/19 08:30 AM - 01:00 PM TC.3.06
Monday 01/14/19 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.06
Monday 01/21/19 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.03


In this course, we take a theoretical and conceptual look at innovation management and entrepreneurship issues. The SME context will remain at the core of our analysis throughout. Additionally, we develop this theoretical and conceptual knowledge further through regular analysis of practice-focussed case studies.


The main aim of the course is to allow students to develop an extensive and systematic understanding of innovation management and innovativeness from a strategicpoint of view.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of the course, studentsshould be able to:

  • define entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship
  • critically analyse the various definitions of the term “innovation”
  • understand the foundations of innovation management
  • determine the importance of networks for successful innovation
  • take into account the particularities of the SME context in innovation management

This course also requires:

  • the independent analysis and presentation of SME-specific content
  • discussion competencies in evaluating theoretical content

In order to achieve the learning outcomes youwill be required to

  • Independently analyse and understand content through readings from the core literature
  • Prepare written analysis of content
  • Present pre-determined content from the core literature
  • Actively participate in class discussions

Attendance requirements

Students may be absent for 20% of the course. Please note that if this is exceeded, then the course cannot be successfully completed.

Teaching/learning method(s)

The course has been designed to be as interactive as possible. We achieve this through group work, presentations and discussions.


Assessment for the course consists of presentations, a written exam and activeparticipation in class.

The final grade will be made up of the following three elements:

  • Presentation of content (45%)
  • Written exam (45%)
  • Active participation (10%)

In order to successfully complete the course, you must achieve a positive grade for the first two elements.

Attendance in the first session is mandatory. If you fail to attend the first session without notifying the course leader beforehand, your place will automatically be given to students on the waitinglist!

In total you are allowed a maximum absence of 150 minutes.

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Attendance in the first session is mandatory. If you fail to attend the first session without notifying the course leader beforehand, your place will automatically be given to students on the waitinglist!

Recommended previous knowledge and skills

  • Prerequisite for the course is the successful completionof K1
  • Registration will take place via LPIS during the specified time period
  • Maximum 30 participants

Availability of lecturer(s)


Informationregarding essential reading for the course will be provided in due course

Bessant, J., & Tidd, J.. Innovation and entrepreneurship. 2nd Ed. John Wiley & Sons.


Unit details

Unit Date Contents
1 03.12.2018

08.30-12.00 Uhr

Content Aims and organisation of the course; thematic introduction

2 10.12.2018

08.30-12.00 Uhr


  • Foundations
  • Searching for opportunities
3 17.12.2018

08.30-12.00 Uhr


  • The entrepreneur
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
4 07.01.2019

08.30-13.00 Uhr


  • Innovation in organisations
  • Innovation as a management activity
5 14.01.2019

08.30-12.00 Uhr


  • Resistance to innovation
  • Exploiting networks
6 21.01.2019

08.30-12.00 Uhr


  • Casestudy 1
  • Casestudy 2

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Last edited: 2018-09-05