Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Corporate Innovation and Competitiveness

Course unit code: 568303

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Claudio Cruz Cįzares

Department: Department of Business

Credits: 2,5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 62.5


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component





(The course could be carried out online due to Covid-19.)

Independent learning






The course is taught in English. Students choosing this optional subject must have a good working knowledge of this language (including both reading and writing skills).

Further recommendations

This course demands a high level of commitment from students in terms of reading and analysing academic articles.



Competences to be gained during study


— Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.


— Capacity to communicate conclusions, judgements and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.


— Skills to enable lifelong self-directed and independent learning.


— Ability to establish research questions or original hypotheses based on a relevant theoretical framework and then evaluate or verify them empirically.


— Ability to identify research topics of relevance to the academic community in a wide range of business subjects, including aspects of organization, management and accounting, and be able to address these topics with functional, process and management perspectives.


— Ability to understand new, relevant theories, essential paradigms and trends currently emerging in publications on business research in order to tackle specific problems in this field of study.


— Ability to search for and select relevant qualitative and quantitative data, analyse and interpret data, and transform data into useful information to conduct research on business issues.


— Mastery of the design stages involved in business research activities, including selecting a new topic of interest, proposing a specific problem within the topic area and selecting a theoretical approach to frame the problem.


— Ability to apply the most appropriate qualitative methodologies for high-quality research on how organizations function and implement these methods rigorously.


— Ability to apply the most appropriate quantitative methods for high-quality research on how organizations function and implement these methods rigorously.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Highlight the key role of innovation activities in both economic growth and in obtaining a competitive advantage at the business level. Moreover, students learn the alternatives available for companies to develop their innovative strategies.


— Provide students with an overview of the bibliographic references needed to develop research on innovation.


— Identify research topics relevant to the academic community in areas related to innovation. Understand relevant theories and trends emerging in innovation to address specific problems related to this field of study.


— Learn the approaches and methodologies needed to develop high-quality research in the field of innovation. Learn the ways for disseminating research results in innovation.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Identify the characteristics and peculiarities of this research topic in relation to other fields of knowledge.


— Improve the students’ abilities to carry out interdisciplinary research.



Teaching blocks


1. Introduction

• Basic and general concepts needed in the field of innovation

• Types of innovation

• Innovation measurement

• Systems for innovation

2. Innovation and business performance

• Relationship between technology and performance

• Degree of innovation novelty and business performance

3. Innovation management

• Innovation and intellectual property protection

• Human resource management and innovation

• Open innovation practices

• Innovation and knowledge management

4. Innovation database analysis

• PITECT panel database

• Community Innovation Survey (data analysis using Sata)



Teaching methods and general organization


The course is structured around a theoretical and a practical part. The theoretical part consists of the presentation of different topics by the lecturer. The practical part consists of the analysis of articles by students, in order to distinguish different lines of research and the key variables that surround the analysis of the innovation process. Students must also make brief presentations of papers indicated in the syllabus and participate in scheduled debates related to innovation topics (i.e., patenting vs. open source).



Official assessment of learning outcomes


Students may choose to be entered for the single assessment procedure or follow continuous assessment.

Continuous assessment 

— Final project (written essay): 60%.
— Class participation (debate and reading): 10%.
— Submission of article analyses: 30%.


Examination-based assessment

— Final project (written essay): 100%.

Repeat assessment

— Final project (written essay): 100%.



Reading and study resources

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Ahmed, P.K.; Shepherd, C.D. (2010) Innovation management, UK Mc Graw Hill.

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Fagerberg, J,; Mowery, D. and Nelson, R.   (2005) The Oxford Handbook of Innovation. Oxford University Press.

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Schilling, M. (2020). Strategic Management of Technological Innovation. 6th Edition. McGraw Hill-Education. New York.

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Tidd, J. ; Bessant J. (2013) Managing innovation. Integrating technological, market and organizational change. John Wiley & Sons. 5th Edition.

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Nieto, M. (2004) "Basic propositions for the study of the technological innovation process in the firm” European Journal of Innovation management  pp 314-324.

Birkinshaw, Julian; Hamel,  Gary; Mol, M. (2008) Management Innovation. Academy of Management review 33. Vol. 7 Num.4 pp 825-845.