MGMT223-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Innovation Management

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course introduces the theories and practices of innovation management. The course examines areas including the role of innovation for growth and wealth creation, effective innovation processes and the associated management issues, and the characteristics of innovative organisations.

Relationship to Other Courses
This course is a core component of the B.Com major in Innovation and the B.Com major in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, as well as an option in other B.Com (and potentially other) undergraduate majors. It contributes to a B.Com degree by highlighting the centrality of innovative orientation to the well-being of business, organisations, and individuals.

The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT223S2 is:
Lectures 24 hours
Weekly course readings 30 hours
Innovation Project – weekly submissions 21 hours
Innovation Project – final report, video and Q&A 36 hours
Online Simulation & reflection 9 hours
Final Exam (including preparation) 30 hours
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Students completing this course will be able to:
  • Understand the role of innovation for growth and wealth creation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of innovative organisations.
  • Apply creativity models to assist the creative front end of innovation.
  • Demonstrate a broad view of innovation including business models, disruptive innovation, open innovation, and innovation networks.
  • Assemble and critique key elements of a business case for innovation.
  • Outline what makes an effective innovation process.
  • Debate approaches to managing knowledge and intellectual property in innovation.
  • Integrate and apply their knowledge of innovation management to a practical innovation project.

    Learning Objectives
  • Students have an in-depth understanding of their majoring subject and are able to critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within the discipline.
  • Students have a broad understanding of the key domains of commerce.
  • Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers which can be used in a range of applications.
  • Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
  • Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

    For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the school holding your assessment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) MGMT100; and (2) A further 45 points

Timetable Note

Lectures for MGMT223-21S2 are recorded using the ECHO360 lecture recording system. However, lecture attendance is highly recommended as it provides a more engaging and interactive experience. Project groups may take the opportunity to meet and discuss submissions after the relevant classes.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Paul Knott


Christian Walsh


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Weekly Project Submissions 15% Weekly 3 August-5 October (group)
On-line Simulation & Reflection 15% Introduced in class on 17 August, due 9am, 23 August (individual)
Innovation Project 15 Oct 2021 5% Group Client Video (due 9am)
Innovation Project 19 Oct 2021 25% Group Report
Final Examination 40% Final Examination

An exam score of 45% or better is required to pass the course.

Weekly Project Submissions
For this item of assessment, groups are required to submit week-by-week to the relevant forum on Learn a first draft of how they will apply the topic of the class to the client project they are working on. Details of what is required for these submissions will be posted in a document available on Learn. Each submission will be graded on a scale from 1 to 3. This item of assessment is not available for Special Consideration.

Innovation Management Simulation
In week five we will introduce an online simulation where you individually will be responsible for managing an innovation project for a hypothetical company. You will have a fixed budget, timeline and a directive from the CEO. You will make some decisions about a range of experiments and potential ideas to test in order find a solution, and ultimately select what you think is the best innovation for the company to invest in. You will make a recommendation to the CEO and receive their feedback. After running the simulation you will also write a brief reflection (max 1 page) on your learnings. The assessment will consist of how well you manage the innovation process for the company, along with your reflections on the process.

Innovation Project
This project provides the opportunity to undertake several key phases of the innovation process on behalf of an existing business or organisation. The project is undertaken by groups of students, and is to devise, detail and articulate next steps for a new direction, new class of product/service, or other strategic innovation for the client organisation. Each group is to provide a video presentation to explain their solution to the clients, provide a written report, and attend a Q&A session with the clients during the last class.

Detailed requirements will be posted on Learn. These will include stipulations for each student to itemise their individual contributions to the project and to evaluate those of their fellow group members.

Final examination
This will be held in the Examinations Period and will be a closed book exam lasting 2 hours. It will relate to the whole course and will consist of two parts:
Part A: Multiple choice questions testing knowledge and understanding of the course content.
Part B: Written short answer questions based on interpreting cases in the course text using material from the lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Goffin, Keith , Mitchell, Rick; Innovation management : effective strategy and implementation ; Third edition; Palgrave ; Macmillan Education, 2017.

Additional materials will be posted on Learn.


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class.  Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $3,875.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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