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GroupT31DY14S/Degree Programme in International Business Management, Master's Degree (Tornio)
Study unitT301DY21 Knowledge and Innovation Management, 5.00 ECTS credits, 133 h
Management of Capabilities
UnitMinerva (Kauppakatu 58) Tornio
Time of implementationSpring1/2014-2015, Spring2/2014-2015
Responsible teacherOkuogume Anthony
Other teachers
Status of implementationFinished

Description status Under modification
Language of instruction English
Starting and ending dates01.01.2015 - 29.05.2015
Minimum number of participants  
Maximum number of participants  
Enrolment period01.09.2014 - 30.09.2014
Implementation method Virtual studies
Virtuality 5 ECTS credits
R&D integration 5 ECTS credits
Resit dates of the exam
Koulutuksen aikataulu (www-linkki)
Description language English 

Knowledge and innovation management are fundamental concepts for designing and implementing the corporate strategy in rapidly emerging knowledge based industries. Therefore, the aim of this course is to introduce the field of organisational knowledge management as the corner stone of firm’s competitive advantage and their ability to innovate such as; creation of new products or developing new markets in a globally competitive business environment. In this view the (a) role (b) capacity and the (c) mechanisms of knowledge sharing among organizations are seen as the fundamental issues for the creation of innovations (e.g., new products development and business model innovations) and thus sustaining a higher profitability than industry average and the creation of new markets.

The main topics

Knowledge, its definition

The knowledge economy and the new competitive landscape

Knowledge based industries and need for knowledge and innovation management

Firm s knowledge, competences and competitiveness

Knowledge assets: development and management of knowledge assets

IPR and the complexities of appropriating innovations

Innovation management, the business case for innovation

Business model innovation

The internationalisation of innovation

International innovation networks

Assessment criteria


Participation in the contact week session 10%

Participation (active participation in discussions and reflections) in lecture sessions 10%

Individual project work 80%


Pedagogical arrangements

Learning and teaching methods    

Lectures, class discussions, case analysis and individual project work

Online sessions:

The instructor will make use different teaching methods to create an enriching learning environment to motivate students.

Case analysis

Case analyses are useful in providing students with practical experience in dealing with internationalization problems faced in the real world. The importance of this type of applied experience is vital in developing a wider understanding of knowledge and innovation management.

Individual project work

In the individual project work students are to analyze their companies and answer the questions presented in the project task. In addressing the tasks students are to be specific and analytical in their answers. The value of the report lies in the integration of their findings in a simple and convincing set of propositions. See the assessment criteria for more information on how the report will be assessed.

Dealing with failed courses: Participation in next year's course (A Fail can only be administered when the total assignment shows the criteria of Fail. The consequence of a FAIL is that the assignment must be re-submitted again after considerable repairs and improvements.

Late Submission

All case analysis is expected to be submitted punctually. Late work will be penalized (1 to 2 days

late 10% off; 3 to 5 days late 20% off; beyond this, 30% off). Please use the official online learning

platform Moodle return folder (not my email) to submit your reports. Documented reasons for late work (e.g. health problems, emergencies) are a different matter.


Contact week 10hrs

Lectures 20hrs

Consultation 3hrs

Self-study and individual project work 100hrs


To be announced later




Participation in the contact week session 10%

Participation (active participation in discussions and reflections) in lecture sessions 10%

Individual project work 80%