Curricula Guides

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Archived Curricula Guide 2013–2014
Curricula Guide is archieved. Please refer to current Curricula Guides
KV203240 KVS54 Special Themes in Innovation Management 2–6 ECTS
Organised by
International Business
Person in charge
Maria Elo (Autumn term); Mari Ketolainen (Spring term)
Preceding studies
KVS1, KVS4 and/or KVS5.

Learning outcomes

The objective of the course is to familiarize oneself with the selected issues in innovation management. The student learns to understand the process of innovation from its creation to the commercialization of new products and services. The student perceives the complexity and interconnectedness of the innovation process and learns to identify potential bottlenecks in the process. The student will learn to use innovation literature and frameworks to develop concepts and to analyze real life problems. The role of creativity and its effects on the firm, management of innovation capabilities and new product development in an international context form central aspects of importance for this learning. The course enhances the student's analytical abilities, problem solving skills and management abilities for innovation. The course also enables him/her to independently develop new solution approaches and to cope better with the requirements of the inherent complexity. The student improves her/his ability to synthesize exiting knowledge and evaluate situations and information for a real-life innovation task.
The course builds independent reading, analytical thinking, problem solving, knowledge application and managerial skills.


The course consists of separate themes. Each theme accounts for two credits. Themes may vary annually.
In 2013-2014 the course includes three themes:

Career Management (2 cr)
See course FUTU3 / KVS54 Future Studies
This theme is available only for GIM Master’s degree programme students. They need to return their portfolios to Birgitta Sandberg for the course registration.

Enhancing Creativity in an International Firm (2 cr)
The student learns to contemplate the concept of creativity and analyze how it can be increased and utilized in an organization. Understanding, analysis and identification of problems and development of solutions constitute the learning logic of this theme. Special attention is paid to the challenges and opportunities that the international business setting creates for the creativity enhancement. Application of knowledge from other IB courses (i.e. intercultural competencies and communication) is expected and the learning outcome is presented in the form of an essay.

International R&D and New Product Development (2 cr)
The student becomes familiar with the complex nature of managing R&D projects in an international context. The student learns to analyze links between R&D process and new product development process both in an inter-organizational and international setting. The differences between incremental, radical and disruptive innovation and their implications need to be understood. Single-firm embeddedness and strategy are contemplated. The student learns to transfer and apply her/his knowledge in a real-life case study.

Teaching methods

No lectures.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English

The final grade is based on a written report.
FUTS2244 Career Management, 2 cr.
KV203244 KVS54 Special Theme: Enhancing Creativity in an International Firm, 2 cr
KV203246 KVS54 Special Theme: International R&D and New Product Development, 2 cr


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

3rd or 4th year

Study materials

Articles specified by the contact person.

Further information

Restricted attendance! GIM Master's Degree Programme students, and TSE degree students majoring in international business are given priority.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Marketing and International Business
Turku School of Economics
Turku School of Economics
Elective Special Courses (Business and Innovation Development)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Marketing and International Business
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Economic Geography
International Business
Finnish Study Modules
Business Japanese
Economic Sociology
Business Chinese