Curricula Guides

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The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Archived Curricula Guide 2016–2018
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KV203240 KVS54 Special Themes in Innovation Management 2–6 ECTS
Organised by
International Business
Person in charge
Birgitta Sandberg and Danijela Majdenic
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 systemic view on innovations and its usefulness in analyzing and comparing different companies and countries and their innovative operations. In addition, the student perceives understanding how innovation systems can be utilized for promoting technological capabilities and firm's long-term growth. 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, and management of innovation and technological capabilities an international context form the central aspects 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. In 2016-2018 the course includes three themes:

Career Management (2 cr)
See course FUTS2244 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 (e.g. intercultural competencies and communication) is expected and the learning outcome is presented in the form of an essay.For further information contact Danijela Majdenic.

Innovation systems and technological capabilities (2 cr)
The student becomes familiar with the innovation systems in Finland and abroad. Emphasis is on developing countries NIS and analysis of innovation systems on regional and sectoral levels. Student also builds understanding on how innovation systems can promote technological capability development and firm's long-term growth. Student is expected to combine and apply the knowledge from their previous studies and present the learning outcome in the form of an essay. For further information contact Danijela Majdenic.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

KVS54 is available in any period. The course consists of independent study units. In addition, the Career Management theme (FUTU3/KVS54) has a mandatory kick-off session. Contact Birgitta Sandberg for further information. For further information on second and third unit contact Danijela Majdenic.

Modes of study

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

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
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. KV203003 KVS54 Innovation Systems and Technological Capabilities, 2 cr.

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.

The IBC students have limited access to these courses, in 2016-18 the IBC-quota is max 5 students. KVS54 Special Theme FUTU3 Career Management is not open for IBC students.

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Marketing and International Business
Turku School of Economics
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
Economic Sociology
Business Japanese
Business Chinese
Finnish Study Modules
Multilingual Business Communication