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Innovation Management

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Innovation management is a sub-discipline in the general field of management that implies creating, planning and supervising new organisational trends, to support business growth. It deals with discovering new niches, imagining new services and technologies, testing breakthrough corporate practices, establishing brand extensions and foreseeing market trends. Innovation management involves aspects from other organisational business areas such as business intelligence and analytics, quality management, project management, marketing, IT, human resources or sales.

Specialisations and concentrations in the innovation management field include entrepreneurship and innovation, technology and innovation management, enterprise and innovation management, global innovation management, management of information systems and digital innovation, among others. Students following innovation management courses have a chance to acquire in-depth knowledge on business development, practice innovation management techniques (IMT) and models. They also develop their creative thinking, communication abilities and presentations skills.

Examples of careers in innovation management include product manager, strategy consultant, business analyst, operations manager, business development specialist or CEO. Innovation managers typically have strategic positions in corporations, IT firms, governmental agencies and financial institution. They may also practice in the investment-banking field, or may choose consultancy positions, as well as careers in research or academia.

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Short Course Creativity and Innovation (with Cardiff University)

Innovation and creativity are the key drivers of success in many industries today. They fuel the uptake of new technologies, the development of products and services and the formulation of strategies to secure competitive advantage. Truly innovative ideas can create new markets and boost a firm’s value or even transform its entire business model. The Creativity and Innovation (with Cardiff University) course is offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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The "Introduction to Operations Management" course from Stanford Summer introduces students to a broad range of fundamental concepts, problems, strategies, and analytical methods in the operations function of a firm. 

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Short Course Six Sigma Design and Innovation

The Six Sigma Design and Innovation course from Aarhus University methods provide complementary approaches. When strategically linked these yield customer-driven, highly resource efficient processes and products with almost perfect performance.

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Short Course Responsible Research and Innovation Boot Camp

Any researcher will recognize this fear: your thesis, perfectly written and data-rich, lying in some desk drawer waiting to be forgotten. Sound familiar? Science has become a self-referential system, and papers remain unread or even unwritten. The Responsible Research and Innovation Boot Camp course is delivered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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