• Application Deadline
  • 6 months
    Duration
The Managing Technological Innovation programme offered by The Open University UK examines innovation from a management perspective, enabling you to improve how you contribute to the process and management of technological innovation.

About

The history of technological innovation has been nothing short of remarkable, affecting our lives, the effectiveness of organisations, the profitability of industries, the well-being of societies and the prosperity of nations. 

Understanding the processes that underpin technological innovation is therefore crucial, whether you are a user or producer of technological innovation. And if you are involved in managing innovation processes, an understanding of the overall process of innovation and its variations is a core professional competence. 

The Managing Technological Innovation programme offered by The Open University UK adopts a broad definition of innovation, ranging from incremental change and improvement to radical or ‘disruptive’ innovation, and is applicable if you are involved or interested in the management of innovation in a wide variety of contexts and sectors, including: IT/IS, telecommunications, computing, engineering, manufacturing, transport and logistics, retailing, energy production and supply, defence and security, management and administration, and any form of services, including health, welfare and leisure. In all of these fields, and more, the major themes of this module - of creating, managing, transferring/sharing and sustaining innovation - are central to the effective and successful operation of organisations of any size and purpose.

You begin by gaining an overview of the field of technological innovation. Then, through the study and analysis of a number of topical issues in innovation, such as open innovation and green innovation, you explore the detailed issues that need to be addressed in ensuring that technological innovation is encouraged and delivered in an effective manner. The module combines leading innovation management perspectives with practical techniques for facilitating specific aspects of the innovation process in this fast-moving subject area. 

You will be assigned a tutor with broad knowledge and skills relevant to this module. Your tutor will advise you as you develop ideas for your assignments and end-of-module assessment. You will also have access to advice through our online forums and through wikis and real time online tutorials. Communication with your tutor will be mainly through email, telephone and online tutorials.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The module is organised into six teaching blocks:

  • Block 1: Technology, innovation and management - introduces you to a range of topics that are central to the study, analysis and application of technological innovation and its management.
  • Block 2: Open innovation - enables you to build a critical understanding of the philosophy of open innovation - and its practical application - so you can take an active role in managing an effective innovation system. 
  • Block 3: Technology transfer: building value - explores key features of the technology transfer process including management of intellectual property.

  • Block 4: Eco-innovation -  introduces the concepts behind an area of technology innovation
  • Block 5: Defining and evaluating added value -  provides the knowledge you need to develop and work with forms of evaluation suitable for “measuring” the created or added value from technological innovation
  • Block 6: Conclusions - you draw some general conclusions.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This is a masters level module that can be taken either as a stand-alone module or as part of a postgraduate qualification.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1920 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1920 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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