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Investigating Innovation

What is innovation and why is being innovative important in your personal and professional life? Find out with this online course.

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Investigating Innovation

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Discover different types, processes, and outcomes of innovation

Innovation is a key element of entrepreneurial success and growth for any organisation. Being innovative gives a business a competitive advantage and helps shape a positive future.

On this course, you will investigate why you should innovate and how innovation can be part of your everyday life. You will learn about different types and popular misconceptions of innovation and apply innovation to a real-life example to enhance your understanding. You will also consider the role of knowledge in both how and why we innovate.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds MATT MOUNT: Bill Gates believes that innovation is the most powerful force for change in the world. For a force so strong, innovation should be pretty easy to define, right? A Google search on innovation brings up more than 600 million hits with a multitude of meanings and manifestations. There’s actually a lot more to it. Hi, I’m Matt Mount from Deakin University. Together, Coventry and Deakin universities have joined forces to bring you this course. Welcome to Investigating Innovation. A really useful starting point is to think about what innovation means to you. Who and what do you think of? What types of innovation are you aware of, and how do you apply them to your context?

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds We’ll cover all of that in this course. With so much diversity in the language, concepts, and definitions of innovation, it’s also really useful to visit key perspectives that help us define innovation in other contexts too. Join us to explore the types, stages, and outcomes of innovation to unlock the transformative potential of innovation in your setting.

What topics will you cover?

  • Different manifestations and types of innovation
  • Different stages of the innovation process
  • Information required to critically evaluate real life examples of innovation and what impacts they have
  • How to challenge the notions of innovation

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the different types and outcomes of innovation
  • Identify and distinguish between ideation, development and commercialisation stages of the innovation process
  • Apply innovation as a combination of the classifications (type, process, outcome) to a real life example and examine what innovation means for you
  • Evaluate and challenge the traditional ‘go it alone’ approach of the innovation process

Who is the course for?

This course will be of interest to anyone, especially those looking to be innovative and make a difference to their organisation or society.

Who will you learn with?

Prof Maas is the Director of the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship at Coventry University. Has broad international business and academic experiences in various countries.

Dr Matt Mount (Ph.D) is Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Deakin Business School. He is an expert in the area of strategy and innovation processes.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

    1974
  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

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