Administration (ADMN) 415
Strategy and Technology Innovation (Revision 6)
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Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Faculty: Faculty of Business
ADMN 415 has a Challenge for Credit option.
ADMN 415: Strategy and Technology Innovation is a three-credit, senior-level course at Athabasca University in which you will learn how companies can strategically manage technology innovation and new product development. Technology innovation is considered to be a powerful means for companies to survive and compete in their markets. This course examines the strategies, tools, methods, and mechanisms companies need to implement in order to maximize their likelihood of success. Through studying a mix of the conceptual and the practical, you will think broadly about strategy as it is informed by the real-world application of technological innovations.
The concepts in this course apply to a variety of industries as well as not-for-profit organizations, as the fast pace of technological change affects a wide variety of businesses and institutions. Over three units, we will examine the strategies, tools, methods, and mechanisms companies need to implement in order to maximize their likelihood of success. The first lesson serves as an introduction to the course and underlines the importance of technological innovation in society and the economy. Unit 1, which consists of Lessons 2 through 5, explores the industry dynamics that shape the decisions and actions of individual firms. Unit 2, which consists of Lessons 6 through 9, covers the primary tools that help to develop a successful innovation strategy. Unit 3, which consists of Lessons 10 through 13, tackles the organizational and logistical questions of how firms implement their strategies.
Course Overview and Introduction
- Lesson 1: The Importance of Technological Innovation
Unit 1: Industry Dynamics of Technological Innovation
- Lesson 2: Sources of Innovation
- Lesson 3: Types and Patterns of Innovation
- Lesson 4: Standards Battles and Design Dominance
- Lesson 5: Timing of Entry
Unit 2: Formulating Technological Innovation Strategy
- Lesson 6: Defining the Organization’s Strategic Direction
- Lesson 7: Choosing Innovation Projects
- Lesson 8: Collaboration Strategies
- Lesson 9: Protecting Innovation
Unit 3: Implementing Technological Innovation Strategy
- Lesson 10: Organizing for Innovation
- Lesson 11: Managing the New Product Development Process
- Lesson 12: Managing New Product Development Teams
- Lesson 13: Crafting a Deployment Strategy
To receive credit for ADMN 415 you must submit all three written assignments, participate in the online discussion, achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the Final Examination, and receive an overall course grade of D (50 percent).
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Schilling, M. A. (2020). Strategic management of technological innovation (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 978-1-260-08795-6
A print version of the eText can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
All other learning resources will be available online.
Challenge for Credit Overview
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.
Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 6, October 8, 2020.
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