Innovation Management OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Undergraduate Course on Innovation Management in Organizations

Published Feb 09, 2009

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'The Concept of Innovation,' an OpenCourseWare project by the Open University, explores how innovation is used in the business world and what important distinctions are made between the processes of innovation and invention. This online course would be particularly useful for individuals interested in or currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration.

The Concept of Innovation: Course Specifics

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The Concept of Innovation: Course Description

Innovations, which develop uses for products or improve processes, are an important aspect of the business world. This course seeks to define the concept and to distinguish between innovation and invention. In it, students can learn how technological innovations benefit both the organizations that market them and consumers, alike. Business Administration students also explore the important differences in process and product innovations and how the two are utilized by business organizations. Additionally, students review the process of positive feedback and learn how innovations are analyzed. This Open University course concludes by focusing in on second-order effects of innovation, giving real-world examples of such results. This is estimated to be a 3-hour online course, but students may read at their own pace.

'The Concept of Innovation' consists of outline notes, online activities and a student discussion forum. To access this free online course, visit the innovation management course page.

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