MG482      Half Unit
Innovation and Technology Management

This information is for the 2024/25 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Jonathan Liebenau MAR 5.30


This course is available on the CEMS Exchange, Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (CEMS MIM), Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange), MBA Exchange, MSc in Management (1 Year Programme) and MSc in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course may be capped/subject to controlled access. For further information about the course's availability, please see the MG Elective Course Selection Moodle page (

Course content

The main focus of this course is on how innovative technologies are managed and their consequences. It includes technological innovation in areas such as telecoms, hi tech industries, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, space technology, financial technologies. Aspects covered are how new industries are created, how existing industries can be transformed by new technologies, linkages between technological development and the creation of wealth, and implementation success and failure of technological systems. Topics include: technology and entrepreneurship, technology strategy, R&D management, patents and intellectual property, disruptive radical and incremental innovation, technology policy. Economic, systems, managerial and sociological approaches will be compared using a variety of case studies.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the AT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Classes are based around reading and discussing selected journal articles and case studies available on or through the course Moodle site. Formative feedback is provided on class participation. In addition, students will present an essay plan in preparation for the final case-based essay, on which formative feedback will be provided.

Indicative reading

JJ Howells, The Management of Innovation and Technology, Sage, 2005;

J Fagerberg, D.C. Mowery, and R.R. Nelson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of innovation (Series Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management), Oxford University Press, 2006;

D MacKenzie, Knowing Machines: Essays on Technical Change, MIT Press, 1998;

M Bauer (Ed), Resistance to New Technology: Nuclear Power Information Technology and Biotechnology, CUP 1995;

M Biagioli (Ed), The Science Studies Reader, Routledge, 1999;

H Collins & T Pinch, The Golem at Large: What you should know about technology, Cambridge University Press, 1998;

C Perrow, Normal Accidents: living with high-risk technologies, Basic Books, 1984;

D Mowery & N Rosenberg, Paths of Innovation: technological change in 20th century America, Cambridge University Press, 1998;


Essay (80%, 5000 words) in the WT.
Presentation (20%) in the AT.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2023/24: 12

Average class size 2023/24: 6

Controlled access 2023/24: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills