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Module Title LM Knowledge and Innovation Systems
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 24255
Module Lead Dr Paulina Ramirez
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Description Using a Systems of Innovation approach, the module aims to provide students with an in-depth theoretical understanding of the economics and management of knowledge and innovation. The role of knowledge, learning, and innovation in economic growth and development in the context of globalisation will be a central theme of this module. Similarly, the development of an understanding of the social, interactive and systemic character of the processes of knowledge creation and diffusion are central to this course. The module will therefore focus on the relationship between different types of business systems and social organisation at different levels of aggregation (i.e. the nation, the region, the industrial sector) in both developed and developing countries and the creation and diffusion of knowledge, innovation and technological change. The impact of globalisation processes on innovation systems will also be studied. Key theoretical concepts will be applied to different industries as well as national and regional innovation systems in order to critically evaluate their theoretical and practical relevance.
Learning Outcomes


By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • critically analyse and evaluate existing theories of knowledge, learning and ovation in the context of the systems and innovation literature;
  • examine the nature and dynamics of innovation as a systemic process taking place within and across firms;
  • discuss and critically analyse the nature of innovation process across different industries and sectors;
  • compare, contrast and appraise different national and regional innovation systems through case studies;
  • assess the impact of globalisation processes on national and regional innovation systems;
  • analyse knowledge flows, learning and innovative activities in global value chains.
Assessment 24255-01 : Examination : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 2 hour exam (100%)
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