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Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2017/2018

  • 4 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Both continuous and final Assessment


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Justify the importance of innovation for competitiveness;
2. 2. Evaluate and interpret innovation processes
3. Interpret, relate and operationalize the different models of innovation;
4. Develop innovation strategies;
5. Evaluate, select and use main instruments of innovation management;
6. Develop, evaluate and implement R&D and innovation projects;
7. Explain the relevance of knowledge management in enterprises;
8. Evaluate and compare the different strategies of protection of intellectual property;
10. Justify the importance of entrepreneurship to the creation of wealth and employment;
11. Optimize creativity and turn it into ideas and explore the ideas with the creation of a business;
12. Develop business models and business plans;
13. Communicate the idea and the business to potential investors.

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Metodology

The classes are of two types: theoretical sessions and practical sessions. The theoretical sessions consist of exposition of the concepts, models and theories of the syllabus. Practical sessions will consist in the application of knowledge transmitted in theoretical sessions through the discussion of case studies and texts distributed by lecturers and analysis of diverse information (including statistics). During these classes students will also present their essays and business plans. Seminars with guest speakers will also take place on themes and cases relevant for this CU.

The assessment consists of:
-individual test on one of the programmatic content of part one: written essay (25%), oral presentation (10%)
-creation and presentation of a business plan (group work): 30%
-paticipation in class activities and discussion: 15%
-final test: 20%

Body of Work

I. Innovation
I.1. Introduction: Key questions and concepts
I.2. The innovation process
I.2. Innovation models
I.3. Innovation strategy in the context of business strategy
I.4. Open innovation and networks
I.5. R&D and innovation project management
I.6. Knowledge management and intellectual property
I.7. Mapping and measuring innovation in firms

II. Entrepreneurship
II.1. Entrepreneurship concept
II.2. Ideas and opportunities
II.3. Business model
II.4. Business plan
II.5. Investment and financing the project

Recommended Bibliography

Audretsch, D. B., Falck, O., Heblich, S. & Lederer, A. (2011), Handbook of Research on Innovation And Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar.

Bessant, J. & Tidd, J. (2015), Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 3rd Edition, Chichester, Wiley.

Bygrave, W. & Zacharakis, A. (2014); Entrepreneurship – 3rd edition, John Wiley & Son.

Osterwalder, Alexander & Pigneur Yves (2011), “Criar Modelos de Negócio”, Publicações Dom Quixote.

Tidd, J. & Bessant, J. (2013), Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change, 5th edition, Chichester, Wiley

Complementary Bibliography

Chesbrough, H. (2006), Open Innovation. The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology, Harvard Business School Press.

Hall, B. & Rosenberg, N. (eds.) (2010), Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, Amesterdam, Elsevier.

Weekly Planning


Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Chapters I.1 and I.2 allow the achievement of goals 1 and 2.
Chapter I.3 aims to achieve the goal 3.
Chapters I.4 and I.5 are associated with goals 4 and 5.
Chapter I.6 contributes to the achievement of goal 6.
Chapter I.7 contributes to the achievement of goals 7 and 8.
Chapter I.8 contributes to the achievement of the goal 9.
Chapter II.1 is linked to objective 10.
Chapters II.2 and II.3. are associated to objective 11.
Chapters II.3 and II.4. contribute to the objective 12.
Finally, the chapter II. 5 aims to contribute to objective 13.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Lectures are primarily directed to the objectives 1, 3, 7, 8 and 9.
The practical sessions are primarily directed to the objectives 2, 4, 5, 6, 10 and 11, 12 and 13.
The autonomous work supported by tutorials and translated in the individual test is fundamentally directed to objectives 2 - 8. For its part, the group work is fundamentally directed to objectives 11, 12 and 13.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situationsYesYes
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Balanced decision makingYesYes
Commitment to effectivenessYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Foreign language proficiency  
Initiative and entrepreneurship capabilityYesYes
IT and technology proficiency  
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Research skillsYesYes
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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