MQM2MCI-Managing Change and Innovation

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 15 [7.5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Maksim Belitski


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module is aimed at students who want to enhance their innovation skills by setting up their new ventures or by developing innovative ideas in existing companies. The module brings together insights, concepts and managerial tools from the field of entrepreneurship and innovation studies.


We develop theoretical and practical understanding of the function of entrepreneurship and the nature of the innovation process from idea to changing products, processes, teams, organizations and markets.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to create an environment for innovation and creativity in their organizations, establishing the value of ideas and change initiatives and drive continuous improvements.


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

  • ?Understand the different innovation models - including the open innovation model and the design thinking model.

  • Appreciate the separate stages of the innovation process, and how these separate stages explain how an innovative idea moves to its eventual realisation in a market or social context
  • Reflect on the challenges innovators face, and the resources and skills they need to draw upon when developing new ideas in uncertain environment.

  • Critically assess the merits of alternative models and strategies for innovation that firms can adopt to benefit from the value of new i deas

Additional outcomes:

The module is an opportunity for students to develop their presentation skills and their ability to work in groups in order to support development of new products and brining change in organization (innovation strategies, team management, resource management, growth strategy).Student will be introduced to a software which will allow them to perform big data analysis and draw insights using large amount of text and quantitative data.

Outline content:

The key topics of study address the aim of enabling students to develop an appreciation and understanding of:

1.           What is innovation and why does it matter? 

2.           Innovation strategy 

3.           Sources of Innovation and Users as sources of Innovation, Lean Innovation 

4.           Deve loping new products and services: design thinking (face to face)

5.           New models of innovation: Exploring Open innovation and Strategic Alliances .

6.           Comparative Innovation Models in Developed Economies, Knowledge management, Intellectual Property, Financing for innovation.

7.           Comparative Innovation Models in Developing and Emerging Economies (Maks Belitski).

Global context:

The course uses the synergised approach to entrepreneurship and innovation strategy adopted by Henley Business School, University of Reading and Kelley Business School, Indiana University Bloomington.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will consist of face to face sessions (7 hours x 2) and distant learning via blackboard (7 hours x 6). During this time the main topics on the syllabus are covered. Students’ contributions to discussions during these sessions are welcomed in order to promote knowledge exchange of relevant work experiences. 

Face to face sessions will incorporate group work exercise and case studies.  Face to face sessions will also include familiarising students with Big data software. Face to face sessions end with question and answer session and online sessions will have a blackboard forum. 

Students are expected to read key references and to do a significant amount of independent research using the Internet, journals, and academic references.


The contact hours are a guide and the terms taught will vary depending on the start date of the cohort.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 12
Project Supervision 1
Demonstration 2
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 25
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Advance preparation for classes 40
    Preparation for presentations 5
    Group study tasks 5
    Essay preparation 30
    Reflection 10
Total hours by term 1 149 0
Total hours for module 150

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 60
Oral assessment and presentation 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The summative assessment will be composed of a group project which involves a poster that will be presented (40%) and an individual written assignment of 2,500 word count (60%). A -10% to + 20% word count tolerance margin applies.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here:
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

The assignment / project / report must achieve a minimum mark of 50% to achieve a pass.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment by 100% assignment (capped at 50%); to be submitted within 6 weeks of notification of module failure, date dependent on cohort entry and to be advised by the Programme Administrator.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

The cost of textbooks and study aids for apprentices are met by the University of Reading as per the Education and Skills Funding Agency Regulations.

Last updated: 29 October 2020


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