Introduction to a strategic and historical view on innovations, the strategic role of operations and innovation and continuous improvement. Types of innovations. The management challenge – how to make management happen? The challenges with innovation in operations and examples of management technologies such as Lean management, TQM and Kaizen.
The students will develop their competences in analyzing complex issues and an ability to focus on managerial dilemmas. Many decision-making situations in the student’s future career will challenge an evaluation of what is relevant and irrelevant. We hope to expand this competence with the focus on managing innovation that contains many balancing challenges and where an overemphasis on type of innovation, for instance, can be devastating for the other.