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MSc IT and Strategic Innovation with Management Studies

Kingston University

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Strategic Innovation is now recognized as the major element in determining the eventual success or failure of an organisation. Building better business models depends both on understanding IT and on understanding how to use innovation to create more efficient value chains, however the strategic management needed to encourage and use innovation is a rather new field, arising from the realization that innovation in IT and other high-tech areas has its own distinctive features which differentiate it sharply from other industries, e.g. creative arts. There is an acute shortage of people with a technical background who are able to understand the characteristics of high-tech innovation plus combine this with the leadership and management values necessary for entrepreneurship or successfully creating and managing strategic innovation in an organization. The course is designed to allow you to tailor your learning to suit your individual career development, industry background andor the requirements of your business or organisation. You will study the types and characteristics of innovation, as well as the major barriers to the spread of innovation. This will enable you to recognise and welcome the increased rate of change and instability in the business and technology fields. You will gain an understanding of how innovation can be encouraged, captured and managed within an organisation, how this relates to knowledge management, decision making, organisational goals and objectives. This with Management Studies route will enable you to combine a specialist taught course in IT and Strategic Innovation with general training in management and to develop the key business and management skills necessary to successfully lead teams and manage innovation within organisations.

Strategic Innovation is now recognized as the major element in determining the eventual success or failure of an organisation. Building better business models depends both on understanding IT and on understanding how to use innovation to create more efficient value chains, however the strategic management needed to encourage and use innovation is a rather new field, arising from the realization...

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