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Innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital society

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)


The aim of the course is to give practical and theoretical knowledge
on innovation, innovation management and entrepreneurship. Emerging
trends in innovation of products, processes and institutions are
explored. Special attention will be given to the opportunities and
challenges that face the actors engaged in innovation and
entrepreneurship in the digital society. The course mainly focuses on
innovation phenomena beside incumbent industrial firms, like the
entrepreneurial actor, communities, public institutions and emerging
innovation phenomena. The course consists of three blocks:

Foundations of innovation and entrepreneurship

This block covers fundamentals on innovation and entrepreneurship,
including creativity, design, business models, financial issues and
intellectual property. It also includes theory on agency, institutions
and practice.

Emerging innovation phenomena in the digital society

This block covers examples of emerging innovation phenomena like open
source, commons based peer production and citizen science as well as
new arenas for innovation, such as public authorities, cities, and civil

Sustainability and innovation

Sustainability has become a key issue in the innovation landscape.
Innovation and digital technology is claimed to have the potential to
solve societal challenges on a global scale. Environmental, economic and
social aspects as well as issues of gender, equality and inclusion are

The course consists of lectures, guest lectures and seminars. The
invited guest lecturers represent a broad span of experienced
entrepreneurs and innovators, from areas including venture capital,
start-ups and public sector, as well as academics from informatics,
business, sociology and law.

Examination is in the form of an innovation project
(idea-design-business) in groups of 3-4 students (7 hp), and one
individual paper assignment (8 hp).

Prerequisites and selection


Bachelor degree (180 hp) or at least seven years documented work experience from IT development and/or business development. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS