Social, Sustainable and Technological Innovation
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMAN-MOC006
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Master Business Administration;
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J. Borgers, MSc
Other course modules lecturer
dr. R.A.W. Kok
Other course modules lecturer
dr. R.A.W. Kok
Other course modules lecturer
dr. R.A.W. Kok
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. R.A.W. Kok
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2022
3  (30/01/2023 to 09/04/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listYes
Placement procedure-

The overall objective is to gain in-depth understanding of the problems and issues involved in the organisation of innovation. Specifically, students will:

  • acquire understanding of the various perspectives on technology and innovation in a range of scientific debates
  • acquire knowledge concerning the organisation of technological, social and sustainable innovation in and between organisations.
  • understand the relationship between sustainability and various types of innovation.
  • apply this knowledge to address questions of strategy and policy.
  • reflect on the various meanings of sustainable innovation for companies, the economy and society.
  • train their presentation and discussion skills.
As a Western society, we are in the midst of a transformation from a linear to a circular economy. This leads to various debates on issues such as sustainability, corporate governance, social entrepreneurship and value creation. The elective 'Social, Sustainable and Technological Innovation' (SSTI) explores these contemporary debates on themes pertaining to the role of the contemporary firm.
It is essential to understand these debates in the light of organisational and societal transformations and transitions. Central to these on-going debates is innovation in a variety of ways. This course is concerned with the interactions between technological change, innovation and organisation. Here technological change and innovation may not only come from established firms but also from startups or entrepreneurs. It starts with a lecture dealing with various aspects of innovation and innovation management. It goes from closed innovation to the notion of 'inclusive' innovation and the quest for shared or multiple value creation aimed at sustainability.
The course has a transdisciplinary character with a relatively strong emphasis on the social-organisational aspects of the debate - not on the technological or ecological side of things. It is more a 'journey of discovery', leading to interaction and debate, than an attempt to transfer a well-defined body of knowledge.
The course consists of a series of lectures, guest lectures and seminars. If the number of students exceeds the available capacity, selection procedures may apply. The capacity of the course is limited to 100 students.
Innovation management
Presumed foreknowledge
Course Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Context.

Please note: Corporate sustainability master specialization students can register for this course from the 9th of January 2023 until the 16th of January 2023.
Test information
Examination will include an essay (assignments) and a presentation.
Due to developments in relation to the coronavirus, the course format can be adapted.
Ma 1

Required materials
Mainly journal articles.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes
Type of instructional modeCourse

Lecture & Tutorial
The course has a variety of work forms: lectures where journal articles are discussed and seminars where paper assignments are discussed.

Essay exam
Test weight9
Test typeEssay
OpportunitiesBlock 3, Block 4

Test weight1
Test typePresentation
OpportunitiesBlock 3, Block 4