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MANG6281 Current Trends in Strategy and Innovation Management

Module Overview

This module has been developed to connect cutting-edge research in the field of strategy and innovation to teaching in the classroom. Particularly, this module leverages state-of-the-art research from tutors in the Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship department, with the latest findings from their colleagues, operating in a global research environment. This enables learning about the latest developments in the strategy and innovation management field.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

to facilitate learning about key developments in the strategy and innovation management field. It examines new trends and innovations from the most recent research, to equip you with up-to-date knowledge and thinking from experts in this area. While text book knowledge is often outdated to a certain extent, this module aims to provide a dynamic platform for learning, which exploits the latest research from the Strategy and Innovation Group. To achieve this aim, the module is taught by a group of research-active tutors who share and discuss insights from their own research, in addition to the latest developments from world-leading researchers

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • a selection of the latest developments and emerging trends in strategy;
  • a selection of the latest developments and emerging trends in innovation management.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • understand and apply appropriate theoretical concepts, models, tools and techniques of strategy and innovation management;
  • evaluate alternative approaches to strategy and innovation management;
  • identify potential new opportunities for commercial exploitation, emerging from new trends in strategy and innovation;
  • understand the latest trends in strategy and innovation management;
  • evaluate the intellectual value and practical relevance of the latest trends in strategy and innovation management;
  • apply insights from the latest research on strategy and innovation management to specific management situations;
  • appreciate the nature, format and limitations of latest research in strategy and innovation management.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • recognise that in many situations there is a range of alternatives which should be evaluated;
  • self-manage the development of learning and study skills;
  • apply the research skills to synthesise, analyse, interpret and critically evaluate information from a range of sources.


The exact topics covered in this module will depend on the configuration of the team of tutors and their respective research areas within strategy and innovation management. The module may include, but is not limited to, the following topics: • Latest research in strategy: organisational capabilities, absorptive capacity, strategic networks, strategy development, strategy implementation • Latest research in innovation management: e.g. knowledge networks, technology transfer, innovation in the digital economy, retail innovation, financial innovation, eco-innovation

Special Features

This module will be team taught and will involve a range of research-active tutors from the Strategy and Innovation Group.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Lectures, interactive case studies, problem-solving activities, directed reading, and private/guided study. Learning activities include: • Introductory lectures • An assignment (individual written coursework to deepen learning in a specific topic of the module chosen by you) • Case study/problem solving activities • In class debate and discussion • Private study • Use of video and online materials Class activities, such as problem solving activities, discussions and use of case studies will provide opportunities for you to gain feedback from you tutor and/or peers about their level of understanding and knowledge prior to any formal summative assessment. Feedback on the coursework will normally be provided through a written report for each individual/group within four weeks of the submission date.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Module Resources. Up to date supporting texts, articles, conference papers and video resources will be provided as applicable in this rapidly changing topic area.



Group work activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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