Innovation Management: Research on Organizing in a Context of Uncertainty


This course provides a foundation for critical thinking in the area of innovation management. The course focuses on theories and literature, and schools of thought, in the field of the organization of innovation and innovation management. Topics addressed are the dynamics of innovation at the industry level, different approaches in creativity and idea management literatures, research on control of innovation projects, problem solving in innovation, and organizational forms for system innovation.

The course will be run as a seminar examining theories and empirical studies of innovation management. Class sessions will be highly interactive. During the course students will write a proposal for a research paper on innovation management and a review of a research proposal.

A typical class will consist of a discussion of that day's readings. In addition to the empirical context described in the paper, the teacher will add practical examples of successful and failed innovations, and how they came about. Those examples will serve to provide real life context to the theories and research outcomes discussed.


-    The discipline of innovation management
-    Strategy of innovation
-    Organizational forms for (system) innovation
-    Idea management and crowdsourcing
-    Market learning and design-driven innovation
-    Controlling innovation projects
-    Leadership in innovation
-    Problem solving in NPD


-    Present papers
-    Contribute to the discussion of the assigned papers
-    Write a research proposal
-    Write a review of a research proposal


Academic articles

Additional info

The course will be taught in 10 weeks (1 session/week). The last two sessions are student presentations.


More information and detailed timetables can be found here.

ERIM PhD candidates and Research Master students can register for this course via SIN Online.

External (non-ERIM) participants are welcome to this course. To register, please fill in the registration form and e-mail it to by four weeks prior to the start of the course. Please note that the number of places for this course is limited. For external participants, the course fee is 260 euro per ECTS credit.