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A new LUISS MOOC in Managing Innovation

Now available on Iversity: a new course with Professor Andrea Prencipe, deputy rector of LUISS University

In March 2017, international platform of online courses Iversity launched a Managing Innovation MOOC by Andrea Prencipe, professor of Organization and Innovation and deputy rector of LUISS.

Divided into eleven modules with a final exam, the course identifies different types of innovation and the role of creativity and technology in the future of business. “Innovation is a pervasive force that influences the ability to be competitive of companies, industries and countries,” declares Professor Prencipe. “The word innovation refers to changes in technology, the market and culture, it is not merely a management problem but influences private and social life. It is a continuous challenge to the status quo. Understanding innovation is thus important to everyone as it means understanding how to manage a concrete part of our daily lives and the companies we work with!”

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The goal of the MOOC is to provide students with theoretical and real-world examples of economics and management that are necessary to understand the potential of innovation. “Combining real cases, interviews with experts and traditional lessons, the course covers the economic, strategic and organizational dimensions of innovation. I have involved international experts to give short interviews on specific themes that generate innovation. Making ample use of real-life cases and examples, the course also proposes the challenge of building an innovative company.”

“From open innovation to disruptive innovation, the various modules focus on all aspects of innovation in various global contexts. The course is also open to a casual public. “There are no prerequisites for the course but a natural curiosity for the topic. Students are supported by teaching assistants that upload additional materials such as case studies, extra lectures and videos. After participating in the course, students will have developed a clear comprehension of the role and challenges of innovation, as well as the instruments of interaction between technology and markets. They will furthermore be able to identify problems that inhibit innovation in companies and teams.”

After the first MOOC in International Relations, created by Professor Raffaele Marchetti in 2015, the new course with Professor Prencipe is organized in self-paced modules that students can complete on their own schedule, without pressure or deadlines. “Innovation is change that generates value, be it economic, social, organizational or professional. It requires careful attention and a willingness to change to learn to interact with a context in continual evolution. One of the course’s key messages, concludes the deputy rector, is that innovation requires new lenses and eyes, not to think outside of the box as the saying goes, but to rethink the box.”