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MSc International Innovation (Entrepreneurship)

35 industry-focussed 2 year MScs with £16,000 bursary and 6 months in China

Year 1

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Michaelmas Term: October-December

After Welcome Week, all MSc International Innovation (Entrepreneurship) students take the following three core modules:

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

This module introduces you to current theory in the field of entrepreneurship. Topics include, for instance, the role and significance of SMEs for the economy, differences between SMEs and large companies, entrepreneurial behaviour and entrepreneurial learning.

International Business Strategy

This module looks at the critical choices that organisations face in order to survive and gain sustainable competitive advantage in an international environment. To understand these choices and their strategic dimension, you will analyse how industry structure affects profitability but also how the strategic position of the firm affects determines the relative performance of organisations.

Innovation in Practice I

This module helps you understand the challenges involved in managing the innovation process, especially in the small business environment. You will explore the role of innovation in enabling firms to generate competitive advantage and the problems faced by firms in new product and process development. The module critically examines the impact for innovation of changes in the environment, the significance of the firm's internal processes and resources, and particularly why links need to be made between innovation activities and other business activities.

Design-driven Innovation

A design-based module which introduces design-driven innovation as a mind-set that has the ability to close the innovation loop, from user-centred research to commercially viable innovations. It presents a variety of frameworks that help you to gain a comprehensive understanding of design thinking, methods and concepts and of how these can be applied to design-driven innovation. Theoretical material delivered in lectures and seminars is tested and evaluated through workshops. These will be aligned to appropriate external drivers, such as competition briefs or 'live' projects, allowing you to put theories and methods into practice in order to address a real-world design problem.

MSc International Innovation (Entrepreneurship) students also choose one from the following two environmental science modules:

Environmental Management

This module will help you develop a critical understanding of key concepts, principles, tools and techniques for the management of natural resources and the environment. Particular attention is given to the challenges of dealing with complexity, change, uncertainty and conflict in the environment and to the different management approaches which can be deployed in ‘turbulent’ conditions.

Perspectives on Environment and Development

This module aims to provide a theoretical foundation for the study of development and the environment from a geographical perspective. You will focus on understanding the ways in which scholars have brought together development theory with the analysis of nature-society relations in the majority world. You will be provided with a critical understanding of the evolution of contemporary development discourses, and new ways of thinking about the relationships between environment and development.

Lent Term: January-March

All MSc International Innovation (Entrepreneurship) students take the following three core modules in entrepreneurship and management:

Corporate Entrepreneurship

This module illuminates the entrepreneurial strategies of large companies. This includes the challenges of setting up and managing corporate spin-offs as well as 'intrapreneurship' strategies where employees are empowered and enabled to act as entrepreneurs within the company in pursuit of competitive edge and new business fields.

Internationalisation & New Technologies

This is a module covering two exciting topics:

  • How can you commercially exploit new technologies or use them to support your existing business?
  • How can small firms effectively enter foreign markets?

Innovation in Practice II

In this module you will interact with a number of small firms, allowing you to draw on your growing skills in innovation strategy and learn more about how to exploit and evaluate innovation in practice. Through this experience, and via additional case studies, you develop your understanding of why certain organisations are more creative than others, as evident in innovative products, services, processes or strategy. You also gain practical skills in analysing organisations and determining what is required to make them more innovative.

Summer Term: April-July

During this term you apply your knowledge and skills to the first of your company projects:

UK Project

Students will work on behalf of an industry partner or partners in the UK. The projects are likely to take a variety of forms, but will involve collaborative R&D and commercialisation to support the development of new ventures, products, services or business processes. Working either individually or as part of a cross-disciplinary team, you will take in several projects, involving businesses in the UK.

Non-Chinese speakers will also take the following module:

Chinese Language and Culture for Business

This module is designed as a breakthrough into Mandarin Chinese in its standardised spoken form and in simplified characters as used in mainland China, particularly the language used in the business context, for beginners with no or little knowledge of Chinese. The intensive mode of learning on the module, in the short term, provides an immersive learning environment for preparing students linguistically and culturally for their half-year industrial project in China, while the long-term goal of the module is to raise students’ awareness of cultural diversity and Chinese-Western cultural differences and to develop their linguistic and intercultural competence of communicating with the Chinese appropriately and effectively in their future career.

Those already fluent in Chinese will take the following modules:

Chinese Culture for Business

Students will examine Chinese culture, particularly that of business, from a Western perspective. The long-term goal of the module is to raise students’ awareness of cultural diversity and Chinese-Western cultural differences

Business Ethics and Society I & II

The objective of this course is to attempt to develop moral sensibility and practical reasoning in the context of managerial everyday action in organisations. The course will be concerned with morality in action, as it happens, rather than a removed reflection on codes and principles of ethics. The course will aim to show that ethics in action is diffused and difficult. Nevertheless, managers and employees have a responsibility to ‘work it out’ for themselves. It is this ‘how to work it out’ that the course will keep as its focus. The course will use a number of case studies as a basis to develop this moral sensibility so that managers will be able to act in a morally appropriate manner as part of their ongoing organisational action.

Year 2

Michaelmas & Lent Terms: October-March

You will spend six months working in China on an in-depth project for an industry partner. It is anticipated that most of the projects will be based in or around the city of Guangzhou. This project work provides a great chance for you to put your skills to use in genuine business situations, learn first-hand practical lessons about the business world, and exchange ideas with entrepreneurs and business leaders. The projects are likely to take a variety of forms, but will involve collaborative R&D and commercialisation to support the development of new ventures, products, services or business processes. Working either individually or as part of a cross-disciplinary team, you will take in several projects, involving businesses in both the UK and China.

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Summer Term: April-July

During this term students return to Lancaster University to write up their company project assignment, reflect on their experiences in China and may attend career-focused seminars and workshops.

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