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In this course, students can identify barriers for technological change and relevant issues for the organization of an industrial research function and students are able to reflect on the societal implications of technological change and the challenges that society poses to technology and industry. At the end of the course, students will be able to analyze dynamic processes of technological change within industrial corporations.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: TU Delft

Course Curriculum

Module: 1
1.1 Relating Science, Technology and Strategy 00:25:00
Student Summaries- 1.Innovation- Mapping the winds of creative destruction- Abernathy, Clark 00:05:00
Student Summaries- 2.Appropriating of the returns from industrial research and development – Eirma 00:05:00
Student Summaries- 3.Sources of innovation – Hippel 00:05:00
Student Summaries- 4. Innovation by Disaster- The ozone catastrophe as experiment of forced innovation – Mulder 00:05:00
Student Summaries- 5. PVC Plastic- A History of Systems Development and Entrenchment 00:05:00
Student Summaries- 6.Replacing Nature, The arising of polymer science and synthetic fiber technology – Mulder 00:05:00
Module: 2
Student Summaries- 7.Science and Corporate Strategy at Du Pont, 1902-1980 – Hounshell, Smith 00:05:00
Student Summaries- 8.Their Common Future, Business Technology Assessment and the Environment – Mulder, Vergragt 00:05:00
Student Summaries- 9.Third generation R&D, Managing the link to corporate strategy – Roussel, Saad, Erickson 00:05:00
Student Summaries- 10.Industrial Property Protection Strategies – Eirma 00:05:00
Student Summaries- 11.Traditional and modern Technology Assessment- Towards a toolkit – Ende ea 00:05:00
Student Summaries- 12.Changing Research Cultures – Varma 00:05:00
Student Summaries- 13.Technology as configuration that work- Rip 00:05:00
Module: 3
Student Summaries- 14.Science in Action 00:05:00
Student Summaries- 15.Sustainable Technology Development – Weaver 00:05:00
2.1 Determinism versus Constructivism 00:20:00
2.2 Systems Approach 00:15:00
3. Positive Feedback 00:05:00
4. Technology Impact 00:15:00
Module: 4
5.1 Management of Technology 00:18:00
5.2 Technology Policy 00:10:00
5.3 Managing Technology in Society 00:15:00
6.1 Appropriation of R&D 00:05:00
6.2 R&D Strategies and Forecasting 00:20:00
7.1 Sustainable Innovation 00:10:00
7.2 Sustainable Enterprises 00:10:00
8. Sociotechnical Maps 00:05:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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