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BA 514 Managing Innovation

Fall, 2014

Professor Geoffrey Love


Class: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-10:50 and 11:00-12:20
Room 2043 1BIF
Office:
304 Wohlers Hall, 333-2194
Office Hours:
Mon & Wed, 1:00-2:00PM
Course Email:
badm514@gmail.com
Teaching Assistant:

Course Objectives
This course focuses on managerial challenges and opportunities associated with
managing innovation and technology. Several themes run through the course. One is that
to understand and manage innovation situations, one must understand how new
technologies can shape and transform industries. A second is that to understand and
manage innovation situations, one must understand how new technologies and innovation
present challenges for firms particularly around how firms are structured. A third is that
to understand and manage innovation situations, one must understand the dynamics of
innovation for individuals and groups. Finally, innovation is fundamentally linked to
organizational change, so we focus on the challenges and pragmatics of managing
organizational change. We focus on each theme at specific points during the course.
BADM 514 is designed to help you integrate fundamental conceptual materials with your
own experience with organizations and innovation. Accordingly, we use a mixture of
lectures, general discussion, and case discussions. Your involvement in class discussions
is crucial to the class working well for everyone. There is also a group project, which
provides an opportunity to explore a particular aspect or case of managing innovation in
depth.

BADM 514 Syllabus, Fall 2013

Course Schedule
Preparation questions and more detailed information on Compass2g site
1. (Oct 20) Introduction
Review of Course
2. (Oct 22) Innovation and Organizations
Case, Gunfire at Sea
3. (Oct 27) Technology Cycles, Responses & Types of Innovations
Anderson & Tushman, Managing Through Cycles of Technological Change (packet)
Cooper & Smith, How Established Firms Respond to Threatening Technologies
4. (Oct 29) Technology Cycles, Responses & Types of Innovations II
Hamel, Waking Up IBM: How a Group of Unlikely Rebels Transformed Big Blue
Bower & Christensen, Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave
5. (Nov 03) Innovation & Change Simulation
Materials to be announced
6. (Nov 05) Creativity & Sources of Innovation
Sutton, The Weird Rules of Creativity
Amabile, How to Kill Creativity
7. (Nov 10) Creativity & Sources of Innovation
Hargadon book excerpts (packet see assignment as not all pages assigned)
Fleming, Breakthroughs and the Long Tail of Innovation
8. (Nov 12) Integrative Case
Case, Greeley Hard Copy, Portable Scanner Initiative (packet)
9. (Nov 17) Integrative Case (II)
Clark and Wheelwright, Organizing and Leading "Heavyweight" Development Teams
Tushman & O'Reilly, Ambidextrous Organizations
10. (Nov 19) Leading Innovation Teams
Case, Medisys Corp: The IntensCare Product Development Team (packet)
Hackman, Why Teams Dont Work
11. (Dec 01) Innovation Across Firm Boundaries
Case, Hutt et. al., Case Study: Defining the Social Network of a Strategic Alliance
Bamford et. al., Launching a World Class Joint Venture
12. (Dec 03) Open Innovation Systems
Cheseborough and Teece, When is Virtual Virtuous: Organizing for Innovation
Cheseborough, Era of Open Innovation
13 (Dec 08) Advancement Track - Team Presentations
NOTE! We will meet for a 3 hour class starting at 9:30
Graduate track does not meet for BADM514 on this date
14 (Dec 10) Graduate Track - Team Presentations
NOTE! We will meet for a 3 hour class starting at 9:30
Advancement track does not meet for BADM514 on this date

BADM 514 Syllabus, Fall 2013

Course Materials

BADM 514 Readings Packet (required). Includes several articles on managing


innovation as well as a series of Harvard Business School Cases. Available at
T.I.S. bookstore. Other required articles are available on-line; links will be
provided and articles can be printed out by class members. Class slides will be
posted on the Compass2g site as well.

Harvard Business School Change Management Simulation. Details to be


announced.

Compass site: (compass2g.illinois.edu)

Course Assignments and Grading


Grades will be based on a combination of class participation, three written assignments,
and a group project. The weights for each element are:

Class participation 30%

Case/Article Write-Ups 40%

Group project 30%

There is no final exam for this class.


Class participation
In total, 30% of your grade is based on class participation:

20% of the class grade is based on comments during class discussion.

10% of the class grade is through use of clickers. You are likely familiar with
these from other classes. Credit is based on whether you click rather than whether
you got the right answer. This way, you can focus on learning and clicker
questions wont feel like they are a quiz.

Case/Article Write-Ups
In total 40% of your grade comes from case/article write-ups:

20% of the grade is based on five short write-ups, each of which is 4% of the
grade.

20% of the grade is based on two long write-ups, each of which is 10% of the
grade.

Short Write-ups:
The goal of the short write-ups is to guide you in developing an understanding of the
articles or case for the day. Each day, I provide preparation questions. For these writeups, you simply make short answers for these questions. Generally you should take a
well-developed paragraph for each answer (5-6 sentences). In total, the answers should

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be no longer than two pages (double spaced, 12 point Times Roman font, 1 inch margins
on all sides). Note that when there are two or more readings for a particular day, the
short write should answer questions for all of the readings unless otherwise indicated.
Short write-up papers are done individually, not in groups. You can discuss the material
with other students in a study group, but the paper must be written individually. They are
due by 9:00AM on the day we discuss the material in question. They should be submitted
through compass or in emergencies emailed to badm514@gmail.com. Grading for these
is primarily based on thoughtful completion of the assignment.
Long Write-ups:
These papers provide an opportunity to more carefully and critically assess the articles
and cases. They should be a maximum of 6 pages (double spaced, 12 point Times Roman
font, 1 inch margins on all sides). The papers can be guided by the preparation questions
but should go beyond them. Additional guidelines will be provided. There are two kinds
of long write ups:

Reaction papers that compares and contrasts two of the course readings. One of
these must be from the current days assignment; the other can be from either the
current day or a previous day.

Case Analysis papers (there are four to choose from here: the Change
Management Simulation, Greeley, Medisys and the Strategic Alliance).

You can do two reaction papers, two case analyses, or one of each. One or both of these
papers are to be done individually. One of these assignments may be done by a pair of
students. Group papers must be collaborative work.
Please note you cannot do a short and a long write-up ON THE SAME DAY. They are
meant to be separate assignments. That said, you CAN do a long-write up that uses at
one article/case from todays assignment and one from a previous day (which you
might have used as a short write up). For example, if you wrote a short write up on
Gunfire at Sea (for class session 2) you could still do a long write up for class session 4
that compares IBM and Gunfire at Sea.
These papers are due at 9AM that day the day we discuss the reading(s) in question. For
reaction papers, if the two readings are discussed on different class days, the due date is
determined by later of the two class days. They should be submitted through compass or
in emergencies emailed to badm514@gmail.com. Please do not wait until the end of the
semester to do these, especially as the class project will require more time near the end of
the course. Grading for these is primarily based on quality of the papers analysis and
ideas.
Group project
30% of your grade will be based on a group project, which is done in your teams. The
papers should be from 15 to 25 double-spaced pages. There are four options that will be
detailed separately.
Each group will present to the class during class. The presentation does not have to be
the final version of your project, but you should have things to the point where you can

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present the project and its conclusions in a compelling way. You can then use feedback
from the class discussion to refine your paper. Each presentation will be graded (1/3 of
the project grade, 10% of overall grade). The grade is based on both presentation style
and content.
The written field-project reports are due at 5PM, one week after the last class session.

Administrative Matters
You are responsible for knowing and following all rules, policies, and procedures in the
Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students (e.g., plagiarism; academic
integrity and dishonesty). See http://illinois.edu/admin_manual/code. In particular, all
work in this class is required to be the original work of the class members submitting it
unless properly cited and/or acknowledged.

BADM 514 Syllabus, Fall 2013