PRGR680 Innovation and Knowledge Transfer
The aim of this module is to help students understand theory and practice for investing in and managing green ventures while exercising corporate social responsibility. Sustainability within the organization and in the external environment. It will develop knowledge and exposure to sustainable business concepts. Students will learn how to initiate, manage and implement a sustainable innovative project by collaboratively working on a venture which will be written up and presented at the end of the semester. The course will cover the management process required to transform an innovative idea into a commercial opportunity or business proposition. It will detail the stages and processes involved in the management and commercialization of intellectual property (IP). Students from all disciplines will be involved in the creation of knowledge in the form of intellectual property. Students will be provided with a fundamental understanding of how to manage the development of IP and transfer this asset to the Knowledge Economy. The module will examine some success stories and then addresses the requirements to manage and protect intellectual property rights (IPR) in areas such as ICT, Life Sciences, Engineering, Food and Energy. The potential routes to commercialization and the key business feasibility questions will be considered: can the product be made, will someone buy it and is it possible to make a profit? This module will provide an essential grounding in matters relating to the exploitation of IP, for students interested in both academic and industrial careers. The deliverables of this module will require team projects and participants will graded via continuous assessment.