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CIRCLE

Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy |Lund University

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Education

Studies at CIRCLE are marked by continuous learning from experienced researchers and other students, through theoretical concepts and applied practices. CIRCLE is responsible for three courses at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. These courses build on the CIRCLE core competences: entrepreneurship and innovation. The courses are offered to the LTH master students at the specialization Business and Innovation. It is also possible for exchange students at the faculty of engineering to apply to the courses. The three courses are briefly described below. Observe that all applications and inquiries regarding these courses are to be made to the LTH study office.

Entrepreneurship in New and Established Ventures, 7,5 (INNN05)
New business processes are taking place within as well as outside established firms. Entrepreneurship is important for new business processes, no matter where they take place. The course discusses entrepreneurship as a phenomenon in society, from the perspective of the established business, as well as from the perspective of the new venture. Issues being discussed are: Who is the entrepreneur; Differences and similarities between entrepreneurship in new and established ventures; How entrepreneurial processes, in new and established ventures can support each other; How established ventures can make use of entrepreneurship as a resource in their business processes. An important part of the course is evaluation of business ideas, resource analysis and options for resource creation.

Innovation Management, 7,5 (INNN01)
When global competition increases and product life cycles are shortened, companies must, especially in high-tech sectors, stay competitive to survive. The course focuses on the challenges companies are facing as they seek to manage innovation and translate technological, market related, economic, institutional or organizational opportunities into competitive advantage in the innovation of products (goods and services) and processes. In order to face such challenges the firm needs a solid understanding of the dynamic character of the innovation process and competence to analyze which resources the company needs, and how to mobilize those resources. Sustainable innovation is only possible if the company develop routines for innovation work, such as business intelligence. The course will give the students practical knowledge about how to use different tools in the learning organization.

Students are provided with fundamental knowledge of the phenomenon of innovation and innovation processes from the perspective of firms and organizations, and enabled to use basic theoretical and practical tools to understand and handle real-world innovation processes; technology development and innovation strategy, such as strategies for product development (goods and services).

Globalization and Innovation, 7,5 (INNN10)
The course provides a basic understanding of how different technological strategies are formed in global competition. It concentrates primarily on outlining the changing patterns of international trade and investment, the integration of business networks at regional and global levels, and how they are changing in response to ongoing processes of globalization. Students to acquire a basic understanding of how firms in a variety of sectors develop and implement strategies in the context of global competition.

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