Knowledge and Cooperation Management

Dr. Alexandros Kakouris

Kakouris

Dr. Alexandros Kakouris lectures on innovative entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens and at the University of Peloponnese. He has studied Physics and Adult Education and he pursues research in entrepreneurship since 2007. He has written three relevant textbooks, research articles and has also participated in the organization of conferences and seminars. He has also served as guest editor for a special issue on innovative entrepreneurship.

His main research interest concerns entrepreneurial learning and education, focusing on experiential and transformative learning. He also has important experience in career counseling and in the support of youth, graduate entrepreneurship along with nascent entrepreneurship. TeleCC.org is a non-profit initiative in Greece co-founded by A. Kakouris that provides online career counseling methodologically based on peer discussion groups.

 

Course: "Knowledge and Cooperation Management"

 

Overview

Knowledge and Cooperation Management aims to introduce students to contemporary issues within organizations that confront changing markets. The underlying notions are those of innovation and entrepreneurship that penetrate the majority of industrial sectors and the whole spectrum of enterprises. The new organizational paradigms are those of: open innovation, innovation management and corporate entrepreneurship. Drawing upon experience and knowledge transfer, the course will re-construct the innovative entrepreneurship notion applied to innovating organizations. Among others, the knowledge spillover theory, innovation clusters, absorptive capacity, entrepreneurial opportunities, business models, organizational learning, and the fuzzy front end of innovation will be tackled. The teaching methodology will be based on dialogues and lectures in class, along with experiential learning through synergetic hands-on activities. Collective reflection will be facilitated throughout the learning process. The final assessment will lean upon practical performance (30%) and final exams (70%). By the end of the course, students are expected to attain the objectives described below and be able to proceed with the entrepreneurial design thinking course that will follow.

 

Keywords

Innovation; Entrepreneurship; Knowledge management; Cooperation; Innovation management; Corporate entrepreneurship; Organizational learning

 

Audience

Participants can be from any discipline and fluent in English (independent level., i.e. being able to follow the lectures and take an active part in discussions). The typical level of the course is postgraduate. Some basic knowledge in a discipline (not relevant to business) is required. Assessment will be based on teamwork (30%) and written exam (70%).

 

Course Objectives

 

  • Definitions of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Refer different forms of innovation with examples
  • Describe the role of absorptive capacity for innovating organizations
  • Distinguish types of entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Describe entrepreneurial management processes
  • Describe tools and processes for innovation management
  • Discuss the complexity of the fuzzy front end of innovation
  • Describe feasible entrepreneurial processes within organizations
  • Critical thinking on innovation and entrepreneurship ideas
  • Collaborative learning through groupwork and project
  • Experientially follow reflection processes in groups
  • Collaboration on presenting and elaborating case studies and examples
  • Cultivate a positive attitude towards innovation
  • Adhere to a positive attitude towards cooperation on entrepreneurial tasks
  • Adjust students’ attitudes towards innovation in the organizational context

 

DAY 1INTRODUCTION
09:00 - 09:30 What is knowledge management? Introductory lecture
09:30 - 11:00 Defining innovation and entrepreneurship Lecture and dialogue
Break
11:30 - 12:00 Types of innovation – I Lecture and dialogue
12:00 - 13:30 Types of innovation – II Lecture and dialogue
Break
14:00 - 15:40 Activity based on the previous lectures Work in teams
15:40 - 16:00 Collective reflection and summary Discussion
DAY 2INNOVATING ORGANIZATIONS
09:00 - 09:30 Knowledge driven economies Introductory lecture
09:30 - 11:00 Innovation in the organizational context Lecture and dialogue
Break
11:30 - 12:00 The knowledge spillover theory Lecture and dialogue
12:00 - 13:30 Study of examples or key papers Work in teams
Break
14:00 - 15:40 Product life cycle and marketing issues Lecture and dialogue
15:40 - 16:00 Summary Discussion
DAY 3ENTREPRENEURSHIP
09:00 - 09:30 Knowledge driven entrepreneurship Introductory lecture
09:30 - 11:00 Opportunity recognition Lecture and dialogue
Break
11:30 - 13:30 Pursuing opportunities Work in teams
Break
14:00 - 15:40 Entrepreneurialism in the organizational context Lecture and dialogue
15:40 - 16:00 Collective reflection and summary Discussion
DAY 4CONFRONTING FACTORS OF SUCCESS
09:00 - 09:30 Entrepreneurial motivation and success Introductory lecture
09:30 - 11:00 Assessing the emergent business plans Discussion
Break
11:30 - 13:00 Re-considering the team performance Work in teams
13:00 - 13:30 Organizational learning and performance Lecture and dialogue
Break
14:00 - 15:40 Summarizing entrepreneurial factors Lecture, work in teams
15:40 - 16:00 Collective reflection and summary Discussion
DAY 5MANAGING INNOVATION
09:00 - 09:30 Firm size and management Introductory lecture
09:30 - 11:00 The linear model of innovation Lecture and dialogue
Break
11:30 - 12:00 The fuzzy front end of innovation Lecture and dialogue
12:00 - 13:30 Innovation management tools Lecture and dialogue
Break
14:00 - 15:00 Written exam on basic knowledge Exam
15:00 - 16:00 Collective reflection  and summary of the course Discussion

 

Literature

  • Antoncic, B., & Hisrich, R.D. (2003) “Clarifying the intrapreneurship concept”, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 10 (1), 7–24.
  • Audretsch, D.B., & Feldman, M.P. (1996) “R&D spillovers and the geography of innovation and production”, American Economic Review, 86 (3), 630–640.
  • Bhidé, A. (2000) “The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses”, Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Drucker, P. F. (1985) “Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Practice and Principles”, Harper & Row, New York.
  • March, J.G. (1991) “Exploration and exploitation in organisational learning”, Organization Science, 2 (1), 71–87.
  • Timmons, J.A., & Spinelli, S. (2007) "New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century", 7th edition, Mc-Graw Hill international, New York.
  • Zahra, S.A., & George, G. (2002) “Absorptive capacity: a review, reconceptualization, and extension”, Academy of Management Review, 27 (2), 185–203.