focuses on managing the different phases of the innovation process from idea generation (creativity), to idea selection, to the successful implementation of the idea into a new product,
service, process or business model. Innovation models continuously evolve and open up by involving employees but also all other stakeholders as well as the Internet crowd. Since most innovations are driven by previously developed or acquired knowledge, both disciplines are closely related and have a lot of similarities in term of their implementation and challenges. For example, both disciplines require some degree of organizational change in order to succeed, and they both rely heavily on human motivation, culture and leadership. Technology will help support both KM and IM initiatives, acting as an “enabler”.
These days, learning becomes a necessity for organizations to rapidly adapt to their fast changing environments, which are becoming more and more complex, globalised and uncertain.
Different levels of learning from individual, to group, to organizational, are necessary to acquire and create new knowledge which is required for organizations to become more agile, resulting in greater competitiveness.
The Knowledge Management and Innovation Management disciplines are cross academic disciplines, which make them extremely open, diverse, valuable and enriching. They are rooted and they involve particular aspects of multiple disciplines like: Psychology (e.g. Intrinsic motivations to share, Trust); Philosophy (i.e. Epistemology); Social sciences (i.e. Sociology and Corporate Anthropology); Computer Science (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Search engines); Linguistic (i.e. Text mining (semantic)); Law (i.e. Intellectual Property); Information Science (i.e. Taxonomy); Education (i.e. Learning mechanisms and techniques); Cognitive Neuro Sciences (i.e. Learning, Decision making, Memory and Language mechanisms in the brain); Communication (i.e. disseminative and absorptive capacities); Information Technology (i.e. Web 2.0, Business Intelligence systems); Engineering (i.e. Systems Engineering); Economic (i.e. Knowledge and Creative Economies) and almost all aspects of Management (Human Resources, i.e. Competencies); Accounting (Intellectual Capital); Management/Leadership(i.e. Culture); Entrepreneurship; Organizational behavior; Change management; Strategy; and, Quality.
The multi-disciplinarily make-up of the Knowledge Management and Innovation Management disciplines opens up an almost infinite space for research and creative exploration. It will be up to students and their advisers to decide on which particular aspect of Knowledge Management and Innovation Management they want to explore for their dissertation. We encourage students with various academic and professional backgrounds to join our Ph.D. program. This diversity will enrich the learning experience of all the students in the program and will promote cross disciplinary research.
Demands in the job and academic markets for experts in the Knowledge Management and Innovation Management and related disciplines are very promising and show the need for qualified people. Graduate students of our program should not have any difficulty in finding a job in the discipline, or in being promoted to a Knowledge Management and Innovation Management position in their organization. Potential job titles include; Chief Knowledge Officer, Chief Learning Officer, Human Resources Manager, Human Capital Manager, Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Creative Officer, Innovation Manager, Knowledge Manager, KM Specialist, Organizational Change Consultant, Intellectual Capital Director, etc.