As firms seek to compete in growing global economies, innovation and knowledge become critical sources of competitive advantage. But how do firms innovate, what do they do with knowledge and how do they enable knowledge to be used for innovation? What role does learning play in the development of competitive advantage for firms? What kind of leadership is needed for innovation driven firms? This course explores these questions using a multimedia resource base, real life case studies and practical approaches. Highly interactive and demanding, the course will help learners reflect on the role of knowledge, learning and innovation in their own organizations.
E-book: Murgatroyd, S., & Simpson, D. G. (2010). Renaissance leadership - Rethinking and leading the future. Edmonton: futureTHINK Press / /New York: Lulu Press (also available on Kindle).
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is expected that you start reading the book Renaissance Leadership no later than Week 4.
Reading 1: Schwab. K. (2016-2017). The global competitiveness report 2016-2017. The World Economic Forum. Retrieved from http://www3.weforum.org/docs/GCR2016-2017/05FullReport/TheGlobalCompetitivenessReport2016-2017_FINAL.pdf
Scan the overall document, but pay particular attention to the sections describing how they calculate competitiveness and to the section on Canada.
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Reading 16: OECD. (2009). The new nature of innovation. Research study from OECD. Retrieved from http://www.novitasinnovation.com/beesite/upload/newnatureofinnovationrapport.pdf
Additional note: While this is some 90 pages, it is a quick read – scan and pick up the key ideas of this document, which has been most influential.
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