Management of Innovations

This course is offered in Dutch. Some of the descriptions may therefore only be available in Dutch.

Course Objective

The goals of this course are that you know, understand and can apply:
• Different forms of innovation management at different system levels
• The central concepts and theories of innovation
• The major actors and their relations in the (international) innovation
• Analysis and management (tools) of innovation processes
• Know the theoretical concepts behind innovation processes
• Apply theories and knowledge to improve and implement health care
processes and give recommendations against the background of the current
challenges in health care

Additional goals:
• Acquire research capabilities (formulating a research question and
methodology, literature analysis, analysis, integration and reporting of
the research results)
• Learn to cooperate in a project group and give and receive feed back
• Learn about the causes and effects of the complexity of health care
innovation processes.
• The course allows you to further orientate on your study.

Course Content

As a student with a biomedical or health care background you certainly
will be confronted in your career with medical innovations. These can be
technological innovations (new drugs, use of big data), innovation of
health care processes and innovations at the system level (finance and
cooperation in and between organisations). Many actors are involved in
innovations in the health care sector: care givers, patients, policy
makers, insurance companies, societal organisations and industry. Their
different perspectives and interests make innovation even more
The course Management of Innovations covers the central concepts of
innovation processes in health care: technology and innovation, the
strategies of different actors, portfolio management, financial aspects,
adoption factors for innovations and the role of vested interests. In
the assignment you work in a small group to analyse and improve a
medical innovation of your choice and present the results in the form of
a report and a poster.

Teaching Methods

Lectures (h): 25 hours (25 contact hours)
Working group meetings (w): 10 hours (10 contact hours)
Work on assignment (pro): 68 hours
Assignment presentation (pro): 2 hours (2 contact hours)
Self-study and exam: 55 hours

Method of Assessment

Method of assessment
Multiple choice exam (T): 50%
Assignment (O): 50% (being; a report 20%, individual functioning 15%,
poster presentation 15%)
All four elements of the assessment should be ‘sufficient’. There is no
compensation for an insufficient result. An insufficient report can be
improved if a ‘resit’ is given.

Academic skills
• Writing skills (assignment report)
• Presentation (assignment presentation)
• English (literature, writing the assignment report)
• Research skills: research methodology, data collection/analysis,
• Cooperation in project groups

Entry Requirements

No specific requirements


No text book needed, literature is available on Canvas

Target Audience

Elective course for the bachelor programs Biology, Biomedical Sciences
and Health Care Sciences.
Recommended for those who want to follow the master program Management,
Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship or the differentiation
International Public Health within the master program Health Sciences of
Biomedical Sciences

Additional Information

Examinator: Dr. Theo Groen (Athena Institute VU)
Course coordinator: [titel] Marga Janse (Athena Institute VU)

Guest lecturers

General Information

Course Code AB_470195
Credits 6 EC
Period P6
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition Dutch
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator drs. ing. E.M. Janse
Examiner dr. T.P. Groen
Teaching Staff dr. T.P. Groen
dr. J.F.H. Kupper

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
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