Products reduce commercial lifecycles and lower trade barriers while the internet and better communication and transportation around the world are collectively some of the factors that make it more and more important to find a strategy combined with flexibility. For management it is important to take into consideration the degree of innovation as well as selecting and managing the innovation process.
This master´s programme offers an increased understanding and holistic view of development- and change processes within project management, business development, strategy, management and organization in companies and society.
New ideas do not become innovations until they have emerged in a market and begin to be accepted and utilized. It is therefore important to gain a practical insight into how products emerge in the marketplace and how companies and business enterprise can be set up. Knowledge about the organization and management of innovation processes and international business development is becoming even more important. Society´s need for people who work with and lead developmental efforts is increasing. At the same time, rapid progress along with expanding globalization places even greater demands on companies´ level of knowledge and their ability to improve continually in order to maintain and raise their competitiveness.
This degree programme deals with the nature of innovations, the organization and management of innovation processes and business development with an orientation towards international markets. The programme is well anchored in the university´s ongoing research initiatives directed towards small and medium-sized companies. The courses are aimed at acquainting students with the disciplines of economics and technology cutting across traditional subject boundaries and are combined with more practically oriented course elements.