Introduction to Innovation Sciences

7,5 credits

This doctoral course gives doctoral students familiarity with scholarly literature and research on innovation. The course offers insights into how the study of innovations has developed as a research field and how different disciplines jointly contribute to the scholarly understanding of innovation work. The course also provides an overview of theories and research methods that address innovation at different analytical levels, for example, teams, firms, networks, industries, regions and nations.

Both classical works and contemporary theories and models are examined and critically evaluated. Emphasis will be put on understanding different traditions and approaches to grasp the complexity of how innovations emerge and diffuse in society.

Halmstad University organizes the doctoral course as part of its doctoral program in Innovation Sciences with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Multiple disciplines contribute to Innovation Sciences as a research field, and we welcome students from other doctoral programs and disciplinary backgrounds to the course.

The course consists of four teaching modules, runs over three months, and with home assignments between the occasions. The teaching takes place on campus via interactive lectures and seminars where active participation is required.

The teaching modules are scheduled in 2023 as follows:
Module one
Innovation as a scholarly field of study, September 20-22

Module two
Contemporary perspectives on classics - part I, October 10-11

Module three
Contemporary perspectives on classics - part II, November 8-9

Module four
Hot topics and emerging frameworks in innovation studies, November 29-30, December 1

Deadline for applications: August 23th, 2023
If you have any questions, please contact the course coordinator:

Autumn 2023 (Campus based, Halmstad, 50%)


Graduate level

Application code:


Entry requirements:

General entry requirements for third-cycle studies.

Selection rules:

Restricted admission

Start week:

week: 38

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Language of instruction:

Teaching is in English.

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