Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course description

The course of International Innovation Network aims to develop skills in the management of international networks . In an economic environment characterized by globalization , increasingly dominated by new technologies , with relevant changes in social and demographic dynamics, innovation is a fundamental requirement for the companies . However, they are less and less able to develop innovation endogenously but they need to cooperate not only with other companies but also with institutions and research centers. Thus were born innovation networks that have an increasingly international dimension.
The course aims to stimulate students to these issues and to transfer the necessary tools to develop a proper understanding of the dynamics of international networks of innovation
Knowledge and understanding: Students will develop knowledge about the systemic management of innovative processes
Ability to apply knowledge:
Students will be able to recognize the dynamics of systems functioning and evaluate their performance.
Making judgments: students will be able to recognize innovation systems from other types of networks
Communication skills: the student will be able to acquire and transmit the acquired knowledge in an appropriate language


The course is aimed at students of the Master of Science in Management and International Marketing and requires that students have the basic knowledge of management. It would be preferable the knowledge of the fundaments of the network theories .


The course will be divided into 2 blocks:

Block 1 8 hours: Local innovation systems in emerging markets
Block 2 16 hours: Project work

The main topics are : local systems of innovation in emerging markets ; systems driven by the government : the cases Iran and Dubai ; systems driven by the company: the case of Acer in Taiwan ; systems driven by the university : the case of Singapore .

Teaching Methods

The course will be organized in frontal lessons. To encourage learning, students are invited to view the materials on the Moodle platform. Theoretical arguments will be supported by case studies. Frontal lessons will be supported by slides but also by video . Attendant students are invited to realize a project work that will be presented at the end of the course. A thirty-year mark will be given to the groups for project work.


Ferretti M., Parmentola A. (2015), The creation of local innovation systems in emerging countries. Springer

Learning assessment

All the students will be undertaken a final test, articulated in a written test of open questions on the course topic, and an oral exam. The written assignment consists of 6 open questions on the topics of the program, each question will be awarded a 5 points score the test will last 90 minutes.
For the students who carried out the group work, the vote on the written assignment will be averaged with the vote received on the presentation.
The oral interview can only be accessed by those who have at least received a written evaluation of 18. Oral examination is compulsory for those who have obtained a rating from 27 to 30, optional in other cases.
The vote in 30/30 will be the result of the two tests.
Examination will take place at the end of the course in ordinary appeals and will cover the whole program. Attending students will discuss their project work as part of the exam.
The degree, out of the thirty, will be the result of the tests.

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