Social Factors of Innovation A


Knowledge of innovation processes at the enterprise level, and the implications and economic and social needs.

Notions of solidarity and sustainable economies. Development of information on science and technology policies at regional and national levels in Europe, the USA and Japan

Analysis of indicators of scientific and technological innovation and its policies

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Paulo Brandão Moniz de Jesus


Weekly - 4

Total - 82

Teaching language



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Burns, Tom; Stalker, G.M., The management of innovation, Oxford. 1995. 3rd ed.. 269 p. 

CALLON, M.; LARÉDO, P.; MUSTAR, P.: The Strategic Management of Research and Technology, Paris, Economica Int., 1997.

Habermas, J. (2015), The Lure of Technocracy, Polity Press

LAY, Gunter; SHAPIRA, Philip; WENGEL, Jürgen Eds. (1999): Innovation in Production – The Adoption and Impacts of New Manufacturing Concepts in German Industry, Heidelberg, Physica-Verlag.

Machado, C.; Davim, J.P. (2014) Human Resource Management and Technological Challenges, Springer

Reich, R. (2000), The future of success. Work and life in the New Economy, Vintage, London.

von Hippel, E. (2005), Democratizing Innovation, MIT Press

Teaching method

In the continuous evaluation process at this course, the main objective is to develop group projects related to the thesis or practical activities.

Each group must take a topic related to their engineering project theme, and analyse it through the collected information on innovation processes, their industrial application(s), research developed on that topic in Portugal, at the European level, and eventually on a specific national case.

There must have place to collect information from Japanese and North American institution sources on innovation policies.

Evaluation method

Continuous evaluation process with a final report that will be evaluated and discussed

Subject matter

1. Introduction to the social dimension of innovation: agents, institutions, policies

2. Technological innovation with sustainable features: responsible innovation

3. Solidary economy as a social factor of innovation

4. Indicators of sustainable innovation: application to case studies

5. Responsible policies of Science and Technology in Europe, USA and Japan

6. The strategical plans of technological investment decision: examples and simulations


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