Innovation & Intra-entrepreneurship


This course aims to address the different forms of innovation. Different types of innovation, motivations to innovate, innovative approaches, and its interpretation will be presented. It will also be launched the bases for the methods that support the innovation projects. The goal is to increase students' knowledge and critical capacity regarding innovation within different aspects of our society that can be verified on a daily basis.
A practical and action-oriented approach will be developed for each student, identifying opportunities to create new applications of distributed innovation.
This curricular unit aims to reinforce the taste for curiosity, study and knowledge of innovation applied to the real world.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Pedro Oliveira | Maria João Jacinto


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Teaching language

Portuguese | English


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von Hippel, Eric (1988) The Sources of Innovation, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
von Hippel, Eric (2005). Democratizing Innovation, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Karim R. Lakhani and Jill A. Panetta (2007), The Principles of Distributed Innovation, Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization, 2:3, 97-112,
CHESBROUGH, Henry. VANHAVERBEKE, Wim. WEST, Joel and eds. Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006

Teaching method

Expository lectures, to present the bases of the syllabus. It is intended that students develop a critical sense based on the themes promoted in class, so their perception of the basic definitions taught can be evaluated, as well as the application of those same definitions to real case-studies and development of new examples of distributed innovation.

Evaluation method

The assessment of this CU is done together with the block of CUs of the same area of knowledge. This assessment has 3 moments, which together define the final grade of the curricular unit:
• Individual exam with a weighting of 50% of the total mark
• Group work with a weighting of 35% of the total grade value
• Individual reflection-action exercise carried out at the end of the curricular unit, with a weighting of 15% of the total grade value. The set of individual action-reflection exercises is a journaling activity, which will constitute a learning portfolio capable of synthesising the contributions of the masters for that student.

Subject matter

- What is innovation?
- The importance of innovation in corporate world and society in general
- Closed innovation vs open innovation
- Relationship between open innovation and distributed innovation
- Distributed innovation: motivation and interest; principles of process organization; openness and intellectual property; limitations
- Distributed innovation models
- Business ecosystems: option for creative problem-solving; Organizational design; Relationship with competition and technological evolution


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