Xamk Open University of Applied Sciences (OUAS) offers a range of free courses for the autumn semester 2021. The guiding principle of the selected courses is the readiness for change, as competence is the force enabling change. Our world needs professionals, who master sustainability skills required in working life and society, as well as those, who are able to promote developmental adjustments.

This course belongs to the selection of autumn semester courses, available free of charge. Welcome to study at OUAS!

Time: 20 September – 12 December 2021
Place: Online studies
Extent: 5 ECTS credits
Number of study places: 200
Target group: All that are interested in the topic
Required previous skills: None
Lecturer: Mr Harrison Okuogume

Credited in degree: All Bachelor level degrees at Xamk
Enrolment by: 5 September 2021
Price: Free of charge

Please notice, that
! Xamk degree students cannot enrol on Open UAS courses !

Any organization leading digital innovation achieve sustainable growth and enhanced margins while thriving through disruptive. So, don’t be left behind.

This course is to introduce and explore digital innovation management and strategy, how to manage innovation and build competitiveness through digital innovation. Students will gain an understanding of how digital technologies as enablers allow innovators and companies to evaluate and realize fresh business ideas, realize digital technology products that can improve customer needs and how the increasingly digital business environment today creates opportunities for innovators and companies. Given that digital products and services are becoming the new normal, this course provides students with a good understanding of how to survive and thrive in today's business world.

Learning outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Understand the innovation process
• Learn the component of digital innovation
• Understand the wider context of innovation and influencers
• Identify the factors to achieve success in innovation
• Gain a better understanding of the reasons and directions of digital business  advantages

Contents and methods:

• Introduction
• Changing Organizational strategies, and concept
• Digital – Innovations, disruptive business models
• Technology trends and impact on organization
• Personal skills and capabilities,
• Making it happen – digital innovation management and leadership
• Innovation diffusion theory Managing innovation within firms:
• Governance – security via culture and behaviors
• Managing innovation within firms
• Course wrap-up
• Final project or assignment

Online teaching sessions with interactive activities and assignments to enable high impact learning.

The 12 weeks course will be fully online teaching sessions with interactive activities and assignments to enable high impact learning.

There will be total of 2 assignments, case study and final project a total of 70 % of the whole course, and all will be provided in advance.

Student's workload is approximately 135 hours.

Study material:
Reading list Textbook: (optional) The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age (Columbia Business School Publishing Specific articles to be read will be provided before each sessions ( see detailed syllabus)

Furthermore, course will also be supported by current reports on digital innovation, transformation and strategy as well as lecture materials.

Assessment criteria:
Case study 30 %
Final project 70 %
Total 100%

Grade/Percentage: 5 = 89–100 %, 4 = 77–88 %, 3 = 65–76 %, 2 = 55–64 %, 1 = 40-52 %, fail = 0–39 %

Grading scale:

This course is based on the curricula of Xamk's degree programmes and the Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS.

Additional information on enrolment:
Open University of Applied Sciences office, email openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
Cancellation has to be made 14 days before the course starts. Cancellation by email to openstudies@xamk.fi.

You'll receive an invitation by email to this course approx. one week before the course starts.