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Course module: 320094-M-6
Knowledge Management and Societal Innovation
Course info
Course module320094-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Management; TiSEM: Management;
Is part of
M Communication and Information Sciences
M Information Management
prof. dr. A.F. Rutkowski
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 23/03/2020 up to and including 21/08/2020

The course aims to prepare future managers to handle the emergence of Information Technology (IT) Innovation at the workplace in a responsible way.
The course draws on academic research and practices related to the impact of digital trends on business and societal issues (e.g., cybersecurity, health pandemic).
The goal is to first understand theoretically and practically the concept of Knowledge Management and Innovation. Second, students should be able to exploit their learning experience at the workplace, being mindful in their decision-making when concerned with IT innovation.
Consequences and impacts on organization, business and society will be investigated using “socially responsible IT lenses” through the whole course.
Theories will be studied in class and put in practice through the development of an "innovation process or product" presented under the form of a mock-up.

The course requires innovative and participative contribution from the students in the field of Information Technology and Management.
The students will have to work with out-of-the-shelf technology demonstrating technical and creative skills.
The students are proposed to select amongst a list of topics relating to contemporary IT challenges and will in small groups empirically investigate and design an innovation product or process related to the topic chosen.
Two guest speakers will present and reflect on the nature of these challenges for their organization.
After following the course, the students should be able to act responsibly regarding the design and implementation of Information Technology (i).
They should understand the importance of knowledge and its management to innovate mindfully (ii). Finally, they will learn to adapt independently to the latest open software tool (e.g., wireframing, froont) to display and their knowledge and problem-solving in an innovative way (iii).

The course is built following Lao Tzu principle: “If you tell me, I will listen, If you show me, I will see, If you let me experience, I will learn”.


The learning goals of this course are the following:

  • Apply theory in knowledge management and innovation in developing an innovative process or product to solve a concrete problem  (LG1)
  • Reflect on the role of emergent trends and contemporary challenges in the field of Information Technology Management and its effects on organization, business and society (LG2)
  • Assess the role of IT disruption for one existing innovation and own innovation, as well as the importance of team collaboration in the emergence of new knowledge and innovative technology (LG3)
  • Conduct a team project in an applied innovative context (LG4)

The students will follow a set of theoretical lectures presenting classical academic theories as well as models in the field of knowledge management and innovation. The students will be asked to reflect and participate actively in understanding the role of IT disruption, challenges and dilemma as well as the role of collaboration in the emergence of new knowledge and innovation. Boundaries and commonalities between management of Knowledge and Innovation will be presented and studied. Particularly, the disruptive role of IT will be discussed as a catalyst of responsible changes at the workplace.

Type of instructions

Interactive lectures and article discussions

Type of exams

70% written exam, 30% group assignment

Compulsory Reading
  1. Additional materials (articles and case) will be distributed in class or made available through Canvas
Course available for exchange students
Master level, conditions apply
Contact person
prof. dr. A.F. Rutkowski
Timetable information
Knowledge Management and Societal Innovation
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Written exam (70%) / Written exam (70%)EXAM_01BLOK 4111-06-2020
Written exam (70%) / Written exam (70%)EXAM_01BLOK 4206-07-2020
Required materials
Recommended materials
Group assignment (30%)

Written exam (70%)

Final grade

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