2023-2024 / GEST3755-1

Innovation Project Definition and Development (partim I)


18h Th, 100h AUTR

Number of credits

 Master in management (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in business engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Olivier Lisein

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course aims to provide the students with specific analysis tools in core management areas covered in their innovation projects (finance, marketing, HR, logistics, etc.). In this regard, the course helps students to establish a diagnosis of this function in the company and to refine the management problem to solve (development of the "content" of their project) inviting them to take a critical look at the issue and at its potential consequences. Initiated during the first year of the program (part I), this course continues in the second year of the master (part II) during which students are not only encouraged to refine their thinking and to detect transverse issues of their project but also to think about real solutions to problems encountered and to propose relevant and reasoned recommendations to guide the company in strategic and operational decision making.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course encourages students to consider the various aspects of management that can be mobilized in the conduct of their specific project, through a theoretical point of view (part I, preparatory phase) and a practical perspective (part II, managerial approach developed in connection with the other courses of the "Intrapreneurship and Management of Innovation Projects" program). Students willl have to demonstrate their ability to link and translate the theoretical foundations to corporate reality and that, in a cross and transdisciplinary logic from a diagnostic approach to effective management stage and managerial recommendations.
In line with the key learning outcomes of the Masters in Business Engineering and in Management Sciences, the main objectives of the course canbe summarized as such:
- To invite students to adopt the position of a specialist in the field of intrapreneurship and innovation management
- To develop students' skills regarding the establishment of a strategy to optimize an organization and/or a project
- To invite students to take into account the legal, social, societal, and technological context of private companies and public institutions in the establishment of a strategy aiming at optimizing an organization and/or a project
- To work on students' capacity to research autonomously and methodically the information needed to solve a complex, transversal management problem
- To boost students' capacity to integrate researched information, analytical tools and existing knowledge to understand concrete management problems and to propose original, creative and viable solutions
- To develop students' critical sense (arguing) in the interpretation of concrete and complex management problems
- To enhance students' capacity to communicate efficiently about a company and a project through a professional perspective 

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is mainly based on participatory methodologies, assignments, and coaching sessions

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

This course combines different pedagogical approaches:
- Traditional lectures and Debates with the participants
- Individual and Group assignments
- Regular and obligatory meetings with the professor (and academic leader of the program) on the specific innovation project students manage in an entreprise: exchange on the theoretical foundations of their project and on their effective translation in "real life" situations.

Recommended or required readings

- Reading portfolio available on the virtual campus Lol@
- Individual research on dedicated documentation (books, scientific articles, professional articles, etc.) in line with the specific innovation project managed by each student

-  Continuous evaluation of intermediary assignments requested during the semester (presentations, readings, progress notes, etc.): 20% of the final grade
- Evaluation of the final report : 80% of the final grade
- Relative weight of the individual evaluation: 90%

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Olivier LISEIN,

HEC Management School, Univerity of Liege

Building N1d / LENTIC,

Phone: +32 4 366 30 70,

E-Mail: O.Lisein@uliege.be

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