Managing Innovation and Change

Subject ENST90023 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: The subject is taught using multimedia teaching techniques and is based around business case studies. There is a requirement to attend the Rural Innovation Research Group annual symposium and a seminar for on-campus students.
Total Time Commitment:

This subject is run over an 8-week period as opposed to a standard 12 week semester subject.It is recommended that students devote 14 hours per week to this subject over 8 weeks.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students must be able to perform word processing, use Excel spreadsheets, and have a reasonable understanding of the Internet and the University’s Learning Management System (LMS).

Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Melbourne School of Land & Environment (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Students will review theories and case studies of innovation and change in land and environment in order to analyse and consider the design, delivery and evaluation of innovation systems. The subject will provide students with an understanding of how and why innovation is generated, as well as the roles of different agents in innovation systems. Students will develop the skills to enable them to manage innovation and changed for improved economic, social and environmental outcomes.


On completion of this subject students will have developed:

  • An understanding of innovation and change, and its contribution to agrifood and environmental systems.
  • The skills to review and critique strategies and frameworks for managing innovation and change.
  • The ability to identify critical elements for design and implementation of innovation and change programs.
  • Critical reflection skills on the manager role in innovation and change.

Assignment 1 (Individual, 1000 words), due week 3 - 10%, Assignment 2 (Individual, 3000 words), due week 6 - 30%, Assignment 3 (Individual, 4,000 words), due week 8 - 40%, and Online Discussion Participation, due weeks 1-8 - 20%.

Prescribed Texts:

Tidd, J. and J. Bessant (2009) Managing Innovation. Integrating technological, market and organisational change. 4th Edition, Wiley.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

It is expected students will develop:

  • Awareness of and ability to utilise appropriate communication technology and methods for the storage, management and analysis of data
  • Highly developed computer-based skills to allow for effective online learning and communication
  • Ability to collaborate, exchange ideas and debate across online learning platforms
  • Ability to plan, use time effectively and manage small projects
  • Appreciation of social and cultural diversity from a regional to a global context.
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