Students are required to possess basic knowledge about business administration and management.
This course aims at providing the basic understanding of the role of entrepreneurship and technological change in the healthcare sector, from the perspective of economic and managerial disciplines. In particular, the student will be able to assess, plan and manage the implication of technological change with the aim to: (1) interpret the evolution of markets and economic sectors through innovation and technological change dynamics; (2) apply management and corporate strategy tools to promote innovation (with a particular focus on value-based perspective); (3) understand the fundamental aspects of the new businesses process.
The first module aims to provide the basic elements for the understanding of innovation processes (definitions, measures and indicators, global trends). The second module deals with the tools for strategic management and development of innovation in the healthcare sectors (analysis of competitive advantage, link between technology and competitive strategy, innovation strategy, open innovation, value-based healthcare). The third module aims to provide the basic elements for the understanding of entrepreneurial processes (definitions, measures and indicators, global trends) and deals with the tools to launch and develop innovative ventures in the healthcare sectors (generation and evaluation of an entrepreneurial idea, development processes through design thinking and lean startup approach, business model design, entrepreneurial finance, academic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystems).
Teaching is organized through lectures, with special attention to the involvment and direct dialogue with students, who are encouraged, during the lectures, to formulate proposals for in-depth study or debates.
During the course, meetings will be organized with qualified actors of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the healthcare sectors, aimed to deepen methodologies and application fields.
Within the course, seminars will also be organized with practical exercises concerning the development - through laboratory activities - of an innovation project, also concerning the launch of a new business.
The exam consists in a final written assignment to be accomplished within 1.5 hours. The written exam is divided into two parts: the first part consists of 4 open questions regarding the formulation of theoretical elements (related to the theories of innovation, technological change and entrepreneurship) and practical application (related to the discussion of real innovation cases), scoring 20 points in total. The second part consists of multiple-answer questions, corresponding to 12 points.
The final grade is the sum of the score obtained in the first and second part, with the possible addition of up to 3 points for the development of a project work to be agreed with the lecturer during the semester.
Would the course be taught in blended or distance-based teaching modes, modifications might be carried out with respect to above, to make the course and the exams accessible under the new teaching modes.