Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Innovation does not happen without people. Within and outside organisations, individuals are critical agents who can either help or hinder the management of innovation and, ultimately, determine whether it succeeds or fails. This course will progress students from understanding the various models and processes of innovation to understanding how to manage that process, particularly how to identify, navigate and manage the people-based complexities of implementing innovation. The course will examine a range of topical and critical aspects relating to the people management components of the innovation process, including: social networks; power and politics; interpersonal skills, influencing, selling and persuading; fostering creativity and innovation at individual, team and organisational levels; diffusing innovation; and the 'dark side' of innovation. Overall, this course will equip students with the 'soft skills' needed by any organisation looking to innovate.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and analyse the critical role of people at multiple stages of the innovation process using relevant theoretical frameworks

2. Analyse and evaluate different strategies for (but not exhaustive to): engaging individuals and teams in the innovation process; developing an organisational culture and climate conducive to innovation; positively managing issues of power and politics in organisations to foster innovation; utilising social networks to develop and implement innovation; identifying critical agents that support (or potentially hinder) innovation; influencing, selling and persuading others to adopt ideas; and diffusing innovation through organisational systems

3. Apply relevant theories, frameworks and strategies to case studies and other real-world settings involving the management of innovation in the workplace

4. Demonstrate their own capabilities and behaviours to become effective and ethical participants in, and leaders of, innovation in organisations

5. Work independently and collaboratively on assessments while reflecting on individual and group behaviours relating to innovative activity


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Managing social networks to develop and promote innovation
  2. Understanding and navigating organisational power and politics
  3. Strengthening interpersonal communication skills for influencing, selling and persuading
  4. Managing individuals, teams and an organisation's culture and climate for innovation
  5. Understanding the roles of organisational structure and physical space in innovation
  6.   Innovation implementation and diffusion
  7.   The ‘dark side’ of innovation

Assumed knowledge

MNGT1002 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Group Case Study Report

Journal: Reflective Portfolio/Journal

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.