Technology Management in Innovative Systems

  • Codice
  • MScMjTM.1
  • Frequenza
  • Obbligatoria
  • Semestre rif.
  • Durata
  • 1 semestre
  • Formazione
  • Business Administration
  • Responsabili modulo
  • Canetta Luca
  • Tipo di modulo
  • Obbligatorio
  • ECTS
  • 6

Obiettivi / Competenze mirate

• Understand the differences and interdependencies between technology portfolios, portfolios of core competencies and the related market focused portfolios of strategic business units
• Know and be able to apply various models and related methods to detect technological trends and assess their influence to a company (influences on competences, business models, culture etc.)
• Be able to comprehensively assess technologies and their innovativeness regarding their impact on an industry (sustainability, assessment of different technological trajectories and potential lock-ins, ethical dimensions etc.)
• Ability to recognise and optimise organizational knowledge related issues towards a more effective involvement of people in technology management and implementation of new technological systems
• Know the supporting possibilities of appropriate decision support methods and related tools that help to systematically, adaptively and proactively develop technology portfolios
• Appreciate the possibilities offered by new technologies and new paradigms in (re-) conceptualising the creation of value within and between companies or industries and in opening up the innovation process
• Consider cross-industry development of technologies (success stories vs. failed technology (applications), causes and effects and their characteristics etc.)
• Know how the single company and its supply chain can efficiently and effectively deal with the operational management of technology and innovation


The course is structured along four multidisciplinary and complementary axis, the lessons will cover these aspects focusing on their integration and complementarity instead of following a sequential approach.
Strategic Technology foresight is the underlying theme of this course, which describes both the innovation context (trends, challenges, actors) and the drivers of a successful innovation strategy.
Special attention is devoted to the decision support methodologies and tools to be applied in the various phases of Technology Foresight as well as for shaping and validating the Innovation Strategy.
1) Technology and its Management
• Introduction to technology and the management of technology portfolios (definition, scope, etc.)
• Expert knowledge and expert data base (e.g. Gartner Technology Trends and Hype Circles)
• Stakeholder Analysis
• Innovation Management steps
2) Technology Scouting and Strategic Technology Foresight
• Detection and examples of technology, technological innovations and technological trends
o Mass Customization, Servitization, Globalization
• Decision Support Systems (e.g. Trend- & Technology Radar Systems) and Evaluation Tools (e.g. Scenario Planning, System Dynamics, Conjoint Analysis, Delphi Study, Discrete Event Simulation, System Dynamics)
• Disruptive Technologies and Wildcards
3) Technology Evaluation
• Methods, Tools and Processes
o Quality Function Deployment (QFD)
• Portfolio Analysis
• Technology Life Cycle Management (Cradle-to-Cradle)
o Product Lifecycle management
• Sustainability Comprehensive assessment of technological developments
o Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Corporate Social Responsibility, Green Supply Chain, Product sustainability assessment
• Influence on future development of the organisational environment (e.g. political/legal, economic, social, technological, ecological factors and related industry)
4) Technology Management in practice and Outlook
• Outlook: How will the technological landscape 2020 – 2030 look like?
• Best practices, lessons learned, success and failure stories
o Influence of corporate size, sector and innovation target
• Innovative practices in product design, manufacturing and delivery
o Product Platform, Supply Chain Management, Industry 4.0, Omnichannel


Test scritto in itinere di 90 minuti e esame scritto di 120 minuti durante la sessione d'esame


Luca Canetta, Donatella Corti, Marzio Sorlini e Gianpiero Mattei

Metodo di insegnamento

Didattica frontale in Italiano (60 ore lezione e 90 ore di studio e approfondimenti personali)


The course is mainly based on the documents provided by the lecturers.
Didactical materials developed by teacher will be published and available on The registration at the platform is required, and must be done during the first week of the course.
Selected scientific conference and journal papers will be distributed if necessary.

Further Readings:
J. Tidd, G. Bessant, “Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change”, Wiley 2013.
M.A. White, G.D. Bruton, “The Management of Technology and Innovation: A Strategic Approach”, South-Western College Pub, 2010.