General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Núria Masferrer Llabinés

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Ismael Hernández Adell
Joan Carlos Fajardo 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • English

Check the schedules of the different groups to know the language of teaching classes. Although the material can be in any of the three languages.


Basic skills
  • B4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences


  • B5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy

Specific skills
  • E10_Recognize and understand the mechanisms of innovation and entrepreneurship and develop entrepreneurial initiative through theoretical models that fit a business idea.

  • E11_Analyze and properly assess the scientific-technological and economic environment, both to seek innovative opportunities and to establish the necessary processes to adapt the organization to this environment.


General competencies
  • G2_Be able to innovate by developing an open attitude to change and be willing to re-evaluate old mental models that limit thinking

Transversal competences
  • T3_Show entrepreneurial leadership and leadership skills that build personal confidence and reduce fear of risk



The subject has an advanced focus on innovation, and has been designed as a culmination of the previous subjects on innovation in which the basic theoretical concepts on innovation, creativity and their strategic perspective are introduced. Thus, the subject raises the elements that must be taken into account in the implementation of an innovation management model adapted to the needs of each organization such as: the establishment of mechanisms that generate profitable innovations by the organizations of a systematized way; the detailed analysis of the conditions (social, cultural, economic and technological) that determine innovation processes in organizations; the planning of innovation processes; the management of the portfolio of innovation projects; the use of innovations inside and outside the organization; the search in the public sphere for support to apply innovative systems; or the legal framework on the protection and exploitation of innovations. 

The classroom (physical or virtual) is a safe space, free of sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic and discriminatory attitudes, either towards students or teachers. We trust that together we can create a safe space where we can make mistakes and learn without having to suffer the prejudices of others.


Topic 1: General scheme of innovation

1. Questioning and preparation of the organization

2. Permanent innovation and the forces of change in organizations 

3. The systematization of innovation management: a general outline of innovation


Topic 2: Planning and effective implementation of innovations

1. Systematization of innovation management: incorporating innovation into the organization

2. Development of the phases of the innovation management system

3. Definition of the innovation strategy

4. Processes to discover ideas and proposals for innovation

5. Processes to implement innovation projects


Topic 3: Financing, exploitation and management of innovations

1. Financing of innovation: own and private resources.

2. Public administration support programs: direct and indirect aid 

3. Intrapreneurship, Assignment or License and Spin-Offs

4. Certification of R & D & I projects

5. Innovation indicators


Topic 4: Managing innovations and their rights

1. The protection decision: intellectual rights, patents and utility and industrial models

2. Accreditation of ownership of innovations: international regulatory framework

3. The legal protection of innovations: application and procedure in the Spanish case

Evaluation system

Reading control: 15% (average of the grades of the 8 readings). The note of the readings is conditioned to the participation in the elaboration of a summary of one of the readings.

Group work: 35%

- Written work: 50%

- Presentation: 30%

- Seminars: 20%

Final Exam: represents 50% of the final grade. In order to opt for the continuous assessment, a minimum of 5 points out of 10 must be achieved in the final exam.

Recovery: If the subject is suspended (final grade less than 5) or the minimum mark of the final exam is not reached, the final exam may be taken again. The part of the continuous assessment cannot be recovered.

A student who has not applied for the first call CANNOT apply for recovery.



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