Business & Information Technology & Research

Harvard Summer School

June 20, 2016

Harvard Summer SchoolI took a 3-week course in Studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurship as part of Harvard Summer School 2016.¬†This course examines the literature on innovation and entrepreneurship. The question we ask is this: why do some innovations and innovators succeed while others do not? We use the case study method. Several cases of recent innovations, mostly from the tech sector, are examined in detail to understand the dynamics of success versus failure. Students are expected to understand relevant theoretical frameworks to explain the conditions under which investments in technology can produce payoffs for the innovating firm. The implications for formulating a firm’s technology strategy are analyzed. Lectures and discussions are supplemented with extensive use of classic texts in the field, journal articles, and trade press.