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Strategic Innovation Management

How do you build an organisation geared to innovation? How and with whom do you collaborate to bring new innovations to the market? And how, in a globalized world, do you protect your innovation, to make sure that you profit from it?

The MSc BA SIM deals with these challenges. It considers the whole strategic process of managing innovations within companies and between companies. The programme is structured around the following four topics: (1) where does innovation come from; (2) how can a firm organise its activities for innovation; (3) how and with whom should a firm cooperate to maximise innovation; and (4) how can firms capture value from innovation? In doing so, the aim of this programme is to teach students how to manage a firm's innovation activities, to help turn ideas into profitable new processes, products, services and business models.

The MSc BA SIM is a strongly research-oriented programme since all our courses are designed and taught by a small group of top academic researchers. By introducing students to the state-of-the-art in academic research, the aim of the programme is to give students the necessary tools to properly understand, evaluate and solve real-life cases, and to conduct their own research.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Business Administration
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60644
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Economics and Business
AACSB accredited
Why study this programme in Groningen?

The MSc BA SIM is a strategy masters which focuses on a singular issue: how can innovation be managed to create a sustainable firm? We explore this topic in an open and lively learning environment, which combines our staff, students and expert practitioners, to prepare our graduates for a career in a world increasingly demanding innovation. The programme ensures high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Programme

To fulfil the programme requirements, you need to follow:

1. Four mandatory courses (5 EC each):

  • Strategy & Innovation Management
  • Organizing for Innovation
  • Cooperating for Innovation.
  • Capturing Value from Innovation

2. Three electives (5EC each), which enables you to shape your profile, and a Research & Skills clinic (5 EC), which helps you to trains and develops your academic, professional and communication skills, and;

3. A Master thesis (20 EC) on a relevant subject of your choosing and under the supervision of one of our lecturers.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Capturing Value from Innovation (5 EC)
Cooperating for Innovation (5 EC)
Elective(s) MSc BA SIM (15 EC)
Master's Thesis BA SIM (20 EC)
Organizing for Innovation (5 EC)
Research & Skills for MSc BA (5 EC)
Strategy & Innovation Management (5 EC)

Curriculum

In the MSc BA SIM you will learn about the key organisational and strategic issues regarding innovation management, from project selection, internal management and organisation, external collaboration, and value appropriation. You will develop a solid understanding of the diversity in theories and approaches that characterise the scientific and professional field as well as the competence of critical academic thinking as core elements of your professional toolkit.

Programme options
Digital Business Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Digital Business and gain specialised knowledge in the field. There are two steps to the Digital Business Focus Area-

1) complete two of eight chosen electives 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on a digital business topic

More information about this option

Energy Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Energy and open up extra career opportunities. There are two steps to the Energy Focus Area-

1) complete two of four chosen electives 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on an energy topic

More information about this option

Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity for an internship between February and June. You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the first semester of your next study year.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

All tracks facilitate but do not organize an international exchange.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc.

other admission requirements

Not meeting the pre-education requirements for direct entry? Please read more about our pre-Master programmes: https://www.rug.nl/feb/premaster.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

GMAT/GRE; for specific scores and exemptions, please see https://www.rug.nl/feb/gmat-gre.

language test

IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 (Speaking 6, Writing 6.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 24); C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency (with minimum score 180); University of Groningen Language Centre Test (Speaking B2, Writing C1).

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc. If you have any questions concerning admission to this programme, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.nl/admissions.

other admission requirements

Not meeting the pre-education requirements for direct entry? Please read more about our pre-Master programmes: https://www.rug.nl/feb/premaster.

Registration procedure

Students have to apply via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. After you apply for the programme of your choice, the Admissions Office will evaluate your educational background and assess your eligibility. Your application will be assessed on an individual basis. More information on how to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 15000full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

With the ever increasing demand for innovation, your perspectives as an MSc BA SIM graduate are bright.

A large number of our graduates have gone on to careers managing innovation. We have graduates who work as business developers and innovation managers, working with innovation within the firm; as strategic consultants, advising the firm on their innovation processes; as bankers, evaluating firms and their innovations; and as policy advisors, working on stimulating innovation at the regional, national, and international levels.

A large number of our students have, however, also opted for more general positions. Many of our graduates, for example, now work as general managers, strategists, or consultants, across a range of well-known firms and multinationals, and a number of our graduates have started their own companies. Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

FEB Career Services
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies.

Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and pre-professional development, since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

The lecturers in the MSc SIM have excellent records.

Dr. Isabel Estrada’s research focuses on collaborative innovation strategies. Her work has been published in top journals such as Research Policy, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Knowledge Management, and Long Range Planning. Isabel has also won a number of teaching awards, such as the 'Best Newcomer Award' (2013) and the 'Fellowship for Innovation of teaching Award' (UG, 2017).

Dr. Florian Noseleit’s research interests include the determinants and implications of entrepreneurial activity, the interrelation of innovation and entrepreneurship, collaborative R&D, green innovations, and growth of regions and firms. His research has been published in top journals like Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Small Business Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Cambridge Journal of Economics, and Regional Studies. Practitioner-oriented contributions have been published in the Maandblad voor Accountancy en Bedrijfseconomie and Economisch Statistische Berichten

Dr. Thijs Broekhuizen’s research interests are interdisciplinary and bridge the fields of innovation and marketing and reside in Value Appropriation-Innovation & Adoption-Diffusion. His current research focuses on the success of entertainment products such as video games, movies, music and books, but also on complex financial products. His focus is also on the role of digital business models, and how firms can appropriate value from their (digital) innovations in turbulent environments, and how firms respond to disruptive technologies. His articles have appeared in Journal of Marketing Research, Research Policy, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Futures, Business Horizons, Journal of Business Research, Management Research News, and Journal of Market-Focused Management.

Prof. Dr. Pedro de Faria’s research focuses on topics in innovation management and strategic human capital. He is particularly interested in understanding how firms define their cooperation and knowledge protection strategies and how human capital plays a role in internationalization strategies. Pedro's research has appeared in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies or Research Policy. He is currently Associate editor of the journal Industry and Innovation. Pedro has worked on a number of strategy and innovation-related applied projects and was the coordinator of the €100.000 research project, “Closure of foreign MNC subsidiaries: What stays when the MNC leaves?”, funded by the Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos.

Dr. Killian McCarthy’s research focuses on Innovation and Organisation, on collaboration strategies, on alliances, and on the performance of mergers and acquisitions. Killian’s has written 4 books on strategy, and has his research published in top journals, such as the Journal of Business Strategy, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Energy Policy, Research Policy, Management and Organization Review, Regional Studies, and the International Review of Law and Economics. Killian has also won a number of teaching awards, including the 2015 and 2017 'Fellowship for Innovation of teaching Award'.

In collaboration with external partners, we conduct research projects on e.g banking, local government, customer insights, leadership, energy, healthy ageing and lean operations.

Research institute related to the MSc programme: Innovation and Organization

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Master Community - SIM

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EBF

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The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
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