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Short Learning Programme
Innovation Management
NWU is recognised amongst the leaders in the fields of innovation and technology management and is ideally suited to deliver this programme.

Purpose of the course:

The Innovation Management Programme (IMP) aims to equip participants with knowledge and skills to enable them to manage the creation of innovative solutions within a rapidly changing technological, business and social landscape on the one side, and the creation of shareholder value and return on investment (ROI) on the other. It is designed for current and future leaders within the organisation and aims to create an understanding of the dynamics between the business environment and the integration of technology and the role the latter plays in terms of taking the business forward through interaction with customers, both internal and external. This programme will include training modules to address innovation challenges within organisations. It will also strive to empower the programme participants to create solutions to the problems identified. The IMP is fundamentally focused on the enablement of innovation once the technical and management issues have been covered in the course. The main drive will be on creating a culture of innovation for which the enterprise will assume personal responsibility. The programme, therefore, focuses on enterprise issues such as innovation, new product development, complexity management, finance, marketing and logistics management. Participants will integrate the learnings and prepare an Action Learning Project (ALP) to be submitted.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Must be selected as part of the enterprise’s talent and management development drive. A rigorous selection process is followed where the enterprise sets requirements for entry.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
To be selected to the SLP candidates must: Display an inclination towards innovation initiatives; Be self-directed within the organisation. Acknowledge their desire to obtain given scarce skills and insights in the fields of New Product Development, Complexity Management, Business Reframing, Technology Strategy and Innovation Management.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • Understand the current business environment in terms of the forces and dynamics that play a role in this environment
  • Analyse and manage the enterprise through applying sound management and leadership principles
  • Facilitate an in-depth understanding of the critical linkages between technology and management
  • Create innovative business ideas to harness the new opportunities made possible by a changing technology and social landscape
  • Equip managers to be change agents in implementing technology and managing innovation
  • Empower managers with the tools required for the effective management of technology
  • Understand the key differences between traditional business management and technology management, and the impact it has on business models and value chains
  • The learner must acknowledge that innovation will drive successful companies in the future.
  • The learner must demonstrate an understanding for the specific environment by applying the principles debriefed.
  • The learner must apply the skills acquired by displaying these skills in a simulated environment.
  • The learner must display management and leadership principles by applying these principles in the workplace.
  • The learner must display an ability to optimise the relevant strategies by articulating different scenarios.
  • The learner must communicate and display her knowledge and skills on all the technologies in the workplace.
  • The learner must display an ability to optimise the relevant strategies by articulating different management scenarios.
  • The learner must show an understanding of the different methodologies by incorporating that into inter alia the Business Case.
  • The learner must apply the knowledge gained by demonstrating strategy at different levels through the Business Case.
  • The learner must demonstrate an understanding for the different customer types by applying the principles debriefed.
  • The learner must deliver a solution to the Business Case challenge by presenting that to a panel of expert and assessors of the university.
  • The learner must be able to integrate all components of the enterprise.
  • The learner must be able to use management tools and techniques to implement a strategy.
  • The learner must demonstrate an understanding on how to build competencies for strategy execution.
  • The learner must be able to understand her company’s business and its position in the market by segmenting the markets.
  • The learner must show the ability to understand main brand strategies by devising ways to implement that in organisations.
  • The learner must be able to develop compelling value propositions for her customers.
  • The learner must be able to personally grow to reach her maximum potential, while growing others and the organisation by practising personal and professional mastery.  


Self-assessment to embed the learning matter. Populating workbooks and study guides through group discussions and personal reflection. Peer-to-peer assessment is conducted in the contact sessions and is facilitated by the facilitator. Reflection is done to ensure an understanding of the knowledge areas that are covered. Individual, as well as group assignments, are done to ensure that the learning outcomes are reached and the practical (implementability) demonstrated. One (1) theoretical examination will be written on related course content. Completion of a Business Case applicable to the Industry in general and the company specific.
Method of assessment: 
The subject experts and professionals presenting the different modules will assess the assignments. The accreditation body will moderate the assignments and experts from industry and the final results will be submitted to the accreditation body for final approval and certification. The theoretical examination will be scored by academia within the fields of technology, strategy and innovation and moderated by other experts. The Business Case Project will be assessed by a panel consisting of academia within the fields of technology, strategy and innovation and other experts from the relevant industry.

Additional information

H36 100 1
Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Current and future decision-makers and leaders within the organisation.
Contact us
Telephone number: 
018 285 2325