Innovation is becoming increasingly important for Aotearoa | New Zealand industry and students with innovative mindsets and entrepreneurial capabilities will be able to creatively solve problems, generate new ideas, recognize and seize opportunities, convert those opportunities into workable solutions that benefit society in the process. 

UC Business School | Te Kure Umanga are offering a new and exciting major in 2019 that will take you out of the classroom. The BCom in Innovation is offered as both a major and minor and will apply a range of business skills in applied settings preparing you for the future workplace.

Studying innovation will lead you being equipped with our current philosophy and focus being:

Teaching Philosophy

  • Utilising experiential learning as means of developing innovation skills
  • Developing a thoughtful action orientation among students
  • Providing students with skills and experiences to build their creative confidence
  • Pragmatic application of concepts to practice with industry relevant situations

Research Themes

  • The influence of individuals’ perceptions in the pursuit of innovation opportunities
  • Strategic cognition of innovators and entrepreneurs from a practice perspective
  • Creative action as a foundational perspective 
  • Temporal aspects of strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship

Why study Innovation at UC?

  • Through UC’s award-winning business experts, students will gain insight to the current global market, the different levels of business, from family-owned to large corporations, and the latest technologies changing the face of the corporate world.
  • The flexible programme allows students to combine their Innovation major or minor with courses from a range of other subjects, to gain a competitive edge with expertise in key areas, such as technology, business, education, policy, and society.
  • At second and third year, Innovation students complete team consulting projects with real-world organisations to demonstrate their comprehensive knowledge. They also have the opportunity to complete a practical project implementing economic, social, and/or business solutions for an organisation.
  • UC is also home to the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship | Te Pokapū Rakahinonga which runs the Incubator Programme and Summer Startup Programme – where budding entrepreneurs can join a community of like-minded students and staff, access useful resources, learn how to set up a new business venture, gain experience, or take on an internship.

Innovation courses are at 200 and 300-level. Prerequisites may apply – talk to a student advisor.

200-Level Courses
There will be four new courses offered in 2019*:
INOV200 Opportunities: Here, There and Everywhere
This course introduces the entrepreneurial worldview that opportunities for innovation can be found across geographic, socioeconomic, industry, and cultural boundaries.
INOV201 Will it Fly? Feasibility Assessment on New Innovation
This course examines the significant differences between novelty and innovativeness. Using multiple types of analyses, you will ascertain whether a creative idea is feasible based on assessing physical, financial, market, regulatory, and other conditions.
INOV202 Emerging Technologies
This course focuses on how technology can be an enabler of radical changes to competition. You will be exposed to leading current technologies in multiple sector settings and understand how emerging technology may potentially contribute to a reordering of winners and losers in a competitive space.
INOV290 Enterprise in Practice (Project)
Experiential, hands-on learning is integral to honing innovation skills. This course involves students working in teams to address real-life challenges for participating profit-seeking and non-profit organisations.
300-Level Courses
There will be three new courses offered in 2020*:
INOV300 Societal Impact Through Innovation
In this intensive capstone course, students work on teams with organisations to assess the connection between innovations and anticipated societal impact. You will analyse stakeholder groups and changes in a sector’s value chain.
INOV301 Implementing for Societal Impact: Tools for Innovators
In this portion of the capstone experience, you will develop a comprehensive review, identifying expected points of potential impact of innovations on society.
INOV390 Innovation Practicum
This applied, project-based course provides significant practical experience working with local and national organisations to develop and implement innovative solutions to pressing economic and social challenges.

*Subject to UNZ-CUAP approval due December 2018

A not-for-profit UC company run by students, entré is for all tertiary students in the Canterbury region. It aims to foster an entrepreneurial spirit, to encourage innovation and creativity and to educate students in the basic elements of business development.

entré hosts competitions, workshops and networking events, including seminars designed to cover the basic knowledge essential to an entrepreneur. They are presented by industry experts. Each seminar provides relevant and practical knowledge for students hoping to enter the business world.

So, whether you are in Commerce, Engineering, Arts, Law, Science or Education – entré offers something for everyone.

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