Study unit code    M786 2020

Level Study program or it's part Year Semester

ECTS kredits 8

Hours - Lectures 30
Hours - Laboratory Work 15
Hours - Individual Student's Work 195

red. prof. dr. RADONJIČ GREGOR

Languages - lectures slovene
Languages - tutorial slovene

Successfully completed seminar as a prerequisite for entering the examination. 
Content (Syllabus outline)
1. Definition and classification of technology 2. Characteristics of research and development activities 3. Technology transfer and technological development 4. Basic terms and definitions (innvention, innovation, innovation process, patents, licence) 5. The role and significance of technological innovations on economy 6. Technology innovation diffusion models; technology S-curves 7. Life cycles of products and technologies 8. Different technology innovation strategies in firms 9. Technology innovation as a conversion process 10. Important aspects of technological innovation success 11. Important and influential technological sectors; technology forecasting 12. Product development process 13. Environmental protection as a part of firm's strategy; environmental protection as innovation opportunity 14. Definitions of environmental terms 15. Cleaner technologies – concepts, definitions and adoption strategies 16. Environmental strategies for enterprises 17. Characteristics of environmental innovations 18. Environmental criteria of product and technology innovation 19. Product ecodesign trends 17. Methods and tools for environmentally sound product development  
TEMELJNI VIRI / TEXTBOOKS Radonjič, Gregor (Ur.). 2009. Tehnološke in okoljske inovacije – Zbrano gradivo. Ekonomsko-poslovna fakulteta, Maribor. DODATNI VIRI / ADDITIONAL LITERATURE Twiss, Brian (1991). Upravljanje tehnološke inovacije. Gospodarski vestnik, Ljubljana. Betz, Frederick (1998). Managing Technological Innovation: Competitive Advantage from Change. John Wiley, New York. Zbicinski Ireneusz, Stavenuiter John, Kozlowska Barbara, van de Coevering Hennie (2006). Product Design and Life Cycle Assessment. Book 3 in a Series on Environmental Management. Baltic University Press, Uppsala. Montalbo Corral, Carlos (2002). Environmental Policy and Technological Innovation. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. Reijnders, Lucas (1996). Environmentally Improved Production Processes and Products (Environment and Management Series, Vol. 6). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.  
Students: - Get the knowledge on significance of technology and environmental innovations for firm's competitiveness and business success. - Acquaint in-depth knowledges of technology innovation strategies and environmental policies of firms. - Learn the process of product development and technology innovations related models. - Acquaint technology innovation approaches with the emphasis on innovations which incorporate environmental criteria.  
Intendend learning outcomes - knowledge and understanding
Development of knowledge and understanding: • Knowledge base: Students gain the ability to understand the knowledge in areas of technology and environmental innovations as well as significance of these topics on firm's competitiveness. Students understand the structure of scientific and research-based literature. Students are able to stimulate innovation activities and cooperate within innovation policy efforts. • Ethical issues: Has the awareness and ability to manage the implications of ethical dilemmas and work pro-actively with others to formulate solutions. • Disciplinary methodologies: Has a comprehensive understanding of techniques / methodologies applicable to their own work (diffusion models, S-curve model, FMEA, QFD, ecodesign).  
Intendend learning outcomes - transferable/key skills and other attributes'
Cognitive/Intellectual skills: • Analysis: with critical awareness can undertake analysis of complex inter- and multidisciplinary areas as well as sometimes contradictory areas of knowledge (esonomy, environment protection) communicating the outcome effectively. • Synthesis: With critical awareness, can synthesize information, utilising knowledge or processes from the forefront of the technology innovations. • Application: Can demonstrate initiative and originality in problem solving. Can act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level, making decisions in complex and unpredictable situations. Key/Transferable skills • Group working: Can work effectively with a group as leader or member. Can clarify tasks and make appropriate use of the capacities of group members. • Management of information: Can competently undertake research tasks. • Autonomy: Better judgement and, consequently, more efficient integration of knowledge acquired into business decisions. • Problem solving: Has independent learning ability required for continuing professional study, making professional use of others where appropriate. Practical skills: • Application of skills: Can operate in complex and unpredictable and/or specialised contexts, and has an overview of the issues governing good practice • Technical expertise: Can adapt skills and design or develop new skills and/or procedures for new situations.  
Learning and teaching methods
lectures audio-visual presentations case studies active class participation at seminars  

Assessment Weight (%)
Written examination 70  
Seminar work 30  
active class participation can contribute up to 30 % of the final grade