This course introduces the topic of sustainability-driven innovation (SDI), comparing and contrasting traditional models of innovation management and economic development paradigms with emerging models and discourse of innovation for sustainable development. It will discuss motivations, mechanisms, and outcomes for SDI in various social, national, and cultural contexts, highlighting the challenges of practical implementation.
Dr Taryn Mead
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Week 1: What is Sustainability-Driven Innovation
Week 2: Private Interests, Public Benefit
Week 3: SDI in Corporate Settings
Week 4: SDI in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Week 5: Responsible Innovation
Week 6: Jugaad and Frugal Innovation
Week 7: Integrating SDI with Socioecological Systems
Week 8: Ethics of Emerging Technologies
Week 9: The Future of SDI
-Develop an understanding of how innovation influences sustainable development in various cultural and social contexts.
-Compare and contrast technocentric, ecocentric, and anthropocentric motivations and outcomes of SDI.
-Understand how SDI is executed in various organizational settings.
-Develop a knowledge base of case studies of SDI across sectors.
-Explore the ethical implications of emerging technologies.
SDG 1 – No Poverty
SDG 6 – Clean Water & Sanitation
SDG 7 – Affordable & Clean Energy
SDG 8 – Decent Work & Economic Growth
SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities
SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption & Production
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals
Guided Independent Study/Research
Individual Written Assignment
Written feedback to individual student
“Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability” by Marcus Wagner, 2017 “Innovation For Sustainability: African and European Perspectives” by Mammo Muchie, Angathevar Baskaran, 2012 Additional supplemental texts
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Dr Taryn Mead