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A350A0601 Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management and Innovation, 6 cr 
Code A350A0601  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management and Innovation  Abbreviation Contemporary Is 
Credits6 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Business and Management 

Henri Hussinki 
Paavo Ritala 

Description by Study Guide

Location: Lappeenranta


M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) 1



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Professor, D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) Paavo Ritala
Post-doctoral Researcher, D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) Henri Hussinki


This course focuses on the topical phenomena and concepts related to strategic management and innovation, which will be investigated from different viewpoints of academic research and business practice. Students will learn to asses, debate and synthesize the recent literature and examine the links of contemporary topics to previous research.

The learning outcomes of the course are the following:
1.To assess and synthesize the contemporary concepts in strategic management and innovation.
2.To discuss and debate on specific topics of the course.


The specific content of the course is based on current topics of strategic management and innovation, such as sustainable strategy, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, digital platforms, artificial intelligence, business model innovation and business ecosystems. The course syllabus with detailed contents will be distributed in the beginning of the course. The course will utilize online methods and tools (blog posts and discussion threads) for student-driven content creation and discussion.

Teaching Methods 

3. period, virtual course + final live panel discussion, independent familiarization with literature 36 h, independent content production 60 h. Online work: blog-thread moderation, commentary and discussion, 60 h. Panel discussion 4 h. Total hours: 160 h.

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

Final grade 0-5. Evaluation 0-100 points. Content creation 50 % Online activity points 50 % There is no written final exam.

Course Materials 

Independent content creation based on academic and practical sources and familiarization of other students’ input.

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 

max 10

Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 



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