Acting Innovatively Section: SDL 2
The purpose of the online learning is for you to develop your own learning. There are a number of tasks that you should complete before you undertake the next section. You can work through this section at your own pace. It is expected that you would take up to 3 hours to complete this section. You must complete this section before you move to the next section.
Read the article “Evolution Tree” and complete the activity. Write your answers in your workbook.
This consolidates one of the key concepts we have covered in this unit; the link between various innovations.
In OLL 2 we looked at pattern recognition and identified that by recognising patterns is a critical component of acting innovatively. What was also pointed out was how the properties of one item can lead to a new item. Historically everything we use today had its origins in some item that was used differently years ago. This is part of the view that innovation does not happen in isolation from what is going on around us. If fact many of the products and items we use today would not be available if it was not for hundreds of other indirectly related items. You should read the article I Pencil.
After reading the article chose an everyday item and see if you can trace back a number of innovations that contributes to that item. For example, you may chose a clothes iron. You can trace its origins back to innovations in electronics, electricity, and development of metal alloys, discoveries about water vapour and many more connections. You should use the internet to explore the item’s history.
Draw a chart that shows the evolution of your chosen item. Copy the chart into your work book.
Read the article “Timeline” and complete the activity. Write your answers in your workbook.
This demonstrates how affects different problems and their solutions
The time of day often determines how and when an item is used. Understanding when an item is used often influences its structure. For example, media communication like mobile phones, SMS and email gets used by different people at different times for different purposes. Draw a timeline over 24hours for how you might interact with various types of media communication. Identify when you are more engaged with the different forms of communication.
Then think how the following businesses might interact with that person through the various types of media communication. You need to include the following aspects time of day, geographical location and assumptions about what the person might be doing at that time.
Copy the timeline into your workbook.
You should undertake further reading on the topics in this section. We recommend that you watch the following:
The next section is Unit 3 OLL1
Introduction to the module
Welcome to this module on innovation. The module is designed to be used either individually or within a classroom setting. The module takes a non-technical approach to innovation and looks at setting innovation within small every day businesses. It explains what innovation and isn’t and how you can develop your skills and abilities to become better business owners. You will find the module will challenge your thinking around innovation in preparation for either starting your own business or developing an existing one.
This module can be used as a standalone module on innovation or as part of the Student Business e-Academy programme on Business start-up.
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All workbooks in this course please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org (MDX students), email@example.com (UMA students) or firstname.lastname@example.org (UNIST students), upon finishing the assignments.
Dr. Simon Best is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University, with interests in micro and small business start-up and development. Simon’s first career was 15 years as a chef; this was followed by two years as a Market Researcher and then 28 years as self-employed business owner. During his time as a business owner, Simon started businesses in Australia, Papua New Guinea, India and Viet Nam. Simon has extensive networks across many countries. Currently Simon leads the Enterprise development hub – EDH@MDX as well as lecturing in Entrepreneurship and small business development.
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- Lectures 20
- Quizzes 11
- Duration 60 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 75
- Assessments Self
UNIT 1. What is innovation?
- Lecture 1.1 What is innovation? Section: OLL 1
- Quiz 1.1 Quick Quiz U1OLL1
- Lecture 1.2 What is Innovation? Section: OLL2
- Quiz 1.2 Quick Quiz U1OLL2
- Lecture 1.3 What is Innovation? Section: SDL 1
- Lecture 1.4 What is innovation? Section: OLL3
- Quiz 1.3 Quick Quiz U1OLL3
- Lecture 1.5 What is innovation? Section: SDL2
UNIT 2. Acting innovatively
- Lecture 2.1 Acting Innovatively Section: OLL1
- Quiz 2.1 Quick Quiz U2OLL1
- Lecture 2.2 Acting Innovatively Section: OLL2
- Quiz 2.2 Quick Quiz U2OLL2
- Lecture 2.3 Acting innovatively Section: SDL 1
- Lecture 2.4 Acting Innovatively Section: OLL3
- Quiz 2.3 Quick Quiz U2OLL3
- Lecture 2.5 Acting Innovatively Section: SDL 2
UNIT 3. Levels of innovation
- Lecture 3.1 Levels of Innovation Section: OLL 1
- Quiz 3.1 Quick Quiz U3OLL1
- Lecture 3.2 Levels of Innovation Section: OLL 2
- Quiz 3.2 Quick Quiz U3OLL2
- Lecture 3.3 Levels of Innovation Section: SDL 1
- Lecture 3.4 Levels of Innovation Section: OLL 3
- Quiz 3.3 Quick Quiz U3 OLL3
- Lecture 3.5 Levels of Innovation Section: SDL 2
UNIT 4. Managing innovation
- Lecture 4.1 Managing Innovation Section: OLL 1
- Quiz 4.1 Quick Quiz Unit 4 OLL 1
- Lecture 4.2 Managing Innovation Section: OLL 2
- Lecture 4.3 Managing Innovation Section: SDL 1
- Lecture 4.4 Managing Innovation Section: OLL 3
- Quiz 4.2 Quick Quiz Unit 4 OLL 3
- Lecture 4.5 Managing Innovation Section: SDL 2