MGT 5146 Management of Innovation

Summer 2024 Syllabus

Term Dates: May 13 - July 26, 2024

Instructor:                  Dr. John DeNigris, Ph. D.

Office Hours:             M - F 10 - 5 (24 Hour Voice Mail)

Phone:                        (407) 579-5277


Course Objective

This course deals with the changes necessary for an organization to survive in a highly competitive environment. The purpose of the course is to impart an understanding of the innovative process and the interdisciplinary techniques used to achieve change.

Required Texts/Materials

 Available from the Virtual bookstore (not the main campus bookstore):

Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
Drucker, Peter F.
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-085113-2 
ISBN-10: 0-06-085113-9

Harper Collins

Management of Technology and Innovation

(Loose-leaf without MindTap)

Edition: 3RD 17 

Author: White, Margaret

ISBN 13: 978-1-337-29649-6   

ISBN 10: 1-337-29649-X   

MBS Direct SKU #: 1904229

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Publisher Imprint: South-Western Publishing Co.

ebook is also available. The ebook has different ISBNs depending on the expiration date. Students can see the options in the bookstore:

Note:  Students can buy a used copy of the text.  Mindtap is not used in this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course proceeds from the premise that if one considers the stream of innovations required for the long-term success of a firm, strategic and organizational issues play a major role. Topics considered include innovation in a historical context, organization, and innovation; managing the functional areas of R&D, marketing, and production/operations; venturing and organizational learning; managing technical groups and project teams; entrepreneurship and managing professionals within organizational structures; managing human resource and executive leadership and the management of innovation and change.

Student Preparation: A major part of our learning will take place through readings and class discussions.  As a minimum, all students are expected to have read and thought about the information provided in the assigned chapters before participating in any online discussions.  This is a professional responsibility to yourself and your classmates.  Active participation in class discussions is an important element of this class.  Participation includes the quantity and quality of comments and class discussion postings, lively fellowship, positive contributions to group assignments, the ability to respond to questions from classmates and the instructor, and the ability to work as a member of a team.  Students are expected to synthesize, analyze, and integrate all reading assignments into their discussions.  Consistent attendance is an essential ingredient of class participation.


Each student is expected to be an active participant in all class discussions and to offer meaningful analyses and convincing arguments for the questions posed. The required initial posts must be made by the fourth day of the module week. Discussion posts should be completed in the current APA format with references. 

Substantive responses to at least two other classmates’ posts are required by the end of the module week to earn full credit for the discussions. Late posts will not be accepted unless previous arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Video Case Studies:

Cases focus on high-profile people, companies, etc. The cases provide memorable, highly relevant examples to help students understand the practical applications of key concepts and appreciate their real-world relevance. Students are expected to provide detailed responses that are supported by course readings and additional literature research. Responses should be between one and one-half to two pages in length, following APA guidelines, including grammar, punctuation, spelling, textual citations, and reference citations.


The mid-term and final exams are not proctored. The exams may include any combination of multiple-choice, true-false, essay, and fill-in-the-blank questions. The exams are open-book and timed.


Course assignments will be evaluated by the following grading scale:






Assignment Items and Weights


Video Case Studies....……......50%


Attendance Policy:  Students are expected to attend all class sessions of the course.  In the case of unavoidable absence, the student must contact the instructor.  The student may be subject to an appropriate academic penalty for incomplete or unacceptable makeup work, or for excessive or unexcused absences.

Late assignments will not be accepted without the instructor’s previously approved permission.  This policy has been established to ensure fairness to students who complete their work diligently and on time.

Academic Honesty Definitions & Procedures:  Located in the student handbook at

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If you wish to speak to an employee who does not have this reporting responsibility, please contact the Student Counseling Center at 321-674-8050.

Academic Accommodations:  Florida Tech is committed to equal opportunity for persons w/disabilities in the participation of activities operated/sponsored by the university. Therefore, students w/documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable educational accommodations. The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) supports students by assisting w/accommodations, providing recommended interventions, and engaging in case management services.  It is the student’s responsibility to make a request to OAR before any accommodations can be approved/implemented.  Also, students w/approved accommodations are encouraged to speak w/the course instructor to discuss any arrangements and/or concerns relating to their accommodations for the class. 

Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR):

Recording Disclosure (Privacy Waiver): This course may be recorded for use by students and/or faculty. Enrolled students are subject to having their images and voices recorded during the classroom presentations, remote access learning, online course discussions, and remote office hours/meetings. Course participants should have no expectation of privacy regarding their participation in this class.  Recordings may not be reproduced, shared with those not registered in the courses, or uploaded to other online environments.  All recordings will be deleted at the conclusion of the academic term.  

Anticipated Weekly Subject Matter and Assignment Schedule:

The schedule below is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.

Weekly Activities

Readings and Assignments

Week 1

o  Introductions


o  Read Drucker Chapters 1 and 2

o  Read White-Bruton Chapter 1

o  Complete Discussion Question

Week 2

o  Read Drucker Chapters 3 and 4

o  Read White-Bruton Chapter 2

o  Complete Discussion Question

Week 3

o    Video Case Study


o  Read Drucker Chapters 5 and 6

o  Read White-Bruton Chapter 3

o  Complete Discussion Question

Week 4


o  Read Drucker Chapters 7 and 8

o  Read White-Bruton Chapter 4

o  Complete Discussion Question

Week 5

o   Mid-Term Exam (White-Bruton Chapters 1-5)

o  Read Drucker Chapter 9 and 10

o  Read White-Bruton Chapter 5

o    Complete Discussion Question

Week 6

o    Video Case Study

o  Read Drucker Chapters 11 and 12

o  Read White-Bruton Chapter 6

o  Complete Discussion Question

Week 7


o  Read Drucker Chapters 13 and 14

o  Read White-Bruton Chapter 7

o  Complete Discussion Question

Week 8


o  Read Drucker Chapters 15 and 16

o  Read White-Bruton Chapter 8

o  Complete Discussion Question

Week 9

o    Video Case Study

o  Read Drucker Chapters 17 and 18

o  Read White-Bruton Chapter 9

o  Complete Discussion Question

Week 10


o  Read Drucker Chapters 19

o  Read White-Bruton Chapter 10

o  Complete Discussion Question

Week 11

o   Final Exam (White-Bruton Chapters 6-10)

o Complete Discussion Question