Track: Intellectual Capital Management

With the rise of digitalization and globalization, there is a need for expertise and business leadership around the development and management of disruptive technologies that are transforming businesses and markets. A main challenge is to develop a new generation of business leaders with modern skills and tools adjusted to analyze and manage the complexity involved in the creation and design of innovations, ventures and markets in the global, digital economy. It is for this important objective that the Intellectual Capital Management (ICM) track at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship is offered in collaboration with Sahlgrenska School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The Intellectual Capital Management track is a part of the master’s programme Entrepreneurship and Business Design. For information about how to apply to the Entrepreneurship and Business Design programme please visit the programme webpage.

The ICM track develops advanced skills for managing technology transformation through innovation projects in a variety of settings. These innovation projects are focused in areas of the most important challenges facing society, primarily digitalization, environment, and healthcare.  All projects are centered around transformative technologies in different innovation contexts, including the latest technology from research institutes and strategic projects and spin-outs from multinational corporations as well as promising start-ups with new, disruptive technology. Capturing and managing intellectual assets and property are often key in managing such projects. The interfaces between management, economics, law and technology are extensively dealt with in the ICM program with its students having background from law, engineering and business.
Students admitted to this track will profile themselves in becoming the next generation of skillful technology managers and business developers based on an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary approach to innovation management. They will be able to work at the interface of technology, business, and intellectual property strategy in knowledge-intensive businesses and organizations, in particular, with strategic projects focused on technology convergence and transformation. They will possess the tools that allow data and knowledge to be developed and transacted upon in increasingly more complex and open innovation settings critical to success in the digital economy, including, platform-based business models that are increasingly developed by leading corporations and start-ups.
The ICM track is provided in close interaction and cooperation with interdisciplinary faculty, industry leaders, expert consultants and practitioners serving leading technology-based businesses from a global perspective.
The track offers a sophisticated and demanding business simulation environment in combination with real innovation and business development projects. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics and fields of expertise to give students a strong platform for multidisciplinary understanding of technology-based business. The ICM track prepares students to manage complex innovation settings, including disruptive technologies and open innovation environments. The track encompasses areas such as technology-based business development, digital platforms, innovation management, entrepreneurship, design thinking, and intellectual asset management.

Innovation projects in multiple contexts

Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship is based on a learning-by-doing concept that allows the students to work close to reality in different ways as an integrated part of the academic education.
Transformative R&D and innovation require a multidisciplinary understanding of technology-based business. As an ICM student, you will already during your studies apply your knowledge and skills in real innovation projects across multiple contexts, including challenge-based, research-based, venture-based, and industry-based innovation projects. This work is done in collaboration with partners from research centers, science parks and incubators, industry, and the healthcare system. Applied projects within ICM are guided and supervised by faculty-appointed technology-based innovation management experts.

Global Internship programme

Most of the ICM track students are offered internships with associated companies and organizations across the globe. Thereby students can gain real-life experience in the high-tech business world as well as a chance to further apply the business skills and tools they have acquired. The internship program runs both during the summer and during the master’s thesis work, where most of the student write their thesis in close collaboration with companies or organizations in the thesis topic field.

After graduation

Regardless of whether your educational background is engineering, business or law, the ICM track opens up a broad range of future professional opportunities working with innovation, business development and technology-based disruption in knowledge-intensive organizations. ICM graduates work as technology managers, business developers and analysts, management consultants, entrepreneurs and intellectual property specialists, in Sweden and internationally. Thanks to ICM developing both specialist and interdisciplinary generalist skills, graduates have the ability to be experts in their specialized profession as well as being influential team members in more interdisciplinary technology-based business settings.

In collaboration with Gothenburg University

In order to accomplish a truly interdisciplinary education, the ICM track is run in close collaboration with Sahlgrenska School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SSIE) at the University of Gothenburg. Many of the involved teachers belong to the faculty of SSIE, and a parallel ICM track is available as part of the Master’s Programme in Business Creation and Entrepreneurship in Biomedicine. The department of Law at University of Gothenburg also offers key expertise to this track where law students work closely with engineering and business students.

Published: Mon 11 Nov 2019.