Intellectual Capital Management

The more business becomes knowledge-based, the more there is a need for expertise and business leadership around the management of the intellectual assets and properties as cornerstones in knowledge-based business. The main challenge is to develop a new generation of business leaders with modern skills and tools adjusted to analyse and manage the complexity involved in the creation and design of innovations, ventures and markets. It is for this important objective that the ICM track at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship is offered.
The ICM track at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship focuses on entrepreneurial management and disruptive innovation in areas of societal challenge.
Students admitted to this track will profile themselves in becoming skilful business leaders and advisors 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 organisations. They will possess the tools that allow knowledge to be developed and transacted upon in increasingly more complex and open innovation settings critical to success in the knowledge economy.
The ICM track is provided in close interaction and cooperation with interdisciplinary faculty, industry leaders, expert consultants and practitioners serving the leading knowledge-based business.
We offer 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 knowledge-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 knowledge-based business development, 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.
Early-stage R&D and innovation require a multidisciplinary understanding of knowledge-based business. As an ICM student, you will already during your studies apply your knowledge and skills in Intellectual Capital Management 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 centres, science parks and incubators, industry, and the healthcare system.

Global Internship programme

Because of the strong historical relationship between ICM and industry, most of the ICM track students are offered internships with associated companies and organisations 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 programme runs both during the twelve weeks of the summer and during the master’s thesis work, where most of the student write their thesis in close collaboration with companies or organisations 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 organisations. ICM graduates work as 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 knowledge-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.

Education structure

For details regarding the ICM track within the Master’s Programme Entrepreneurship and Business Design at Chalmers please visit the programme website.

Published: Wed 14 Mar 2018. Modified: Wed 11 Apr 2018