Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Social and Cultural Context
General Catalog Course Title:
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Social and Cultural Context
Terms Offered:
Fall 2016
Spring 2016
Fall 2015
Spring 2015
Fall 2014
Spring 2014
Fall 2013
Fall 2012
Spring 2012
Fall 2011
Fall 2010
Course Thread: 
Human-Centered Design
Drori, Gili
Ivester, Szonja

This course addresses the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in the global integration and the development of nations, regions, and firms. Offering a global and sociological perspective, we shall review the phenomenal rates of worldwide expansion of innovation and entrepreneurship, comparing among different nations, different sectors, and different historic eras. We shall interpret such trends by considering the changing social definitions of innovation and entrepreneurship, their intersection with social inequality (for example, the global innovation divide and the role of gender), the components of national systems of innovation (for example, the regulatory regime and the Triple Helix of industry-university-government), and the impact of culture (for example, on innovativeness and through social networks). By combining an analysis of empirical data and of case studies with the reading of review articles and policy documents, class discussions will touch upon current debates on such issues as globalization, policy-making, and development strategies.

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