The MSc in IT-Enabled Innovation is aimed at both Business and non-Business graduates and developed by the Innovation Value Institute (IVI); a consortium containing Intel, Boston Consulting Group, and Maynooth University; the MSc in IT-Enabled Innovation provides managers with a toolkit to create business value from IT.
This programme differs from many other IT programmes because of its leading industry inputs and also because it sets IT management in the context of the business environment. This is not a programme to develop stand-alone technical specialists. Instead, this course develops the capacity for participants to understand how IT operates both as a function and as a key interrelated resource within an organisational context. This involves understanding people, work processes, relationships, organisation structures, and organisation strategies, and how all of these impact on and are impacted by Information Technology.
This course focuses on IT-enabled innovation as a foundational concept central to the success of organisations today. We adopt a broad appreciation of IT-enabled innovation which allows for a variety of teaching styles and a topical emphasis for the learning outcomes. This approach accommodates a range of different types of innovation (i.e. process, product, and business model innovation, as well as service innovation), and multiple stages for the innovation process (i.e. ideation, development, diffusion, adoption, and impact). Because of the rapid pace of IT innovation, this highly regarded programme is revised annually and its value is reflected in it being shortlisted for the 2018 and 2019 Irish Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards in two categories.
The programme is intensive and fast-paced, bringing students on a high growth learning experience across the 12 months of the programme. Modules are delivered over two semesters (September-May) with the Business Research Project / Placement Project conducted between May and August. The programme will generally be delivered through lectures, presentations, and intensive workshops, typically in blocks of two full days every two weeks, followed by less structured supervision contact over the third (summer) semester.