Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Innovation is one of the fundamental sources of economic growth and development. It offers new opportunities, but its central role in a rapidly changing socio-economic environment also presents challenges to government agencies, organisations, firms and individuals alike. Digital technologies, organisational and social innovations continuously transform the modes of production, consumption and social interactions, defying our understanding of how economic systems work. In this subject you will examine the determinants and effects of innovation using various analytical and empirical economic frameworks. You will explore key elements in innovation such as research and development, property rights, market competition, technological and organisational change, innovative systems, as well as the impact of automation and digitalisation on the economy with special emphasis on the labour market. The main objective is to prepare you to be an active participant in the economic process of digital transformation, be aware of its challenges and make the most of the opportunities it presents.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmmanuelle Walkowiak

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesStudents will apply the skills and knowledge developed with their preparation for face-to-face classes, using the resources provided on LMS and assessed with the in-class exercises and final project.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain the economic imperative of innovation especially in the context of digital transformation.
02. Critically analyse the roles of stakeholders of innovation and their interactions
03. Analyse market and institutional incentives to innovate, and their shortcomings
04. Synthesise the different dimensions of innovation and its measurement to explain its economic impact

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmmanuelle Walkowiak

Class requirements

Evidence Based LearningWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

In-Class Exercises (equivalent to 1200 words) Formative assessment carried out in class.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Group Presentation and written report (equivalent to 1000 words per student) Students work in groups of 3-4 to prepare and deliver a presentation and written report.

N/AOtherGroupNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Final Report (2000 words equiv) Students carry out in-depth study of a topic within scope of subject. Assessment criteria encompasses problem identification, application of economic concepts, issues for strategy and/or policy formulation and implementation, critical analysis and conclusion.

N/AReportIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4