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The Master of Innovation Management program is designed for professionals working in and with the public sector, who wish to pursue a career in innovation  management. This program has been developed for current and future managers and leaders in the national and international public and private sector organizations, who work in the area of delivering public value. It is particularly relevant in the current climate of governance and agile government, and will be of interest to those who want to keep ahead of international trends. The program uses a quintuple helix approach which includes: a strong theoretical foundation on core concepts of innovation management in the context of the creation of public value; experiential learning through interactive workshops and discussions and practice-based assessments; and personal competencies development for leaders in charge of leading, designing, managing and implementing innovations. The focus is understanding and solving wicked problems using design thinking and a customer-centric approach to solve problems that impact public value.

Organizations that are consistently successful at managing innovation outperform their peers in terms of growth, financial performance and employment. The broader social benefits of innovation are even greater. However, innovation is not easy to develop within any organization and requires an outlook that is quite different from that offered by standard management strategies. Innovation is the successful transformation of ideas to stakeholder value by products, services and processes in cost effective ways. The leaderships challenges require an organization-wide cultural re-haul at all levels. To be successful, innovation needs to be integrated in and outside the organization, and take into account disruptions like technology, markets dynamics, citizen preferences, and global trends. Advocacy and translating value of innovation can at times be daunting. The design of this course has kept these and various challenges of public servants in mind. To successfully graduate, our students produce dissertations which are scientifically grounded studies focusing on a specific problem. These studies are often result in public policy contributions. The MIM program reflects the 2018 UAE Advanced National Innovation Strategy, the National Advanced Sciences Agenda 2031, UAE Vision 2021, and the aspirational goals outlined in the Centennial Plan 2071.


Program Objectives

The overall design of the Master of Innovation Management (MIM) program are to:

  1. Provide an underpinning of both the knowledge and skills needed by managers in the field of innovation management, so that students can contribute to and improve the achievement of their organization’s strategic objectives to the nation’s aspirations of public value;
  2. Provide an analytical and multi-perspective framework, to enable students to recognize, identify and evaluate key management, strategic and stakeholder issues which critically impact on organizational and national performance and the strategic direction in the context of innovation management;
  3. Encourage systems thinking within the areas of innovation management
  4. Motivate and equip students to take a leading role in innovation management, engage effectively in improving the process through which innovation is managed.

Program Outcomes

The Master of Innovation Management (MIM) program will enable successful graduates to be able to:

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate the ethical and cultural dimensions of innovation management in the public and private sectors
  2. Understand and apply innovation theory to processes, structures and ecosystems
  3. Synthesize the purpose, design, functions, and character of innovation management
  4. Utilise advanced problem solving skills to utilize knowledge from the external and domestic factors and drivers that determine innovation management
  5. Appraise and assess the role of innovation management driving local outcomes
  6. Demonstrate effective leadership, strategic choices and teamwork skills to solve complex innovation management problems and communicate decisions to relevant audiences.

Admission Requirements

  1. A minimum equivalent cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale for full admission or 2.50 (on a 4.0 Scale) for Conditional Admission. or its established equivalent, in the applicant’s recognised Bachelor’s degree program.
  2. As the MIM is taught in English, a minimum EmSAT score of 1400, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the Paper-Based, or 213 on the Computer-Based, or 79 on the Internet-Based test, or its equivalent in a standardized English language test, such as 6.0 IELTS or another standardized, internationally recognized test approved by the Ministry of Education.

Orientation and Online Post Graduate Academic Skills Course

The aim of the MBRSG Orientation Session is to introduce students to the range of services that are available to postgraduate students, as well as to provide them with essential information about registration and enrollment. It is also an opportunity for students to get acquainted with each other. During these sessions, faculty members will guide you through essential knowledge and skills to enhance your progression through the programs.

We propose that induction will answer many of the questions that students may have about what being a postgraduate student at MBRSG. The Orientation Session will be delivered the weekend prior to the commencement of the first semester of study. All new postgraduate students are required to attend.

In support of students at the commencement of their graduate studies or at what may be a return to an academic environment after a period away from higher education, MBRSG requires that all new students admitted to a graduate program attend the Orientation Session.

There are a number of activities built into the first year of your experience at MBRSG to enable you to adjust to the learning environment and attain the desired level of progression.  You will also be invited to complete the online Post Graduate Academic Skills Course which is designed to make you aware of the academic skills required to succeed at the Post Graduate Level. You will learn about vital academic skills such as critical thinking, academic reading strategies and writing for academic purposes, to help you in your study at MBRSG. This should be completed prior to registering on your core modules in the first semester of your learning journey.
Once you have started studying you will have access to a number of academic enrichment resources via Blackboard to support your development of transferable academic skills throughout the duration of your program.

Careers and Employability

An increasing number of public and private sector entities are becoming aware of the imperative to innovate in order to remain viable in the 21st Century. The creative process of generating ideas for new products, services and new business models is a human skill and the future for innovation leaders looks bright. Master of Innovation Management (MIM) graduates will find themselves working in a range of public and private sector organizations in areas of new business development, innovation project management and innovation consultancy. They will work in product and service contexts across a variety of industries. Their daily jobs will involve supporting development teams when new products are being developed, and they devise and initiate new products and services themselves, becoming new business developers. They also act as consultants to small and medium-sized enterprises, advising on organizing businesses for innovation.

Program Structure

MIM Modular structure

Module Code Module Title Credit Value
MIM 711 Frontiers of Innovation 20
MIM 712 Public Sector Foresight & Innovation 20
MIM 713 Service Innovation 20
MIM 714 Micro-economics of Competitiveness 20
MIM 715 Research Methods 20
MIM 716 Strategic Management and Leadership 20
Exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (120 Credits)
MIM 901 Dissertation 60
Exit with a Masters of Innovation Management Degree (180 Credits)

Completion requirements

All MIM students will need to complete a total of 180 credits for the full Master’s award. Students will need to successfully complete 120 credits with an average mark of 60% or more, before being allowed to progress to the dissertation stage. Student progression to the dissertation stage will be administered by the Board of Studies following confirmation of results by the Examination Board. A student completing 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit Dissertation for a total of 180 credits will be eligible for an MIM award.

Students can exit with a Post Graduate Diploma after completing 120 credits and prior to attempting the dissertation.
*subject to meeting the average overall grade requirements

Module Description

MIM711: Frontiers of Innovation (20 CATS Credits)

Organizations that are consistently successful at managing innovation out perform their peers in terms of growth, financial performance and employment. The broader social benefits of innovation are even greater. However, as this module will demonstrate, innovation is not easy to develop within any organization and requires an approach that is quite different from that offered by standard management tools. The strategic management of innovation requires more than just adding it to the functions of an organization. Instead it needs an integrated approach that deals with interactions between changes in technology, organizations and markets. This module will explore the different elements that develop and sustain innovation within various organizations and, given the strategic imperative within the UAE to develop a more innovative economy, will also explore the importance of innovation within a national context. It will therefore provide learners with opportunities to explore experiences of innovation and entrepreneurship in action and reflect in a structured manner on these experiences and the lessons that emerge from them. It will also introduce concepts that provide the basis for understanding innovation, how it can be managed and enable the student to experiment with these conceptual models to help make sense of managing innovation.

MIM712: Public Sector Foresight & Innovation (20 CATS Credits)

Public Sector Foresight & Innovation - where new ideas create value for society - is not new although more recently there has been a more concerted effort to try and develop a systematic approach to creating innovative solutions that can address societal challenges. This module will examine the key issues in terms of public sector innovation which, as a result of changing political agendas and a desire for action during the last four decades, has led to continuous organizational change becoming common in many parts of the public sector. More recently, the global financial crisis has accelerated this trend as governments seek to reform, restructure and reorganize their public sector activities in order to deliver more efficient and effective services. In addition, citizens’ expectations of higher value service innovations are increasing despite fiscal pressures, especially in terms of greater choice and quality. Other important issues such as demographics (an ageing population), technology (e-government) and climate change (strategies for sustainability). Some would argue that many public sector organizations are not up to the job of developing and implementing solutions to deal with these challenges. Many focus too much on the short-term needs of politicians; are too bureaucratic and hierarchical to deal with change; have an aversion to failure that restricts new ideas; do not place citizens at the heart of their policy-making; cannot scale new solutions sufficiently; and have few formal methods for promoting innovation.

MIM713: Service Innovation (20 CATS Credits)

Public value is heavily dependent on the services employed as a method of delivery. With the service sector creating most of the wealth and employment within developed and emerging economies, ensuring that the sector continues to innovate presents a number of challenges. These challenges are not only about the design and development of the service innovation, but its delivery and impact measurement. Service innovation is needed also at the supra-country level. The global goals which are wicked problems need a collaborative global perspective - across countries, across sectors, across both private and public organizations, if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) like zero poverty and zero hunger by 2030. For example, one study states there is enough food to feed every single individual, but this means we may need to redesign processes in our supply chain, create new products, and change regulations and human behaviour. This course will not only examine some of the key issues from academic research and management practice on services innovation but will enable the learner to build the skills and capabilities necessary to better design services, especially in new ways in which service innovation takes place. The pedagogical method we use is that of design thinking for problem solving and this is done through a series of lectures and workshops.

MIM714: Micro-economics of Competitiveness (20 CATS Credits)

The module is concerned with the determinants of competitiveness and economic development viewed from a bottom up, micro-economic perspective. While sound macroeconomic policies, stable legal and political systems, and the accumulation of factors of production affect the potential for competitiveness, wealth is created at the micro-economic level. The strategies of firms, the vitality of clusters, and quality of the business environment in which competition takes place are what ultimately determines a nation’s or region’s productivity and wealth. The content covers both developing and advanced economies. The focus is on emerging, transition and advanced countries where micro-economic agendas are critical to sustained success. Furthermore, the module addresses competitiveness at the level of nations, states or cities within nations, clusters, and groups of neighboring countries. A major theme of the module is that competitiveness and economic development is affected by policies at all these levels.

The module is also concerned with government policy but also with the roles of business, universities, and other institutions in competitiveness. In modern international competition, the roles of the constituencies have shifted and expanded, and the traditional separation between them works against successful economic development. Also, the ability to mount and sustain a competitiveness strategy for a nation or region is a daunting challenge. The module explores not only theory and policy, but also the nature of the organizational structure and institutions for sustained improvements in competitiveness. In addition to both macro and micro policy choices, the module underlines the role of history, i.e. the legacy of nations (such as language, culture and general institutions), and geography, i.e. the regional circumstances (such as the level of development among neighboring nations and the intensity in regional interaction).

MIM715: Research Methods (20 CATS Credits)

This module is designed to give students an understanding of the qualitative and quantitative research methods needed by public administrators. Module topics include research design (this includes defining research problems, formulating research questions and reviewing literature), research strategy; methods and data collection tools. Students will be introduced with a wide range of qualitative tools such as case studies, grounded theory and action research as well as quantitative tools moving from descriptive statistics to regression analysis. The module will enhance students’ skill in evaluating published research and learn how to use research methods in their own research, in order to grasp and analyses issues related to public administration and public policy. They will learn to formulate research questions, design surveys, systematically conduct research and operationalize variables.

MIM716: Strategic Management and Leadership (20 CATS Credits)

This module facilitates students’ understanding of the process of strategic thinking, planning and implementation to facilitate a culture innovation in government organizations. The relationships between organizational resources, goals, objectives and means will be fully considered in an attempt to find out how public organizations deploy these resources in order to achieve their visions and missions and to advance innovative public services. The role of leadership in defining organizational processes, goals, objectives and shaping the overall strategic orientation of the organization will be discussed to highlight how dynamic interactions between different organizational levels and teams could achieve innovation. The module also addresses the difficulty of adopting strategic management in public sector innovation and considers how to deal with the problems of implementation of innovative strategies. A case study approach will be adopted to link theory with practice and help students apply their knowledge in the UAE and the MENA region.

MIM901: Dissertation (60 CATS Credits)

The Dissertation is designed to enable MBRSG Master’s candidates to integrate, apply and extend the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their program. The subject matter for the dissertation should also be based upon skills and concepts acquired during the taught part of the program. However, in order to satisfy the requirements for a Masters level dissertation, it will be necessary for the candidate to develop, enhance and apply these concepts through demonstration of independent research skills beyond the level achieved in prior course-work. To this end, candidates will conduct substantive original research on a strategic management, innovation management or service innovation issue of importance to the region. The outcome will be the development and presentation of the research results and recommendations that can inform innovation management in the UAE and beyond.

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MBRSG ensures that all applications are considered on academic merit in accordance with the admission criteria. MBRSG applies ethical practices in respect to all applications and no discriminatory practices are tolerated.


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