M.S. Area of Concentration in Open and Digital Innovation

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Why should you study Open Digital Innovation?

In our current age of rapidly advancing digital technologies, there is significant demand for leaders and system designers who are equipped with the skills, tools and methodologies to successfully realize innovative products and services. The innovation landscape has shifted away from the typical closed, unidirectional system of internal R&D methods and moved towards increasingly open, collaborative, and multidirectional modes. To prepare the next generation of business leaders and visionary academics, it is essential to understand how to evaluate evidence and make decisions based on the analysis of data and information.


The new graduate program in Open and Digital Innovation will develop the critical skills, knowledge and experience that this next generation of leaders will need. The program builds on four core pillars of knowledge to develop an interdisciplinary education that moves beyond the traditional theories of innovation, which are rooted in the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship, and instead focuses on new models of open innovation and open collaboration. The program also emphasizes the digital drivers of innovation and value creation in our global digital economy, and how to successfully achieve digital innovations.

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The four main knowledge areas of the program are:

  1. Innovation: Foundational competencies to apply, integrate, and explain theories, models, and tools of innovation that originate from multiple disciplines such as economics, management, psychology, sociology, and engineering
  2. Information systems: Foundational competencies to describe, apply, and evaluate theories, concepts, and tools of information technology & information systems, and complex systems thinking
  3. Data science: Foundational competencies in research inquiry, research methods, and data science: With the emergence of big data, data-driven analysis, statistics, and data science have become pivotal in day-to-day practice of decisions and actions throughout the various stages of the innovation lifecycle.
  4. Open and digital innovation (Advanced competencies in open innovation and digital innovation). Building upon the foundational competency areas, the program aims to focus the student’s learning activities on the emerging field of open innovation and/or digital innovation. The program prepares the students to realize their final thesis projects in the area of open and digital innovation by developing new theories, models, and tools that help to explain or predict complex open or digital innovation, or solving real-world open and digital innovation problems.


Plan of Study

The Area of Concentration in Open Digital Innovation is nested within the Master of Science degree in Technology Leadership & Innovation (TLI). There are 3 core courses required as part of the TLI M.S. degree, and there are an additional 4 required courses for the Area of Concentration in Open Digital Innovation.

Open Digital Innovation Specialization Courses:

  1. Foundations of Innovation
  2. Digital Innovation and Transformation
  3. Behavioral Analytics
  4. Research in Open Innovation

Technology Leadership & Innovation Core Courses:

  1. Measurement and Evaluation in Industry and Technology
  2. Quality and Productivity in Industry
  3. Analysis of Research in Industry and Technology


Admissions and Application Instructions

To apply for this program, you will need to select the Open Digital Innovation Area of Concentration when applying for the Master’s degree in Technology Leadership & Innovation degree (part of Purdue Polytechnic). See the TLI page for more detailed application and admissions information.