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Invention and innovation: An introduction
Invention and innovation: An introduction

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain invention, design, innovation and diffusion as ongoing processes with a range of factors affecting success at each stage

  • explain how particular products you use have a history of invention and improvement, and appreciate the role that you and your family, as consumers, have played in this history

  • define key concepts such as invention, design, innovation, diffusion, product champion, entrepreneur, sustaining and disruptive innovation

  • explain the role of intellectual property in invention and innovation and list the various ways that inventors can protect their ideas

  • identify the range of reasons that motivate individuals and organisations to invent.