Innovation and knowledge management: preparing graduates for the Digital Economy

Innovation and Knowledge Management: preparing graduates for the Digital Economy

Human capital (knowledge, abilities and skills) is considered as stimulus of the innovation process for economic growth and development. Innovation is a key driver of knowledge creation and economic growth. It empowers individuals, groups and organizations to find solutions to social and economic challenges. Job creation, economic diversification and the act of inventing new products and services are increasingly seen as vital for the future development of the country. Policymakers seek to ensure that national economies benefit from the information revolution by building capacity for the creation of new ideas, technologies, organizational know-how and innovation. Ideas, knowledge and information are exchanged, utilized and disseminated through modern technologies to empower domestic enterprises and national economies. In recent years, the increasing focus on innovation has encouraged public and private institutions to invest in the development of new products and new technologies to gain competitive advantage and sustain economic growth.

What are the objectives?

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects to the role of human capital in innovation and development.
  • Learn about the importance of innovation and human capital development in the new economy and engage the critical discourses of Knowledge Economy and the role of human capital.
  • Develop the essential skills and competencies necessary to invest in new ideas and new methods to increase productivity and enhance competition.
  • Develop your creative thinking and enhance your capabilities to contribute to the growth and development of the economy.
  • Understand innovation management and how can innovation contribute and enhance competitiveness.
  • Assess critically the nature and purpose of generalist theories of innovation management and apply a generalist theoretical framework to case studies of innovation management.
Key Outcomes
  • Introduction to innovation and KM.
  • The importance of innovation for development.
  • Innovation versus knowledge.
  • Components of the human capital.
  • Understanding the knowledge-based economy.
  • Creativity and new ideas.
  • Talents and capacity building.

Target audience

  • Graduates, alumni and students
  • Policy makers
  • ICT Practitioners
  • Non Government Organisations
  • Researchers and academics

Course structure

  • Interactive workshop with set of activities to help you engage with the knowledge and concepts introduced within the workshop.
  • Your tutors will be on hand to guide you through the course and will expect you to bring to bear personal experience and reflection on the topics covered.
  • Group work will be required for participants to engage in the workshop. Such activity allows participants to embed the new knowledge within their experience through active discussion and conceptual challenges.


Professor Allam Ahmed
Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI)
London, United Kingdom