Creativity and Innovation

VU Amsterdam Summer School | Online Course

NOTE: It is not possible to register for this course as the course has been cancelled for summer 2021. The course will return during VU Amsterdam Summer School 2022. 

Innovation and creativity are the key drivers of success in many industries today. They fuel the uptake of new technologies, the development of products and services and the formulation of strategies to secure competitive advantage. Truly innovative ideas can create new markets and boost a firm’s value or even transform its entire business model. But how do you propagate a culture of innovation? How do you tell which creative ideas are right for an organization? And how do you manage them effectively?

Session 12022 (cancelled for summer 2021)
Course levelAdvanced Bachelor/Master, open to PhD staff and professionals
Co-ordinating lecturers         
Prof. dr. Mirella Kleijnen
Other lecturersProf. Robert E. Morgan (Cardiff University, UK)
Forms of tuitionLectures, interactive seminars, group project and private study
Forms of assessmentPresentations, participation, short paper
Credits3 ECTS
Contact hours45 hours
Tuition fee-
Accommodation and social programme
How to apply
Application for summer 2022 will open in December 2021

Students and professionals with an interest in creativity and innovation, especially from Business and Organization Studies, Economics, Social Sciences, Social Psychology, Healthcare, Media and Communication Studies, Engineering, Technology Management, Operations Management and Education. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Organised in collaboration with Cardiff University, Wales, this course guides you through the minefield of creativity and innovation in the corporate environment. By introducing new ways of perceiving, understanding and approaching these aspects of the business matrix, it shows how they can make a real difference to the organization, to the market and to the bottom line. 

The Creativity and Innovation course is taught by an international team with a strong management background as well as excellent academic credentials. Your lecturers boast ample real-life business experience through their consultancy work. Moreover, you will be working on your own innovative concept together with your team.

The Netherlands became 9th in the 2016 Global Innovation Index, produced annually by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

At the end of the course you will:
  • Understand the role of innovation from a marketing strategy perspective.
  • Understand innovation processes and the role of creativity within them.
  • Understand and be able to apply the basics of design thinking.
  • Be able to identify, analyse and explain an effective, creative concept leading to an innovation success.
  • Be able to apply theoretical concepts, frameworks and models to cases, illustrations and examples.
  • Understand individual and group creative processes.
  • Be able to form an innovative team and you will understand the challenges inherent to its management.

The course will use the book Managing Change, Creativity, & Innovation as a resource. However, the course will mostly draw upon article-based readings. Additional materials will include knowledge clips (video), company reports, and excecutive readings (popular press).  

Book reference: Dawson, Patrick and Constantine Andriopoulos (2014), Managing Change, Creativity, & Innovation, Sage Publications, London, England. Second Edition, ISBN: 978-1-4462-6721-9 (pbk) or ISBN 978-1-4462-6720-2.

There are many reasons why joining a summer school is beneficial for you. Whether you are looking to upskill and develop yourself personally or academically, our summer school is the place to go. Here are a few of the top benefits of enrolling in VU Amsterdam Summer School:

  • Gain study credits;
  • Expand your knowledge and understanding of a certain topic;
  • Build your (international) network and meet peers from all over the world;
  • Keep your brain active during the summer months and avoid summer learning loss;
  • Experience studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam;
  • Engage with leading lecturers;
  • Upgrade your CV;

"Since I am keen on developing my skills in creativity and innovation studies, I was especially interested in acquiring knowledge in design thinking and real-life business cases. Because of this, the boot camp at Muzus was the best place to learn more about strategic planning and innovation challenges. We learned that business creativity is a structured process demanding all your efforts and experience.Communication and interaction within the international team are priceless opportunities for ideas to emerge. We had a great day practicing the knowledge we gained through the course." -Alisa Galkina 

Do you want to make the most out of your summer? You can combine this course with the following courses in session 2: