Letizia Mortara is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge IfM's Centre for Technology Management. Her expertise and key research interests concern the understanding of how companies implement Open Innovation and Technology Intelligence systems. Letizia's research currently concentrates on understanding how Digital Manufacturing technologies (such as Additive Manufacturing technologies) could have an impact on innovation and manufacturing. She has authored several papers and reports in these areas. She is also an Associate Editor for the R&D Management journal and is a By-Fellow at Churchill College Cambridge. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge in 2005, Letizia gained a first degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Bologna in Italy. After spending three years working as a process/product manager in the chemical industry, she moved to the UK where she obtained her PhD in processing and scale-up of advanced ceramic materials at Cranfield University.
The objective of the course is to provide the fundamentals of Innovation and Technology Management and present the actual opportunities and implementation methods of the innovation processes and tools available to managers, by using case studies and data collected in the field. In particular, we will address the following issues: technology management and the role of technology in business activities, technological evolution, the process of innovation: new product introduction; open innovation and the role of knowledge intermediaries; intelligence technology for the identification of new technologies, technology valuation and selection, technology acquisition, technology exploitation and protection with an emphasis on methods and approaches to managing intellectual property such as IP licensing.