Background Note | HBS Case Collection | March 2006

Managing Innovation in an Uncertain World: Course Overview Note

by Alan D. MacCormack


The Harvard Business School Managing Innovation in an Uncertain World course helps students understand the challenges that uncertainty implies for innovation and how to overcome them. The course emphasizes multiple levels of analysis--from creating and executing development project, to building and balancing portfolios of project, to assessing and selecting future opportunities for development--showing how to align these activities to meet uncertainty and take advantage of the opportunities it presents. Allows students to respond to all the situations they encounter from multiple perspectives, assume different roles--from project manager to CEO--to appreciate how the various organizational roles themselves reflect these perspectives.

Keywords: Curriculum and Courses; Innovation and Management; Projects; Opportunities; Perspective; Management Analysis, Tools, and Techniques; Risk and Uncertainty; Problems and Challenges; Managerial Roles;


MacCormack, Alan D. "Managing Innovation in an Uncertain World: Course Overview Note." Harvard Business School Background Note 606-105, March 2006.