TTA-65026 Technology Strategy, 4 cr

Additional information

The current course has corresponding content to former course TETA-5511 Teknologiastrategia.
Suitable for postgraduate studies.

Person responsible

Saku Mäkinen, Ulla Saari


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
TTA-65026 2018-01 2 Ulla Saari
Passed grade for 5 case studies, attendance in at least 5 lectures and 5 case workshops.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to identify the strategic role of technology and technological decisions in the business context. The student will therefore be able to list and demonstrate different theoretical frameworks that are part of the strategic management technology (e.g. disruptive technologies, leadership-followership, VRIO, market-innovation orientation, diamond of technological strategy). In turn, the student will discover the connections between the different theoretical frameworks. During the course, the student will apply the theoretical frameworks to analyze and discuss six case studies.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. Strategic management  - mission - objectives - strategy  - diamond of technological strategy 
2. External technological assessment  - industry and 5 forces - SWOT - technology evolution (S-curves) - technology evolution (cyclical model) - disruptive technological change - evolution of industries - technologies in systemic industries  - organizational niche theory - complex products and systems - modular systems - large technical systems  
3. Internal technological assessment  - VRIO - core competencies - sources of innovation  - dynamic capabilities 
4. Formulating technology based strategy  - technology for competitive advantage - timing of entry - pioneering and follower strategies - diamond of technological strategy - collaboration strategies - market-innovation orientation  - patenting - new product development - technology roadmapping 

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

The course grade will be based on an exam and the group assignment. If the student demonstrates good understanding of the core content, the student may pass the course with the grade 3. In order to achieve grade 4, the student must demonstrate greater competency, for example, with respect to the points specified in column “Complementary knowledge”. The student may achieve grade 5, if the student demonstrates excellent command of the course contents and demonstrate competence in the points specified in column “Specialist knowledge”. If there are minor shortcomings regarding the core content, the student may receive the grade 1 or 2, depending on the number of flaws. If there are significant shortcomings regarding core content, the student will not pass the course.

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (0-5)

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
TTA-62010 Teknologia- ja innovaatiojohtaminen Advisable    
TTA-62016 Technology and Innovation Management Advisable    

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
TTA-65026 Technology Strategy, 4 cr TTA-65027 Technology Strategy, 5 cr  
TTA-65026 Technology Strategy, 4 cr TETA-5516 Technology Strategy, 4 cr  

Updated by: Saari Ulla, 12.06.2019