This course will introduce you to the necessity, difficulty and methodologies of placing bets on science and innovation. Firms, investors and entrepreneurs make such bets all the time. Most of these bets fail. We try to work out how and why this is.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge of. . .

  • the range, scope, and complexity of the issues and problems related to recognizing scientific and technological opportunities
  • the "state of the art" of various analytical techniques used to assess and value technological opportunities
  • a few select areas of science and technology which may have large future impact on industry, competition and society