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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Organizing for Innovative Product Development

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4.25 starsstar
Reviewed: Dec 05, 2013 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This course introduces new product development. Topics include technology transfer, relations between science and technology, and the innovation process. Organizational innovation and R&D is complex. This course presents a tremendous overview of the concerns for the development of a successful organizational product development strategy.
Learning Goals: The purpose of this course is to understand the complexities of product development for organizational management. Includes the management of knowledge, space, human resource, time and competition.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate or graduate course in New Product Innovation, Post Graduate Organizational Studies, Professional management resource.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: A great deal of knowledge in the process of and organization for innovation.
Type of Material: Online Course
Recommended Uses: Contains full course materials for any student or instructor in the field of organizational management or for professionals. The course textbook and some other reading materials must be purchased. Lecture support would be a good use of these materials.
Technical Requirements: Online Browser Does not require any additional add on’s as Java, Flash etc.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The content is quite good. It provides accurate information that can be used in multiple situations. The approach to the strategy for development of products by organizations presented in this online course is comprehensive. The concerns of knowledge management, human resource management, and the changes that can occur over time have all been reviewed.
Concerns: The module requires a great deal of background information and context. Some of the lessons are missing. Student must be prepared to purchase reading materials. Assignments are presented in terms of general requirements without specific details.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The module builds on prior concepts and reinforces concepts progressively. The outstanding feature of this material is that the concepts presented promote an understanding of the complexities of product development for organizations.
Concerns: The module assumes a certain level of knowledge of the concepts and requires the instructor to provide background. An instructor or student using this course would want to have quizzes or assignments that help reinforce the concepts and judge the level of understanding for the student. There are assignments suggested but only in general terms.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The online course is easy to navigate. There is easy access to every part of the course. This includes reading materials, lecture notes, assignments, course syllabus and course materials.
Concerns: The core text book for this course must be purchased, and the course does not offer any interaction.

Other Issues and Comments: This is a comprehensive presentation of product development as an organizational management strategy including concerns of knowledge, science, technology, developmental resources, the space for the development of products, and the human resources.