School of Science

Development of innovative products and services

This course is part of the programme:
Materials Science

Objectives and competences

General competences

  • Ability of holistic thinking, analysis, synthesis, critical evaluation, forecasting in the field of development and implementation of the novelties

  • The ability of practical application of acquired skills, methods and tools

  • Ability to advocate own viewpoints and aptitude to develop critical dialogue.

    h2.Subject specific competences:

  • ability to identify challenges,

  • ability to create solutions,

  • ability to commercialise inventions.

  • Prerequisites

    Basic knowledge on economy of companies, management, marketing as well as basic computer literacy.

    Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Innovation, entrepreneurship and innovation as a way of life

  • Perception of opportunities, idea creation and selection, and demonstration of the invention

  • Basics of open innovation in the innovation-development work

  • Protecting ideas and intellectual property

  • Research and development, innovation and entrepreneurial support

  • Commercialization of knowledge, technology, ideas and know-how

  • Slovenian and international support environment for the development and commercialization

  • Basics of Innovation Management in the organization

  • Intended learning outcomes

    a. Knowledge and Understanding:

    Students will understand the invention-innovation process get familiar with basic methods for implementation.

    b. Application:

    Students will be able to connect theory, practical experience and acquired skills in identifying challenges, creative problem solving and invention realisation.

    c. Reflection:

    Acquired the ability for creative reflection and judgment of the cause-effect sequence and analysis of the consequences of a decision regarding development and implementation of a novelty.


    Basic literature:

  • Likar, B. 2006. Management inoviranja. 3. dopolnjena izdaja. Fakulteta za management, Koper.

  • Priročnik za izumitelje, Urad RS za intelektualno lastnino.; dostopano dec.2012. (Izvirnik Priročnika Evropskega patentnega urada za izumitelje na

  • Tidd, Joe, in John Bessant. Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change. 4th iz. Wiley, 2009.

    Additional literature:

  • Christiansen. J. 2000. Competetive innovation management. Macmillan Business.

  • Assessment

    Short coursework, Active cooperation, Project work

    Lecturer's references

    Borut Likar is a full professor and a senior researcher at the University of Primorska and a director of the Institute for Innovation and Technology . His work encompasses management of creativity, R&D, technology, and innovation processes in the field of educational system and industry. He is an innovator, initiator and the head of several successful R&D – national and EU projects as well as the author of countless patents, models and copyright works, which many proved to be extremely marketable. Among numerous lectures he has given, the talks at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva and at the European Parliament in Brussel were met with a particularly wide response.

    Selected bibliography:

    1.01 Izvirni znanstveni članek

  • LIKAR, Borut, ROPRET, Marko, FATUR, Peter, KOPAČ, Janez, ŠKAFAR, Maja. Innovation of low and medium-low processing industry : a reference innovation model. The business review, Cambridge, Summer 2012, vol. 20, no. 1, str. 159-165. [COBISS.SI-ID 4445655]

  • GIDER, Franc, LIKAR, Borut, KERN, Tomaž, MIKLAVČIČ, Damijan. Implementation of a multidisciplinary professional skills course at an electrical engineering school. IEEE trans. ed., Aug. 2012, vol. 55, no. 3, str. 332-340. [COBISS.SI-ID 9344852]

  • LIKAR, Borut, KOPAČ, Janez, MARKIČ, Mirko, KERN, Tomaž. Influencing indicators determination : precondition for successful inovation management in mechanical industry. Strojarstvo, mar.-apr. 2008, vol. 50, no. 2, str. 95-104, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 3112919]

    FATUR, Peter, LIKAR, Borut, ROPRET, Marko. Going open while innovating: does it pay?. Int. j. ind. eng. manag.. [Print ed.], 2010, vol. 1, no. 3, str. 77-83, ilustr., tabele. [COBISS.SI-ID 3872727]

    2.01 Znanstvena monografija

  • LIKAR, Borut, MIKLAVČIČ, Damijan. Organisation and motivation of researchers in an interdisciplinary research team. V: KERN, Tomaž (ur.), RAJKOVIČ, Vladislav (ur.). People and sustainable organization. Frankfurt am Main [etc.]: Peter Lang, 2011, str. 147-165, tabele. [COBISS.SI-ID 8715092]

  • LIKAR, Borut, FATUR, Peter. Managing innovation and R&D processes in EU environment. 1. izd. Ljubljana: Korona plus – Institute for Innovation and Technology, 2007. 128 str., ilustr. ISBN 961-90592-6-3. ISBN 978-961-90592-6-5. [COBISS.SI-ID 229682176]

    1.16 Samostojni znanstveni sestavek ali poglavje v monografski publikaciji

  • LIKAR, Borut. Inovativnost se ne bo “zgodila”. V: VEHOVAR, Urban (ur.), DRAGOŠ, Srečo, HRIBERNIK, Aljaž, IGNJATOVIĆ, Miroljub, JAKLIČ, Marko, LIKAR, Borut, STANOJEVIĆ, Miroslav, VEHOVAR, Urban. Neosocialna Slovenija : smo lahko socialna, obenem pa gospodarsko uspešna družba?, (Knjižnica Annales Ludus). Koper: Univerza na Primorskem, Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče, Univerzitetna založba Annales, 2010, str. 57-103. [COBISS.SI-ID 4169943]

  • University course code: 2ZMA20

    Year of study: 2

    Semester: 2

    ECTS: 6


    • Lectures: 20 hours
    • Exercises: 10 hours
    • Individual work: 120 hours

    Course type: elective

    Languages: slovenian / english

    Learning and teaching methods:
    teaching will consist of three parts. the first part will be the lectures, where the contents of the syllabus will be presented and explained. the second part will include hands-on exercises, where the students will use the concepts from the lectures in practical problems. the third part will consist of individual work where the students will elaborate a project work.