This course will be taught in the combinatory form of lecture and seminar. Students will be asked to read a selected textbook chapter and two research papers before class each week. Each student will select at least two research articles and is required to submit a two-page summary for each. The students are also tasked to present the summary in the class. The list of the research papers is in the tentative course schedule. The assignments of the research papers will be based on students’ own selection in the first week of the course. Depending on the size of the class, the research paper summary assignment can change to team assignment. The tentative due date of each summary assignment is presented in the table of the Tentative schedule.
The first half of each class (about one hour) will be dedicated to the instructor’s lecture on the book chapter for the week. In the rest half of the class, two students (or two teams) will be asked to present their summary of the papers they selected to review. The paper summary should be written in the format of a one-inch margin, 1.5-line spaces, and 11 font sizes. Students can choose their preferred language for writing (Japanese or English).
The paper summary should include,
•Research questions that the paper aims to address
•Research method or approach (briefly)
•Findings & conclusion
•The relevance of the reviewed papers to the book chapters or research papers in prior classes
The grade will be given based on the aggregation of the following scores:
•Class participation (30%)
•Paper summary assignment (20%)
•Written research proposal (30%)
•Research proposal presentation (20%)
Students will be required to actively participate in every aspect of the class. In addition to the regular attendance in the class, it is highly recommended to actively participate in in-class discussions (esp. other students’ presentation of the research paper review in the last half of each class). Students’ class participation will take 30% of the final score.
Finally, the students will be tasked with individually developing research proposals that will explore research questions in the general realm of the economics of innovation. Under the supervision of the instructor of this class, students will develop a research proposal that,
•Frame a feasible research question
•Reconcile research papers and book chapters learned through this class with clarification of the connections of them with your research question
•Identify the research gap
•Present a methodological approach (briefly)
•Identify potential data sources
•State the academic/practical contribution by answering
Who will be benefited from your research in doing what? (e.g., policymakers will be benefited in decision making for xxxx, firm’s intellectual property strategist can benefit in building a more effective intellectual property strategy when xxx).
The students will be required to work on developing research proposals throughout the semester. The progress of proposal development will be checked by each student’s short presentation (less than 10 mins) in the mid of November (see the Tentative schedule). The last two lectures of this class will be fully dedicated to students’ presentations of their research proposals. The research proposal score will account for 30% and the final presentation will take 20% of the final score.