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spring 2019

FSK-3010 Market-oriented product development and innovation - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 20.12.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Theoretical subject. The course can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Application code: 9371 The course is an optional course at the IFM programme. Entrance requirements as for the M.Sc. programme in International Fisheries Management.

Course content

Innovation and new product development are critical to the success of individual organizations, industries and societies. In an increasingly dynamic environment, being first to market or able to exploit market opportunities with innovative goods or services is essential. The interplay between raw material potential, market demand, problem solving and technical requirements is an extremely complex process whether the innovation is new to the world or an incremental development of existing products.

The course is built on social science theories and methods modelling how barriers and resources are influencing production, diffusion and adoption of new ideas and products among different customers in value chain related networks. The course presents marketing theories highlighting the relationship between market successes of new products and the firm¿s internal strategies, organization and network connections. The course does especially focus on the specific constraints and resources involved in seafood related product development.

The course will give empirical examples from the Norwegian seafood industry with the intention to show how theory can be both aid and a challenge in a real live seafood business.

Objectives of the course

.What you learn:

When you have passed the exam, the candidates are expected have acquired the following knowledge, skills and competences

Knowledge and understanding about:

  • Success factors for innovation and market oriented product development
  • How to gain intelligence about food trends and new seafood product possibilities
  • Familiarity with models of innovation and product development
  • Methods of generating, evaluating and testing product ideas
  • Strategies for launching a product, and evaluation of success
  • A corporations internal and external prerequisites for innovative and market oriented behavior
  • New research elements within the field of product development


Skills in:

  • Developing business strategies for market oriented product development and market introduction.
  • Managing the innovation process in an organization
  • Writing analysis of the drivers and barriers in the new product development and innovation process from the stage of technical development to market launch.

Competence in:

  • Analyzing drivers, opportunities, constraints and strategies for successful market oriented product development with extra competence in seafood value chain.

Language of instruction

 The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars.


4 hour written school exam (60%) and termpaper (40%).
The grading scale is A-F, where A-E is passed, and F is failed.

Coursework requirements:
There will also be a two week home assignment. Groups of 3-4 students work together. Evaluation: Pass/ Fail.

A re-sit exam will be arranged in the next semester.

Date for examination

Written 12.06.2019
Termpaper hand out date 30.04.2019 hand in date 15.05.2019

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

BED-3004 Market-oriented product development and innovation 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus


1. Trott, Paul  Innovation Management and New Product Development. Prentice Hall

2. Fuller, Gordon W. New food product Development ¿ From concept to Marketplace. CRC Press

3. Baker, Michael and Hart, Susan. Product Strategy and Management. Prentice Hal


Scientific papers will be added.


Hektoen, Ane-Marie

Telefon: +4777646013
Mobil: 90076101 ane-marie.hektoen@uit.no