Aija Leiponen is a Professor in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University (U.S.) and is also affiliated with Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. Her research focuses on organizational strategies in innovation, particularly cooperation between organizations. She has studied the organization of innovation through interorganizational contracts, organizational structures at the firm level, and interorganizational networks of repeated collaborative innovation, particularly in digital industries. Her recent work has examined the interaction between conflict and cooperation in wireless telecommunication standard development and the nature and implications of markets for big data.
Professor Leiponen’s research has been published in leading management and applied economics journals such as Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Research Policy, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and International Journal for Industrial Organization.
5G wireless technologies offer dramatic improvements over previous generations of wireless communication and will enable applications never seen before. By developing a thorough understanding of these capabilities, you will be prepared to take advantage of these improvements and identify innovative products and services you can develop to better meet the needs of your customers.
In this course, Cornell University professor Aija Leiponen will guide you through the key capabilities of 5G wireless networks, including significantly increased speed, reliability, responsiveness, and device-to-device communication. Using an analytical framework and other supporting tools, you will begin to re-envision your business operations, products, and services by utilizing these transformative technologies.
Additionally, you will hear from industry experts who will provide straightforward explanations of complicated technologies and offer case studies from a variety of industries that will enable you to more quickly visualize the possibilities for your organization. At the conclusion of this course, you will be better prepared to capitalize on 5G wireless technologies and proactively identify innovative opportunities that will move you to the forefront of your industry.
You begin this course by considering the importance of new products and services to the overall health of a firm, and you look at some of the risks these products entail. Why do so many otherwise good products fail to achieve broad market diffusion? You analyze the significance of product characteristics such as complexity and communicability on customers' decisions to adopt new products. Then you consider innovations in terms of a continuum.
In the second part of the course, you look at new products through the lens of the product diffusion process. This process shows how different customer segments enter the market at different times and why. Finally, you learn how the diffusion process is related to the overall product life cycle.
Variations of blockchain technology have existed for decades, but the recent hype is the result of a new kind of blockchain, one that distributes the responsibility of verifying transactions and thereby making it more secure, transparent, and enduring. This course will teach you to understand the differences between the blockchain technology of today and the former, less accessible and less transparent blockchains of decades past. You will dig into the mechanics of the [newer] Bitcoin blockchain protocol and how it ensures the longevity of a decentralized public ledger as well as how it gets consensus for approving transactions. With that knowledge you will then work to analyze what problem(s) blockchain technology aims to solve, how it solves them, and how to make sense of the promises that developers of new blockchain protocols make.
You will analyze a sample protocol to determine why the protocol might not satisfy the key properties that make a “good” blockchain secure. You will be better prepared to critically analyze all the endless new cryptocurrencies that emerge and the underlying blockchain technology that they operate on. You will outline several industries and business purposes for which the blockchains of today make sense. You will solve a computational puzzle in Excel to better understand how transactions get verified in the Bitcoin blockchain protocol. In the course project, you will design a theoretical blockchain for a company, outlining advantages and disadvantages of the properties you will think the blockchain should have based on the unique aspects of your business.The courses Cryptocurrencies and Ledgers and Cryptography Essentials are required to be completed prior to starting this course.