Innovation Engineering (7,5 hp)
The purpose of the course is to give participants a deepened understanding of how innovations of both technical and social character are created. The course deals with design and development of both new products (goods and services) and new processes (technological and organizational), with a particular focus on methods, tools and strategies for the early phases of the innovation process. The course is based on a generic design thinking process, and includes lectures and exercises related to theories on design processes and methods within the topic of design and innovation. Through needs-motivated projects guided by coaches, course participants will spend the major part of the course creating conceptual solution proposals and evaluating these with respect to three overlapping criteria; desirability, feasibility and viability.
Course coordinator: Jessica Wadin, Innovation Engineering
Innovation Management (7,5 hp)
When global competition increases and product life cycles are shortened, companies must, especially in high-tech sectors, stay competitive to survive. The course focuses on the challenges companies are facing as they seek to manage innovation and translate technological, market related, economic, institutional or organizational opportunities into competitive advantage in the innovation of products (goods and services) and processes. In order to face such challenges the firm needs a solid understanding of the dynamic character of the innovation process and competence to analyze which resources the company needs, and how to mobilize those resources. Sustainable innovation is only possible if the company develop routines for innovation work, such as business intelligence. The course will give the students practical knowledge about how to use different tools in the learning organization.
Students are provided with fundamental knowledge of the phenomenon of innovation and innovation processes from the perspective of firms and organizations, and enabled to use basic theoretical and practical tools to understand and handle real-world innovation processes; technology development and innovation strategy, such as strategies for product development (goods and services).
Course coordinator: Kajsa Ahlgren Ode, Innovation Engineering.
Entrepreneurship - how to Build a Scalable Start-up (7,5 hp)
New business processes are taking place within as well as outside established firms. Entrepreneurship is important for new business processes, no matter where they take place. The course discusses entrepreneurship as a phenomenon in society, from the perspective of the established business, as well as from the perspective of the new venture. Issues being discussed are: Who is the entrepreneur; Differences and similarities between entrepreneurship in new and established ventures; How entrepreneurial processes, in new and established ventures can support each other; How established ventures can make use of entrepreneurship as a resource in their business processes. An important part of the course is evaluation of business ideas, resource analysis and options for resource creation.
Course coordinator: Lars Bengtsson, Innovation Engineering.