Welcome to Innovative Processes and their Staging


While innovation is increasingly depending on the incorporation of knowledge from a diversity of sources, questions are raised as to what kinds of sources, and how they are incorporated in processes of innovation. As innovative challenges and conditions are changing with increasing pace these questions cannot just be solved through a singular choice of organisation or established guidelines for selecting innovative ideas. Issues of how to stage the scene and circumstances and how to facilitate processes and the involvement of diverse actors in innovation have increasingly come into focus. Successful innovation is seen as the outcome of interactions within a broader network spanning across diverse organisational and societal boundaries and institutions. There is a need to address the creation and navigation of new for a and spaces for development where existing frames of understandings may be challenged and new patterns for interactions emerge.

The course takes its departure in the well-described dilemmas between incremental but often path dependent innovative processes within established networks and the quest for the development of new innovative, disruptive or breakthrough ideas, product and services facilitated through new networked relations. A range of theories, cases and approaches concerned with the framing, organising and staging of innovative processes, from linear sequential models to complex, dynamic networks of innovation are treated and related to the current work of the participants.

During the course, a dialogue is created between the participants’ projects and a diversity of understandings of the management and staging of innovation from organisation, institutional theory and sociology of innovation. The idea is to direct inquiry and to stimulate theoretical insights and empirical approaches in the field of innovation. The course introduces concepts, which help render relevant phenomena and issues (relationships, dynamics, consequences) in the participants’ projects visible and open to investigation and analysis. This would, in turn, also help in delineating hypotheses of relevance to the investigation of innovative processes and their staging, and in proposing new directions for research in the field.

The program will cover the following themes:

  • Challenges in innovation management and the staging of innovative processes
  • Innovation as heterogeneous processes of interaction involving actors, artefacts and knowledge
  • Innovation as a journey characterized by uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity
  • Innovation between rational analytical and interpretive processes, exploitation and exploration 
  • Innovation as networking, brokering and collaboration in and between organizations
  • From planning and calculation to social learning and translation of interests
  • ‘Co-creation’ and ‘path creation’ as heterogeneous network building, 
  • Staging and navigation of temporary spaces for innovation across knowledge boundaries



The students should be familiar with basic understandings of innovative processes from innovation process theory and/or science and technology studies (the STS field) on an academic master level.

The program includes teacher presentations, student presentations, company talks and dialogue sessions where students will receive feedback on their presentations and projects from fellow students as well as teachers.

As a preparation for the first assembly, participants should prepare a presentation of a problem/solution from their research, which they want to analyse from an innovation process perspective. The presentation can focus on a case and/or a challenging perspective (oral supported with ppt) within the theme of the course (It is important to describe how innovation processes could be a relevant perspective for your activities in order to provide a professional and empirical background for your own reflexive learning.)

Between the first and second assembly participants write a 5-10 pages analysis bringing theory to bear on selected case material of their own choice. These assignments are basis for evaluation and approval of participation. In addition participants will be asked to fill in a formal evaluation scheme. 



Programme for 7-8 june, 2018

Location: Aalborg University, Rensburggade 6, 9000 Aalborg - room Rdb 6/171

Teachers: Associate professor Søren Kerndrup, AAU, SIP; professor Christian Clausen, AAU, DIST. Associate professor Astrid Heidemann Lassen, CIP, AAU. 


June 7., 9.00-18.00

09.00: Registration, Coffee and rolls.


09.30: Welcome and introduction  Christian Clausen

  • Introduction to participants, teachers and program


10.00: Innovation a process perspective: What characterizes processes and how are processes understood and used in innovationSøren Kerndrup

Dialogue and discussions            

11.00: Innovation journey: The development of the energy pump at Grundfos. Christian Clausen

Dialogue and discussion

12.30: Lunch

13.15: Methodology and tools, important actors in radical and incremental innovations practices Søren Kerndrup

Dialogue and discussion

14.20: Participant presentation of their PhD or other projects and prepared assignments (approx. 10 min presentation + 10 min. discussion).

Coffee break

15.00: Open innovation, lessons from practice. Astrid Heidemann Lassen

16.45: Participant presentation of their PhD or other projects and prepared assignments (approx. 10 min presentation + 10 min. discussion).

17.45: Summing Up: What are the key lessons seen from a process perspective: How are processes conceptualised and used? Christian Clausen & Søren Kerndrup.

!8.00 Closing the session

19.00: Going out together?



June 8, 9.00-16.00 

09.00: Innovation across boundaries in and between projects, organizations and communities, Søren Kerndrup

Dialogue and discussion

Coffee break

10.30: Innovation and creation of spaces. Christian Clausen

Dialogue and discussion

12.00 Lunch

12.45: Participant presentation of PhD or other project and prepared assignments (approx. 10 min presentation + 10 min. discussion). 

13.45 Innovation as a design of transformations Søren Kerndrup

Dialogue and discussion

15.00: Discussions of themes based on the participants’ choices. 


16.00: Summing Up: What are the key lessons seen from a process perspective: How is the processes conceptualized and used? Søren Kerndrup

Dialogue and discussion

16.30: Closing and networking


September 26, 9.00-17.00 COPENHAGEN, Frederikskaj 10B, Meeting room FKJ10B 2.21 - building C, 2. floor - all three days!

09.30: Welcome to the second assembly at AAU CPH, coffee

Introduction to teachers and programme

10.00: Political and STS  perspectives on innovation processes, Christian Clausen

Dialogue and discussion

12.00: Lunch

13.00: Presentation of assignments

Comments from participants and teachers

14.00 Coffee

14.15: Innovative processes – a design perspective, Søren Kerndrup

Dialogue and discussion

15.45: Discussion of the themes of the day related to the Phd work.

Comments from participants and teachers 

16.45: End of day programme                           


September 27, 9.00-17.00

9.00: Creation of meaning in innovation processes a design perspective, Hanne Lindegaard.

Dialogue and discussion

11.00: Coffee

11.15 Presentation of assignments

Comments from participants and teachers

12.15: Lunch

13.30: Actor Network Perspectives on innovation: Path dependencies and path creation,Peter Karnøe

Dialogue and discussion

15.15: Coffee

15.30 Presentation of assignments

Comments from participants and teachers

16.00: Discussion of the themes of the day related to the Phd work.

18.00 End of the Day.

Going out to eat together?


September 28, 9.00-15.00

9.00: Staging innovative processes: Arenas, spaces and artefactsChristian Clausen

 Dialogue and discussion.

11.00: Coffee

11.15:  How are processes conceptualised and used? Staging of Arenas, spaces and artefacts in your work?

Comments from participants and teachers

12.15: Coffee  

12.30: Wrapping up 

14.00: End of course.

Organizer: Associate Professor Søren Kerndrup, email: soeren@plan.aau.dk and Professor Christian Clausen, email: chcl@plan.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Søren Kerndrup; Professor Christian Clausen; Business Development Manager Ole Tangsgaard, Condair A/S; Associate Professor Astrid Heidemann Lassen; Professor Peter Karnøe, and Associate Professor Hanne Lindegaard


Time: 7-8 June  and 26-28 September

Aalborg University 
Rensburggade 14
9000 Aalborg

Aalborg University in Copenhagen 
Frederikskaj 10B
2450 Copenhagen SV
Room no 2.21 Building C, 2nd floor

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 17 May 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses
 We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.