Description: Global, radical, open, hi-tech and business model are just a few of many buzz adjectives used in discussions of innovation for future growth. However, what is innovation? What is technology? How can we organize for and manage innovation successfully? And get beyond “traditional” approaches towards technology and innovation management. These and related questions are at the core of this course.

The topics are:

Introduction to technology and innovation management
Definitions, history, ‘schools’, areas
Types of innovation
Factors of success, failure and delay
Contingency factors in innovation studies
The process perspective
Innovation capabilities and absorptive capacity
The organization and management of innovation processes
Innovation roles
Team and organizational structures
Technology and innovation strategy
Manufacturing and R&D strategy, action plans and performance effects
(Open) foresight
Continuous innovation
Continuous innovation – what is it, why do we need it?
Exploitation – exploration
Strategic, innovation and operational excellence
Concepts helping companies to getting ever nearer continuous innovation capability: continuous improvement, concurrent engineering, agile manufacturing, mini-companies, lead factories …
Open innovation
What is open innovation?
Why opening up the innovation process?
Benefits of open innovation
Open innovation risks
Open … to whom?
Organizing for and managing open innovation
Open innovation in practice
Business model innovation
What is a business model?
What is business model innovation?
Business model innovation in practice
Decision-making under uncertainty
Risk and risk management

Organizer: Professor Dr. Harry Boer Mail:

Lecturers: Harry Boer, Yariv Taran, Astrid Heidemann Lassen
ECTS: 4.0

Time: 20-22 November

Place: Department of Materials and Production


Number of seats: N/A

Deadline: 30 October

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.