Welcome to Management of Technology and Innovation



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.

  • Introduction to technology and innovation management
  • Innovation
    • 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 strategy, action plans and performance effects
        • R&D strategy, action plans and performance effects
        • Technology strategy – a supportive framework
        • How does technology evolve?  S-curves
        • Technology forecasting and planning – basic concepts and applications, scenario planning, technology road-mapping
        • Continuous innovation
          • Continuous innovation – what is it, why do we need it?
          • Strategic, innovation and operational excellence
          • Exploitation – exploration
          • Single loop-double loop learning and related concepts
          • Sustainability and globalization
          • Practical and theoretical problems with continuous innovation
            • Dilemmas? Or ‘just’ paradoxes? Dualities perhaps?
            • Concepts helping companies to getting ever nearer continuous innovation capability: continuous improvement, concurrent engineering, agile manufacturing, mini-companies, lead factories …
            • Recent developments
              • User-driven innovation
              • Open innovation
              • Network-based innovation
              • Business model innovation
              • Entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship


The course is organized as a block of 2½ days and includes lectures, small group assignments, and plenary discussions.


A list of compulsory and suggested reading will be available well before the start of the course.


The participants will be asked to write a short essay in which they analyze and evaluate their own research (focus, design) from the perspective of the topics presented and discussed in the course.

Organizer: Professor Harry Boer, e-mail: hboer@business.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Harry Boer, Dr. Astrid Heidemann-Lassen, Dr. Yariv-Taran

ECTS: 4.0

Time: 25 - 28 May 2016

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code:

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 1 May, 2016

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.