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Digital Innovation



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Seit SS 2019

Fakultät VII

MAR 2-5

Institut für Technologie und Management

37335100 FG S-Professur Innovationsökonomie

Blind, Knut

Essoun, Brigitte

POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
2346662 38065 Digital Innovation

Learning Outcomes

Digital Technologies are continuously evolving. They affect people, organizations, industries and society. The basic premise of this course is that digital technologies are rapidly transforming not only the way how we live and work, but also how companies are organized and innovate, and the fundamental nature of a wide range of industries. This opens new perspectives, opportunities but also challenges for economic development. Therefore entrepreneurs, managers, policy makers and technology experts need to understand the business implications, technology paradigms, changing customer needs and management practices of innovations in the digital era. The goal of this course is to provide a deeper understanding of key concepts of digital innovation. Students will learn how to conceive and contribute to digital innovation initiatives and reflect them critically.


1. Fundamentals of Digital Innovation 1.1. Relevant IT trends, megatrends and distinctive IT technologies 1.2. Types of innovation and innovation cycles 2. The Platform Revolution and Digital Platform Management 2.1. Internet and data economy 2.2. Multi-Sided Markets 2.3. Network Effects 2.4. Winner-takes-it All Markets 2.5. Role of ecosystems and competition 2.6. Role of standardization 3. Intelligent Machines of the Digital Age: Artificial Intelligence and Big Data 3.1. The power of Big Data 3.2. Data Types 3.3. Open Data 3.4. Artificial Intelligence 3.5. Machine Learning 3.6. Ethics of AI 4. Technology Perspective of Digital Innovation 3.1. Blockchain Technology 3.2. Internet of Things 3.3. Cloud Technologies 3.4. Robotics 3.5. Use Cases 5. Policy Concerns, Social and Information Ethics Perspective of Digital Innovation 5.1. Regulation and Policy finding mechanism 5.2. Social impact of digital innovation 5.3. Ethical use of information 6. Methods of Digital Innovation 6.1. Enterprise Design Thinking 6.2. Agile Project Management 6.3. Leading international digital teams 7. Exam Preparation / Exam

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS VZ
Digital Innovation VL 73 510 L 9216 WS/SS English 2
Digital Innovation UE 73 510 L 9217 WS/SS English 2

Workload and Credit Points

Digital Innovation (VL):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Class attendance 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Class preparation and follow-up 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Exam preparation 1.0 30.0h 30.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)

Digital Innovation (UE):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Assignment 1.0 30.0h 30.0h
Class attendance 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Class preparation and follow-up 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

Lecture, exercise and excursions

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Basic skills have to be in accordance to all basic compulsory courses in Business Administration and Economics.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
Exam (on lecture) 50 written 60 min.
Group Work (Presentation, Discussion, Written Assignment) 50 flexible 60 min.

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

The portfolio examination consists of the following elements, adding up to a maximum of 100 credits. The grading follows the joint conversion key of the School of Economics and Management (decision of the school's council dated May 28, 2014 - FKR VII-4/8-28.05.2014).

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:
Winter- und Sommersemester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 45.

Registration Procedures

The registration for the lecture and the exercise Innovation Economics takes place by visiting the first lecture in the semester.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Electronical lecture notes

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Recommended literature
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Assigned Degree Programs

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Students of other degrees can participate in this module without capacity testing.


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