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Innovation Management - Process and Actors



#70233 / #8

WS 2020/21 - SoSe 2021

Fakultät VII

H 71

Institut für Technologie und Management

37331200 FG Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement

Salomo, Sören

Salomo, Sören

POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
31110 24925 Strategic Innovation Management
2348553 40670 Innovation Management - Process and Actors

Learning Outcomes

After participation in this course, students should be in a position to: • understand and critically reflect concepts, theories, and empirical approaches in relation to central tasks within the innovation process and with respect to relevant innovating actors • critically reflect upon main practical approaches in designing interaction with relevant actors in the innovation process, understand their theoretical underpinnings and empirical validity • analyze and develop situation specific approaches to some of the central challenges in the innovation process • design an adequate approach to integrating relevant market actors in the innovation process in order to leverage their innovative abilities


As a fundamental concept of this course, we will analyze and discuss different critical steps in the innovation process. This will include aspects of the so called “fuzzy front end” to development and launch of innovative result. The course will discuss different actor roles in the innovation process, from formal positions to informal roles played in the innovation context. Here, different champion roles, their contingencies and performance effects will be a central aspect. This actor-based approach will be extended towards understanding the roles of teams and team specific management. Finally, and as a second main aspect, the course will study collaboration opportunities with external partners offered in the innovation process. Interacting with suppliers and in particular, customers or users will be a prominent issue in this course. Recent approaches, discussed under the heading of open innovation, will be reflected on a large body of research and practical approaches will be put to a critical test.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Innovation Management - Process and Actors VL 73 120 L 2299 SS English 2
Innovation Management - Process and Actors UE 73 120 L 2298 SS English 2

Workload and Credit Points

Innovation Management - Process and Actors (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
60.0h(~2 LP)

Innovation Management - Process and Actors (UE):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Class attendance 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Class preparation and follow-up 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
60.0h(~2 LP)

Course-independent workload:

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Preparation of exam and individual essay 1.0 30.0h 30.0h
Preparation of group presentation 1.0 30.0h 30.0h
60.0h(~2 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The course adresses selected challenges and opportunities relating to the innovation process and its actors. We will use case studies, research articles, guest presentations and excersises to provide common experiences and discuss and interpret them together.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

+ Basic knowledge in innovation management, organization, and marketing (e.g. modules "Organization and Innovation Management" #70202 and "Marketing and Operations Management" #70183) + Students in Master's studies

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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
Group presentation 50 oral 60 min.
Exam 20 written 30 min.
Individual Essay 30 written 5 pages

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:

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 50.

Registration Procedures

The registration information is available on the Internet at

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