Innovation and Technology Management: Curriculum

Here you'll find detailed information on current courses of the Master's degree program Innovation and Technology Management. Please note that due to ongoing updates not all courses of the program might be fully displayed. A complete overview of the curriculum for the study year 2016/17 is going to be published in the course of the summer semester 2016.

1. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Advanced Technologies (BMOD2)
German / iMod
6.00
-
Advanced Technologies (ADTV)
German / ILV, FL
6.00
4.00

Course description

This course deals with selected areas of modern automation techniques. Focus is on the topics of "Optical Inspection" and „Intelligent Manufacturing Systems“.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • discuss for a standard application pros and cons of imaging sensor system application, to evaluate options and to select an adequate solution.
  • analyze in a team a predefined optical inspection task, design a solution and successfully implement the approach as a team within a fixed time schedule and specified resources.
  • document, interpret and discuss in a laboratory protocol the approach and the results obtained.
  • define and distinguish Intelligent Manufacturing Systems and essential aspects in this field.
  • describe key elements and essential challenges to be solved of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems.
  • prepare a “real-world” case considering these key elements and challenges as well as elaborate selected topics in more depth.

Course contents

  • Optical Sensor Systems
  • Optical Inspections for process Automation
  • Elements of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
  • Major challenges to be resolved and necessary developments in the field of innovative Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
  • Excursion

Prerequisites

B2 Deutsch, B2 English Grundlegende technische und mathematische Kenntnisse

Literature

  • Azad P., Gockel T., Dillmann R.(2007): Computer Vision - Das Praxisbuch, Elektor-Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and final exam

Anmerkungen

Missed seminars, laboratory units and excursion must be made up by compensating work.

Elective Module 1 (WPF7)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Elective Module 1A (WPF1A)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Basics of Business Law (GUR)
German / ILV, FL
3.00
2.00

Course description

This course deals with selected areas of Austrian Business Law. Focus is on the topics of contract law, company law, tax law, social insurance law and trade law.

Methodology

lecture, exercise and discussion

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • • illustrate and explicate the legal Austrian framework concerning Business Law.
  • • determine the annual earnings and calculate the corresponding taxes and social insurance.
  • • deal with simple respective facts of a case and evaluate it in general.
  • • realise a potential value added tax liability.
  • • by given basic conditions (e.g. company circumstances) estimate which legal consequencies may arise.
  • • differentiate between the serveral kinds of employment and measure its advantages and disadvantages and to calculate the corresponding costs.

Course contents

  • main features of the Austran civil and business law (e.g. forms of companies)
  • main features of the Austian tax law (e.g. income tax, tax on sales/purchases and corporation tax) and trade law

Prerequisites

- basic knowledge of the Austrian legal system

Literature

  • • Binder, Florian (2013): Das UGB-Firmenrecht, Manz
  • • Lebensaft-Melwisch, G./Lebensaft, G. (2015), Überblick Steuerrecht und Sozialversicherung (Skriptum)
  • • Krejci, Heinz (2010): Privatrecht, Manz
  • • Nowotny, Georg (2009): Gesellschaftsrecht, Verlag Österreich
  • • Puntigam, Alois (2009): Gewerberecht, Verlag Österreich
  • • Ratka, Thomas (2011): Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht 1: Unternehmensrecht, Manz
  • • Ratka, Thomas (2011): Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht 2: Gesellschaftsrecht, Manz
  • • Zankl, Wolfgang (2012): Bürgerliches Recht, Facultas.WUV

Assessment methods

  • written elaboration
Global Economy (GLE)
English / ILV, FL
3.00
2.00
Elective Module 1B (WPF1B)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Composing Marketing Texts (TZM)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

The course imparts the students basics of writing marketing texts and possibilties to prepare complex circumstances understandable and interesting for non-experts.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • describe basics about writing marketing texts (e.g. research, structure, customer value) and to apply them examplarily
  • analyse complex contents (e.g. studies, product descriptions) on their essential contents and to prepare messages target orientated (e.g. for non-experts) and common understandable.
  • create headlines which arouse interest in the target group

Course contents

  • Basic rules of writing texts (AIDA etc.) for non-experts
  • Structure and elements of different texts for different media
  • Headlines as an important element
  • Introduction of writing marketing texts
  • Psychological basics of writing marketing texts
  • Hints for successfully
  • Word choice and style – words for sales appeal

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • Förster, Hans-Peter (2006): Texten wie ein Profi. Ein Buch für Einsteiger und Könner. Mit über 5.000 Wortideen zum Nachschlagen, Frankfurt: Frankfurter Allgemeine Buch
  • Folten, Bärbel (2005): Professionelles Texten leicht gemacht. Schreibst du noch oder textest du schon, Heidelberg: Redline Wirtschaftsverlag
  • Wensky, Judith(2003): 25 heiße Tipps für tolle Texte. Heidelberg: Redline Wirtschaftsverlag
  • Jürries, Alexander (2005): Perfekte Werbebriefe. Erfolgreich Kunden akquirieren Freiburg: Haufe Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method

Anmerkungen

none

Management Concepts for Innovation (MCI)
English / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

The theory and examples of different innovative management concepts will be analysed for the possible implementation in the students' own business environment. Moreover, the course will examine the unique organisational cultures and management concepts that enable innovation.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • understand the importance of culture to a firm.
  • explain characteristics of an innovative culture.
  • develop concepts for how an organisation can become more innovative.

Course contents

  • Schumpeter's concept of creative destruction / Schien's theory of leadership / Cameron and Quinn's model for diagnosing organisational culture
  • Case studies: Innovative businesses, e.g. Google, Apple, Toyota

Prerequisites

B2 English

Literature

  • Lecturer’s Handouts

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method

Anmerkungen

This course will require active participation from students who will be required to make regular presentations to the class.

Innovation Management (MOD4)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Basics of Innovation and Technology Management (EIT)
German / VO
1.00
0.70

Course description

This course imparts an Introduction to the Principles of Innovation and Technology Management, based on Joseph Schumpeter's Theory, with special focus on innovation techniques.

Methodology

Lecture & Discussion

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain the basic concepts of Innovation- and Technology Management.
  • detail the embedding of Innovation- and Technology Management in an entrepreneurial context.
  • apply Innovation Techniques for standard situations.

Course contents

  • Definitions
  • Basic concepts of Innovation- and Technology Management
  • Embedding Innovation Management in the strategic setting of a Company
  • Operationalizing attempts to innovate
  • Practicing relevant tools and techniques

Prerequisites

Basics of Project Management, Economics and General Management.

Literature

  • Christensen C.(2011): The Innovator's Dilemma, Harper Business; Reprint
  • Hauschildt J./ Salomo S. (2007): Innovationsmanagement, Verlag Vahlen, Auflage: 4.
  • Strebel H.(Hg) (2007): Innovations- und Technologiemanagement, Verlag: UTB, Auflage: 2.
  • Vahs D./ Brehm A.(2015): Innovationsmanagement, Verlag: Schäffer-Poeschel; Auflage: 5.

Assessment methods

  • Final exam
Innovation Management - Creativity (IMK)
German / UE
1.50
1.00

Course description

The course prepares the students to utilize relevant methods of supporting creativity in innovation management.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • select argued creativity techniques for a concrete problem.
  • describe selected creativity techniques and systematic problem-solving methods and to apply them in simple case studies

Course contents

  • Structure, development and process control of a facilitation with the focus on creativity and idea generation
  • Intuitive, discursive and integrated creativity techniques
  • Advanced creativity techniques and systematic problem-solving techniques (e.g. stimulus word analysis, morphological analysis, synectics, bionics)

Prerequisites

Boos, Evelyn (2011): Das große Buch der Kreativitätstechniken, Compact (Pre-Class: Chapter 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.7)

Literature

  • Birkenbihl, Vera F. (2007): ABC-Kreativ / Techniken zur kreativen Problemlösung, Ariston
  • Boos, Evelyn (2011): Das große Buch der Kreativitätstechniken, Compact
  • Schnetzler, Nadja (2004): Die Ideenmaschine: Methode statt Geistesblitz - wie Ideen industriell produziert werden, Wiley-VCH
  • Zobel, Dietmar (2001): Systematisches Erfinden / Methoden und Beispiele für den Praktiker, expert-Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method

Anmerkungen

none

Innovation Management - General Management/Controlling (IMUFU)
German / ILV
2.00
1.20

Course description

Applied Corporate Management, Finance and Controlling

Methodology

Lecture, Presentation, Case Studies, Projecttasks

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • formulate visions as a basis of a coporate strategLecture, Presentation, Case Studiesy taking into account the performance criterias.
  • explain the types of business strategies and their orientation in distinguishing market and critical success factors of the strategies.
  • identify the essential elements of a business model and define the structure of a business-plan.
  • explain the elements of an strategy
  • establish the importance of corporate governance in companies.
  • Explain the Importance of Balance Sheet, Profit&Loss as well as Cost Accounting
  • Describe controlling, planning and budgeting as one of the important elements to run operations within a company
  • identify different organizational systems and describe the difference of organizational and operational structures.
  • formulate the benefits of the use of indicators for controlling a company or their functional areas.
  • explain measures from crisis management to solution management.

Course contents

  • Importance of a vision/mission of the corporate strategy
  • Develop a corporaty strategy.
  • Presentation of business models and business plans.
  • Importance of corporate governance in companies
  • Planing und Budgets in operations
  • Importance of Balance Sheets, Profit and Loss Statements, Cost Accounting and Cash Flow
  • Organizational systems and the differences between structural and process organzations.
  • The use of performance measurement systems and Balanced Scorecard
  • Crisis management in companies.

Prerequisites

Basic Business management processes in enterprises

Literature

  • Ralf Dillerup/Roman Stoi/Unternehmensführung, 2013 Franz Vahlen
  • Wittmann/Reiter/Magerl, Unternehmensstrategie, 2007 Redline

Assessment methods

  • End exam
Innovation Management - Intellectual Property Rights (IMSGE)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00

Course description

This course focuses on one selected juridical topic: Intangible Property Rights - according to Austrian Patent Law , Copyright Law and European Intellectual Property Law.

Methodology

lecture and exercise

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • illustrate and explicate the legal framework in the field of intangible property rights (e.g. patent law).
  • utilize selected specialized data-banks for simple juridical-technical researches.
  • explicate and reflect court decisions in the field of intangible property rights.

Course contents

  • main features of intangible property rights (trademark rights, patent rights and copy rights) focusing on Austrian and European Legislation

Prerequisites

Knowledge of the Austrian and European law system

Literature

  • Burgstaller, Peter/ Bürscher Alexander (2014): Erfindungsvergütung für Dienstnehmer, Verlag Medien und Recht
  • Ciresa, Meinhard (2009): Urheberwissen für die Praxis, Linde
  • Gratzl, Florian (2012): Grundriss der gewerblichen Schutzrechte, Facultas WUV
  • Haybäck, Gerwin (2009): Das Recht am geistigen Eigentum, LexisNexis Verlag ARD Orac
  • Höhne, Thomas (2011): Urheberrecht für die Praxis, Verlag Österreich
  • Koppensteiner, Hans-Georg (2012): Markenrecht, LexisNexis Verlag ARD Orac
  • Schuhmacher, Florian (2010): Europäisches Marken-. Muster- und Urheberrecht, Manz
  • Wartinger, Christine (2006): Urheberrecht und Arbeitsverhältnis, Verlag Österreich
  • Wiltschek, Lothar (2013): Patentrecht, Manz

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Praktische Umsetzung von Innovationsprojekten 1 (MOD5)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Knowledge Management (WM)
German / ILV, FL
2.00
1.40

Course description

This course deals with basic concepts of strategic knowledge management its application and transfer in corporate practice and the implementation of adequate tools.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain basic concepts of Knowledge Management (knowledge, data, information...).
  • describe Knowledge Management’s (KM) main fields of action by using standard models and their utilization in business life.
  • asses and adequately apply tools and techniques of Knowledge Management (buzzwords: document centered KM vs. communication centered KM).
  • spot, analyze and overcome barriers of KM introduction in organizations.

Course contents

  • Knowledge Management - Why?
  • Definition of terms concerning knowledge
  • Fields of operation regarding common knowledge management models
  • Application of KM tools in line with selected KM approach (management of information, management of people)
  • Social media approach in knowledge management
  • Implementation scenarios of KM in regard to barriers

Prerequisites

- Basics of Communication and Information Technology- Basics of Hierarchically Structured Organizations- Basics of Organizational Development

Literature

  • Hasler-Roumois U. (2010): Studienbuch, Wissensmanagement, UTB
  • Probst G./Raub S./Romhardt K. (2013): Wissen managen, Gabler Verlag, 7. Auflage
  • Schönefeld F. (2009): Praxisleitfaden Enterprise 2.0, Carl Hanser Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Immanent Assessment and End Exam
Project Work 1 (INPR)
German / PRJ
4.00
3.00

Course description

Each student is requested to select a project topic out of a bundle of topics prepared by the Program’s Management, provided a place for the requested topic is available. The project job, typically a complex technical - organizational business – challenge, is to be completed as a group work during one semester. The results are to be presented to the project owner and to be documented in a comprehensive project report.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • practically apply and reflect concepts of successful project and team work. (theory was included in courses of successfully completed Bachelor Program)
  • prepare a comprehensive project report in line with Good Scientific Practice as a group task..

Course contents

  • Processing of a selected Topic
  • Practical Application of Concepts for Good Project Management resp. Teamwork
  • Preparation of High Quality Project Reports in line with Good Scientific Practice

Prerequisites

Fundamentals of project Management, Fundamentals of Business Economics, Fundamentals of Good Scientific Practice, Fundamentals of Teamwork

Literature

  • Kerzner H.(2013): Project Management, 11. Aufl. Wiley Verlag
  • Patzak G. / Rattay G., (2013): Projektmanagement, 6. Auflage Linde Verlag,
  • PMBoK (2013) 5. Ausgabe
  • Rattay G (2013): Führen von Projektorganisationen, 3. Auflage Linde Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method

Anmerkungen

Details on the various projects will be communicated upon semester start in one page write ups.

Project Management & Leadership (BMOD1)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Leading Project Teams (FPSE)
German / SE, FL
3.00
2.00

Course description

In the course the students get to know main principles of leading teams.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain the role of leadership in the different stages of team development (for example by Tuckman) and to derive relevant leading actions (for example directive leadership in the forming phase).
  • diagnose dynamics in project teams using models (for example Rank Dynamics, Drama Triangle, TZI) and to develop and argue case-related concrete opportunities for activities (for example delegation of responsibility, critical discussion).

Course contents

  • Leadership styles and actions (in leading projects teams)
  • Leadership tools in project Teams
  • Consequences of not leading
  • Role conflicts "colleague" and "project leader"
  • Conflicts and difficult situations in leading project teams

Prerequisites

Basics of Project Management

Literature

  • Cronenbroeck, W. (2008): Projektmanagement, Verlag Cornelsen, Berlin
  • DeMarco, T. (1998): Der Termin – Ein Roman über Projektmanagement, München: Hanser
  • Kellner, H. (2000): Projekte konfliktfrei führen. Wie Sie ein erfolgreiches Team aufbauen, Hanser Wirtschaft
  • Majer C./Stabauer L. (2010): Social competence im Projektmanagement - Projektteams führen, entwickeln, motivieren, Goldegg-Verlag, Wien

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method

Anmerkungen

none

Project Marketing, Controlling and Risk Management (PMCV)
German / ILV, FL
3.00
2.00

Course description

This Course deals with the requirements for an adequate active Project Monitoring and Control as a key concept for successoriented Project Managers / Project Teams and for the management. Focal points are financial aspects (Project Calculation, Cost Accounting, Progress Evaluation) as well as Marketing Aspects by using wherever feasible already existing organizational structures. Another key topic of the course is Risk Management of Projects. In a Blended Learning approach cross connections between Project Control and Financial Management of an Enterprise are discussed.

Methodology

Blended Learning (Lecture, Exercise, Elaboration)

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain interplay between Cost Accounting, Project Calculation und Project Reporting.
  • effect Project Evaluation by applying Earned Value Technique.
  • design and implement Project Marketing Concepts for ordinary cases.
  • identify and manage Project Risks.

Course contents

  • Cross connections between project controlling and companywide cost accounting
  • Earned value calculation of Projects
  • Project related Key Performance Indicators
  • Preparation of Project Progress Reports
  • Proactive Risk Management
  • Basic of internal and external Project Marketing

Prerequisites

Basics of Cost Accounting, Basics of Project Management, Basics of Marketing

Literature

  • Fiedler R. (2010): Controlling von Projekten, 5. Auflage, Vieweg + Teubner
  • Kerzner H.(2013): Project Management, 11. Auflage Wiley Verlag
  • Patzak G. / Rattay G., (2013): Projektmanagement, 6. Auflage Linde Verlag
  • PMBoK (2013): 5. Ausgabe
  • Wallmüller E.(2004): Risikomanagement, Hanser Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam

2. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Ausgewählte Kapitel aus dem angewandten Innovations-management (MOD11)
German / iMod
6.00
-
Selected Subjects Innovation Management (AKIF)
German / ILV, FL
6.00
4.00
Betriebl. Anwendungssysteme (MOD6)
German / iMod
6.00
-
Business Intelligence (BAS)
German / ILV, FL
6.00
4.00
Industrielle Prozessgestaltung (BMOD3)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Organizational and Human Resources Development (OESE)
German / SE, FL
3.00
2.00
Process Management (PMVO)
German / ILV, FL
3.00
2.00
Prakt. Umsetzung von Innovations-Projekten 2 (MOD12)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Project Work 2 (PA2)
German / PRJ
4.00
3.00
Sustainable Information Technologies (NIT)
German / VO
2.00
1.30
Wahlmodul 2 (MOD8)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Elective Module 2A (MOD)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Business Simulation - Analysing Financial Statements (UAB)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Innovation radar (IR)
German / SE, FL
3.00
2.00
Elective Module 2B (WPF2B)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Engineering & Business Ethics (ETP)
German / ILV, FL
3.00
2.00
The European Union - Democracy and Lobbying (LEU)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

3. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Methods of Empirical Research (EMPF)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Research Design and Methods of Data Acquisition (FDMD)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

This course provides the students with an insight to the methodical basis and instruments of empirical research.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain state of the art settings for empirical research.
  • select adequate methodology and methods for their projects.
  • design concepts for empirical investigations of various research questions and objectives.

Course contents

  • Introduction to empirical research methodology
  • Pros and Cons of various methods for different objectives
  • Planning and implementation of empirical Research
  • Qualitative assessment of research design
  • Evaluation of real world cases by using EU grant requests
  • Evaluation of empirical data individually collected

Prerequisites

- Basics of Innovation Management and Knowledge Management

Literature

  • Diekmann, A. (2007): Empirische Sozialforschung. Grundlagen, Methoden, Anwendungen. Rowohlt
  • Flick, U. (2007): Triangulation - Eine Einführung. VS
  • Flick, U. (2007): Qualitative Sozialforschung: Eine Einführung. Rowohlt
  • Froschauer, U.; Lueger, M. (2009): Interpretative Sozialforschung: Der Prozess, facultas wuv UTB
  • Froschauer, U.; Lueger, M. (2003): Das qualitative Interview. Zur Praxis interpretativer Analyse sozialer Systeme. WUV-UTB Verlag
  • Schnell, R.; Hill, P.B.; Esser, E. (2008): Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung. Oldenbourg

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Statistical and Qualitative Evaluation Procedures (SQAV)
German / UE
3.00
2.00

Course description

This course deals with fundamentals of descriptive and deductive statistics.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • prepare quantitative data for standard statistical analysis.
  • perform elementary statistical analysis and to discuss the respective findings.

Course contents

  • Simple frequency distribution, graphical description, statistical calculation, descriptive statistics, cross-classified tables, connotation and correlation
  • Deductive statistics
  • Basics of multivariate Analysis
  • Exercises using respective software programs (e.g. SPSS)

Prerequisites

According to the admission requirements of the program

Literature

  • Backhaus, K., Erichson, B., Plinke, W., & Weiber, R. (2008). Multivariate Analysemethoden. Eine anwendungsorientierte Einführung. Berlin: Springer
  • Bortz, J., & Schuster, C. (2010). Statistik für Human- und Sozialwissenschaftler. Berlin: Springer
  • Bühl, A. (2014). SPSS 22. Einführung in die moderne Datenanalyse. München: Pearson

Assessment methods

  • End exam
Practice Laboratory (LAB)
German / iMod
3.00
2.00
Usability Design Lab (UDL)
German / LAB
3.00
2.00

Course description

In this course students get to know usability test methods by self-conducted usability studies in small groups.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • give an overview of current usability test methods.
  • explain technical and organizational aspects of a usability lab in detail.
  • conduct simple usability tests with Techsmith Morae and. XSplit.
  • evaluate, discuss and document test results of simple cases using report templates.

Course contents

  • Psychological and technical basics of Usability Designs
  • Principles (technically) of user centered design
  • Planning, conducting and analyzing usability tests of simple cases in small groups using specialized usability software
  • Presentation of findings to project owner

Prerequisites

Principles of computer science

Literature

  • Lecturer's HandoutsRubin J., Chisnell D. (2008): Handbook of Usability Testing, Wiley Verlag Dumas J. S. (1999): Practical Guide to Usability Testing, Intellect Ltd.

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method
Prospective Studies and Corporate Foresight (ZUKF)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Introduction to Corporate Foresight – Theory (CFT)
German / VO
3.00
2.00

Course description

This course provides basic knowledge of “Corporate Foresight” which serves as a scouting media on the “fuzzy end of innovation” in order to identify weak signals as well as recent evolutions in technology and to facilitate access to internal processes of innovation. Moreover the necessity of reception of goals, roadmaps and action plans within the companies’ and innovation strategy is illustrated.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain the Corporate Foresight approach concerning technological orientated enterprises in comparison to the traditional futurology.
  • execute the Corporate Foresight approach and to distinguish it from strategy development.
  • apply selected well-established methods of Corporate Foresight.
  • appreciate the importance of forward-looking reasoning in technical/technological research and apply the concept in an enterprise environment.

Course contents

  • Basics of “Corporate Forsight”
  • Phrasing of strategic technology-roadmaps
  • Assessment of planed internal R&D-programs and decisions for investments into new technologies

Prerequisites

- courses of the first and second term

Literature

  • Wilhelmer, D., Nagel, R. (2013): Foresight Managementhandbuch. Das Gestalten von Open Innovation, Carl Auer Verlag
  • Rohrbeck R. (2010): Corporate Foresight. Towards a Maturity Model for the Future Orientation of a Firm, Physica-Verlag, Springer
  • Pillkahn, U. (2007): Trends und Szenarien als Werkzeuge zur Strategieent-wicklung. Wie sie die unternehmerische und gesellschaftliche Zukunft planen und gestalten, Erlangen (Publicis)
  • Müller, A. W./Müller-Stewens G. (2009): Strategic Foresight. Trend- und Zukunftsforschung in Unternehmen. Instrumente, Prozesse, Fallstudien. Stuttgart (Schäffer-Poeschel)

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Introduction: Prospective Technological Studies as Guidance for Innovation (ZITG)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

In this course focused on processes of innovation are discussed: basics of research theory for Prospective Technological Studies in technology and society.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • identify the importance of prospective reasoning in technical/technological research and operational practice.
  • discuss the most important know how about possibilities and boundaries of applied research in prospective technology management.
  • plan and execute simple projects in Prospective Technological Studies in technology and society.
  • discuss outcomes of selected research projects

Course contents

  • Prospective Technological Studies balancing gain on know how (possible, expected and probable future) versus interest to change (intended future)
  • Selected topics of Prospective Technological Studies (e.g. prognosis and scenarios, vision and prediction, constructive critics of Prospective Technological Studies)
  • Selected approaches of future oriented versus innovation oriented research and planning
  • Selected examples of Prospective Technological Studies in technology and society

Prerequisites

- courses of the first and second term

Literature

  • Fink, A./ Siebe, A. (2006): Handbuch Zukunftsmanagement. Werkzeuge der strategischen Planung und Früherkennung. Frankfurt a. M.
  • Hof, H./ Engenroth, U. (Hrsg.) (2010): Innovationsforschung. Ansätze, Methoden, Grenzen und Perspektiven. Berlin
  • Hitzler, R./ Pfadenhauer, M. (Hrsg.) (2005): Gegenwärtige Zukünfte. Interpretative Beiträge zur sozialwissenschaftlichen Diagnose und Prognose. Wiesbaden
  • Hug, T./Poscheschnik, G. (2010): Empirisch forschen. Konstanz
  • Pillkahn, U. (2007): Trends und Szenarien als Werkzeuge der Strategieentwicklung. Wie Sie unternehmerische und gesellschaftliche Zukunft planen und gestalten. Erlangen
  • Popp, R./Schüll, E. (Hrsg.) (2009): Zukunftsforschung und Zukunftsgestaltung. Berlin-Heidelberg
  • Popp, R. (Hrsg.) (2012): Zukunft & Wissenschaft. Zukunftsforschung auf dem Prüfstand. Berlin-Heidelberg
  • Popp, R.; Zweck, A. (Hrsg.) (2013): Zukunftsforschung im Praxistest. Wiesbaden
  • Rust, H. (2008): Zukunftsillusionen. Kritik der Trendforschung. Wiesbaden
  • Stockmann, R. (Hrsg.) (2007): Handbuch zur Evaluation. Eine praktische Handlungsanleitung. Münster

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Sociology of Science and Engineering (EINF)
German / kMod
3.00
2.00
Introduction to Sociology of Science and Engineeringcceptance of Technology (ETT)
German / VO
3.00
2.00

Course description

This course deals with the identification of social risk factors influencing technological progress and innovation.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • assess Technology deployment from a sociological perspective.
  • explain Technology Acceptance and utilization by various social groups and provide relevant rationale.
  • explicate consequences of socio-technical changes rudimentarily.
  • spot and discuss cultural influences regarding Technology Acceptance.

Course contents

  • Spotting cultural and social prerequisites and consequences of socio- technical changes
  • Tracking social processes causing development, production and utilization of technological systems
  • Assessing social acceptance / feasibility of development, adaptation and modification of technological innovation
  • Sociological theories regarding Technology Affiliation in various social contexts
  • Interrelationship between Technology Attitude and Acceptance
  • Importance of Materiality and Agency of objects and systems for acceptance of socio-technological innovations

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • Latour, B. (2005): Reassembling the Social – An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory. Oxford University Press
  • Rammert, W. (Hrsg.) (1998): Technik und Sozialtheorie. Frankfurt am Main, Campus
  • Rammert, W. (2007): Technik – Handeln – Wissen. Zu einer pragmatischen Technik- und Sozialtheorie. Wiesbaden, VS
  • Weyer, J. (2008): Techniksoziologie. Genese, Gestaltung und Steuerung sozio-technischer Systeme. Weinheim, Juventa

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Specialisation (VTR)
German / kMod
12.00
-
Specialisation "Social Innovation Management" (VSI)
German / kMod
12.00
8.00
End-user involvement and Prosuming (EIP)
German / SE
3.00
2.00

Course description

This course deals with presentation and discussion of various approaches and intensities of end-user involvement.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain models to design and manage user-centered and user-triggered Innovation Processes (e.g. prosuming).
  • explicate focus group and milieu-specific marketing and apply the said concepts to standard cases of their professional environment.

Course contents

  • Key terms and definitions (e.g. end-user, stakeholder, prosumer, participatory design, inclusive design)
  • Presentation of various approaches and intensities of end-user involvement
  • Sociological concepts for definition of focus groups and end user involvement with a focus on older adults / AAL
  • Discussion of case studies for traditional and innovative focus group Marketing
  • Group work: Development of a concept for end-user involvement for a specific product/service

Prerequisites

- Basics of Innovation Management- Introduction to Sociological technology studies

Literature

  • Blättel-Mink; B.; Hellmann, K. U. (Hrsg.) (2010): Prosumer Revisited. Zur Aktualität einer Debatte. VS
  • Coleman, R.; Clarkson, J.; Dong, H.; Cassim, J. (2007): Design for Inclusivity: A practical guide to Accessible, Innovative and User-Centered Design
  • Fischer, G.; Giaccardi E. (2004): Meta-design: A Framework for the Future of End-User Development. In Lieberman V., Paternò H., Wulf F., (Eds): End User Development - Empowering People to Flexibly Employ Advanced Information and Communication Technology, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
  • Neven, L. (2010). ‘But obviously not for me’: robots, laboratories and the defiant identity of elder test users. In: Sociology of Health & Illness, 32 (2), 335–347.
  • Peek, S; Aartsa, S. & Wouters, E. (2015). Can Smart Home Technology Deliver on the Promise of Independent Living? A Critical Reflection Based on the Perspectives of Older Adults. In: van Hoof, J.; Demiris, G. & Wouters, E. (Hrsg.). Handbook of Smart Homes, Health Care and Well-Being. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Journal of Engineering Design. Special Issue: Inclusive design, Volume 21, Issue 2-3, 2010.
  • Nedopil, Ch.; Schauber, C.; Glende, S. (2013). The Art and Joy of End-User Integration in AAL projects. White paper for the integration of users in AAL projects, from idea creation to product testing and business model development. Luxembourg: Ambient Assisted Living Association. URL:http://www.aal-europe.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/AALA_Guideline_YOUSE_online.pdf
  • Nedopil, Ch.; Schauber, C.; Glende, S. (2013). AAL Stakeholders and their Requirements. A collection of characteristics and requirements of primary, secondary, and tertiary users of AAL solutions, and a guideline for user-friendly AAL design. Luxembourg: Ambient Assisted Living Association. URL:http://www.aal-europe.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/AALA_Knowledge-Base_YOUSE_online.pdf
  • Toolbox: Methods of User Integration for AAL Innovations. URL:http://www.aal-europe.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/AALA_ToolboxA5_online.pdf

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method
Sociology of organization and innovation (OIS)
German / VO
3.00
2.00

Course description

This course discusses central concepts within Organisation Studies and the Sociology of Innovations. It deals with theory, empirical studies as well as practical examples of socially based planning, monitoring and control of innovation processes. Furthermore, it critically reviews the concepts' claim for control of innovation processes.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • observe and analyze socio-technical innovations from different perspectives.
  • explain changing concepts for innovation by including social aspects.
  • describe structures and processes triggering, supporting or hindering innovation.

Course contents

  • Introduction to the Sociology of Organizations
  • Introduction to concepts of technological diffusion and appropriation in organizations
  • Key terms in Innovation Studies and their evolution over time
  • Organizational requirements of Innovation
  • Empirical studies and cases

Prerequisites

- Basics of Innovation Management, Introduction to Sociological technology studies

Literature

  • Becker, H. (1995) „The Power of Inertia“, Qualitative Sociology 18(3): 301-9.
  • Bohlen, J. M.; Beal, G. M., Rogers, E.M. (1957): The Diffusion Process, Special Report, 18 (1), 56–77. http://www.soc.iastate.edu/extension/pub/comm/SP18.pdf
  • Czarniawska, B.; Hernes, T. (2005): Actor-Network Theory and Organizing. Copenhagen Business School Press.striellen Innovationsparadigma. Springer-Verlag.
  • Howaldt, J.; Jacobsen, H. (2010): Soziale Innovation: Auf dem Weg zu einem postindustriellen Innovationsparadigma. Springer-Verlag.
  • Kühl, S.; Moldaschl, M. (Hrsg.) (2010): Organisation und Intervention. Ansätze für eine sozialwissenschaftliche Fundierung von Organisationsberatung, Rainer Hampp Verlag.
  • Latour, B. (2015): Der Berliner Schlüssel. Botopress.
  • Lueger, M.; Froschauer, U. (2011): Grenzen und Bedingungen organisationaler Steuerung. In: Mikl-Horke, G. (Hrsg.): Sozioökonomie: Die Rückkehr der Wirtschaft in die Gesellschaft. Metropolis, S.: 239 – 269.
  • Orlikowski, W. (2010): The sociomateriality of organisational life: Considering technology in management research. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 34: 125-141.
  • Rammert, W. (2007): Technik – Handeln – Wissen. Zu einer pragmatischen Technik- und Sozialtheorie. Wiesbaden, VS
  • Suchman, L. and Bishop, L. (2000) „Problematizing ‚Innovation’ as a Critical Project“, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 12(3): 327-333.
  • Burns, T. und Stalker, G. M. (1961): The Management of Innovation, London: Tavistock.

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method
Specialization: Practical Aspects of Sociology and Acceptance of Technology (TTAP)
German / SE
3.00
2.00

Course description

Research guided seminar specializing on an exemplary field of Sociological technology studies.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • improve planning and implementation of innovation processes.
  • assess social risk factors and unintended outcomes of standard attempts to innovate.
  • understand the basics of end-user involvement in change processes from a sociological perspective.

Course contents

  • Specialization in an exemplary field of sociological technology studies
  • Elaboration of a portfolio (e.g. Ambient Assisted Living, Information- and Communication Technologies, Emerging and Converging Technologies)

Prerequisites

Einführung in die Techniksoziologie und Technikakzeptanz

Literature

  • Latour, B. (2005): Reassembling the Social – An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory. Oxford University Press
  • Rammert, W. (Hrsg.) (1998): Technik und Sozialtheorie. Frankfurt am Main, Campus
  • Rammert, W. (2007): Technik – Handeln – Wissen. Zu einer pragmatischen Technik- und Sozialtheorie. Wiesbaden, VS
  • Weyer, J. (2008): Techniksoziologie. Genese, Gestaltung und Steuerung sozio-technischer Systeme. Weinheim, Juventa

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method
Specialization: Topics of Prospective Technological Studies (SAFZ)
German / SE
3.00
2.00

Course description

In this course selected examples of projects of Prospective Technological Studies in technology and society are discussed.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explicate selected methods and techniques of Prospective Technological Studies and to present and discuss particular relevant research projects.
  • plan and execute simple projects in applied Prospective Technological Studies in technology and society.

Course contents

  • Discussion of current research questions (based on the course “Zukunftsforschung als Innovationshilfe in Technik und Gesellschaft – Einführung”)
  • Studies of current research results
  • Execution of own empirical investigations

Prerequisites

- courses of the first and second term

Literature

  • Fink, A./ Siebe, A. (2006): Handbuch Zukunftsmanagement. Werkzeuge der strategischen Planung und Früherkennung. Frankfurt a. M.
  • Hof, H./ Engenroth, U. (Hrsg.) (2010): Innovationsforschung. Ansätze, Methoden, Grenzen und Perspektiven. Berlin
  • Hitzler, R./ Pfadenhauer, M. (Hrsg.) (2005): Gegenwärtige Zukünfte. Interpretative Beiträge zur sozialwissenschaftlichen Diagnose und Prognose. Wiesbaden
  • Hug, T./ Poscheschnik, G. (2010): Empirisch forschen. Konstanz
  • Pillkahn, U. (2007): Trends und Szenarien als Werkzeuge der Strategieentwicklung. Wie Sie unternehmerische und gesellschaftliche Zukunft planen und gestalten. Erlangen
  • Popp, R./Schüll, E. (Hrsg.) (2009): Zukunftsforschung und Zukunftsgestaltung. Berlin-Heidelberg
  • Popp, R. (Hrsg.) (2012): Zukunft & Wissenschaft. Zukunftsforschung auf dem Prüfstand. Berlin-Heidelberg
  • Popp, R.; Zweck, A. (Hrsg.) (2013): Zukunftsforschung im Praxistest. Wiesbaden
  • Rust, H. (2008): Zukunftsillusionen. Kritik der Trendforschung. Wiesbaden
  • Stockmann, R. (Hrsg.) (2007): Handbuch zur Evaluation. Eine praktische Handlungsanleitung. Münster

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method
Specialisation "Technology Transfer" (VTR)
German / kMod
12.00
8.00
Emerging Technologies Lab (ETL)
German / LAB
3.00
2.00

Course description

This course presents selected emerging technologies in the field of assistive technologies. In a hand on lab the students get familiar with state of the art technologies and their applications.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain current state of technology in the fields of "smart homes" and "assistive technologies".
  • design and implement in a lab environment solutions for standard cases deploying the said technologies.

Course contents

  • Presentation of state of the art of "Emerging Technologies in the fields of Ambient Assisted Living" focusing on
  • Smart Homes (wired and wireless sensor networks)
  • Assistive Technologies (eHealth, Wearable Sensorics)Commonly used open standardized technologies are discussed (e.g. KNX, EnOcean, NFC, Bluetooth, AsTeRICS Framework, ...). Theoretical introduction in class will be complemented by hands on Lab exercises.

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • Lecturer's Handouts
  • Merz, H. / Hansemann, T. / Hübner, C. (2009): Gebäudeautomation - Kommunikationssysteme mit EIB/KNX, LON und BACnet, 2., neu bearbeitete Auflage
  • Robitaille, S. (2010): The Illustrated Guide to Assisitve Technology and Devices, Demos Health Publishing Veigl, C. / Weiß, C. / Ibanez, d. / Soria-Frisch, A. / Carbone, A. (2013): Model-based Design of Novel Human-Computer Interfaces: The Assistive Technology Rapid Integration and Construction Set (AsTeRICS), 4th IEEE Biosignals and Biorobotics Conference (ISSNIP), Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment
Introdction to Tools and Techniques of Technology transfer (TTI)
German / VO
3.00
2.00

Course description

This course deals with transfer instruments for enterprises to sucessfully uptake technology and scientific knowledge. The importance of intermediaries as facilitators of technology transfer is highlighted in case studies.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain different models and instruments in the field of of technology. Transfer.
  • discuss added value proposals of intermediaries.
  • appraise dynamics of innovation in selected fields and apply content and methods in simple cases.

Course contents

  • Access models and instruments of technology transfer
  • Key challenges of science, economy and society in the 21st century
  • Architecture and key success factors of intelligent context management in R&D, technology transfer and innovation
  • Significance and offerings of intermediaries in technology transfer
  • Principles and functionality of „living labs“, a successful European technology transfer initiative

Literature

  • Ståhlbröst, A. (2009): The Living Lab Handbook, Luleå University of Technology
  • Ståhlbröst, A. (2012): A set of key-principles to assess the impact of living labs, In: International Journal of Product Development
  • Willke, H. (2004): EF in das systemische Wissensmanagement., Carl Auer Systeme Verlag
  • Grossmann, R.; Lobnig, H.; Scala, K. (2007): Kooperationen im Public Management. Theorie und Praxis erfolgreicher OE in Leistungsverbünden, Netzwerken und Fusionen. München, Juventa Verlag
  • Sydow, J., Windeler, A. (1999): Steuerung von Netzwerken. Konzepte und Praktiken. Westdeutscher Verlag GmbH, Wiesbaden

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Introduction to Emerging & Converging Technologies (ECT)
German / VO
3.00
2.00

Course description

This course imparts basic knowledge in the field of Emerging & Converging Technologies (ET/CT) as well as methods for identification, analysis and management of future technologies.

Methodology

Presentations, discussion of topics; homework as exercise part of the course in small groups, which have to be defended at the end of the course.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain basic conceptions and forecasted potentials of selected emerging technologies.
  • appraise dynamics of innovation in selected fields and apply the presented content and methods in simple cases.

Course contents

  • basic knowledge in the field of Emerging & Converging Technologies (ET/CT) in all areas, including societal Aspects and Standardization.
  • overview and assessment of potential for innovation of selected topics
  • methods for identification, analysis and management of future technologies

Prerequisites

According to the positioning of the course in the curriculum.

Literature

  • Lecturer’s Handouts
  • Fröhlich, J., Leitner, K.-H. und Weber, K.M. (Hrsg.), Innovationsforschung und Technologiepolitik in Österreich: Neue Perspektiven und Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten, Studienverlag, Wien
  • Donald E. Stokes (1997): Pasteur's Quadrant – Basic Science and Technological Innovation, Brookings Institution Press
  • Meyer, A./Schmidt, M./Wächter, P. (2011): Converging Technologies in Österreich. ITA Wien
  • Roco, M. C. und Bainbridge, W. S. (2002): Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive Science, Dordrecht, Springer
  • Robert G. Cooper, (2008), Perspective: The Stage Gate - Idea to Lauch Process Update, What's New and Next Gen Systems. (C) Stage Gate International
  • Scott J. Edgett, Michelle Jones, (2013, 2015): 10 (5) Tips for Successfully Implementing a Stage-Gate Product innovation process. (C) Stage Gate International
  • ECSEL Austria, bmvit, AustriaTech, ITS Austria, A3PS et al., (2016), Austrian Research, Development & Innovation Roadmap for Automated Vehicles.

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method, evaluation of the home exercise (in small groups) and of the final discussion at the end of the course
Specialization: Applying the Corporate Foresight Approach to selected fields of technology (SACF)
German / SE
3.00
2.00

Course description

This course highlights in form of a seminar the significance of external partners (e.g. technical universities, research facilities) for enterprises. Moreover it illustrates the urgency of including goals, roadmaps and action plans in the company’s’ and innovation strategies.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • plan and execute simple projects based on the cases presented in corporate foresight.
  • assess applicability of selected methods and techniques for corporate foresight and to present and discuss particular relevant projects.

Course contents

  • Discussion of current research questions (based on the course “Corporate Foresight”)
  • Studies of current research results
  • Development of own small concepts

Prerequisites

- courses of the first and second term

Literature

  • Wilhelmer, D., Nagel, R. (2013): Foresight Managementhandbuch. Das Gestalten von Open Innovation, Carl Auer Verlag
  • Rohrbeck R. (2010): Corporate Foresight. Towards a Maturity Model for the Future Orientation of a Firm. Physica-Verlag, Springer
  • Pillkahn, U. (2007): Trends und Szenarien als Werkzeuge zur Strategieent-wicklung. Wie sie die unternehmerische und gesellschaftliche Zukunft planen und gestalten. Erlangen (Publicis)
  • Müller, A. W., Müller-Stewens G. (2009): Strategic Foresight. Trend- und Zukunftsforschung in Unternehmen. Instrumente, Prozesse, Fallstudien. Stuttgart (Schäffer-Poeschel)

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method

4. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Master Thesis (MOD9)
German / kMod
24.00
0.00
Master's Thesis (MT)
German / SO
24.00
0.00
Thesis Begleitung (MOD10)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Advanced pratices on thesis writing (DSA)
German / SE
3.00
2.10
Principles of Technology Assessment (TFA)
German / ILV, FL
3.00
2.10