Technology and Innovation Management

Module Overview

We offer a comprehensive portfolio of courses in technology & innovation management and project management. Our courses range from offering fundamental concepts, over core management topics to research or practice deep dives. We bridge from research to practice and offer students the opportunity to critically reflect upon opportunities for managing change and future growth of organizations.

Equal opportunities for participation
We aim at offering all students, independent of individual circumstances, an equal opportunity for participation in our modules. All relevant information about our modules will always be published on ISIS. It is our ambition to deliver our modules barrier-free.

Up-to-date information on our modules can be found here.

Fundamentals

Organisation and Innovation Management © TU Berlin/TIM

Organisation and Innovation Management

Part Innovation Management

summer & winter term

This module provides students with initial insights into the opportunities and challenges of innovations. The sub-module integrates an e-learning approach with game-based learning. Here, students in teams tackle a specific product development task in a simulated corporate environment. This culminates in a 3-day block event (Innovate! Festival), where attendance is mandatory.

The structure of the sub-module is as follows:

1. Interactive Preparation Online-Module: This module prepares students for the upcoming festival days with an interactive introduction to the topic.

2. Practical Focus – Innovate! Festival: The main focus of this phase is the real product development of a Painting Robot. Within simulated organizational structures, students participate in a competition. In this context, they face a variety of challenges - from implementing innovations, identifying customer needs, overcoming IPR challenges, to addressing sustainability issues. The festival offers an intensive platform for hands-on engagement with innovation management, supplemented by theoretical reflections and practice-oriented lectures.

3. Online Post-Module: After the conclusion of the festival, an asynchronous online module enables students to reflect on and delve deeper into their experiences. This is reinforced by online lectures, short videos, and selected sections from the textbook, all made available on ISIS to guide the learning process.

Fundamentals of Project Management © TU Berlin/TIM

Fundamentals of Project Management

Serious Game Approach

summer & winter term

- Develop a comprehensive understanding of managing projects from defining the project organization to planning and execution.
- Understand the challenges of building high-performing project teams.
- Engage in project analysis and development of deliverables with peers in interdisciplinary groups.
- Explore and understand the potential of project management for career paths within your field.
- Acquire more in-depth knowledge about the project management practice through a serious games approach methodology intended to provide students with situational and real context scenarios to address and resolve project management challenges.

TIM research and final thesis seminar

summer & winter term

Write your bachloer thesis in the context of one of our research projects.
Get structured and systematic supervision from our research fellows.
Learn the basic rules and methods of scientific work.
Acquire competences in systematic literature analysis.
Benefit from the feedback of your peers in success teams.

Core modules

Corporate Innovation Management © TU Berlin/TIM

Corporate Innovation Management

winter term

Understand innovation management as a corporate task defining and managing the corporate innovation system
Gain insights into the factors that shape innovation in established firms, such as strategies for innovation, business models, organizational culture, and collaboration for innovation
Join in for active group discussions, linking conceptual models, empirical research results, and a practice-oriented tool approach
Apply your knowledge to practical case studies, develop abilities to translate research into practical advice, and engage in active discussions

Innovation Managment — Process and Actors © TU Berlin/TIM

Innovation Management Process and Actors

summer term

Discover innovation management from a process and project perspective
Understand how innovation processes are embedded in central elements of the organizational structure and how they interact
Understand the role of actors and teams, as well as their functions in different phases of the innovation process
Apply your knowledge in a real-life assessment of innovation management practices with selected corporate partners

Strategic Project Managment and Agile Organization © TU Berlin/TIM

Strategic Project Management and Agile Organization

winter term

Learn about enterprise-wide project landscapes and their strategic and operative aspects
Understand and discuss tasks, contents, and challenges of strategic project management
Discuss the main project management concepts emphasizing (digital) transformation with a specific focus on agile organizations
Integrate advanced management elements to embrace successful digital initiatives
Apply each concept to a practical case for understanding the complexities of implementation

Technology Management © TU Berlin/TIM

Technology Management

summer term

Gain insights into strategic and operational tasks of technology management
Learn how organizations can actively manage existing and emerging technologies
Understand technology development trajectories and their interplay with corporate innovation
Explore possibilities to conduct technology foresight and analyze technology life-cycles
Develop skills in evaluating concrete technologies through own research by using patent databases etc.

Research & Practice Deep-Dive

Innovation Management — Advanced Research Seminar © TU Berlin/TIM

Advanced Research Seminar – Innovation Management

summer & winter term *** not this winter term 2023/2024 *** -

Develop new research perspectives and questions based on existing innovation research literature
Learn to digest literature in order to develop convincing conceptual models supporting specific research questions
Evaluate different empirical approaches and develop empirical research designs to address your research question
Engage in productive research discussion with your peers
Explore and develop possibilities for master theses

Managing Innovative Projects © TU Berlin/TIM

Managing Innovative Projects

summer term

Work with a real-life case from corporate practice
Apply advanced project management skills to solve a corporate challenge
Understand and dissect the complexities of innovative projects
Learn to integrate sustainability as a central objective for projects and corporate development
Develop concrete management solutions and become challenged by experienced project and corporate managers

Industry Spotlight on Innovation Management © TU Berlin/TIM

Industry Spotlight on Innovation Management

winter term

Explore a specific innovation management approach through a real-life case
Learn how converging technology portfolios and R&D synergies drive decision-making
Understand how corporate tactics are developed and implemented and how the firm interacts with relevant stakeholders in innovative endeavors
Discuss with managers actively involved in shaping corporate innovation endeavors, understand how organization culture is created and reflect upon career options with experienced managers