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Bachelor Specialization Module: Technology & Innovation II "Managing the Front End of Innovation"

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Spanjol
AssistantLisa Welzenbach

What is this course about?

How did a firm decide to introduce a particular new product (good or service)? Out of all the possible new offerings, what guides management to pick one concept over another? How is the set of possible new offerings even populated? All these questions pertain to what is commonly known as the “front end of innovation” (FEI) – a complex process with many uncertainties to manage.

What will I gain from this course?

In this course, we will examine different approaches to and models of the front end of innovation. Our focus will be on techniques and tools for managing the complexities and uncertainties within that initial phase of innovation, examining in particular the research-ideation-prototyping sequence of activities. You will learn about perspectives and techniques drawn from psychology, design, and engineering in the lectures and apply them through brief (mostly in-class) exercises during the tutorials. By the end of the course, you should be familiar with the management challenges the front end of innovation poses, and corresponding potential solutions.

How is the course conducted?

  • You will do all of your work in English, and we will deliver all instruction in English.
  • We are following a block format for this course (see schedule below).
  • There are two tutorial groups which will deliver the same material – please pick one and attend that tutorial throughout the course. This is important, so we can most effectively conduct the tutorials and you can derive the benefit from the activities we have planned.
  • This course concludes with a 120 min. exam (further information will be provided during the lectures and tutorial)
  • This course is part of the Technology & Innovation specialization sequence (Technology & Innovation II).
  • Course credit: 6 ECTS

What is the course schedule?

Note: the schedule is subject to change; please check back often LSF

Exam inspection "Managing the Front End of Innovation" winter term 2021/22

Dear students,

the digital inspection for the exam "Managing the Front End of Innovation" will take place on April 27th, 2022, from 10 am to 12 pm (via Zoom).

To register for the exam inspection, please send an email to welzenbach(at)lmu.de with the following details:

Email subject: Exam inspection registration "Managing the Front End of Innovation"
Email content: matriculation number, full name, campus email address

Please note that the deadline for registering for the inspection is March 31st, 2022 (no exceptions will be made).
You will receive further information regarding the concrete (digital) inspection procedure no later than April 11th, 2022.

Thank you!

Re-take Exam Summer Term 2022

DateTimeWhere

30th June, 2022

18:00-20:00

GSP 1, Raum M218

Dear students,

the re-take exam for the course "Managing the Front End of Innovation" will take place on June 30th, 2021 from 6-8pm (18:00-20:00). Please note that the re-take exam in the summer term 2022 will take place as an in-person event (as of April 2022). Regarding the content of the re-take exam, please refer to the lecture and tutorial material discussed in the winter term 2021/22.

Please note that you have to register for the exam via LSF to participate. Without timely registration, you cannot take part in the exam!

  • Exam registration (via LSF): 03.05.2022 – 17.06.2022
  • Cancellation of registration: 03.05.2022 – 24.06.2022