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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?

This course will be held fully digital.

  • 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

Dear students,

as the exam for the course "Managing the Front End of Innovation" will take place online as a take-home exam in open-book format in this winter term (2021/22) again, there will be a test run on November 25th, 2 pm (14 Uhr).

To register for the test run, please send an email to Lisa Welzenbach (welzenbach(at), indicating your full name, your matriculation number and your campus email address. The deadline for registration is November 18th (3 pm). To receive the test exam, please make sure to de-activate the forwarding function of your campus account as well as that you have sufficient storage for receiving emails.
Please note that the test exam is not course-specific but rather aims to help you in familiarizing yourself with the technical procedure of online exams.

The procedure implemented in the winter term 2021/2022 for conducting take-home open-book examinations has proven successful and will remain unchanged in terms of organisation and technology. You can also find information on the organisation of examinations at the website of ISC

Exam registration (via LSF): tba
Cancellation of registration: tba

Exam Winter Term 2021/2022

22nd December, 2021 16:00 - 18:00 online

For more information, please contact Lisa Welzenbach welzenbach(at)