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Master Seminar: "Innovating for Impact" Winter Term

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Spanjol
Assistant: Alessandra Gessl

This course will likely be held in a mixture of online and in-person formats in the winter term 2023/2024. Detailed instructions on the concrete organization of the seminar will be communicated to all accepted students via e-mail on October 13th.

What is this course about?

Businesses are increasingly required to not only consider the economic or financial consequences of their practices but also how these affect the environment, other stakeholders, and society in general. The seminar will explore topics concerning the impact of innovations along multiple dimensions. Students will be expected to conduct a literature review and empirical analysis of innovation in targeted contexts or settings. The aim is to experiment with and explore data, its analysis forms, advantages and disadvantages while obtaining insight into different theoretical lenses applied in innovation research.

How is the seminar conducted?

  • The seminar is held in English (instructions, presentations, and final paper) with some elements (data) in German.
  • You will work in teams.
  • To most effectively provide guidance to students, the maximum number of participants is limited to 15.
  • We are planning three mandatory and three voluntary meeting sessions for this seminar (see schedule below or LSF).
  • Per examination guidelines, your attendance at the kick-off session makes your participation in the seminar binding.
  • Course credit: 6 ECTS
  • If you are interested in pursuing a master thesis at the IIM, this seminar is prerequisite. (Please also see the guidelines for Master Theses on the ISC website).
  • Examination: Presentation (15 minutes per student) and seminar paper (22,200 signs per student). Each examination part accounts for 50% of the final seminar grade.

What will I gain from this course?

The objective of this course is to provide students an opportunity to conduct a structured inquiry into a specific and relevant research question through a scientific research project. Special attention will be paid to identifying theoretical and managerial contributions in the research paper and translating between managerial questions and scientific body of knowledge, writing a scientific paper, and presenting the findings. This seminar also serves as a preparation for students who are interested in writing a master thesis on topics related to innovation management.

How can I participate?
You can apply until October 10th, 2023 at 17:00 h by sending an email to containing one combined pdf.-file, which should include
  • a short letter of motivation (~half page),
  • your CV, and
  • current transcript of records (Notenspiegel). 
Acceptance/rejection notifications will be sent to you no later than Friday, October 13th, 2023.

The application process for WOS-Master students:
Apply until October 13th, 2023 at 23:59 by sending an email to containing one combined .pdf-file including: a short letter of motivation (~half page), your CV, and current transcript of records (Notenspiegel).

What is the course schedule?

The course schedule can be found in LSF.

Please notice that this schedule might be adapted.

For more information please review LSF or contact Alessandra Gessl