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Master of Business Research (MBR) / PhD Seminar "Research in Social Innovation"

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Spanjol
Assistant:  TBA

Please note that this course requires an application and is limited to Master of Science, Master of Business Research, and PhD students across disciplines interested in social innovation. Given the nature of the course, enrollment is limited to 15 students.

To apply, please send an up-to-date CV and transcript, along with a short statement of interest (one paragraph), to by 5pm on Thursday, 28.09.2017. You will receive a notification confirming your participation by Thursday, 05.10.2017.

What is this course about?

This seminar is designed for PhD / Master of Business Research students in fields related to innovation. It provides an overview of the emergent field of social innovation, with a critical evaluation of different perspectives and theoretical lenses on the topic. Our primary objective in this seminar, thus, is to expose each of you to some of the thinking – in management, marketing, and related disciplines – on the topic of social motivation for and social impact of innovation. Furthermore, the objective of the seminar is to facilitate in-depth understanding of the theories, concepts, models, and paradigms that collectively form the foundation for the broader field of innovation research.

What will I gain from this course?

Our seminar will seek to provide:

  1. Exposure to key theoretical streams in the area;
  2. Familiarity with the issues, methods and findings in the area;
  3. Skills in critiquing the literature, defining research problems and writing scientific papers in this area.

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).
  • Course credit: 6 ECTS

What is the course schedule?

(Note: the schedule is subject to change; lease check back often).

  • Tuesday, 21.11.2017, 14:00-17:00         Kick-off Session
  • Tuesday, 28.11.2017, 14:00-17:00         Discussion Meeting 1
  • Tuesday, 05.12.2017, 14:00-17:00         Discussion Meeting 2
  • Wednesday, 13.12.2017, 14:00-17:00   Discussion Meeting 3
  • Tuesday, 19.12.2017, 12:00-17:00         Presentations & Extended Abstract Due
  • Friday, 22.12.2017, by 17:00                  Peer Review of Extended Abstract Due
  • Tuesday, 23.01.2018, by 17:00              Final Research Proposal Due

Note: All meetings will be held in Kaulbachstr. 45/II, Room 202.

For more information, please see the full syllabus. You can also contact the administrative office at the IIM ( LSF information.