This course aims at giving students experience in performing an analysis involving a combination of aspects in order to optimize the success of a product innovation process. Taking technologies relevant for the participants (in business or as private persons), as a case of a rapidly evolving technological field, we example cases of sustainable innovation, combined with state-of-art literature to give an overview of different methods being applied to guide the development.
Students will formulate their own project and work in groups on a selected case of emerging technology, and during the course present their analysis in a presentation and report. The aim is to account for the choice of method and then to formulate a substantiated recommendation for optimal development of the technology the students have been investigating.
The project cases will be developed by the students and may be based on an industrial collaborator, a research project, or a technology you find interesting in surveying to locate new potentials for innovation and development, maybe even in your further work after the course.
The course hence gives a functional introduction and hands-on experience for performing basic actor network analysis, life cycle screening, and technology assessments, but given the time constraints it will not give a full in-depth explanation on these methods.