(1) Participants learn to identify operational constraints in current operations and services and to design solutions using emerging digital technologies that address those constraints.
(2) Participants become familiar with different innovation management perspectives and learn how to apply them for solving real-life innovation problems.
The course is built around a number of implemented or proposed innovative solutions in operations and services. These innovative solutions are presented by invited guest lecturers from industry or leading research groups. Together with guest lecturers students identify a further improvement challenge for which further innovation is needed. In small groups students develop a proposal for an improved solution which is then presented to the whole class and evaluated.
The course starts with students reading the introductory materials and returning a pre-assignment.
Both design propositions and evaluations are conducted in a group. Each group develops one design proposal and evaluate all proposals of the other groups.
The individual concluding assignment is for synthesizing and applying the learning from the group work.
Assessment Methods and Criteria:
Students are required to have completed an individual pre-assignment to join the groups for solution design and evaluation of designs.
5 cr. version: assessment based on individual pre-assignment, group’s design assignment presentation, group’s evaluations of peer’s design assignments, and the concluding individual assignment.
3 cr. version: assessment based on individual pre-assignment, group’s design assignment presentation and group’s evaluations of peer’s design assignments.
A selection of research articles provide students with useful tools and theoretical frameworks for problem framing, design proposal development and evaluation.
Responsible teachers: Jan Holmström, Jaakko Siltaloppi
5 cr. version: Thematic sessions, including visiting lectures and student presentations 36h; group activity 18h; individual study 30h to 40h: individual concluding assignment 30h to 40h
3 cr. version: Thematic sessions, including visiting lectures and student presentations 36h; group activity 18h; individual study 30h to 40h