Topic outline

  • Course overview: Learning objectives, content and assessment

    ATTENTION: Autumn 2020 remote teaching

    • Introduction and closing lecture on Zoom
    • Participation requires completing a pre-assignment
    • Guest lectures and student presentations on Zoom (Students divided in two groupings, with either Thursday or Friday Zoom sessions)
    • Lectures on innovation management topics are pre-recorded for students to follow individually
    • Weekly learning diary is done based on the recorded lectures and other assigned learning materials
    • Weekly design assignment and design evaluations are group work
    • Grading based on pre-assignment, participation in online sessions, group work, and learning diary

    Learning Objectives:

    (1) Learn to identify operational constraints in current operations and services
    (2) Propose solution designs using emerging technologies that address those constraints and enable new ways of operating

    (3) Become familiar with different innovation management perspectives and learn how to apply them for solving real-life innovation problems

    Learning activities:

    The course is built around a number of implemented or proposed innovative solutions in operations management. These innovative solutions are presented by invited guest lecturers from industry and leading research groups. Together with guest lecturers students identify a new design problem 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 assignment and evaluations are conducted in a group. Each group develops one design and evaluate all designs of the other groups.

    An individual learning diary is written and returned for evaluation each week.

    Assessment Methods and Criteria:

    Students are required to have completed the individual pre-assignment to join the groups for design and evaluation of designs.

    Overall assessment based on individual pre-assignment, participation in the teaching sessions, group’s design, group’s evaluations of peer group’s designs assignments, and the learning diary.

    Study Material:

    Guest lecturer's presentation material.

    Student groups' design presentations.

    Video lectures on innovation management.

    Research articles providing students with useful tools and theoretical frameworks for problem framing, design proposal development and evaluation.

    Responsible teachers: Jan Holmström, Jaakko Siltaloppi


    Total 134h (Pre-assignment 14h; remote weekly teaching sessions 30h; independent weekly study and learning diaries 48h; recap and final learning diary 10h; Group work on design assignment 24h; group work on weekly peer feedback and self-evaluation of own design assignment 8h)