Management of Digital Innovation


Course Objective

Academic & research skills: Be able to critically examine established
and new innovation management concepts in the area of digital innovation

Knowledge: Knowledge of the technological, organizational, processual,
and economic aspects of the management of digital innovation

Professional social skills: Ability to work effectively in teams and
communicate on project findings

Self awareness: Ability to reflect about the learning process itself,
which enables students to take responsibility for their own learning and
knowledge creation

Course Content

The digitization of products, services and business models requires an
effective approach to the management of innovation. Innovation is
increasing in speed and scope and becoming more disruptive with the
digitization of business. The management of digital innovation can draw
upon established innovation management concepts, but some existing
approaches may have limited relevance and even be counterproductive. New
concepts are emerging but their reach and effectiveness are yet to be
tested. Therefore this course explores innovation management for
products, services and business models that incorporate digital
technologies, with simultaneous attention for technology, process,
organization and industrial dynamics.

The course will be organized around three interrelated topics:
basic properties of digital innovation (e.g. layered modular
architecture, digital materiality, digital platforms); industrial
dynamics associated with digital innovation (industry disruption,
network economics, ecosystems and collaboration); and innovation
processes for digital innovation (e.g. traditional and agile approaches,
entrepreneurial approach).

The course will center around assignments that will be organized as
“course research”. Students apply concepts to real life cases and
examine the validity and usefulness of existing innovation management
concepts as well as new theories focused on digital innovation.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Individual assignments
Group assignments
Peer evaluation


A list of academic articles will be provided via Canvas before the start
of the course.

Target Audience

This course is only open for students of the programmes:
Digital Business & Innovation
Science, Business & Innovation

Recommended background knowledge

Basic knowledge of innovation management and organization studies.

General Information

Course Code E_BA_MDI
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. P.R. Tuertscher
Examiner dr. P.R. Tuertscher
Teaching Staff dr. S.A. Rijsdijk
dr. P.R. Tuertscher
prof. dr. ir. J.J. Berends
dr. ir. F. Deken

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group