- Assessment methods
- Learning objectives
- Delivery method
- Teaching methods
For students attending class, the final valuation is based on in-class interaction and working groups/personal assignments. Specifically students will work in small groups, assisted by mentors, to identify, fine-tune and present a solution to the presented challenges.
Tailor-made work assignments will be assigned by the teacher to students who are not able to attend the class.
The goal of the evaluation is to assess the student’s ability to interact with mentors and peers as well as his/her ability to process the information learned, gather additional information and synthetically pitch in front of an audience.
To succeed, students must obtain not less than 18 (eighteen) out of 30 (thirty). Students whose groupwork obtain a total sum higher than 30 are entitled to pass the exam with honor (cum laude).
Managing innovation is one of the most critical tasks companies face, and yet it remains one of the biggest challenges. Having a great idea is not enough. You need to crunch data and run alternative scenarios to assess its feasibility.
The course is conceived as being interactive and aims at providing the basics for understanding how to explore and, above-all, to exploit opportunities. In doing so, students will learn more about the initial difficulties typically arising when entrepreneurs aim at introducing innovation to the real world.
The course is conceived as a “boot camp”. During the camp, students will have the unique opportunity to work on concrete cases and critically analyze and review relevant data sources.
The ultimate goal is to produce an in-depth analysis of European innovative startup ecosystems.
At the end of the course students have to prove they (1) have learned the specific technical language skills, and (2) can manage the appropriate analytical tools – presented during the course – to provide (and present) an in-depth analysis for the proposed challenges.
Stage and thesis opportunities with the selected company may also arise.
Startups and innovation (front lectures):
o High-innovative startups and their growth path:
o Exploration and exploitation of technologies and market opportunities
o How to fund innovation
Innovation Boot Camp:
o Framing innovation opportunities around Europe
o Specific “innovation challenge” presentation (selected for the semester)
o Activities to be performed:
o Big data crunch and analysis
o Relevant data source analysis
o Data presentation
At the beginning of the course, details re: the selected “innovation challenge” for the course will be provided to students.
The detailed program along with the schedule of the lessons will be published also on the e-learning platform.
-Ries E. (2011), The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, Crown Business.
-MTB Open Innovation in Europe (2017), http://mindthebridge.com/mtb-open-innovation-europe-2017/
- Weiblen, T., & Chesbrough, H. W. 2015. Engaging with startups to enhance corporate innovation. California Management Review, 57(2): 66-90.
- Additional readings will be communicated in class and slides will be uploaded on e-learning platform
Lectures, case discussions, groupwork, presentation
Office hours as indicated in the professor's homepage.