The course follows a double target: on the one hand students get a ground-laying understanding on several key topics on the management of organisation, operations and technological innovation, both, at a high academic standard and with an exposure to business practices. Introductory lectures enable all students to understand and discuss advanced topics presented by their peers in the second part of the course.|
On the other hand the preparation of small term papers presented to their peers helps students to get better prepared to write their master thesis. This course delivers state-of-the-art knowledge, skills and attitudes in business. Organisation, operations and technology management are presented based on two underlying links: an approach directed at innovations and a network perspective.
The course Management of Organisation, Operations and Technological Innovation(MOOTI) aims to develop a thorough identification and understanding of aspects of organising and managing innovation and operations needed to successfully survive in the marketplace. In its organisational content, the course focuses on organisational change and organisation of networks. Operations is targeting at optimisation of production and materials management. Technology management sets the basis of technology planning and introduces a set of management tools.|
The class consists of interactive introductory lectures on particular aspects of management of organisation, operations and technology management. Then, students form teams and prepare a small term paper, which they subsequently present to their peers. Topics extend the knowledge developed in the introductory lectures, which establish a common understanding in the class. Term papers reflect the current state-of-the-art which is analysed with the help of a comprehensive literature review.
Key words (4-5):
Technology Management, Organisation, Operations, Innovation Management, Organisation of Innovation, New Product Development
Learning goals (max. 5-6):
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Demonstrate mastery to the forefront of theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of basic concepts of organisation (organisational design, change, ambidexterity, organisation of innovation, network organisation), technology management (openinnovation, innovation theory, new product development process, cross-functional collaboration, tools like technology roadmaping and stage gate processing) and operations (production strategy, production improvement methods (Kanban, six sigma etc.), material management (the sourcing year cycle, sourcing strategies) and innovation of operations.
Critically reflect on literature contributions to the field of management of organisation, operations and of technological innovation
Apply theory in the analysis and improvement of the management and organisation of technological innovation in practice
Further the student will be able to write a literature reflecting seminar paper respecting form and scientific requirements, as well as being able to present results to the audience
Recommended prior knowledge:
A bachelor level understanding of organisational design (e.g. as explained in Daft (2007). Understanding the theory and design of organizations (int. ed.)), management of operations (e.g. as explained in Paton / Clegg / Hsuan / Pilkington (2010) Operations Management) as well as technology management and innovation (e.g. as explained in Tidd / Bessant (2009) Managing Innovation, 4th ed.).
Group paper (50%) and individual exam (50%). For the individual exam there is a re-sit, which follows the same rules as the first exam. For the group paper those groups who failed get a one month time slot to prepare a revision. Half of the additional points gained will be added to the grade.
Contribution to the programme learning outcomes:
1.1 demonstrate mastery to the forefront of theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of issues on organisation, operations and technology management. Introductory understanding on the functioning in cross-functional teams.
2.1 independently and critically describe, structure and analyse complex managerial problems and processes within the area organisation, operations and technology management. Is able to work autonomously and self-reliant on his part of the group work and is able to work in multidisciplinary teams. The latter is fostered by the course Mooti which brings together students with different educational backgrounds.
2.2 independently apply and/or test current theories, models and methods in the analysis of complex problems and processes within the area of organisation, operations and technology management
2.4 independently set up and manage complex projects and processes in the form of a collaborative literature research project writing a term paper
3.2 systematically collect, assess and analyse information from all relevant sources using advanced means, which is particular important to prepare the small term paper. The student has a thorough overview of the structure of research processes and is able to apply it to literature review. The student is able to integrate existing knowledge and research results for designing, validating, and selecting solutions in relatively complex cases. Moreover, the student has an overview of implementation methods and processes and is able to - critically analyze ongoing or finished implementation processes. Is able to conduct a bibliographic search and knows how to reference correctly
3.4 prepare a structured presentation in business style on a course topic in organisation, operations and technology managementto both specialist and non-specialist audiences
Knowledge integration with other courses:
This course is a required standard course for all master students of the relevant studies. As such, it provides the foundation for further specialisation in the selected topics.
Assumed previous knowledge |Required materials-Recommended materials|
|Course materialScientific papers|
|Self study without assistance|
|Exam & (group) assignment|