After this module, students are able to:
- Understand the complexity and multi-level and multifaceted dimensions of strategizing in sustainable regional development
- Understand the dynamics of entrepreneurial processes and the interplay between private and public parties and interest affecting these processes.
- Integrate and employ an interdisciplinary (theoretical) approach to investigating and solving a regional sustainable challenge
- Analyse and account for stakeholders interest throughout the design thinking phases including addressing the ethical implications for each stakeholder involved.
Professional skills bounded to subject/context
- Are able to effectively involve relevant stakeholders in exploring and finding solutions to ideas for regional sustainable development following the design thinking principle
- Work collaboratively and in interdisciplinary settings in such context.
- Able to demonstrate the potential impact for regional development to a broader group of stakeholders including cost/benefits and ethical considerations.
In this module, students can already make their mark on the world by using and expanding their competences in the entrepreneurial process of regional sustainable development and setting up supply chains that connects supply and demand. In a nutshell, students will learn what new public management entails, the underlying psychological and entrepreneurial processes and the role of communication applied in the context of regional sustainable development. This learning experience will help students to sustain their future careers in important ways because students know what it takes to strategize when faced by complex challenges in many domains of society and have developed important social and practical competences to actually embark on such challenges and create favorable outcomes.
This on minor puts the student in the front seat of their own learning process but this comes with a responsibility of students and educational staff. This minor is open to all third-year bachelor and pre-master students enrolled in programs at the University of Twente regardless of their background. However, students must have a general interest in sustainable regional development. Furthermore, students must be interested to expand their knowledge of theoretical domains of entrepreneurship, psychology, new public governance and communication. Also, students need to be interested to apply these different theoretical domains to explore valuable socio-technological solutions to real-life challenges on a learning by doing basis. In doing so, students will benefit from deep-learning in multidisciplinary settings and gain important transferable skills valuable to advance their future careers.
Working with external stakeholders is a key feature of this minor. This minor considers external stakeholders as challenge providers. Challenge providers can be any regional party (citizen groups, networks, communities, entrepreneurs, municipalities, consultants, or policy makers) with an idea for regional sustainable development. However, it is important that there is no solution readily available and that the case/idea is complex and even controversial. Given the joint interest and efforts, challenge providers too are invited to engage and learn with the student team assigned to their challenge. In practice, this means that challenge providers are willing to participate in weekly meetings with their team to provide feedback and reflect on the progress including the final solution offered to them.