Innovating for Impact Summer Term

The master seminar empowers students to explore topics around the multidimensional impacts of innovation using a rigorous & scientific approach.

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Quick Info: Master | Seminar | English | Summer Semester | 6 ECTS


Innovating for Impact
Institute for Innovation Managment
Prof. Dr. Jelena Spanjol
Zhuoer Qiu
Target Group
Presentation (15 minutes per student) and seminar paper (22,200 signs per student). Each examination part accounts for 50% of the final seminar grade.
Feeding and Managing the Innovation Pipeline & New Products: From Ideas to Markets (recommended)

If you are interested in pursuing a master thesis at the IIM, this seminar is prerequisite. (Please also see the guidelines for Master Theses on the ISC website).
Course Material
Kick-off slides and recommended readings
Every summer term
Application / Participation
Students are welcome to apply by sending an email to Zhuoer Qiu with (1) a half-page letter of motivation, (2) CV, and (3) current grade transcript (Notenspiegel) by Monday, April 8, 2024, at 17:00.

Acceptance/rejection notifications will be sent to students no later than Friday, April 12, 2024, at 23:59.
Course content
The seminar provides students an opportunity to conduct a structured inquiry into a specific and relevant research question through a scientific research project. For the duration of the semester, student work in teams to produce an original academic research paper. The seminar topics focus on innovation-related questions.
Course objective
The seminar is dedicated to helping students develop their academic reading, writing, and research skills. Special attention will be paid to identifying theoretical and managerial contributions in the research paper and translating between managerial questions and scientific body of knowledge, writing a scientific paper, and presenting the findings. This seminar also serves as a preparation for students who are interested in writing a master thesis on topics related to innovation management.
Exam registration
Cancellation of registration

Please note that the schedule is preliminary and subject to change. Please check back often in LSF.

What is this course about?

Innovation is the hallmark of a firm that grows, prospers, and makes its mark on both the industry and the world. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that more than half of the new products are a flop: They fail to meet the profit targets. Such consequences could be devastating, as a new product launch is by far the best mean of achieving higher growth, which also helps firms secure the profits necessary to finance future innovation. Understanding what might contribute to innovation flop, and how to mitigate the adverse factors is important to firm management.

What will I gain from this course?

Students will deepen their academic writing skills: Understanding how to define research questions, conduct a literature review, report on approaches, and write a research paper. In terms of method, students will learn to adopt an empirical-first approach to conduct research that is motivated by a real-world phenomenon, problem, or observation. Upon defining the research questions, students explore and analyze data collected from accessible archival sources, with the aim to add new insights to the literature.

How is the seminar conducted?

  • The seminar is held in English (instructions, presentations, and final paper) with some elements (data) in German.
  • You will work in teams.
  • To most effectively provide guidance to students, the maximum number of participants is limited to 15.
  • Per examination guidelines, your attendance at the kick-off session makes your participation in the seminar binding.