Innovating for Impact Winter 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 | Winter Semester | 6 ECTS


Master Seminar: "Innovating for Impact" Winter Term
Institute for Innovation Management
Prof. Dr. Jelena Spanjol
Alessandra Gessl
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 winter term
Examination Guidelines / Attendance
Per examination guidelines, your attendance at the kick-off session makes your participation in the seminar binding.
Application / Participation
BWL-students are welcome to apply by sending an email to Alessandra Gessl ( with
- a brief letter of motivation (~half page),
- CV,
- current grade transcript (Notenspiegel)
by October 10th, 2023 at 17:00.

WOS-students are welcome to apply by sending an email to Alessandra Gessl ( with
- a brief letter of motivation (~half page),
- CV,
- current grade transcript (Notenspiegel)
by October 13th, 2023 at 23:59.

Acceptance / rejections will be sent to you no later than Friday, October 13th, 2023
Course content
Businesses are increasingly required to not only consider the economic or financial consequences of their practices but also how these affect the environment, other stakeholders, and society in general. Special attention is paid to identifying theoretical and managerial contributions and translating between managerial questions and scientific body of knowledge, writing a scientific paper, and presenting the findings.
Course objective
The objective of this course is to provide students an opportunity to conduct a structured inquiry into a specific and relevant research question through a scientific research project. This seminar also serves as a preparation for students who are interested in writing a master thesis on topics related to innovation management.
Curse schedule
The course schedule can be found in LSF.
Please notice that this chedule might be adapted.
For more information please review LSF or contact Alessandra Gessl
Exam registration
Cancellation of registration

How is the seminar conducted?

  • You will work in teams.
  • To most effectively provide guidance to students, the maximum number of participants is limited to 15.
  • We are planning three mandatory and three voluntary meeting sessions for this seminar (see schedule below or LSF).