Professor Product Innovation
Start date: 26 January 2023
University: Luleå University of Technology, Mälardalen University, Royal Institute of Technology
Target group: PhD Student, Industry
Academy: Product Development Academy (PDA)
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The course aims to provide a basic understanding and knowledge of research in engineering management of product development in industrial contexts.
ONLINE but perhaps compemented with physical meetings and industry visits if possible for the participants.
The course is part 4 of the 20 HEC four-module-PhD course on Engineering Product Development (EPD). Please refer to: The Product Development Academy (PDA), Sweden
Professionals and PhD candidates in product development research and practice.
MSc in Engineering or similar.
Fee for industrial members
7 500 SEK
Upon completion of the course the participants should have:
The course is organized in 6 sessions. PREL DATES:
1st session Course introduction 26 Jan 2023
Time: 12.00-12.45 via zoom.
Content: Course introduction (topic, readings and assignments). Introduction of literature. Present the course assignments, (1): Literature review and (2) Individual case project. Planning of course sessions and short introduction to the individual case projects. Confirmation of all dates.
Aim: To give an overview of the course content and planning.
2nd and 3rd session: Strategy, processes and execution (14 and 16 Feb)
Time: Tuesday February 14: 9.00-11.30; Thursday February 16: 14.00-16.30 via zoom.
Content: Company strategy, Business Modeling and Product strategies and management (mission, vision, goals, values, branding, R&D/R&I strategy, product portfolio, product architectures and risks, scenario development and trends). Product development and engineering processes and execution (integrated/lean product development, project management, decision making and managing complexity). Organization of product development. Innovation capability and creativity. Information and knowledge management. Communication. Teambuilding and Leadership. Planning of individual course assignments (research design).
Aim: To give an overview of the role and importance of engineering management, specifically for product development in an industrial context.
4th and 5th session: Organization and knowledge management (13 and 15 March)
Time: Monday afternoon March 13: 13-16.30; Wednesday morning March 15: 8.30-11.30 via zoom.
Content: Product development and engineering processes and execution (integrated/lean product development, project management, decision making and managing complexity). Industrial design (user perceptions and experiences, design aspects related to product development and company strategy). State of practice. Design Thinking as approach to engineering management. Customer Journey as a method for business development. Research methods for engineering management.
Course participants’ presentation of their (1) literature reviews (Session 4), and (2) progress of “individual case” projects (Session 5).
Aim: To give further insights of some critical aspects of engineering management and how to conduct research within the area.
6th session: Research and practice of engineering management, course project presentation (16-17 May)
Time: Tuesday afternoon May 16: 13-17; Wednesday morning May 17: 8.30-12, via zoom.
Content: Participants’ presentation of their course assignments. Discussion, feedback and reflections on the individual case projects. Condensed summary of course content. Evaluation of the course and learning outcomes.
Aim: To share knowledge through the course participants’ individual case projects as illustration of various aspects of engineering management research. Discuss outcomes of the course.
The course is organized in the following way: The first session is an online meeting (zoom), where the course is introduced and the course assignments are presented. Due to corona restrictions, all sessions 2021 will be online.
The second-fifth sessions provide a condensed mix of theory and hands on exercises, including the industrial view on engineering management for product development. The course provides an overview to the subjects introduced, with the opportunity for each participants to further study selected parts indepth in the course assignments. The participants’ literature assignment is presented at the third session.
The final session includes presentation of participants’ project assignment, discussions to conclude the course, and course evaluation.
Course assignments for each participant:
Course assignments shall be submitted during the course, and a revised version of the individual case project report can be submitted no later than two weeks after the final session.
Schilling, Melissa A., Strategic management of technological innovation. 5th edition. New York, NY. McGraw-Hill Education. Selected recommended literature (papers and/or book chapters) complemented during the course.
The course is examined through active participation at the sessions, presentation of course assignments including the written report presented and delivered at the end of the course.
Assignments will be reviewed and commented by the teachers. Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck is the course examiner.