TH Köln

Master Digital Sciences

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Module »Innovation Management« (INM)

Organizational Details

Responsible for the module
Prof. Dr. Irma Lindt (Faculty F10)
Offered in
Winter Semester (Duration 1 Semester)
Campus Gummersbach, or remote
Number of participants
minimum 6, maximum 30
Total effort 180h
Total contact time
64h (32h lecture / 32h exercise)
Time for self-learning
116h (containing 32h self-organized project work)
Project (during semester)
Competences taught by the module
Develop Visions, Analyze Domains, Deploy Products
General criteria covered by the module
Internationalization, Interdisciplinarity, Digitization, Transfer

Mapping to Focus Areas

Below, you find the module's mapping to the study program's focus areas. This is done as a contribution to all relevant focus areas (in ECTS, and content-wise). This is also relevant for setting the module in relation to other modules, and tells to what extent the module might be part of other study programs.

Focus Area ECTS (prop.) Module Contribution to Focus Area
Empowering Business 1

Understanding a given business context as basis for subsequent innovation activities

Acting Responsibly 1

Challenging the status quo and reflecting how a desirable society and economy of the future would look like

Designing Innovations and Products 4

Selecting and applying innovation methods and innovation tools to design new services, products and processes

Learning Outcome

Students are able to create new ideas and innovation concepts in teams.

They get to know several innovation management methods and tools and can select and use them.

The practical innovation management knowledge that will be taught in this course will be useful to contribute to IT and innovation teams in the professional careers of the students.

Module Content

  1. Introduction to Innovation Management
  2. Innovation Culture, Thinking Preferences, Problem formulation and Brainstorming tools
  3. Megatrends & Foresight
  4. Creativity & Creativity Methods
  5. Assessing and shaping ideas
  6. Innovation Process, Innovation Strategy and Innovation Controlling
  7. Design Thinking
  8. Analytical Innovation Methods, e.g. Blue Ocean Strategy
  9. Business Model Canvas
  10. Open Innovation, Inspiration from Science Fiction
  11. Patent Management
  12. Facilitation

Forms of Teaching and Learning

The modul focusses on the practial use of different innovation methods and tools. Innovation methods are first introduced, then practised in small exercises and finally, they can be applied in the student projects.

Learning Material Provided by Lecturer

All materials used in the module will be made available in Ilias.


  • Vahs, Dietmar & Brem, Alexander. (2015). Innovationsmanagement - von der Idee zur erfolgreichen Vermarktung.
  • Lewrick, Michael, Patrick Link, Larry Leifer. (2017). Das Design Thinking Playbook: Mit traditionellen, aktuellen und zukünftigen Erfolgsfaktoren
  • Drucker, Peter. (1986). Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • de Bono, E. (2009): Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, Penguin.
  • Kim, W. & Mauborgne, Renée. (2004). Blue Ocean Strategy. Harvard business review.
  • Hurson, Tim. (2007). Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking.
  • Osterwalder, A., Y. Pigneur: Business Model Generation, 2010.