Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session


This course introduces new product development. Topics include technology transfer, relations between science and technology, and the innovation process.

1 Introduction
2 Technology transfer: Where and how do new product ideas originate?
3 Relations between science and technology
4 The technological gatekeeper: Care and feeding
5 Reward systems for engineers and scientists
6 The innovation process: How should we organize?

Examples of the use of physical space to accomplish organizational goals

Guest lecturer: Prof. Gunter Henn


Some examples: Steelcase; BMW FIZ; Skoda; Volkswagen's Glass Factory

Guest lecturer: Prof. Gunter Henn

9 The downside of project organization: Conformity and the aging of project teams
10 The matrix: Curse or asset?
11 Physical space and its interaction with organizational space
12 Effects of geographical location on communication patterns
13 Student reports