PhD Course: Innovative Processes and their Staging

The course adresses classical and recent perspectives on innovative processes such as the tensions between explorative and exploitative approaches as well as innovation as network formation. It adresses the possiblities for enabling innovative processes through the navigation of broader concerns considering use and sustainability as well as the creation of new paths of development. 
 
The focus is on the staging and design of interactions within a broader network spanning across diverse organisational and societal boundaries and institutions. The course reflects a need to address the creation and navigation of new spaces for development where existing frames of understandings may be challenged and new patterns for interactions emerge.
Time and place: Part 1: 29-30. May, AAU, Aalborg, part 2: 25-27. September (AAU Copenhagen). 

Content:

While innovation is increasingly depending on the incorporation of knowledge from a diversity of sources, questions are raised as to what kinds of sources, and how they are incorporated in processes of innovation. As innovative challenges and conditions are changing with increasing pace these questions cannot just be solved through a singular choice of organisation or established guidelines for selecting innovative ideas. Issues of how to stage the scene and circumstances and how to facilitate processes and the involvement of diverse actors in innovation have increasingly come into focus. Successful innovation is seen as the outcome of interactions within a broader network spanning across diverse organisational and societal boundaries and institutions. There is a need to address the creation and navigation of new spaces for development where existing frames of understandings may be challenged and new patterns for interactions emerge.

The course takes its departure in the well-described dilemmas between incremental but often path dependent innovative processes within established networks and the quest for the development of new innovative, disruptive or breakthrough ideas, product and services facilitated through new networked relations. A range of theories, cases and approaches concerned with the framing, organising and staging of innovative processes, from linear sequential models to complex, dynamic networks of innovation are treated and related to the current work of the participants.

During the course, a dialogue is created between the participants’ projects and a diversity of understandings of the management and staging of innovation from organisation, institutional theory and sociology of innovation. The idea is to direct inquiry and to stimulate theoretical insights and empirical approaches in the field of innovation. The course introduces concepts, which help render relevant phenomena and issues (relationships, dynamics, consequences) in the participants’ projects visible and open to investigation and analysis. This would, in turn, also help in delineating hypotheses of relevance to the investigation of innovative processes and their staging, and in proposing new directions for research in the field.

The program will cover the following themes:

  • Challenges in innovation management and the staging of innovative processes
  • Innovation as heterogeneous processes of interaction involving actors, artefacts and knowledge
  • Innovation as a journey characterized by uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity
  • Innovation between rational analytical and interpretive processes, exploitation and exploration 
  • Innovation as networking, brokering and collaboration in and between organizations
  • From planning and calculation to social learning and translation of interests
  • ‘Co-creation’ and ‘path creation’ as heterogeneous network building, 
  • Staging and navigation of temporary spaces for innovation across knowledge boundaries

 

Form

The students should be familiar with basic understandings of innovative processes from innovation process theory and/or science and technology studies (the STS field) on an academic master level.

The program includes teacher presentations, student presentations, company talks and dialogue sessions where students will receive feedback on their presentations and projects from fellow students as well as teachers.

As a preparation for the first assembly, participants should prepare a presentation of a problem/solution from their research, which they want to analyse from an innovation process perspective. The presentation can focus on a case and/or a challenging perspective (oral supported with ppt) within the theme of the course (It is important to describe how innovation processes could be a relevant perspective for your activities in order to provide a professional and empirical background for your own reflexive learning.)

Between the first and second assembly participants write a 5-10 pages analysis bringing theory to bear on selected case material of their own choice. These assignments are basis for evaluation and approval of participation. In addition, participants will be asked to fill in a formal evaluation scheme.

 

Lectures first assembly, 29-30. May 2017

Perspectives on innovation processes and their staging, Christian Clausen

Innovation a process perspective: What characterizes processes and how are processes understood and used in innovationChristian Clausen & Søren Kerndrup

Innovation methodology and tools from an intra-firm perspective. Innovative practices in companies. Presentation by industrial practitioner.

Current challenges in innovation management. Experiences from companies. Presentation by industrial practitioner.

Innovation, users and interactive spacesChristian Clausen.

Innovation as learning and sensemaking across boundaries in organizations, Søren Kerndrup.

Innovation as networking and brokering between organisations, networks and communities Søren Kerndrup.

Key lessons seen from a process perspective: How are processes conceptualised and used? Christian Clausen & Søren Kerndrup.

 

Lectures second assembly 25-27. September 2017:

Political and learning perspectives on innovation processes, Christian Clausen

Practice perspectives on innovative processes, Søren Kerndrup

Actor Network Perspectives on innovation: Path dependencies and path creation, Peter Karnøe

Creation of meaning in innovation processes a design perspective, Hanne Lindegaard.

Staging innovative processes: Arenas, spaces and artefactsChristian Clausen

Key lessons seen from a process perspective: How are processes conceptualised and used?

Organizers: Associate Professor Søren Kerndrup, email: soeren[at]plan.aau.dk and Professor Christian Clausen, email: chcl[at]plan.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Søren Kerndrup; Professor Christian Clausen; Associate Professor Astrid Heidemann Lassen; Professor Peter Karnøe, and Associate Professor Hanne Lindegaard.

ECTS: 5

Time: 29. – 30. May and 25. – 27. September 2017

Place: Aalborg University in Aalborg (May) and Aalborg University in Copenhagen (September)

Zip code: 9000 (Aalborg), 2450 (Copenhagen SV)

City: Aalborg and Copenhagen

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 8. May 2017

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