Innovation Management

Innovation Management – as a part of the strategic orientation of a company – deals with the holistic research of the innovation process. The process starts with an initial idea and encompasses the systematic planning, control and implementation of R&D projects until the controlled realization of successful innovations on the market. Innovation Management plays in many techonology driven industries an essential role, such as the automotive industry, the chemical industry, at internet service providers or in the computer and handheld industry, to obtain and secure sustainable competitive advantages. In the field of Innovation Management, companies distinguish between product innovation (e.g. wearables) and process innovation (e.g. streaming services). All in all, Innovation Management was subject to change over the last years, away from rigid internal processes in a closed R&D powerhouse to an open innovation culture. Thereby, numerous methods, such as crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, the lead user method, mass customization, additive manufacturing, open labs, open office workspace and the Industry 4.0 play an important role for the development of a sustainable and successful innovation culture.

Students may analyze an existing quantitative or qualitative dataset or conduct their own inquiry – e.g., survey, experiments, interviews.

Your own ideas are very welcome and will be discussed during an initial meeting.

  • Basic literature

    West, J. et al. 2014. Open Innovation, the next decade. Research Policy, 43(5), S. 805-811.

    Afuah, A. & Tucci, C. L. 2012. Crowdsourcing as a Solution to Distant Search. Academy of Management Review, 37(3), S. 355-375.

    Levitt, B. & March, J. G. 1988. Organizational Learning. Annual Review of Sociology, 14, S. 319-340.

    Teece, D. J. 1986. Profiting from technological innovation: Implications for integration, collaboration, licensing and public policy. Research Policy, 15(6), S. 285-305.

  • Completed master's theses in the field of Innovation Management

    Topic Year
    Understanding Consumer Acceptance of Mobile Payment Services: A Quantitative Study in China and Germany 2019
    Open Innovation: Die Relevanz wissenschaftlicher und marktorientierter Kooperationspartner für die Innovationsleistung und der Schutz geistigen Eigentums 2019
    Innovation through Cooperation: Who to partner with? 2019
    Strengthening Sectoral Innovation Systems - A Public Policy Perspective 2019
    Einflussfaktoren auf die Akzeptanz von Künstlicher Intelligenz - Eine quantitative Analyse 2019
    Digitale Technologien im Einkauf: Eine qualitative emprirische Analyse der Akzeptanzfaktoren 2019
    Barriers to Innovation: Unmasking their Potential for Innovation Performance 2019
    Disrupting the Retail Industry: Consumer Acceptance of Virtual Reality in Online and Offline Shops 2019
    The Effect of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation on Idea Sharing in Crowdsourcing: Examining the Moderating Role of Altruism and Psychological Ownership 2019
    Looking behind the Scene: New Evidence on How Corporate Sustainability Contributes to the Interplay Between Innovation and Firm Performance 2019
    On the Search for Innovation: The Effect of Open Search Strategies on Innovative Performance and the Impact of Environmental Turbulences 2019
    Antezedenzien von innovativem Arbeitsverhalten: Der Einfluss von kontextuellen Faktoren und Tätigkeitsmerkmalen und die mediierende Rolle von Wissensteilung 2019
    Beyond the Hype: Unpacking the Role of Digital Technolgies as Drivers of Innovation Performance 2019
    Ideengenerierung durch Open Innovation –  Eine empirische Analyse der Einflussfaktoren auf die Teilung von Wissen anhand von Kunden der Automobilindustrie 2018
    Management von Innovationen und der Einfluss auf den Innovationserfolg - Eine quantitative Analyse 2018
    Greenovation: An empirical analysis of the impact of R&D collaboration on environmental innovations 2018
    Digital Business Model Innovation: A Qualitative Empirical Analysis of Key Success Factors in the Sports Industry 2017

    Der Einfluss der Charakteristika des Gründerteams auf den Gründungserfolg. Eine empirische Analyse


    Innovationsmanagement von Applikationen im Gesundheitswesen und Einflussfaktoren ihrer Akzeptanz


    Geschäftsmodelle in der additiven Fertigung - Herausforderungen bei der Implementierung von Geschäftsmodellinnovationen