This course introduces key concepts and methods for innovation, explores unequal societal access and results from innovations, and identifies opportunities to develop more inclusive and principled innovation. Participants will gain an understanding of how industrial revolutions reshaped work and production and will learn why the concept of disruptive innovation became so important to industry and government. The course explores how digital innovations are opening new opportunities worldwide while also challenging entrenched industries and sometimes creating deeper inequalities. Participants will develop their own approaches to innovation management and leadership.

The instructors are Dr. Mary Jane Parmentier and Dr. Arthur Daemmerich. They are from the Arizona State University’s School for the Future on Innovation in Society.

Module 1: Organizing to Innovate (3 hours of content)

Students will be able to:

  • define invention and innovation
  • understand the organization of innovation in historical and economic contexts
  • evaluate digital technologies and their impacts
  1. Overview of module
  2. ASU and how it organized for innovation
  3. Digital innovation
  4. The organization of innovation

Module 2: Disruption, Diffusion, and Globalization (3.5 hours of content)

Students will be able to:
  • identify traditional and new sources of innovation
  • assess frameworks for innovation in different situations and contexts
  • apply the concept of disruptive innovation to evaluate new technology
  1. Models of innovation – linear model, user-based innovation, open innovation
  2. Diffusion of innovations – innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority, laggards
  3. Disruption – myths and realities
  4. Innovation, diffusion, and globalization
Module 3: Equity, Innovation, and the Future (3.5 hours of content)

Students will be able to:
  • explore the role of innovation in exacerbating inequality within and between countries
  • identify solutions to increase participation and responsible approaches in innovation
  1. Inequality and innovation
  2. Complex innovations: harmful, structural impacts, racial or gender bias
  3. New ways to Innovate: Responsible, principled, inclusive innovation

An den hier angebotenen Kursen der Arizona State University können alle teilnehmen, die in ein Fernstudium der Hochschule Fresenius eingeschrieben sind – unabhängig von der Fachrichtung. Englische Sprachkenntnisse, Level B1, werden vorausgesetzt.

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