Industrial Engineering & Management FT
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Trends in R&D (WO) (E)

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The students are able to:
• Identify current trends in development.
• Describe the impact of these trends on development.
• Recognize the current challenges of the market and implement them in product development.
• Analyze current trends with regard to their impact on products and define measures.
• Identify and derive new marketing opportunities for products and identify their impact on product development.
• Define requirements for new products and develop concept proposals using methods learned.

prerequisites and co-requisites

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course contents

• Methods of structured development of products using modern tools
• Product development process and effects on it through global requirements
• Changes in the product development process through new integrated, global networks, technical developments (e.g. sensor technology, web, mobile devices, smart devices, ...)
• State of the art methods of product development
• Fundamentals of innovation in product development
• Current, influential trends in product development are presented and discussed in this course. This ensures that the students have their finger on the pulse of the times with their respective specialization.

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