Innovation and Sustainability in Industrial Ecosystems (E)
level of course unit
First cycle ( Bachelor)
Learning outcomes of course unit
On completion of this module students will be able to:
• Relate theoretical and practical perspectives of ecosystems, innovation management, digitization and ecosystems.
• Understand the ongoing digital transformation in ecosystems and relate it to sustainability and innovation aspects.
• Critically analyze and evaluate contemporary challenges for sustainability and innovation in ecosystems.
• Communicate and collaborate in a team to solve problems.
prerequisites and co-requisites
The ongoing discussion about digital transformation and sustainability is often referred to from a micro or company-internal perspective. However, concepts such as “Industry 4.0” can only unfold its benefits if suppliers and customers are interconnected across the supply chain. Further, if entire ecosystems start to share their strengths, innovation and sustainability can be enhanced for all stakeholders. In this course, students will get an insight on the specific challenges and benefits of innovation and sustainability in industrial ecosystems. The course aims to provide students with economic and technical background knowledge in order to understand innovation and sustainability from an ecosystem perspective and derive adequate responses from a management perspective.
recommended or required reading
assessment methods and criteria
• Case study with presentation
• Seminar paper
language of instruction
number of ECTS credits allocated
planned learning activities and teaching methods
Innovative teaching methods including interactive group work, case studies with presentations and the development of a seminar paper.
semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered
name of lecturer(s)
Dr. Julian Müller
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type of course unit
mode of delivery