Sønderborg, Denmark

Engineering - Manufacturing Technologies and Business Model Innovation in the Age of Sustainability (cancelled)

online course
when 3 August 2020 - 14 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this course has been cancelled for 2020.

The course will allow you to develop in-depth knowledge in an action-based approach. You will have the chance to apply content from lectures and discussions in exiting contexts within and outside of university boundaries. To achieve this, we will follow a process-based approach to get an initial holistic overview which we will then apply in practice-oriented activities. We will jointly explore the following stages:

Stage 1: Smart Manufacturing
This part of the course will provide the participants with an introduction to Manufacturing Businesses of the Future. The students will get to know state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies (Industry 4.0 enabling technologies) from practical examples. Students will actively work in designing and modelling tools to create additional value in manufacturing and production settings. They will gain in-depth insights into the origin and application opportunities of Industry 4.0-related technologies, such as additive manufacturing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and/or simulation.
Stage 2: Business Model Innovation
This stage provides you with an understanding of the process of generating and evaluating new venture ideas. You will work in groups and you will relate your technology-based idea to the market, customer and competition side of a business case. Whereas the idea generation stage requires creative thought and search for novel ideas, the idea evaluation stage requires critical assessment of whether a successful business case can be derived from those ideas. We will use tools of business modeling and assumption testing that support you in making informed evaluations of the generated ideas.
Stage 3: Sustainability
We will briefly explore the UN´s SDGs to get a holistic overview of sustainability as a paradigm. We will then view it from three perspectives, namely people, profit, and planet (social, economic, and environmental sustainability). We will investigate current case studies of businesses and initiatives within green businesses and develop a critical perspective regarding green washing and corporate social responsibility.
Stage 4: Practice
This course will also offer you the opportunity to discuss your ideas in relation to real-life scenarios, for example with experts, such as company representatives or researchers, to allow for a critical reflection. You will learn how to communicate relevant and integral elements of your ideas.

Course leader

Silke Tegtmeier

Target group

Mandatory prerequisites: You must have completed at least two years of studies in engineering and basic knowledge of Industry 4.0 technologies in the context of manufacturing.
Recommended prerequisites: You must have an interest in sustainability as well as an entrepreneurial mindset (or willingness to develop one) and be interested in learning about technology-based business models for sustainability.

Course aim

The students will train and develop skills to describe, analyse and evaluate key theories, opportunities and challenges in the field of business model innovation. They will gain skills in evaluating new technology-based business models in terms of their contribution to sustainability. Further, they will be able to assess the contribution of state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies to sustainable business model innovation.

Fee info

EUR 0: Exchange students from a partner university pay no tuition. Guest students pay tuition fees.

NON-EU student: 8635 DKK per course (1160 Euro)

EU Students: 4250 DKK per course (570 Euro)