Innovation in Developmental Manufacturing

MECH&AE 878.32

This course covers stages, methods and critical elements of innovation processes and routines.

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What you can learn.

  • Learn to apply theories of innovation in a workshop environment where participants can investigate a variety of approaches and scenarios in solving the challenges presented in each case
  • Learn to examine problems that range from design to marketing and from manufacturing to operations
  • Learn effective practice of innovation

About this course:

This course covers stages, methods and critical elements of innovation processes and routines. The Case Method is introduced in order to apply theories of innovation in a workshop environment where participants can investigate a variety of approaches and scenarios in solving the challenges presented in each case. The course is focused on a key question: How do members of large organizations become innovators in their current roles? The course answers this question by presenting the following themes: customer needs and expectations, understanding and managing experimentation, designing and improving product development processes, devising strategies for managing and developing projects, and creating and managing development networks. The course goes beyond the typical functional barriers of the firm, and examines problems that range from design to marketing and from manufacturing to operations. The focus of the course is in generating the much needed capacities for an effective practice of innovation. An integral component of the learning experience is the development of a new product, service or process for a sponsor. The objective is to learn by doing, and the reason is simple: the only way people can learn to innovate is by practice.

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