0935 Innovation Management
Univ.Prof. Dr. Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff
Contact details
e-mail:; Tel: +43 1 31336 5460
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  • Weekly hours
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09/02/19 to 11/27/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
This class is only offered in winter semesters.
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Thursday 11/28/19 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM TC.2.02
Monday 12/02/19 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM D3.0.233
Monday 12/09/19 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.2.02
Monday 12/16/19 03:30 PM - 07:30 PM D5.0.001
Thursday 12/19/19 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM TC.3.08
Thursday 12/19/19 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM TC.-1.61
Monday 01/13/20 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.0.01 ERSTE
Monday 01/20/20 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.0.01 ERSTE
Thursday 01/23/20 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.2.02
Monday 01/27/20 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.2.02



This course aims to provide students with an insight into what it means to innovate with Information Technology. IT is a highly dynamic and complex field. Successful entrepreneurs and managers in IT driven companies need to have an excellent grasp of the fast moving product environment in which they operate. They need to be aware of the latest technologies emerging, which constantly shift their competitive environment. In the constant hunt for ideas, new product development procedures need to be embraced, including the harvesting of crowd wisdom or other forms of distributed innovation. Corporate processes and strategies need to be aligned with the fast moving external forces they face while taking account of their internal capabilities. Finally, it is essential that IT leaders act wisely in the challenging environment that surrounds them. They need to take sustainable and ethical IT investment decisions that can create long-term stakeholder value. This course gives students guidance on how to approach the challenge.


Learning outcomes

After attending this course, students will:

•    know what innovations are and what challenges accompany their success

•    know about how innovations are successfully managed in firms

•    know how to reflect on the ethical dimensions of IT innovations

•    know about how open innovation tools and user innovation can be leveraged for innovation management

•    have an insight into the factors drive and impede dominant IT designs

In addition, this course fosters the following soft skills:

•    conceptual thinking

•    value-based thinking


Attendance requirements

full attendance is required

Teaching/learning method(s)

Mixture of lectures and homework based practice.


  • 20% Homework 1
  • 40% Homework 2
  • 40% Exam (2 hours)
  • -10% if student misses more than 4 hours of the course sessions


Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Admission to the master’s programme in Information Systems is required.

Qualified exchange students are explicitly invited to this course which benefits from a diverse and international atmosphere.


1 Author: Sarah Spiekermann

Ethical IT Innovation - A Value-based System Design Approach

Publisher: Talyor & Francis
Edition: 1. Auflage
Remarks: Chapters 2, 3, 4, 13 and 15
Year: 2015
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
2 Author: Ahmed & Sheperd
Title: Innovation Management

Publisher: Prentice Hall
Year: 2012
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book

Availability of lecturer(s)

Prof. Spiekermann can be reached at
Last edited: 2019-11-27