Research & Development

The Degree Programmes in Innovation Management (INNO) are oriented towards current developments in innovation research and continually direct their efforts at three main research foci:

In parallel with a changing research environment, INNO has oriented its activities towards a more strategic approach over the last 10 years. The focus of the research environment has shifted from a heavily operative understanding of the use of tools and models to a holistic and predominantly strategically oriented approach. Hence, operative, strategic as well as normative aspects of innovation management can be dealt with. What is crucial about this approach is that all resources and regional characteristics are taken into account and that solutions are incorporated in special contexts. With this approach, an extant gap between theoretical strategy development and concrete strategy implementation in companies can be addressed.

The development of purely product-related solutions has become a thing of the past. In the future, systems and even systems within systems will become relevant. This trend will cause company requirements to evolve and lead to a shift towards more complex systems. INNO’s research will primarily focus on the development of competence, transfer and management systems that have a positive effect on the ability of companies to perform and innovate in a sustainable manner.

The shift, driven by Industry 4.0, from well-known and/or tested business models and processes to their digital counterparts as well as digital and virtual systems, for instance, requires the adaption, synthesis or new development of existing tools in innovation management. To achieve this, an interdisciplinary approach would prove to be beneficial, as the complexity of systems has increased. The combination of the process models behind the theoretical efforts made by TRIZ, Design Thinking and UX serve as an example here.

Services for companies

As a partner of the industry, we collaborate closely with companies from all economic sectors and offer them our services. Through close cooperation with the INNOLAB (German website), we can continually establish new contacts with companies. Our focus can be described as a “systematic search for, design and advancement of innovations”.

Our core competences lie in the following areas:

  • Systematic innovation: TRIZ methods and tools, trends, business innovations and business development
  • Innovation marketing: systematic assessment of client needs, integration of clients in the innovation process and market-oriented management of innovation processes
  • Innovation strategies: frugal innovation, open innovation and so on
  • Innovation leadership: BIG Picture™ – an innovation model made in Graz (German), vision and strategy

Services provided by the Degree Programmes in Innovation Management

Depending on your corporate objectives, you can select from a range of collaboration options:

  • Projects in teaching
  • Bachelor’s theses
  • Master’s theses
  • Customised cooperation/solutions

Our project team will work on your field-specific assignments within approximately 2 to 10 months. Naturally, any sensitive data will be kept confidential. If required, company-specific contractual agreements can be made to ensure confidentiality.

The applied sciences-oriented contact for innovation management in the Alps-Adriatic region

As an omnipresent topic in science, business and society, innovation inevitably imposes special requirements on the way INNO communicates and publishes. INNO has therefore decided to focus on the Alps-Adriatic region and position itself as an applied sciences-oriented contact for innovation management. Research and development at CAMPUS 02 stands for problem-oriented solution development, a structured and analytical strategy and innovative approaches on a scientific level. At CAMPUS 02, entrepreneurs can find competent contacts who know the requirements in the industry and develop appropriate practice-oriented concepts and solutions.

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