The course is of 5 ECTS and is organised by Prof. Anne Toppinen, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.
The aim of this course is to provide a systematic overview of innovation, innovation systems, and their role in industrial transformation to the bioeconomy. Innovation is the necessary ingredient for successful transition of existing companies to the future bioeconomy. Educating developing researchers in the fundamentals and practice of innovation and innovativeness will enhance their ability to contribute to industry transformation through informed and applicable research.
Based on the above outlined desired outcome, the course is designed to bring about collaboration of a broad set of interdisciplinary bioeconomy researchers. We anticipate participation of PhD students from multiple disciplines and industry sectors as well as two continents and at least four countries.
The course aims to clarify the foundational concept and applications of innovations literature drawing concrete examples from the industry.
The examples of topics covered in the course:
- Organizational culture of innovation
- Business models
- Service Dominant Logic and innovativeness
- Change management
- New product development and innovation diffusion
- Harnessing lead users
The course consists of pre-readings, one week intensive contact teaching, and a course essay due one or two months after the course. An excursion takes place during one of the afternoons.
- Professor Anne Toppinen, University of Helsinki: Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
- Professor Eric Hansen, Oregon State University
- Adjunct professor Marja Toivonen, University of Helsinki
- Assistant Professor Haapala Antti, University of Eastern Finland
- Professor Anders Roos, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
- Assistant professor Silja Korhonen-Sande, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here: