Seminare

Wintersemester 2022/23

Designing for Future Impact: End-User Integration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Typically, end users or “consumers” are perceived as adopters of sustainable products and services, developed by companies. Thus, a lot of attention is paid to the (non-) diffusion of sustainable products and services. From this perspective end users are seen as – more or less – passive recipients of sustainable products and services. However, recent innovation and entrepreneurship research shows that end users can play an important role in (co-) innovating novel sustainable products, services, and systems.
In this course, we will explore (a) how end users are integrated in the process of sustainability innovations driven by companies (“user integration”), (b) how end users innovative for themselves, and eventually form enterprises to capture value from their sustainability innovations (“user innovation and entrepreneurship”). 
The course module invites students to experience principles of design thinking and challenge-based education. This means that the format of the course deviates from the standard lecturer-centric approach and instead adopts a student-centric approach. 
The course deals with innovative forms of knowledge co-production and alteration. Its goal is that students learn the basics of empathic knowledge generation processes and reflect upon their strength and weaknesses in comparison to other modes of knowledge production. This course can be completed as part of the new Leuphana Sustainable Entrepreneurship Certificate (LSEC).
The course is offered by Prof. Dr. Steffen Farny. More details can be found on MyStudy

 

Developing entrepreneurial solutions in the context of the Lunatic e.V.

This seminar takes place in collaboration with the lunatic e.V. as a practice partner. In the context of challenges that the lunatic e.V. is confronted with, this seminar aims at analyzing real-world problems in a systematic manner and develop entrepreneurial solutions tailored to the challenge. Students will be divided into groups. Each group will tackle one challenge provided by our practice partner. Using insights from literature on (social and sustainable) entrepreneurship, group discussions and interaction with the lunatic e.V. (e.g. in form of interviews to better understand the challenge) each group will find an innovative solution to the allocated challenge. However, this seminar aims at, instead of just imagining possible solutions, implementing solutions fast and at a small scale to learn from them as fast as possible. lunatic e.V., the practice partner for this seminar, is a non-profit association responsible for a student-organized festival in Lüneburg. The lunatic e.V. is committed to holistic inclusion, diversity and sustainability as a prerequisite in both their team and at the festival. This seminar supports the lunatic e.V. in findings innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to their challenges. 
After successfully completing this course, the goal is that students will be enabled to understand and contribute to phenomena of social and sustainable entrepreneurship in a critical-reflective way. This course can be completed as part of the new Leuphana Sustainable Entrepreneurship Certificate (LSEC).
The course is offered by Prof. Dr. Steffen Farny and Svenja Rehwinkel. More details can be found on MyStudy

 

Vergangene Seminare

Climate resilient communities in the Caribbean

How to foster community impact? What makes a community resilient? Who needs to engage in climate adaptation action? For the second cohort of students, this transdisciplinary community impact research project, offered by Steffen Farny, again focuses on the intersection of climate resilience, communities and social innovations. The setting of the project is a Small Island State in the Caribbean in which communities face continuous challenges to adapt to changing climatic conditions and threats to their livelihoods. In their quest to become ‘climate resilient communities’, Islanders in the Caribbean are currently struggling to mitigate and adapt to changing climatic conditions and impactful catastrophes, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and the ongoing pandemic. Student teams are expected to both zoom out and generate sustainability-related knowledge, as well as to zoom-in via concrete entrepreneurial action interventions with local partners.
For further information, Leuphana students can inform themselves about the course on MyStudy
This course if offered by Prof. Dr. Steffen Farny. 

Measuring the impact of sustainable start-ups: A practical application of impact logics and measurement tools 

In the comlementary studies course for master study programmes, students learn the basics of impact measurement and apply them in small groups to a sustainable start-up in a practical project. The basics are taught in a 2-day block at the beginning of the semester. Both impact logics such as the Theory of Change and measurement methods such as the B Corp Assessment are introduced and embedded in a process of impact measurement. Subsequently, the students form small groups. Each of the small groups develops in cooperation with a sustainable start-up a concept for impact measurement for the respective organisation. The teachers support this process through coaching sessions every second week. The course concludes with a presentation of the concepts to the organisations. This course can be particularly interesting for students who would like to pursue the designed concept in the context of their Master's thesis in cooperation with the case companies.
For further information, Leuphana students can inform themselves about the course on MyStudy
This course is offered by Prof. Dr. Steffen Farny and Frederic Penz. 

 

Creating scientific knowledge on intrapreneurship and innovativeness in the context of Viva con Agua e.V.

Viva con Agua e.V. is a well-known non-profit organization with a clear purpose: improving worldwide access to clean drinking water and sanitation. With that purpose, the organization has built an entrepreneurial ecosystem including Goldeimer, Viva con Agua Arts, the Millerntor Gallery, and the Viva con Agua Foundation. Existing since 2006, it faces challenges of existing structures impeding innovative and entrepreneurial ideas as well as acquiring fresh ideas from the network. Hence, this seminar collaborates with Viva con Agua e.V. and in interaction with their entrepreneurial ecosystem, the students examine in research groups questions related to intrapreneurship and innovativeness in purpose-oriented organizations.
We make use of systems and innovation theory, including path dependency and organizational lenses and intrapreneurship approaches. Each group defines their own research question, conducts a distinct research project, and reflects on how to create scientific insights for the practice partner. The research lenses are focused on a micro, meso and macro level influencing intrapreneurial approaches of Viva con Agua. The micro level includes aspects such as individual innovativeness and creativity and individually perceived abilities to innovate. The meso level addresses internal structures such as physical and institutional rooms for experimentation, narratives and self-perception of the organization. The macro level examines external influences on Viva con Agua, such as societal expectations of non-profit and hybrid organizations.Students can integrate their disciplinary understanding and learn from each other’s perspective on purpose-oriented intrapreneurship.
This course can be completed as part of the new Leuphana Sustainable Entrepreneurship Certificate (LSEC).
The course is offered by Prof. Dr. Steffen Farny and Alexa Böckel. More details can be found on MyStudy

 

Sustainable Changemakers 4.0: Digital Business Model Innovations

We perpetually face challenges in an ever-changing digital world and ask ourselves how we can contribute to a transition towards a sustainable state. Developing entrepreneurial skills is crucial to be able to tackle these challenges. In this seminar your learning experience will be manifold:

1) you will understand how we can use digital solutions to create value for others by applying the following theoretical concepts: - Business model innovation - Sustainable business models - Digital business models

2) building on the changemaker model by Sarah Robinson, you will experience personally by discovery, experimentation and consolidation how you can make use of your skills, your knowledge and your networks to bring your idea into the real world. We will start off with inputs on the scholarly debate of business model innovation in the context of sustainability and digital transformation and what we mean by value creation (for society, the environment; others). Parallelly, you will reflect on your personal background, resources and passions you have, and which critical incidents have triggered your attention in the past (injustice, disharmonies, problems). You will then work in teams in which you will define your common interest and explore which ‘disharmony’ in society you want to tackle. In this phase, you will get to know sustainable entrepreneurs who make use of digital solutions in order to solve problems they have experienced.
In the following, you will start the discovery phase by conducting field research on your identified disharmony and examine it by interviewing and observing stakeholders. The insights gained will lead to experimenting on a prototype with design thinking methods and providing and gaining feedback from other groups and stakeholders. In this stage, we will work with the business model canvas and value proposition canvas and the goal is that your prototype already provides value for others. The students have the option to hand in their prototype or business model canvas at the Samsung challenge with ekipa and apply for an accelerator program.
During the whole seminar, you will write a reflection log on previously provided questions and topics and present your prototype at the end of the seminar. This seminar requires weekly meetings in your group and regular attendance is necessary, so please check with yourself whether you are able to do that.
This course is offered by Alexa Böckel. 

 

Climate resilient communities in the Caribbean

How to foster community impact? What makes a community resilient? Who needs to engage in climate adaptation action?

This transdisciplinary community impact research project, offered by Steffen Farny, focuses on the intersection of climate resilience, communities and social innovations. The setting of the project is a Small Island State in the Caribbean in which communities face continuous challenges to adapt to changing climatic conditions and threats to their livelihoods. In their quest to become ‘climate resilient communities’, Islanders in the Caribbean are currently struggling to mitigate and adapt to changing climatic conditions and impactful catastrophes, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and the ongoing pandemic. Student teams are expected to both zoom out and generate sustainability-related knowledge, as well as to zoom-in via concrete entrepreneurial action interventions with local partners.

A report presenting the research and the findings of the course members will be available soon. 

 

Sustainable User Innovation and Market Creation

This course, offered by Steffen Farny, provides students with a comprehensive understanding of innovative approaches to creating new offers and new markets, paying attention to sustainability contexts and thereby helping to prepare them for responsible management. We will explore (a) innovative methods to idea generation, (b) the role of different stakeholders, e.g. users, in innovation processes and (c) finding and navigating suitable markets for new products / services. The course applies a change agent approach to teach transformative knowledge on innovation processes.

Goals:

Professional competences:

After completion of the course students shall be able to

  • discuss innovative approaches to creating new markets
  • apply these approaches to analyse and critically reflect on responsible management.

Personal competences:

After completion of the course students shall

  • be able to work effectively in a team
  • be able to develop and present their own position and debate it with peers
  • be able to take an active role in responsible innovation processes