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Utopia: Organizing for Innovation (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Matthias Wenzel

14-täglich | Dienstag | 16:15 - 19:45 | 23.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 25.021 Seminarraum | C 25.021

Inhalt: Innovation is ascribed to be a central driver of competitive advantage and economic growth, as well as way to effectuate desirable futures in the present. Therefore, firms increasingly aim to foster novelty systematically by organizing their innovation processes. However, “organizing” and “innovation” are situated in a paradigmatic tension: Whereas the former builds on continuity, the latter implies change. In this seminar, we will zoom in on this tension by observing, evaluating, and discussing ways to organize innovation at Utopia, a start center for new ventures with social and ecological missions in Lüneburg. This involves participating in Utopia’s event series, conducting short, ad-hoc interviews with other event participants, evaluating these events based on a prestructured questionnaire, and reflecting on these events as ways to organize innovation based on a deep reading of prior literature.