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Concept and design of technical systems

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

Graduates are familiar with basic concepts and methods from the subject areas of Systematic Inventive Thinking, Systemic Management and Innovation Management.
They are able to apply specific creative techniques for designing technical systems (e.g. De-sign Thinking, TRIZ, MELT Frame).
In addition, they have a holistic understanding of the subject areas of the program and are therefore able to identify cross-departmental innovation potential.

prerequisites and co-requisites


course contents

This course provides students with an overview of the options available when designing new interactive systems or revising existing ones. The focus lies on creative techniques, concepts and methods with which ideas can be generated that enable both more intuitive operation and more innovative use of existing and new interactive systems. In addition, it will be worked out how innovations can be implemented in a practical way from a management perspective. The course content covers the following subject areas in particular:
- Developing a holistic understanding of the topics of systemic management.
- Methods for generating innovative ideas (e.g. Systematic Inventive Thinking, TRIZ, Design Thinking).
- Project structures and management methods for the practical implementation of innovations (e.g. MELT Frame).

The course content enables students to apply creative techniques in a structured way, to gen-erate innovations and to accompany their implementation.

recommended or required reading

- Achouri C. (2011) Wenn Sie wollen, nennen Sie es Führung: Systemisches Management im 21. Jahrhundert. 1st edition, Gabal, Offenbach (ISBN: 978-3-86936-174-1 ).
- Achouri C. (2015) Systemisches Management. In: Human Resources Management: Eine praxisbasierte Einführung. 2nd edition, Gabler, Wiesbaden (ISBN: 978-3834947390 ).
- Bergmann, G.; Daub, J. (2008) Systemisches Innovations- und Kompetenzmanagement: Grundlagen - Prozesse - Perspektiven. 2nd edition, Gabler, Wiesbaden (ISBN: 978-3834910592 ).
- Brenner, W.; Uebernickel, F. (2016) Design Thinking for Innovation: Research and Practice. 1st edition, Springer, Berlin (ISBN: 978-3319260983 ).
- Brown, T. (2012) Change by Design: how design thinking transforms organizations and inspires innovation. 2nd edition, Harper Business, New York (ISBN: 978-3319260983 ).
- Kearney, E. (2013) Diversity und Innovation, Seite 175 in Krause D. E. (publisher) Kreativität, Innovation, Entrepreneurship. 1st edition, Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden (ISBN: 978-3658025502 ).
- Orloff, M. A. (2010) Inventive Thinking through TRIZ: A Practical Guide. 1st edition, Springer, Berlin (ISBN: 978-3642069802 ).
- Orloff, M. A. (2012) Modern TRIZ: A Practical Course with EASyTRIZ Technology. 1st edition, Springer, Berlin (ISBN: 978-3642252174 ).
- Tidd, J.; Bessant, J. (2013) Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change. 5th edition, Wiley, Chichester (ISBN: 978-1118360637 ).
- Leinonen, Miikka (2015): melt. As material and immaterial worlds melt, new business opportunities arise. Publisher: Lulu.com. (ISBN-13: 9781312462649 )

assessment methods and criteria

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planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and discussion of tasks

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Dr. Mag. Bernhard Schindlholzer

year of study


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type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)

not applicable