Forschungs- und Innovationsmanagement


Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften


Version 7.0 vom 31.05.2021



Modulname (englisch)

Research and Innovation Management

Studiengänge mit diesem Modul

Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsmanagement (MBA)




The module ”Forschungs- und Innovationsmanagement“ focuses on the relationships between research and the knowledge economy in the broad sense of the word. In a globalising economy driven by fast technological changes, research and innovation are considered to be the engine of growth and the development of modern ‘knowledge economies’. Europe as well as many countries have based their economic growth strategies on innovation and as such bring together higher education, research and innovation in the “knowledge triangle”.

This module addresses the following issues: the definitions, organisation and measurement of research and innovation; the relationships between research, innovation and the economy; regional development; organisational practices in science and technology transfer; project management and research proposal writing.

During the module, teams of students together will develop a research consortium and research proposal to conduct an audit of the German research, development and innovation (RD&I) system. This will be used as the examination for this module.


1. Science policy, innovation and the relationship to the economy
1.1. Basic concepts of research, innovation and the knowledge economy
1.2. The dynamics of science and innovation policy: towards triple-helix configurations
1.3. The challenges of European innovation policies

2. Measuring science and innovation
2.1. Measuring science and innovation
2.2. How to determine the most important indicators?
2.3. Steering science with indicators

3. International, national, regional and institutional research policies
3.1. The role of research institutions and universities in their region
3.2. Regional versus national and international innovation policies

4. Institutional approaches towards Research Management (Guest lectures)
4.1. Research management integrated in traditional university structures
4.2. Research management through a Science Support Center

5. Project management and research proposal writing
5.1. Basic steps in project management
5.2. Research proposal writing: steps and example
5.3. Group work: writing a research proposal for an audit of the German Research, Development and Innovation system

Lernergebnisse / Kompetenzziele

The students who successfully completed this module:

• are knowledgable about the concepts of research, innovation and their relationship to the knowledge economy.
• are feeling comfortable to discuss questions on the reasons and possibilities for science and innovation policies and instruments at (inter)national, regional and institutional level.
• know the opportunities and limitations of measuring research and innovation performance.
The students who successfully completed this module:

• have through knowledge about the European and German Research, Development and Innovation policies and systems.
• know how to translate European and national research, science and innovation policies to the needs and realities of their own higher education and research institutions.
• know how science support can be organised in different ways and understand the logics and argumentation behind these different approaches.
• know how to use and interpret key indicators on research, science and innovation and what these mean and how they can be used in their own organisations.
Können - instrumentale Kompetenz
The students who successfully completed this module:

• know how to translate conceptual issues about research and innovation into the management practice of higher education and science institutions.
• know how to apply research and innovation management tools and formats into real-life cases within higher education and research institutions.
• more specifically, know how to apply project management tools and skills in the writing of a realistic research proposal.
Können - kommunikative Kompetenz
The students who successfully completed this module:

• can conduct well-argued discussions on the opportunities and risks of research and science policies and instruments.
• understand the advantages, disadvantages and problems of colleborating on a joint research proposal while not always being physically close to the other project group members.
• know how to distribute tasks and how to organise a joint presentation of results.
Können - systemische Kompetenz
The students who successfully completed this module:

• are prepared for the academic and policy discussions on complex research and science policy tasks, even when leading to opposite perceptions of problems and solutions.
• are prepared for joint collaboration with team members that are not self-chosen.


The concept of this course is based upon a mixture of seminars, internal workshops and project order for the students. If possible external experts should be involved.

Empfohlene Vorkenntnisse

Modul "Grundlagen des internationale Wissenschaftssystems"


Vossensteyn, Hans


Vossensteyn, Hans



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Gibbons (1999), Science’s new contract with society, in: Nature, Vol. 42, pp. 81-84.

European Commission (2010), Europe 2020, A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, Communication from the Commission, José Manuel Barosso, EC: Brussel. (32 p).

Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff (2000), The dynamics of innovation: from national systems and “Mode 2” to a triple Helix of University-Industry-Government relations, in: Research Policy, Vol. 29, pp. 109-123.

Kuhlmann, S. and A. Rip (2014), The challenge of addressing Grand Challenges, A think piece on how innovation can be driven towards the “Grand Challenges” as defined under the prospective European Union Framework Programme Horizon 2020, Enschede, STEPS, University of Twente.

European Union (2015), Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015 (IUS), Brussels: European Union (pp.1-43, the rest on STUD IP for optional reading).

NFSD (2005), Project Management Handbook, A working tool for project managers, Basel: Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development.

Weitere Literatur und weiterführende Hinweise sind zusammengefasst in einem Reader, den alle Studierenden vor Beginn der ersten Selbstlernphase erhalten.

  • Referat
  • Hausarbeit
Bemerkung zur Prüfungsform

Written Assignment: EU-Research Proposal


1 Semester


Nur Wintersemester


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