Stefano Brusoni: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2022

Name Prof. Dr. Stefano Brusoni
FieldManagement of Technology and Innovation
Professur Technol.&Innovationsmgmt
ETH Zürich, WEV J 413
Weinbergstr. 56/58
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 04 52
DepartmentManagement, Technology, and Economics
RelationshipFull Professor

363-1065-00LDesign Thinking: Human-Centred Solutions to Real World Challenges Restricted registration - show details
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5 credits5GA. Cabello Llamas, S. Brusoni, L. Cabello
AbstractThe goal is to engage in multidisciplinary collaboration to tackle real world problems. Following a design thinking approach, students work in teams to solve a two design challenges. The 1st is virtual and builds upon digital content into customer discovery, problem definition, ideation and prototyping. The 2nd is in collaboration with an external project partner and goes deeper into application.
ObjectiveDuring the course, students will learn about different design thinking methods and tools. This will enable them to:
- Generate deep insights through the systematic observation and interaction of key stakeholders (empathy).
- Engage in collaborative ideation with a multidisciplinary team.
- Rapidly prototype and iteratively test ideas and concepts by using various materials and techniques.
ContentThe purpose of this course is to equip the students with methods and tools to tackle a broad range of problems. Following a Design Thinking approach, the students will learn how to observe and interact with key stakeholders in order to develop an in-depth understanding of what is truly important and emotionally meaningful to the people at the center of a problem. Based on these insights, the students ideate on possible solutions and immediately validated them through quick iterations of prototyping and testing using different tools and materials.

Design Thinking is a deeply human process that taps into the creative abilities we all have, but that get often overlooked by more conventional problem solving practices. It relies on our ability to be intuitive, to recognize patterns, to construct ideas that are emotionally meaningful as well as functional, and to express ourselves through means beyond words or symbols. Design Thinking provides an integrated way by incorporating tools, processes and techniques from design, engineering, the humanities and social sciences to identify, define and address diverse challenges. This integration leads to a highly productive collaboration between different disciplines.

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Prerequisites / NoticeOpen mind, ability to manage uncertainty and to work with students from various background. Class attendance and active participation is crucial as much of the learning occurs through the work in teams during class hours. Therefore, attendance is obligatory for every session. Please also note that the group work outside class is an essential element of this course, so that students must expect an above-average workload.

Please note that the class is designed for full-time MSc students.
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Customer Orientationassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
364-1020-07LQualitative Methods for Management Studies Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
Number of participants limited to 15.
3 credits2GS. Brusoni
AbstractThis course addresses the main problems related to design, implementation and publication of qualitative research on generalist management journals.
ObjectiveAt the end of the course students will be able to define what qualitative methods are, compare and differentiate the methods’ relative advantages, design and implement a data collection process, and analyze qualitative data.
ContentThis course addresses the main problems related to designing, doing and publishing qualitative research on generalist management journals.
The course is divided into twelve sessions, seven sessions in which all groups work together with the instructors, and five sessions (marked below with *) in which the groups work on their own on the course assignments.
The focus of the course can be summarized as:
Sessions 1 to 3: issues related to design decisions
Session 4*: polishing the interview guide
Session 5*: data collection and transcription (between 6-7 interviews)
Session 6: introduction to coding
Session 7*: development of the coding strategy
Session 8*: implementation of the coding strategy (training of coders and implementation)
Session 9: intercoder reliability analyses presentation and abstraction in groups (no results presented)
Session 10: aggregation and results presentation
Session 11*: individual reflection, writing one page and delivering it
Session 12: closing and discussion on publishing
364-1058-00LRisk Center Seminar Series0 credits2SH. Schernberg, D. Basin, A. Bommier, D. N. Bresch, S. Brusoni, L.‑E. Cederman, P. Cheridito, F. Corman, H. Gersbach, C. Hölscher, K. Paterson, G. Sansavini, D. Sornette, B. Stojadinovic, B. Sudret, J. Teichmann, R. Wattenhofer, U. A. Weidmann, S. Wiemer, M. Zeilinger, R. Zenklusen
AbstractIn this series of seminars, invited speakers discuss various topics in the area of risk modelling, governance of complex socio-economic systems, managing risks and crises, and building resilience. Students, PhD students, post-docs, faculty and individuals outside ETH are welcome.
ObjectiveParticipants gain insights in a broad range of risk- and resilience-related topics. They expand their knowledge of the field and deepen their understanding of the complexity of our social, economic and engineered systems. For young researchers in particular, the seminars offer an opportunity to learn academic presentation skills and to network with an interdisciplinary scientific audience.
ContentAcademic presentations from ETH faculty as well as external researchers.
Each seminar is followed by a Q&A session and (when permitted) a networking Apéro.
Lecture notesThe sessions are recorded whenever possible and posted on the ETH Risk Center webpage. If available, presentation slides are shared as well.
LiteratureEach speaker will provide a literature review.
Prerequisites / NoticeIn most cases, a quantitative background is required. Depending on the topic, field-specific knowledge may be required.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesfostered
Techniques and Technologiesfostered
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesfostered
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered
365-1053-00LInnovation, Creativity and Personality Traits Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
1 credit1SS. Brusoni
AbstractIn this course we use the latest research on how individuals can improve at solving problems creatively to foster their careers, and the performance of their organization.
Objective1. Participants will generate a richer notion of innovation and creativity by reflecting on the role of individuals on the innovation processes, the cognitive abilities and personality traits that are involved in this process
o Through a personal assessment, participants will learn how the discussed cognitive abilities and traits are observable and measurable
o Through a personal assessment, participants will learn about their own cognitive abilities and personality traits related to innovation and creativity and in comparison with other groups with similar backgrounds.

2. Participants will gain awareness of the use of their own creativity and problem-solving skills and will learn the reasons why these type of processes can foster creativity and innovation in their daily life and their jobs
o Through discussions with field experts and the knowledge from their self-assessments, participants will gain insight on the fit or misfit of career paths and cognitive abilities and personality traits
o Through the workshop debrief session, participants will learn the reasons why these type of processes can foster creativity and innovation.

3. Participants will create one and receive one concrete and actionable plan for helping someone overcome one weakness in their own work environment. Participants will also learn from the plans created by their peers.
ContentIn this course, we introduce the process of innovation and the role that individual creativity has on it. Individual creativity is composed of many abilities. This course gives the participant tools and methods to make many of these hidden, yet critical, abilities observable and measurable. On this basis, the participant can develop a concrete action plan to improve on them.

The course has three parts. In the first, we introduce the process of innovation and creativity. We go deep in this process and explain the role that individual cognitive abilities and personality traits have on innovation and creativity. We make these ideas concrete by providing each participant with the experience to take a self-assessment. The self-assessment gives the participant concrete feedback on their cognitive abilities and personality traits, also in comparison with their peers. We call this “self” assessment as all feedback is provided only to the participant for them to make their own conclusions.

In the second part of the course, industry experts come and give guidance to participants on how to use their cognitive abilities and personality traits at the workplace. They explain how these abilities are critical to career development, and career transitions. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and the experts explain how matching one’s profile to one’s career can lead to efficient and fulfilling outcomes.

The third part of the course involves a design-thinking workshop where participants work in pairs. Each participant is tasked with finding an actionable plan for helping another participant with improving the ability of their choice. In this part, we reconnect to the first part of the course: participants can choose a specific ability learned on their self-assessment. After the workshop is finished every participant has a prototype that should help them in the process of personal development after the course is over.

In this way, this course is meant as a starting point for personal development. It introduces the process of innovation from an individual point of view and presents the core abilities needed in the process. It provides guidance for matching careers and abilities. Finally, the course gives a concrete action plan, in the form of a personalized prototype solution to continue the personal development after the course is finished.
Prerequisites / NoticePlease notice that participation in the entire two days of the course is a requirement. Due to the short duration of the course and its highly interactive nature, there are no exceptions.
365-1071-00LCourse Abroad Restricted registration - show details
Exclusively for MAS MTEC students (fourth semester).

It is mandatory to attend the Preparation Session for the “Course Abroad” on 8 March 2022 at 18.30 in HG E 33.1.
3 credits2SB. J. Bergmann, S. Brusoni
AbstractIn this course we go abroad to visit companies, universities and representatives for joint workshops, short lectures and social interaction.
ObjectiveBy the end of this course, you will be able to assess the opportunities and challenges of selected industry sectors in the region of the destination. In particular, we will focus on business transition linking innovation and strategic aspects in different industries. In addition, you will also learn about societal issues. On the basis of your “journey diary”, you critically reflect on your experiences and connect them to your professional life.
ContentThe class 2020-2022 will be invited separately with the program and the registration link.
365-1134-00LFrom Switzerland to Asia – Managing the Risks in a Global Economy Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
2 credits2SS. Brusoni
AbstractThe goal of this course is to get an understanding of how to run a business in China (and Asia) from the perspective of a Swiss company and to identify the risks when running a global business. Company visits and interactive workshops with professionals allow for networking and social interaction as well.
ObjectiveThis course will cover:
- Business and Economic Insights: What companies need to know to enter the world's fastest expanding economy
- China in Transition: Transition from an economy dominated by manufacturing and exports to one led by technology and services
- How to manage the risks: How to control for Business Interruption Risks (e.g. Pandemics)? How to mitigate these risks?
ContentThe program will cover different speakers, ranging from managerial level to senior level. Speakers will share their experience combining different perspectives, ranging from (global) corporate views, medium size company views expanding to China, start-up views as well as academic views. Flexible sessions at ETH and at corporate facilities allow for individual interactions with the speakers.