Stefano Brusoni: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2022
|Name||Prof. Dr. Stefano Brusoni|
|Field||Management of Technology and Innovation|
ETH Zürich, WEV J 413
|Telephone||+41 44 632 04 52|
|Department||Management, Technology, and Economics|
Entry level course in management for BSc, MSc and PHD students at all levels not belonging to D-MTEC. This course can be complemented with Discovering Management (Excercises) 351-0778-01.
|3 credits||3G||B. Clarysse, S. Brusoni, F. Da Conceição Barata, H. Franke, V. Hoffmann, P. Tinguely, L. P. T. Vandeweghe|
|Abstract||Discovering Management offers an introduction to the field of business management and entrepreneurship for engineers and natural scientists. By taking this course, students will enhance their understanding of management principles and the tasks that entrepreneurs and managers deal with. The course consists of theory and practice sessions, presented by a set of area specialists at D-MTEC.|
|Objective||The general objective of Discovering Management is to introduce students into the field of business management and entrepreneurship.|
In particular, the aims of the course are to:
(1) broaden understanding of management principles and frameworks
(2) advance insights into the sources of corporate and entrepreneurial success
(3) develop skills to apply this knowledge to real-life managerial problems
The course will help students to successfully take on managerial and entrepreneurial responsibilities in their careers and / or appreciate the challenges that entrepreneurs and managers deal with.
|Content||The course consists of a set of theory and practice sessions, which will be taught on a weekly basis. The course will cover business management knowledge in corporate as well as entrepreneurial contexts. |
The course consists of three blocks of theory and practice sessions: Discovering Strategic Management, Discovering Innovation Management, and Discovering HR and Operations Management. Each block consists of two or three theory sessions, followed by one practice session where you will apply the theory to a case.
The theory sessions will follow a "lecture-style" approach and be presented by an area specialist within D-MTEC. Practical examples and case studies will bring the theoretical content to life. The practice sessions will introduce you to some real-life examples of managerial or entrepreneurial challenges. During the practice sessions, we will discuss these challenges in depth and guide your thinking through team coaching.
Through small group work, you will develop analyses of each of the cases. Each group will also submit a "pitch" with a clear recommendation for one of the selected cases. The theory sessions will be assessed via a multiple choice exam.
|Lecture notes||All course materials (readings, slides, videos, and worksheets) will be made available to inscribed course participants through Moodle. These course materials will form the point of departure for the lectures, class discussions and team work.|
|363-0389-00L||Technology and Innovation Management||3 credits||2G||S. Brusoni, A. Zeijen|
|Abstract||This course focuses on the analysis of innovation as a pervasive process that cuts across organizational and functional boundaries. It looks at the sources of innovation, at the tools and techniques that organizations deploy to routinely innovate, and the strategic implications of technical change.|
|Objective||This course intends to enable all students to:|
- Acquire and understand the basic jargon necessary to discuss, in a precise and concise manner, innovation processes and their outcomes
- Analyse the relationship between individual and organizational decision processes and their innovative outcomes
- Discuss the relevance and importance of different decision-making criteria, and critically assess their impact on desired innovative outcomes
|Content||This course looks at technology and innovation management as a process. Continuously, organizations are faced with a fundamental decision: they have to allocate resources between well-known tasks that reliably generate positive results; or explore new ways of doing things, new technologies, products and services. The latter is a high risk choice. Its rewards can be high, but the chances of success are small.|
How do firms organize to take these decisions? What kind of management skills are necessary to take them? What kind of tools and methods are deployed to sustain managerial decision-making in highly volatile environments? These are the central questions on which this course focuses, relying on a combination of lectures, case-based discussion, and guest speakers.
|Lecture notes||Slides will be available on the Moodle page|
|Literature||Readings will be available on the Moodle page|
|Prerequisites / Notice||The course content and methods are designed for students with some background in management and/or economics|
|363-0389-02L||Technology and Innovation Management (Additional Cases) |
Only for Mechanical Engineering BSc.
|1 credit||1U||S. Brusoni|
|Abstract||This module focuses on the topics that lie at the intersection between management and engineering.|
|Objective||Through a project, the students will focus on discussing the business implications of a technology using the tools and theories used in the TIM lecture. This would enable the students to deepen their understanding of managerial issues while focusing on a specific technology. Topics for project work will be proposed in the beginning of the semester|
|Prerequisites / Notice||The lecture 363-0389-00L Technology and Innovation Management needs to be taken in order to participate in this module|
|363-1028-00L||Entrepreneurial Leadership |
Limited number of participants.
Students apply for this course via the official website no later than 21.08.2022 (https://www.mtec.ethz.ch/studies/special-programmes/els.html).
Once your application is confirmed, registration in myStudies is possible.
|4 credits||3S||Z. Erden Özkol, S. Brusoni, H. Franke, O. von Dzengelevski, G. von Krogh|
|Abstract||This seminar provides master and PhD students at MTEC with the challenging opportunity of a real case on strategy, innovation and leadership in close collaboration with the senior management of a leading Swiss healthcare company: F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG.|
|Objective||The general objective of the course is to enable MTEC students to develop leadership skills by dealing with real-world business problems, thinking critically about the concepts discussed in their study programs and learning how to apply these concepts to provide practical implications. It provides students with coaching and mentoring from senior leaders in the company and professors from D-MTEC to bridge the gap between theory and practice.|
|Content||This seminar provides ambitious ETH students and doctoral candidates with a rewarding learning opportunity: a real case study of strategy and innovation in close collaboration with the top management of an outstanding company: Georg Fischer.|
What you can expect:
You will work in teams on specific high priority assignments that flow from the company. Delving into the assignments you will both contribute to solving strategic issues and have an impact on their implementation at the company.
To gain insight into the company and its culture you will receive briefings from senior management, conduct interviews with experts and run workshops with your case managers. In the final presentations you will pitch your findings to key stakeholders and top management representatives and receive valuable feedback.
Furthermore you will be coached and supported by MTEC professors on the topics of project scoping, problem definition and solving, process improvement, strategy and board presentation.
The course is directed and organised by PD Dr. Zeynep Erden and Dr. Isabel Spicker as part of the MTEC Leadership Development Programme.
What we expect from you:
You are an ambitious ETH student or doctoral candidate who is looking for a rewarding learning opportunity and is eager to go the extra mile. You will work on a real case study of strategy, technology and innovation in close collaboration with the senior management of an outstanding Swiss company. The recommendations that you formulate in collaboration with members of your team as well as with internal and external experts will be discussed at the Partner and Director levels. This demands a deep understanding of the company's leadership culture.
In this endeavour you are coached and supported by
- Stefano Brusoni, Chair of Technology and Innovation Management
- Georg von Krogh, Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation
- Torbjörn Netland, Chair of Production and Operations Management
- Zeynep Erden, Lecturer, D-MTEC
|Literature||Literature and readings will be announced in the coaching sessions.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||Please apply for this course via the official website (https://mtec.ethz.ch/studies/programme-elements/special-programmes/els.html). Apply no later than August 22. |
The number of participants is limited to 18.
Participants receive a certificate.
|364-1058-00L||Risk Center Seminar Series||0 credits||2S||H. 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, B. Stojadinovic, B. Sudret, J. Teichmann, R. Wattenhofer, U. A. Weidmann, S. Wiemer, M. Zeilinger, R. Zenklusen|
|Abstract||This course is a mixture between a seminar primarily for PhD and postdoc students and a colloquium involving invited speakers. It consists of presentations and subsequent discussions in the area of modeling complex socio-economic systems and crises. Students and other guests are welcome.|
|Objective||Participants should learn to get an overview of the state of the art in the field, to present it in a well understandable way to an interdisciplinary scientific audience, to develop novel mathematical models for open problems, to analyze them with computers, and to defend their results in response to critical questions. In essence, participants should improve their scientific skills and learn to work scientifically on an internationally competitive level.|
|Content||This course is a mixture between a seminar primarily for PhD and postdoc students and a colloquium involving invited speakers. It consists of presentations and subsequent discussions in the area of modeling complex socio-economic systems and crises. For details of the program see the webpage of the colloquium. Students and other guests are welcome.|
|Lecture notes||There is no script, but a short protocol of the sessions will be sent to all participants who have participated in a particular session. Transparencies of the presentations may be put on the course webpage.|
|Literature||Literature will be provided by the speakers in their respective presentations.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||Participants should have relatively good mathematical skills and some experience of how scientific work is performed.|
|364-1110-00L||Foundations of Innovation Studies|
Does not take place this semester.
|3 credits||2G||S. Brusoni|
|Abstract||This course will introduce some of the major theoretical threads and controversies in the broad field of innovation. During the first part of the course, the emphasis will be on the evolution of innovation studies. The final part of the course will focus on one of the directions in which those studies have evolved: the field of managerial cognition.|
|Objective||Students will learn about various perspectives, examine different methodologies, explore some original empirical research, make connections between theory and empirical research, and practice reviewing and identifying insight in research.|
1) Be able to display some knowledge on a few major theoretical streams in the area.
2) Be familiar with the methods, issues and current gaps in the area.
3) Have practiced skills in finding insight and reviewing the literature.
4) Have practiced skills in defining research problems and proposing empirical research in this area.
|701-0901-01L||ETH Week 2022: Urban Futures |
All ETH Bachelor`s, Master`s and exchange students can take part in the ETH week. No prior knowledge is required
|1 credit||3S||F. Rittiner, F. Bargardi, S. Brusoni, R. Knutti, S. Menz, A. Vaterlaus|
|Abstract||ETH Week is an innovative one-week course designed to foster critical thinking and creative learning. Students from all departments as well as professors and external experts will work together in interdisciplinary teams. They will develop interventions that could play a role in solving some of our most pressing global challenges. In 2022, ETH Week will focus on the topic of urban development.|
|Objective||- Domain-specific knowledge: Students have immersed knowledge about a certain complex, societal topic which will be selected every year. They understand the complex system context of the current topic, by comprehending its scientific, technical, political, social, ecological and economic perspectives.|
- Analytical skills: The ETH Week participants are able to structure complex problems systematically using selected methods. They are able to acquire further knowledge and critically analyse the knowledge in interdisciplinary groups and with experts and the help of team tutors.
- Design skills: The students are able to use their knowledge and skills to develop concrete approaches for problem-solving and decision making to a selected problem statement, critically reflect on these approaches, assess their feasibility, to transfer them into a concrete form (physical model, prototypes, strategy paper, etc.) and to present this work in a creative way (role-plays, videos, exhibitions, etc.).
- Self-competence: The students are able to plan their work effectively, efficiently and autonomously. By considering approaches from different disciplines they are able to make a judgment and form a personal opinion. In exchange with non-academic partners from business, politics, administration, non-governmental organisations and media they are able to communicate appropriately, present their results professionally and creatively and convince a critical audience.
- Social competence: The students are able to work in multidisciplinary teams, i.e. they can reflect critically on their own discipline, debate with students from other disciplines and experts in a critical-constructive and respectful way and can relate their own positions to different intellectual approaches. They can assess how far they are able to actively make a contribution to society by using their personal and professional talents and skills as "Change Agents".
- Remote collaboration competence: The students work in a hybrid setting blending physical and virtual communication and collaboration methods and tools. They experience the potential and limitations of remote collaboration.
|Content||The week is mainly about problem-solving and design thinking applied to the complex world of health and well-being. During ETH Week students will have the opportunity to work in small interdisciplinary groups, allowing them to critically analyse both their own approaches and those of other disciplines, and to integrate these into their work. |
While deepening their knowledge about sustainable urban development, students will be introduced to various methods and tools for generating creative ideas and understanding how different people are affected by each part of the system. In addition to lectures and literature, students will acquire knowledge via excursions into the real world, empirical observations, and conversations with researchers and experts.
A key attribute of ETH Week is that students are expected to find their own problems, rather than just solve the problem that has been handed to them.
Therefore, the first three days of the week will concentrate on identifying a problem the individual teams will work on, while the last two days are focused on generating solutions and communicating the team's ideas.
|Prerequisites / Notice||No prerequisites. Programme is open to Bachelor and Masters from all ETH Departments. All students must apply through a competitive application process at www.ethz.ch/ethweek. Participation is subject to successful selection through this competitive process.|