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Seminar - Technology driven Digital Innovation in post-covid environments

Study Area:
Master / Business C: Digitalization & Entrepreneurship
Module: Digitale Transformation III - Digital Innovation
Course: Technology driven Digital Innovation in post-covid environments
Lecturer: Manuel Wiesche
Scope / Credits: 4 SWS / 7,5 Credits
Type of Course: Seminar
Date and Place: Tuesday, 11.10.2022, 10:15 am, room: M 811

The course language will be decided based on the participating students.


Online application via the faculty system from 04.07.2022

In addition to your online application, please send your CV, grade transcript, and motivation letters to the secretariat (dt.wiwitu-dortmundde), indicating your previous experience with digital transformation topics and empirical research methods.

Seminar description

In this course, students will learn about technology-driven digital innovation and work on a real-world innovation challenge provided by partner companies. Our partners include companies as well as consultancy firms, like KPS which is a consultancy for digital transformation projects.

The students will get to know the design thinking approach and they will be enabled to practice it. Starting with the the phases of Needfinding & Synthesis and Ideation and then, operationalising the ideas with a concept of a Prototype that will be Tested afterward in regards to the suitability to solve the identified problem.

The Students will work in teams to target the partner’s challenges in close collaboration with the company partner and they be able to present their ideas and solutions.

Selected literature

  • Wiesche, M., Uebernickel, F., Byler, E., Garcia-Cifuentes, J. P., Kelly, K., Suzuki, S., Vignoli, M., Leifer, L., Lang, M., et al (2018) “Teaching Innovation in Interdisciplinary Environments: Toward a Design Thinking Syllabus,” in Proceedings of the AIS SIGED, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Brown, Tim (2008) “Design Thinking” in Harvard Business Review

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus North to Campus South by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus North and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The departments of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Street navigation from and to the TU Dortmund University:

OpenStreetMap Routing Machine

The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:

Environment map (PDF)

Environment map (graphic)

This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:

Interactive campus map

This document contains a simple campus map in German and English:

Campus map (PDF)