Digital Innovation

IS 607 for Master's program (MMM, MMBR, M.Sc. Wifo and M.Sc. Wipäd)

Despite the Covid 19 pandemic, the lecture is to be held as a hybrid event, within which the face-to-face sessions will take place with special security provisions. To participate in face-to-face events at the University of Mannheim, the Classroom Pass is obligatory since this semester. You will receive this pass if you can present a 3G proof. Instructions on how to obtain the Classroom Pass and answers to the most important questions can be found under “Classroom Pass 2021/2022”. The lecture can also be followed “live” via Zoom and will also be recorded.

General Information

Fall 2021
Performing Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl
Examiner Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl
Course Format Lecture
Credit Points 6 ECTS
Language English
Grading Written exam (100%)
Exam Date 15.12.21 (60 minutes)
Formal Prerequisite IS 512 or IS 615 or IS 614
Registration Via Portal²
Luise Bühler

Luise Bühler

Contact person Digital Innovation

For further information please contact Luise Bühler.

    Course Information

  • Brief Description

    Digital innovations influence every aspect of our lives in this increasingly technological world. Firms that pursue digital innovations must think carefully about how digital technologies shape the nature, process and outcomes of innovation as well as the long- and short-term social, economic and cultural consequences of their offerings. The course attempts to develop a transdisciplinary understanding of digital innovation by bringing together a diverse set of research papers from leading scholars from business, engineering, economics, science and public policy. Their distinct perspectives advance ideas and principles intended to set the agenda for current and future research on digital innovation in ways that inform primarily firm-level strategies and practices. The course provides scope and depth for master of science students interested in information systems and digital technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship, strategy, and digital platforms and ecosystems. In addition, it is informative to scholars interested in the impact of digital technologies on organizations and the broader society.

    Teaching Concept

    The course will be taught on a flipped classroom basis. A flipped classroom is an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning focused on student engagement and active learning, providing the instructor a better opportunity to deal with mixed levels, student difficulties, and differentiated learning preferences during in-class time. This format intentionally shifts instruction to a student-centered model in which time in the classroom is used to explore topics in greater depth and create meaningful learning opportunities while students are initially introduced to new topics outside of the classroom. Content dissemination takes place through mandatory pre-readings and collaborative class discussions.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students who accomplish this course will

    • understand the foundations of digital innovations,
    • be proficient in digital platforms, ecosystems, and entrepreneurship,
    • advance their knowledge on business models and value creation in digital innovation,
    • comprehend its impact on the future of work, and
    • be exposed to transdisciplinary application domains.
  • Course Outline & Schedule

    Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl


    Date Time Topic Room
    10.9.2021 8.30 am – 10.00 am Kick-off

    Section 1: Introduction
    Chapter 1: Digital Innovation: Towards a Transdisciplinary Perspective (Nambisan, Lyytinen, Yoo; 12 pages)

    Section 2: Foundations of Digital Innovation
    Introduction to Section 2 (Cutcher Gershenfeld, 3 pages)
    O 142 + ZOOM (see Portal²)
    17.9.2021 8.30 am – 10.00 am Chapter 2: The New Wave of Digital Innovation: The Need for a Theory of Sociotechnical Self-Orchestration (Majchrzak & Griffith; 24 pages)

    Chapter 3: Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship in and around Institutional Voids: The Case of Fundación Cardiovascular (FCV) in Colombia (Jarvenpaa, Echeverri-Carroll, Pedraza; 23 pages)
    O 142 + ZOOM (see Portal²)
    24.9.2021 8.30 am – 10.00 am Chapter 4: Theorizing the Connections between Digital Innovations and Societal Transformation: Learning from the Case of M-Pesa in Kenya (Markus & Nan; 19 pages)

    Chapter 5: Agile Development as the Root Metaphor for Strategy in Digital Innovation (Berente; 15 pages)
    O 142 + ZOOM (see Portal²)
    1.10.2021 8.30 am – 10.00 am Section 3: Digital Platforms, Ecosystems and Entrepreneurship Introduction to Section 3 (Gawer; 9 pages)

    Chapter 6: Value co-creation in ecosystems: Insights and research promise from three disciplinary perspectives (Autio & Thomas; 26 pages)
    O 142 + ZOOM (see Portal²)
    8.10.2021 8.30 am – 10.00 am Chapter 7: Remixing Systems: Collective design through modification (Nickerson; 17 pages)

    Chapter 8: Scaling Digital Enterprises (Henfridsson; 9 pages)

    Section 4: Digital Innovation, Business Models and Value Creation Introduction to Section 4 (Varun Grover; 3 pages)
    O 142 + ZOOM (see Portal²)
    15.10.2021 8.30 am – 10.00 am Chapter 9: Data and Value (Alaimo, Kallinikos, Aaltonen; 17 pages)

    Chapter 10: Business Model Cohesiveness Scorecard: Implications of Digitization for Business Model Innovation (Velu; 19 pages)
    O 142 + ZOOM (see Portal²)
    22.10.2021 8.30 am – 10.00 am Chapter 11: Automate, Informate, and Generate: Affordance Primitives of Smart Devices and the Internet of Things (Seidel & Berente; 14 pages)

    Section 5: Digital Innovation and Future of Work Introduction to Section 5 (Paul Courant; 3 pages)

    Chapter 12: Prolegomena on Digital Innovation and Jobs (King & Grudin; 13 pages)
    O 142 + ZOOM (see Portal²)
    29.10.2021 8.30 am – 10.00 am Chapter 13: Making the One-Sided Gig Economy Really Two-Sided: Implications for Future of Work (Malhotra; 23 pages)

    Section 6: Digital Innovation and Application Domains Introduction to Section 6 (Ken Loparo; 2 pages)

    Chapter 14: The bits and bytes of biology: Digitalization fuels an emerging generative platform for biological innovation (Kulathinal, Yoo, Kumar; 13 pages)
    O 142 + ZOOM (see Portal²)
    5.11.2021 No lecture!
    12.11.2021 8.30 am – 10.00 am Chapter 15: Innovations in Micro-robotics and their Implications in a Digital World (Rogowski, Bubel, Zhang, Kim; 13 pages)

    Section 7: Conclusion

    Chapter 16: A Transdisciplinary Research Agenda for Digital Innovation: Key Themes and Directions for Future Research (Lyytinen, Nambisan, Yoo; 9 pages)

    O 142 + ZOOM (see Portal²)
  • Literature

    • Nambisan, S., Lyytinen, K., & Yoo, Y. (Eds.). (2020). Handbook of digital innovation. Edward Elgar Publishing.

    If you are on campus, just click on and download the respective chapters. If you are access the link off-campus, make sure you have your VPN channel activated.

    Please make sure, you have read the chapters as outlined above. Otherwise, no learning outcomes will accrue!

  • Teaching Format

    If the Covid-19 pandemic permits, the course will be offered in a presence format. Please make sure you fully comply with the contemporary hygienic safety regulations of the University of Mannheim. Please do not forget your masks and keep the respective safety distance to your fellow students and instructor(s).

    In addition, the sessions will be transmitted and recorded via Zoom.