IS 607: Digital Innovation

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 attempts to contribute to building 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 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. 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, giving 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-centred 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 delivery takes place through mandatory pre-readings and collaborative class discussions.

Learning outcomes
Students that 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.

Necessary prerequisites
IS 512 or IS 614 or IS 615

Recommended prerequisites
IS 615

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture2 SWS15 SWS
ECTS credits6
Graded yes
Form of assessmentWritten exam (60 min)
Restricted admissionyes
Further informationWebsite of the Chair
Performing lecturer
Dr. Anna-Maria Seeger
Dr. Anna-Maria Seeger
Frequency of offeringSpring semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationM.Sc. MMM, M.Sc. WiPäd, M.Sc. VWL, M.Sc. Wirt. Inf.
Preliminary course workReading the respective chapter in the assigned literature
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1
LiteratureNambisan, Satish, Lyytinen, Kalle, and Yoo, Youngjin (Eds.): Handbook of Digital Innovation, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, July 2020.
Course outline
  • Digital Innovation: Towards a Transdisciplinary Perspective
  • Foundations of Digital Innovation
  • The New Wave of Digital Innovation: The Need for a Theory of Sociotechnical Self-Orchestration
  • Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship in and around Institutional Voids: The Case of Fundación Cardiovascular (FCV) in Colombia
  • Theorizing the Connections between Digital Innovations and Societal Transformation: Learning from the Case of M-Pesa in Kenya
  • Digital Platforms, Eco­systems and Entrepreneurship
  • Value co-creation in eco­systems: Insights and research promise from three disciplinary perspectives
  • Remixing Systems: Collective design through modification
  • Scaling Digital Enterprises
  • Digital Innovation, Business Models and Value Creation
  • Data and Value
  • Business Model Cohesiveness Scorecard: Implications of Digitization for Business Model Innovation
  • Automate, Informate, and Generate: Affordance Primitives of Smart Devices and the Internet of Things
  • Digital Innovation and Future of Work
  • Prolegomena on Digital Innovation and Jobs
  • Making the One-Sided Gig Economy Really Two-Sided: Implications for Future of Work
  • Digital Innovation and Application Domains
  • The bits and bytes of biology: Digitalization fuels an emerging generative platform for biological innovation
  • Innovations in Micro-robotics and their Implications in a Digital World
  • A Transdisciplinary Research Agenda for Digital Innovation: Key Themes and Directions for Future Research