Sustainable Innovation Management


  • Triggering interests in sustainable and social innovations

  • Uncovering the topic of sustainable innovation management within the framework of alternative business models

  • Strengthening skills and methods for sustainable innovation management in different companies and contexts

  • Teaching the scientific foundations of design thinking and participatory design and their application for developing sustainable innovative ideas


Overview of main topics of sustainable innovation management

  • Definition of sustainable and social innovations

  • Definition of sustainable innovation management

  • Alternative business models and sustainable innovation management

  • The essential components of a successful sustainable innovation management

  • The essential tools and methods for a successful sustainable innovation management

  • Sustainable innovation management in the digital era

  • Basic strategies of sustainable innovation management


  • Ries, E/ (2011): The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. New York/ USA.

  • Ries, E/ (2017): The Lean Startup: The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth. New York/ USA.

  • von Hippel, E/ (2005): Democratizing Innovation. Cambridge/ MA. Available at SSRN:

  • Schmidt-Keilich, M./ Schrader, U./ (2019): Sustainability innovation by integrating employees: The potential of sustainable embedded lead users, in: International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 13, 1. 


Samira Iran

Dates and Room

The course runs all day on the following dates:

Fr. 17.05.2019  (from 09:00 - 17:00; Villa Eberhardt);

Sa. 18.05.2019 (from 09:00 - 17:00; Villa Eberhardt);

Fr. 05.07.2019 (from 09:00 - 17:00; Villa Eberhardt);

Sa. 06.07.2019 (from 09:00 - 17:00; Villa Eberhardt).

Module Description

The lecture earns you 5 credit points and is open for:

  • Nachhaltige Unternehmensführung (Master)