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Course title Marketing Strategy and Innovation
Course code EBC4078
ECTS credits 6,5
Assessment Whole/Half Grades
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1 2-9-2024 20-10-2024 X X
Level Advanced
Coordinator Dominik Mahr
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Language of instruction English
The general objective of this course is to provide you with academic knowledge and hands-on practice of the ways in which marketing performs innovation activities. Furthermore, it is the course's purpose to provide insight into the interaction of marketing with other sources important for innovation. These can be internal functions e.g., operations, R&D, human resource management, information systems, as well as external sources, e.g., customers, competitors, policy makers. This leads to the following questions that you will address in this course:
• How can innovation be defined? What are drivers, dimensions, and pitfalls of innovation?
• What is the role of strategic marketing in innovation activities and the firm’s board room? How can market trends be detected?
• How do you deal with cross-functional coordination? How to capture external ideas, skills and resources for innovation?
• What are key marketing innovation activities during each stage of the innovation process? What are state-of-art tools in innovation management?
• How are innovations adopted and diffused in the market and how can marketing influence that?
• What are recent integrated innovation-marketing approaches such as design thinking or growth hacker marketing?
This course is designed to balance scientific state-of-the-art insights with real-life challenges and managerial applications. You also get the opportunity to hear from different companies about their innovation activities, simulate marketing innovation tasks, and practice the development of your own innovative product/service idea.
You will further practice a broad range of skills including presentation, writing, analytical, creative, communication, teamwork, and project management skills. If you are intellectually curious and seeking to expand your knowledge boundaries, you are in the right place. Most importantly, we hope you find this course both enjoyable and fulfilling.
Innovation is one of the most important issues in business today, as it is fundamental for sustainable business success. Innovation leads to improved consumer lives, through better quality products and services and lower prices, and to improved business performance, through transforming old and creating new markets. Hence, it is an important topic for strategic marketing. By connecting companies with their customers and markets, marketing provides the key to stay competitive; this is nowadays of particular importance because of emerging disruptive new technologies and rapidly changing customer needs. Companies that are not adapting and innovating lose sales and profitability to innovating competitors and might not even survive in their markets.

Innovation is a broad topic, and a variety of disciplines address various aspects of innovation. Marketing as a discipline, and especially strategic marketing, is well positioned to participate in the understanding and management of innovation within firms and markets, because a primary goal of innovation is to develop new and modified products, services, and processes for their customers. The fundamental trigger for innovation is to identify and satisfy customer needs better than competitors. Strategic marketing is at the heart of innovation activities by linking internal and external stakeholders for the development of new products, services, and processes. Strategic marketing innovation management involves the creation of novelty and utility, two crucial factors. An innovation is, almost by definition, novel; at least some new element must be incorporated. However, having a good idea is not enough; it needs to be implemented well in practice before meriting the name innovation.

As a prospective strategic marketing manager, you need to understand the importance of innovation, the role of marketing for a company’s innovation, the innovation process steps, the innovation performance of your company and comprehend the tools and techniques (e.g., for scenario development, ideation, prototyping) available to marketing to improve it.
State-of-the-art literature published in the leading marketing and innovation journals and in popular press. A detailed literature list will be available online.
This course is in transition for the master Business Research.
See the Master Education and Examination Regulations for more information.

The following rule applies to master Business Research students who started the programme prior to academic year 2024-2025.
The master Business Research has been discontinued.
Courses of the Business Research master’s programme will continue to be offered until and including academic year 2025-2026 with exam opportunities running until and including 2026-2027.

All students who are admitted to the Master of Science in International Business can follow this course.
Exchange students with a Bachelor degree in Business, or with another Bachelor degree, including a minor in Marketing are also admitted.
This course assumes knowledge of innovation management at an introductory level.
An advanced level of English.
Teaching methods (indicative; course manual is definitive) PBL / Presentation / Lecture / Assignment / Papers / Groupwork
Assessment methods (indicative; course manual is definitive) Final Paper / Attendance / Participation / Presentation
Evaluation in previous academic year For the complete evaluation of this course please click "here"
This course belongs to the following programmes / specialisations
Master Business Research - No specialisation Transitional Regulation
Master Business Research - Operations Research Transitional Regulation
Master Human Decision Science Deprecated
Master International Business - Strategic Marketing Compulsory Course(s)
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