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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2020/2021
Scuola Scuola del Design
Cfu 6.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare
Didattica innovativa L'insegnamento prevede  2.0  CFU erogati con Didattica Innovativa come segue:
  • Soft Skills
Docenti: Titolare (Co-titolari) Buganza Tommaso

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento
The goal of the course is to enable students understanding innovation and leadership dynamics in order to act as innovative leaders within and across organizations.
The course offers the opportunity to develop an innovative solution while experiencing team dynamics and interpersonal relationships. Students will face innovation challenges offered by real organizations, to experiment the dynamics of creativity and collaboration while bridging theory and practice.
The course fits into the overall program curriculum pursuing some of the defined general learning goals. In particular, the course contributes to the development of the following capabilities:
• Design solutions applying a scientific and engineering approach (Analysis, Learning, Reasoning, and Modeling capability deriving from a solid and rigorous multidisciplinary background) to face problems and opportunities in a business and industrial environment
• Develop new ideas and solutions in business and industrial scenarios evolving over time
• Interact in a professional, responsible, effective and constructive way in a working environment, also motivating group members
The course adopts the following innovative teaching methods:
- development of soft skills
- projects co-developed with business companies
- flipped classroom


Risultati di apprendimento attesi

Lectures, activities and team-based projects will allow students:

-To know and understand the different strategies to foster the innovation process and their applications (lectures)
-To know and understand the different leadership theories and models to comprehend inter-personal processes (lectures)
-To know how to gather and structure relevant information to deepen the knowledge about the context in which an innovation is taking place (project)
-To develop an innovative vision and propose a solution under different constraints (project)
-To improve collaborative attitudes and know relevant drivers to foster team effectiveness (project)
-To communicate effectively an innovative idea (project)


Argomenti trattati

The key topics that will be covered in the course are the following, divided in the two main areas:


In this module you will learn how to promote and mange innovation with a strategic perspective, as well a show to manage and lead an innovation process. The module focuses especially on the capabilities of leaders to create innovative visions and to catalyze the resources that are needed to make that vision come through and all the phases, activities and methodologies needed to transform and idea into a product-service solution to be launched in the market. The topics characterizing the module are the following:

o   What is innovation, what is its value and its challenges
o   The drivers and the timing of innovation
o   The innovation strategies and the creation of vision: innovation of meaning and design-driven innovation
o   Technology strategy: key technologies, dynamic capabilities, complementary assets, profiting from innovation
o   Collaborative and Open Innovation
o   Guiding principles and models for managing innovation processes
o   Users analysis and users integration in innovation processes


In this module you will learn how to develop the capabilities to engage yourself and others in becoming innovative leaders and effectively managing change and innovation in organizational settings. The topics characterizing the module are the following ones:

o   What is leadership, what is the difference between leaders and managers
o   How to assess people and effectively communicate with collaborators
o   The motivational theories that help leaders to trigger others’ commitment
o   How to design and lead effective teams; teams roles and dynamics in innovation processes
o   Team dynamics: group behaviours, group decision making, conflicts and negotiation
o   How to effectively face change and lead innovation in complex organisational settings


The course adopts the following innovative teaching methods:

- development of soft skills
- projects co-developed with business companies
- flipped classroom


Students are required to know the basics of business administration, organizational design and business process management.

Modalità di valutazione

Evaluation will be based on the two different options in which the course can be followed:

Team-based option:

o   Individual written exam
o   Project work: the goal is to understand how to design and implement innovation, working on a brief provided by a real company 
o   Optional - Leadership story: description of the profile and the journey of an innovative leader, her/his peculiar personality, capabilities, behaviors in different situations

Individual-based option:

o   Individual written exam
o   Individual assignments:
  • Leadership story: description of the profile and the journey of an innovative leader, her/his peculiar personality, capabilities, behaviors in different situations. The final output of the leadership story consist in a video and a written report
  • Critical analysis of a real case study: analysis of a real innovation case, in order to show the criticism capability throughout the application of leadership and innovation topics

Participation in the activities of the course will be evaluated as well in terms of contribution to the work of teams and to the discussions in class, through a bonus/malus mechanism. Students who will reach a specific threshold in the written exam will be allowed to take an optional oral exam to improve their grade.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaRoberto Verganti, Owercrowded: Designing meaningful products in a word awash with ideas, Editore: MIT Press, Anno edizione: 2017, ISBN: 9780262035361
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaMelissa Schilling, Strategic Management of Technological Innovation, Editore: McGraw-Hill, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN: 978-0078029233
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaKreiter R., and Kinicki, A., Organizational behaviour (11th Edition), Editore: McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Anno edizione: 2013

Software utilizzato
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Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 50:00 100:00

Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua Inglese
Disponibilità di materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese

Note Docente
This program has been designed to be delivered in the presence of people, hoping to overcome the health emergency linked to COVID 19.
In the event of a prolonged health emergency, the timetable could vary, providing for the introduction (in part or in full) of online educational activities.
More detailed information on the methods of provision and access, as well as the indications relating to security protocols and social distancing, will be available on the University and School website. More details on teaching will be communicated by the teachers in the manner provided.
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