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Management komplexer Systeme: The role of Universities in National Innovation Systems (in English)

Studiengänge / Module:

Master Wirtschaftswissenschaften: Modul "Innovations- und Techniksoziologie" I / II


Anna-Lena Rose, MSc MA


EITHER Seminar: 5 ECTS
OR Übung: 2,5 ECTS

Time and Place:

Tuesdays, 12:15-13:45, starting date is 02.04.2019 (Room P1-05-309)

Content of the Seminar:

In the past years the contribution of universities to national economies via knowledge production, transfer and commercialization has been increasingly underscored in the policy discourse as well as in university missions. Thus, even if in theoretical discussions (about the role of knowledge production for economy) the university was for a long time seen as part of “National Innovation Systems”, its role becomes increasingly visible via formal links to other actors (e.g. industry). This seminar will draw on the latest theoretical and empirical studies of university’s role in national innovation systems. The theoretical insights will be drawn from studies of National Innovation Systems (NIS), Science and Technology Studies as well as Higher Education Studies’. One focus will be laid on the complexity of actors in the NIS and the linkages between them (with a special focus on university-industry linkages). A second focus will be laid on the international comparison of NISs. Across these topics we will understand the university as a specific type of organization with specific characteristics and also gain an understanding of how the university (and academic codes and norms) change when links to other actors are forged.
This seminar will draw on the latest theoretical and empirical studies of university’s role in national innovation systems (NIS). The seminar will be held in English.


All students are expected to a) actively participate in the seminar b) work on their own case study c) present a text & preliminary results of a case study d) + in case you want to pass the course as a Seminar (5 ECTS): write a paper (text analysis & results of case study) The semester is sub-divided in three parts: (1) introduction to main concepts and preparation of own research, (2) in-depth discussions of key questions, (3) presentations of texts & preliminary case study results. Feedback on developing your case studies available between the sessions and after your presentation of preliminary results. The number of participants is limited to 20.


Seminar: Paper & Presentation (5 Credits)
Übung: Presentation (2,5 Credits)

To complete the module: Joint oral examination of both courses that have been taken within the module.

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