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This two-years 120-ECTS programme takes place in Beijing, China. It consists of carefully tailored modules, encompassing fields of research within innovation management, innovation systems, creativity, organization, methodology, product development, value chains, globalization, business models along with project work and the master’s thesis.

The four semesters of the programme are designed to ensure professional progression (from the basic fundamentals of innovation theory and innovative firm management on the 1st semester to focusing on selected important themes and the contextualization of innovation on the 2nd semester, and lastly application and specialization respectively on the 3rd and 4th semesters.

The pedagogic principles underpinning the Innovation Management programme are inspired from a number of sources in China and Denmark, but the main foundation is that of problem-based learning (PBL) or student centred teaching. As a result, many teaching practices of the programme are naturally conditioned by PBL.

The PBL approach means that the learning activities of the programme are based on the real-world problems, which students identify, analyze and solve under the supervision of Chinese, Danish and international faculty. PBL teaches the students about how to: a) formulate a research question from a real-life innovation problem and to look for useful literature to solve the problem, b) enhance cooperation skills and intercultural competences, c) increase  agility and adaptability to various environments, d) engage in the collaboration with practitioners and potential future employers.

The topics in the modules are as follows:

1st semester

  • Contemporary Theory of Innovation and Innovation management (5 ECTS)
  • Organisation and Management of Innovation (7½ ECTS)
  • Research Methods (7½ ECTS)
  • Semester Project (10 ECTS)

2nd semester

  • Product Design and Development (7,5 ECTS)
  • Innovation Systems and Government-Business Relationships (5 ECTS)
  • Globalization and Innovation (5 ECTS)
  • Business Models Innovation (5 ECTS)
  • Innovation Seminar and/or Project Work (7,5 ECTS)

3rd semester

  • On the 3rd semester, students have three options: (a) Research-based internship (research and training project conducted in a company or organization); (b) Research-based project (conceptual or secondary empirical material based project), and (c) one-semester study activities at another university (30 ECTS)

4th semester

  • Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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