Capita selecta Operations and Innovation Management


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Have an advanced understanding of (a) selected “hot” operations and/or innovation management concept(s), such as for example business models/business model innovation; user-driven, supplier-driven, networked or open innovation; smart work, technologies or products; agile manufacturing systems or supply chains; globalization of production networks; sustainable production systems; fuzzy front-end innovation; or manufacturing servitization, and in particular:

  • The role of processes, technologies and systems, people and organization in the development, implementation and deployment/marketing of such concepts.
  • The relationships between these elements.
  • Their effects on operations/innovation and business performance.
  • The prerequisites for the successful development, implementation and deployment/marketing of the concept(s).
  • The dynamic interactions between operations systems characteristics and innovations of, or related to, operations systems.


  • Be able to perform a structured literature search and analysis.
  • Be able to develop a literature review in the form of a state-of-the-art report on the operations and/or innovation concept(s) addressed in the module.
  • Be able to map, analyze and propose a change/improvement of the operations and/or innovation system of a manufacturing or service firm, based on and through the lens of the focal concept(s).


  • Demonstrate the understanding and skills acquired through exemplifying and/or applying the concept(s) studied as part of the module in exercises, cases or real-life situations.

Type of instruction

The module is carried out as an individual or small group project, and aimed at performing in-depth literature study, which is delivered in the form of an extensive literature review on a topic approved by the supervisor. If organized as a small group project, the project is carried out in a group
with normally no more than two members. The student(s) organize and coordinate the project themselves in collaboration with the supervisor.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examCapita selecta Operations and Innovation Management
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleUdvalgte kapitler i Operations og Innovationsledelse
Module codeM-OM-K3-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Management Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Production
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science