Strategies for Open Innovation

Course Overview
This course teaches design tactics and strategies for integrating in effective ways knowledge distributed across multiple domains. Open innovation systems, which consist of a productive capacity to design complex solutions by integrating large quantities of relevant knowledge distributed across large networks of people has become a dominant process in designing the aspect that shapes contemporary human experiences. This course is for students who are interested in leading and facilitating multi-disciplinary collaborative projects using design as know-how to innovate. Students will learn design tactics and strategies for knowledge brokering through tutorials, examples, practical activities and simulations. Students will develop the competence of knowledge brokering to transform information into ideas with economic, social, cultural, territorial, and environmental value.

Learning Objectives
In this course participants will learn…

• The key principles that shape design strategies in open innovation systems
• To plan and manage collaborative design practices
• How to allocate design capabilities for increasing productivity in large-scale collaborations
• How to assess productivity in open innovation dynamics
• Design strategies for effectively leading open innovation processes

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course participants will be able to…

• Strategically plan when and how to deploy design capabilities in large-scale co-creation projects
• Facilitate complex knowledge brokering and ideation activities
• Know how to respond and adjust to new developments in open-ended processes of discovery and innovation • Improve productivity in multi-disciplinary team dynamics
• Effectively manage ideation flows when knowledge is distribute across large networks of individuals and organizations

Course Outline
W1 Context + Design Strategies
W2 Guidelines + Scorecard + Examples
W3 Workshop Planning + Documentation
W4 Workshop
W5 Workshop Description + Analysis
W6 Workshop Report

Format and Grading
Workshop Planner Template 10%
Workshop Plan 20%
Workshop Documentation 10%
Workshop Report 40%
Class Participation 20%

Class Restrictions
No prerequisites. This course is open to all Institute of Design students.