Practical Innovation Management Internship Approach and process
PIM-internships • Use knowledge gathered in previous courses to solve a problem or contribute to a process/project in a firm • Innovation oriented • Should be of importance to the firm. The need should be there. • Continuous documentation and reflection throughout the process
Overview of process • Always starting at 12.15 and for three hours • Week 11 (today): Course starts on the 13 March with introduction at SFE. • Week 12: Assignment and contact person at the companies finalized • Tronn Skjerstad’s first meeting on March 20 • Week 14 : Easter holiday • Weeks 15, 17, 19: Supervision seminars with Tronn Skjerstad • Week 21 ( 22/5 at 12.00): Final report hand-in • Week 22 (29/5): End seminar
Presentation assignments for each meeting - 1 20/3: The company, problem formulation and strategy for investigation 10/4: Theoretical models/frameworks to be used – strengths and weaknesses 24/4: Process management and data gathering 8/5: Preliminary results and recommendations
Presentation assignments for each meeting - 2 • Written on power-point and presented to class for discussion • Presentation 7-10 minutes/discussion 10 minutes, strict time limits. • Hand in powerpoint to Tronn on Sunday night + preferred questions to be brought up for discussion.
Structure of final report Ca 5000 words, outlining: • The nature of the company and its processes • The problem dealt with • The analytical models used • The process of the work (including data gathering, interaction and analysis) • The results of the analysis • The possible uses of the results – management suggestions To be handed in on May 29 at 12.00
Research process • Keep diary: collect reflections and concrete instances (examples) of events relating to your assignment. Dont forget to describe in detail and to use quotes where possible. • Think in terms of your next meeting presentation and being able to present a rich account and to ask the right questions • Think about the final report. What do you need to write it? Think about the sections of this report and what you should put under each. • Write down text for each of the report sections on your computer continuously during the internship period as a fomr of data management. • Use these notes to make power points and formulate questions for each meeting in the course.