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International Innovation Management (Bachelor)

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Study International Innovation Management at CBS in Germany


Innovation Management undergraduate programme in Brühl

Innovation Management is versatile and exciting degree to study at university. It’s the perfect subject if you are forward-thinking and creative and enjoy combining high-level strategy with hands-on work on new business ideas. Students that pursue this field are well-equipped to become the innovators, thinkers, creatives, and leaders of tomorrow. 

What is Innovation Management? Why is it important?

International Innovation Management is a key feature for successful business creation. It is the process of managing innovative ideas, or the way these ideas are developed and refined until they become a reality.

Today’s employees are expected to develop methods and tools for managing the complex and challenging process of innovation successfully in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams – in the technological area as well as in the business sector.

In this international innovation exchange programme, international students at CBS learn how to link technical knowledge with management skills in an international context and acquire the language skills required for their future careers when participating in our semester programme „International Innovation Management“ (IIM).

International Innovation Management is offered each year from the first half of February until the end of May. The programme is completely English-taught.

What do you learn in a bachelor’s programme in Innovation Management?

During your International Innovation Management exchange programme, you can select courses out of different disciplines to enhance and complement your skills in theory and practice.

Acknowledging that working successfully in an international environment also requires excellent intercultural soft skills, German Language and communication skills form another integral part of the programme. Combined, our programme allows for an interdisciplinary and profound study experience within an intercultural context, where you:

  • Learn about innovation management and how to turn technology into business

  • Learn to work effectively in teams of students from different subjects, e.g. business, technology

  • Learn how to link technical knowledge with management skills

  • Enhance your knowledge in management, economics, and marketing

  • Develop your communication and teamwork skills and knowledge of English and German

Study Course Plan

Some information about the study plan for the International Innovation Management programme:

* Modules contain 2 courses, which cannot be taken separately

* Please note that changes in the course offer are possible and that a minimum number of participants is required for modules to be offered.

Introduction to International Innovation Management (6 ECTS)
21.02.2024 – 15.03.2024

Introduction to International Innovation Management (3 ECTS) ? !
  • Innovation management: definitions, types and models
  • Innovation as a management process
  • International aspects of innovation
  • Innovation and the market(s)
Applied International Innovation Management (3 ECTS) ? !
  • Applying the above learnt issues and methods in an exemplary case study

Management Consulting Techniques (6 ECTS)
21.02.2024 – 15.03.2024

Consulting Tools and Techniques (3 ECTS) ? !
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Market definition and market analysis tools
  • Industry attractiveness analysis tools
  • Competitive landscape analysis tools
  • Tools for identifying international opportunities and threats
  • Creativity techniques
Agile Project Management (3 ECTS) ? !
  • Introduction to project management
  • Project life cycle
  • Organizing the project and estimating its risks
  • Project planning: people, resources and schedules
  • Managing and controlling project progress and cost
  • Project management across borders and cultures

Organizational and Entrepreneurial Consulting (6 ECTS)
18.03.2024 – 19.04.2024

Organizational Behaviour (3 ECTS) ? !
  • Introduction to organisational behaviour
  • Diversity in organisations
  • Motivation theories
  • Group dynamics and work teams
  • Leadership
  • Ethics and organisational behaviour
Entrepreneurship (3 ECTS) ? !
  • Success factors of entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial activity in the world
  • Identifying and evaluating opportunities
  • Developing business ideas from opportunities
  • Writing a business plan: roadmap to business success
  • Developing entrepreneurial strategies and marketing mix

Management of Innovative Technologies (6 ECTS)
18.03.2024 – 19.04.2024

Innovation and Technology Management (3 ECTS) ? !
  • An overview: Innovation and technology management
  • Goals and strategies of innovation and technology management
  • Decisions in the context of tactical innovation and technology management
  • Instruments of tactical innovation and technology management
  • Management of innovation and technology projects
  • Methods of technology selection
Financing new Technologies (3 ECTS) ? !
  • Financial basics, integrated financial planning, valuation
  • Venture capital, private equity
  • Venture debt, mezzanine
  • Project financing
  • Crowdfunding
  • Tax framework topics

Strategic Management in Times of Change (6 ECTS)
22.04.2024 – 17.05.2024

Strategic Analysis and Management (3 ECTS) ? !
  • Advanced external environment analysis
  • Diagnosing and managing strategic capability through national borders over time
  • Cultural and institutional context of strategic management
  • Network-level strategies
  • Corporate development and configuration: strategic options and portfolio matrices
  • Organising for success
Innovation Management and Digital Transformation (3 ECTS) ? !
  • Introduction to digitalisation, digital age & digital divide
  • Introduction to digital organisation & digital business models
  • Impact of digitalization on the value chain (Industry 4.0)
  • Digitalisation-related innovation theories & technology management
  • Digitalisation leadership & organisational transformation concepts
  • Change management & transformational leadership

Fundamentals for Smart Cities (6 ECTS)
22.04.2024 – 17.05.2024

Framework and Infrastructures of Smart Cities (3ECTS) ? !
  • Basic concepts including examples

  • Goals of Smart Cities

  • Municipal decisions: Democracy and digital participation

  • Digital infrastructures

  • Data sovereignty

  • Networking and durability of digital infrastructures

Technologies for Smart Cities (3ECTS) ? !
  • Internet of Things (and services)

  • Big Data

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Cybersecurity

  • Robotics

  • Block Chain

Additional Courses

German Language (4 ECTS) ? !

The course aims to develop the general German skills of the students. They are designed so students can improve their German language skills (i.e. grammar, vocabulary, etc) in everyday situations as well as in a work environment.


Team Collaboration Management (6 ECTS) ? !

Why study Innovation Management at CBS in Germany?

CBS International Business School is a private, state-accredited university and has been awarded top rankings. Our practice-oriented exchange programme programmes teach broad skills from an international perspective.

As a small private university, we are able to quickly update our courses in order to adapt to a fast-changing world. This way we ensure that our students are always on top of the latest management trends and highly competitive in the job market.

  • We offer internationally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees

  • Our courses are developed in collaboration with industry and commerce

  • We are located in or close to exciting cities like Cologne, Bonn, and Düsseldorf

Your key benefits

  • Short and intensive study abroad experience that matches your home university’s academic calendar

  • Entirely taught in English: gives you more confidence regarding your spoken and written (academic) English language skills

  • Personal and welcoming atmosphere: small study groups with close contact with our lecturers and the international office

  • 46 ECTS on offer: pick and choose your favorite modules and acquire up to a full semester workload

  • Intercultural competence: interact and work with students from different cultural backgrounds

  • German language course (on different levels): acquire basic German language skills or work on your existing German language ability

  • Central location: Brühl is located close to Cologne and therefore is an ideal starting point to discover the Rhineland, Germany and Europe

Semester Dates

Start of the programme in the spring semester ? !

Application deadline: 1st of November

Semester 1

Introduction Week: Mid February Start of lectures: Mid February End of lectures: Mid May
Exam period: Mid May - End of May    

Admission requirements & process for the Innovation Management programme

Language requirements:

At least level B1 in English according to CEFR (Common European Framework of References for Language)

Tuition Fees:

Exchange / Erasmus students from our partner universities are exempted from the tuition fees. 

6 ECTS cost 900 €

12 ECTS cost 1200 €

Nomination & Application Deadlines

Students from international partner universities must be nominated by their home institution before starting the CBS application process.

If you want to apply as a free mover, please contact the International Office by email for your weblink to the online application form.

Nomination  & Application Deadline: 1st of November

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