[ManagIntro] Introduction to management (POPE, Kenneth)
Ken Pope

[ManagIntro] Introduction to management (POPE, Kenneth)

This course is like a mini-MBA (Masters' in Business Administration) and covers much of the same ground as a business school classical post-experience MBA (though not in the same depth). This is one of a triad of related courses all of which are of special interest to those intending to become managers (practically everyone!), or, eventually, owners of their own companies.

Teaching and Learning Methods: Lectures, team exercises, and presentations

Course Policies: On-time class attendance is mandatory; three unapproved absences mean exclusion.


[TeamLead] Personal Development and Team Leadership (POPE, Kenneth)
Ken Pope

[TeamLead] Personal Development and Team Leadership (POPE, Kenneth)

This course consists of three essential elements:

(1)     'Know yourself' - understanding the drivers of your own behavior. This is the basis of any personal development and is critical for developing effective interaction with others whether as a team member, or as a team leader.

(2)    'Working with others' - building on the self-knowledge mentioned above, this core element allows you to explore, understand, and practice ways of working with others that are both more enjoyable and more effective. This is critical given that almost everyone works as part of a team.

(3)    'What's next?' - building on both the above sections, this element helps you take the next steps in your career: setting objectives, selecting target organizations, applying for jobs, and effective interviewing.

Teaching and Learning Methods: Lectures, team exercises, and presentations

Course Policies: On-time class attendance is mandatory; three unapproved absences mean exclusion.

[RDI] Responsible Digital Innovation: Risks, Ethics and Technology (DRAETTA, Laura)
Laura Draetta

[RDI] Responsible Digital Innovation: Risks, Ethics and Technology (DRAETTA, Laura)

This course is an introduction to responsible innovation (RI), notably in the digital domain. It provides conceptual and empirical bases for students to approach technology and innovation by focusing on the issues they raise in terms of ethics and risks for human health and the environment. These issues will be addressed from a sociological perspective based on a multilevel analysis of stakeholders' action. Students will learn the key concepts of the RI field (eg sustainability, acceptability, anticipation, participation) as well as some technology assessment methods, that will be useful to better understand the contemporary challenges and controversies of the digital era. The seven sessions of the course will be structured around a permanent dialogue between researchers and practitioners of innovation. They will will cover a range of case studies including human exposure to EMF, smart meters for energy transition, e-waste and digital identity.

Teaching and Learning Methods: The course is organized as a workshop where the sessions will be held by social scientists and innovation practitioners from outside the academic field (industry, consulting). It is based on a participative pedagogy, requiring the active involvement of students, both in class (discussions, presentations, tutorials, MCQ) and at home (readings, web research, writing). A collective research work of knowledge formalization will be required throughout the course and presented at the end of the course.

Course Policies: On-time class attendance is mandatory and will be recorded at each session. Each not excused absence will reduce the final grade by three points. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will be counted absent. After three absences, even if excused, you will have to pass a final exam. 

[CSE] The challenges of a sustainable economy (SAFA, Alain)
Alain Safa

[CSE] The challenges of a sustainable economy (SAFA, Alain)

Thiscourse aims to start with the circular flow of economic activity and the interdependence of its institutional sectors. The evolution of sustainable development’s concept is developed with its economic, social and environmental dimensions. It highlights the challenges and commitments to be met at national and international level. Corporate social responsibility towards the various stakeholders is an essential step in the achievement of a sustainable economy.

Teaching and Learning Methods

A course of 5 sessions around the fundamentals of the concept of sustainable development.

Students will then have to apply their knowledge in 2 sessions through:

  • Presentation (student subgroups) on a topical subject related to sustainable economy challenges.
  • Debriefing and discussion

Course Policies: Seven 3-hour sessions.

[I&E] Innovation and entrepreneurship EIT (external course) (HERLIN, Séverine)
Severine Herlin

[I&E] Innovation and entrepreneurship EIT (external course) (HERLIN, Séverine)

Course for EIT students only

Two topics – with related concepts, methods and/or tools – will be covered in the context of a selected innovation or entrepreneurial case:


•             One fixed and common topic: Assessing the impact of a technology on an industry, market and/or organization, the support and barriers to its deployment, the influence on a specific goal/agenda (technology transfer, existing industry, new company, etc.).

•             One case-dependent topic: pertaining to market / business environment analysis (main forces affecting the business, suppliers, partners, competition, environmental issues), sustainability and social issues, business modeling, go-to-market strategies, etc.


The innovation or entrepreneurial project may be originating from:

•             Cases issued from EIT Digital Innovation Action Lines: within Activities, Partners / Business Community projects,

•             Cases based on the continuation of students EIT Digital Summer School (or BDLab) project,

•             Cases within other innovation or entrepreneurial projects rooted in a real-life environment as may be collected in the university ecosystem.


Teaching and Learning Methods :


The I&E Study is based on a group assignment and on an individual assignment. A large autonomy is given to the students to organize and achieve their goals.

a. Group assignment:

Students will work in teams of around 4 students. Teams will be assigned cases. Each team will identify and address a challenge/question in the context of their assigned case. This challenge/question may be related to considering alternate business models or go-to-market scenarios in relation with the innovation or entrepreneurial case, fed by exploration in some specific areas: business environment, competition, suppliers, partners, environmental and sustainability issues, etc.

To address their challenge/question, the students will cover the 4 generic steps of an explorative business analysis:

  • Identification of the relevant challenge/question,
  • Acquisition of applicable concepts/methods/tools,
  • Observations (data collection) on a selected part of the case,
  • Analysis and interpretation.


Students’ supervision comprises:

  • One individual or group session to introduce and detail the assignment and help students identify the challenges/questions,
  • 1-to-many workshops: one for each of the 4 study steps above. Students support can be structured through pre-/post-assignments for each workshop,
  • One oral defense.


It is expected that the authors of the case will contribute to supervision, provide data/contacts, participate to an oral defense and/or offer other meeting occasions to ensure rooting of the business assignment in real life.

b. Individual assignment:

Students will work on an online individual assignment. This individual assignment can be done before, during or after the group assignment. In this assignment, students will acquire concepts and tools pertaining to the assessment of the impact of a technology on an industry, market and/or organization. Students will also get the opportunity to apply these concepts and tools to their own case (based on their group-assignment case when possible).

Students’ supervision comprises (may be combined with the group assignment supervision):

  • One group session to introduce and detail the assignment,
  • 1-to-many workshops to help students follow the steps in the assignment structure.




[B_INNOV] How to adopt the right posture and move from idea to market! (HERLIN, Séverine)
Severine HerlinPatrick Sure

[B_INNOV] How to adopt the right posture and move from idea to market! (HERLIN, Séverine)

Thanks to this class, you will understand why an innovative project cannot be considered as a regular project.You will learn how to take the market into account at a very early stage in project management, how to link technology and needs and how to lead in a time of uncertainty and complexity. You will be trained to build a solid and convincing launching strategy as a team on specific cases that you choose. Whatever the nature or maturity of a project, you will learn to identify its potential and market, to choose the most relevant positioning and to build a viable business model.

You have an innovative idea that you would like to expand in the market. You want to know if you are made for entrepreneurship. You plan to work in a R&D company or in an innovation department. Or you are simply curious to know how to innovate better. This course is for you!

Teaching and learning methods:

The pedagogy of this course is deliberately interactive through the application of new concepts studied on concrete cases. We will use the pedagogical tools developed by Vianeo (card game, paper canvas, digital platform) and the participants' cases throughout the course in teams of 5 or 6.

Course Policies: Mandatory attendance. Between 2 courses, work on collecting information, further analysis, updating or preparation.

[Property] Intellectual property law (SERIO, Dominique)

[Property] Intellectual property law (SERIO, Dominique)

This course provides a solid introduction to intellectual property law from a managerial and strategic perspective taking an international and comparative approach.

The course is the study of how companies protect innovations   in order to create value for the company

Teaching and Learning Methods : Lectures and cases  sessions (group of 4 students)

Course Policies : Attendance to Lab session is mandatory.