Course Syllabus for

Innovation and Value Creation in Research
Forskningsinnovation och värdeskapande

GEM070F, 3 credits

Valid from: Spring 2014
Decided by: FN1/Anders Gustafsson, FN2/Eva Nordberg-Karlsson, FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2014-11-11

General Information

Division: Innovation Engineering
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The aim of this course is to equip PhD students, at an early stage of their education, with the tools and commercial “spectacles” needed to be able to look at their research from a utilization perspective. This will further stimulate the transfer of research results to society, and contribute to enhanced innovation and cooperation between academy and industry.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course is held during five days within 2 months of time with focus areas: a) “Innovation in the research environment” (what is innovation?, utilization, the NABC(need – approach – benefits – competition) concept) b) “Put on your innovation spectacles” (Market analysis, customer benefits) c) “Protecting your ideas” (intellectual property, patent strategies, licensing, patent search) d) “Optimizing conditions for funding” (financing research ideas, pitching technique) e) “Tools for innovation ” (prototyping, catalysis of innovation)

Course Literature

There is no specific course literature, but the book below is recommended for those who wish to know more about the NABC-concept that was developed at Stanford research institute.Carlson, Curtis R. & Wilmot, William W.: Innovation: The five disciplines for creating what customers want.. Crown Business, New York, 2006.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, project. The course is built on lectures around the different focus areas and three project assignments, out of which two are individual and one is done in group.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants. Project 1: NABC-analysis around the students research project presented in a one-page report and orally. Project 2: Groups project around idea with business potential, more thorough NABC-analysis in a 10-page report and oral presentation in value creation forum. Project 3: Individual search around the doctoral student´s research project in patent databases (day 3) which shall be written up in a short report.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: registered as PhD student

Further Information

The course is aimed for all PhD students at LTH, that have recently started their education.

Course Occasion Information

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