Organizing for Innovative Product Development

Course Info

Course Number/Code: ESD.933J (Spring 2007)
Course Title: Organizing for Innovative Product Development
Course Level: Graduate
Offered By: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Department: Sloan School of Management
Course Instructor(s): Prof. Tom Allen
Heng Xu
Course Introduction:

This course introduces new product development. Topics include technology transfer, relations between science and technology, and the innovation process.

Course calendar.SES #TOPICS1Introduction2Technology transfer: Where and how do new product ideas originate?3Relations between science and technology4The technological gatekeeper: Care and feeding5Reward systems for engineers and scientists6The innovation process: How should we organize?7

Examples of the use of physical space to accomplish organizational goals

Guest lecturer: Prof. Gunter Henn


Some examples: Steelcase; BMW FIZ; Skoda; Volkswagen's Glass Factory

Guest lecturer: Prof. Gunter Henn

9The downside of project organization: Conformity and the aging of project teams10The matrix: Curse or asset?11Physical space and its interaction with organizational space12Effects of geographical location on communication patterns13Student reports