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Business Models - Research & Innovation (15EC)

Contemporary societal developments and changes result in new questions and complex problems. Professionals more and more, have to be able to handle these problems in a complete and multidisciplinary setting. As a professional you will increasingly go beyond the boundaries of your profession and work in areas outside your expertise. As a result, the labour market not only requires specialists, but more and more wants generalists too. This minor enables you to acquire these skills and competencies, so you can put them to use in your future career.

The Minor Research offers the opportunity to obtain both research- and professional competencies. The research competencies are equal for all students and independent from the assignment. The professional competencies do depend on the particular assignment fort his minor. You will work on an extensive and complex assignment

• Which (via a HZ research group) you will carry out for an organization;

• That aligns with your study programme (Major);

• Which allows you to acquire entry-level competencies/skills;

• That requires you to clarify why you did or did not do something (reflection);

• That will result in a final product (at least an oral and/or written report and portfolio).

Besides obtaining competencies, this minor offers the opportunity to build a network with colleagues, companies and other relevant contacts. You will experience the extent to which you can focus on a more elaborate and a more complex assignment in a real live situation, as well as the extent to which you are sensitive to time-pressure

During of the Minor you can attend support lectures. These lectures are comprised of generic topics such as research skills and communication skills. These lectures will take place by means of pressure cookers. Your department will also provide classes on discipline-specific topics. All classes are geared towards teaching the knowledge and skills you need to complete the Minor assignment properly.

Business Models

Projects within the minor Business Models - Research & Innovation support the research themes of the Academy of Business Administration. These themes highlight important challenges entrepreneurs face in this time of continuous change. The areas of expertise within the Academy are: Hidden Needs, Service Design, Co-Creation, Social Innovation and Value Management. These areas of expertise all link to the theme "Business Models for a Sustainable Delta". In an action-research project, the cooperation with the entrepreneurs is central. Together we start to formulate feasible, acceptable and immediately implementable solutions to the challenges of our entrepreneurs. Examples of previous projects include:

• Developing a Customer Insight approach by using digital and social media tools

• Researching the more hidden customer needs for the purpose of product and service development

• Establishing guided experiments for further concept or product development

• Developing value-models for product and service solutions and calculating the impact of various investment scenarios to financial results and net present value

• Identifying critical capabilities and project activities within certain value models

• Optimising service concepts with modern Service Design Techniques

Leerdoelen

Contemporary societal developments and changes result in new questions and complex problems. Professionals more and more, have to be able to handle these problems in a complete and multidisciplinary setting. As a professional you will increasingly go beyond the boundaries of your profession and work in areas outside your expertise. As a result, the labour market not only requires specialists, but more and more wants generalists too. This minor enables you to acquire these skills and competencies, so you can put them to use in your future career.

 

St 1: The drafting of a proposal for (applied) research and setting up a research project, intended to solve real live problems.

- You are able to formulate a problem statement (comprising of the problem description, research question and objective).

-You are able to conduct desk research.

-You are able to design a research project and record this in a research proposal (= research project plan).

St 2: Conducting research as described in the research proposal, monitoring progress and quality and making adjustments where necessary.

-You are able to collect the required data and process it according to a way that accommodates meaningful interpretation .

-You are able to monitor the progress and quality of the research process and make adjustments if necessary.

St 3: Interpreting data and drawing conclusions regarding the research question. Additionally, evaluating and reporting results and process.

-You are able to ascribe significance to retrieved and processed data.

-You are able to report research results.

Aanvullende informatie

This minor always starts at the beginning of the spring semester (around February 1st).

During this minor you will work on a research assignment from an external organization. Before the start of the minor you will be able to review all optional assignments and prioritise your choice (1st and 2nd). before the start of the minor, the coordinator will assign you to the project and a minor project group. The coordinator then appoints a supervisor for each minor project group.

Ingangseisen

Admission requirements are: propaedeutic certificate from a university of applied sciences, and permission from the programme coordinator the student belongs to.

Toetsing

1. Portfolio

Weighing factor: 50%

Min. grade: 5,5

2. Research report

Weighing factor: 50%

Min grade: 5,5

Rooster

2 to 3 days a week, duration and content vary