Dates and topics Challenge Program 2016-2017

Dates and Topics of the four modules:

TU Delft & Politecnico di Milano: 
Politics: dealing with conflicting frames in a multi-stakeholder context, October 20 – 23, 2016

Leadership in a technology-driven world is about having new and inspiring ideas, designs and visions. But it is also about getting these ideas implemented – and implementation is often far from easy. Why? Because we are living in a networked world where every decision a leader makes has an impact on the other actors – who might oppose these decisions. Leaders are more often than nog faced with uncertainties, making their ideas vulnerable to criticism. Also, because our world is extremely dynamic, meaning that a brilliant vision today may be obsolete tomorrow.

The first module is about leadership in our dynamic, networked world, with its many uncertainties. You will be working on a real-world case concerning energy issues, presented by two practicioners. On Sunday afternoon, you will present your solution to their problems. Two professional actors will train you on how to effectively pitch your solution. Of course, the lectures by the staff should help you find a solution to the problem posed.

Location: Como Campus, Politecnico di Milano

RWTH Aachen 
Diversity and Responsible Innovation, 2 – 4 December, 2016

In the frame of this module students will reflect the social perspective of innovation in an application-oriented process. The aim of this module is to enable students to combine their comprehensive knowledge of engineering and economics with a framework of social responsible innovation. The students will get an introduction into socially responsible perspectives on engineering and engineering processes, taking into account gender and diversity concepts.

In the frame of the course participants should invent a socially responsible innovation in consideration of social and ecological aspects. Being able to use the case of an actual project, the participants will get information concerning the enterprise, markets, and the needs of potential users. In the next step they will develop a business model concept for their prototype.

Leadership for economic and social value, 24 – 26 February 2017

The module at Chalmers will focus on organizations that create lasting value for their people, their customers, their communities, as well as for their shareholders (we call this “Higher Ambition” leadership)

 We will work with managers from a large multinational corporation and use their case to develop ideas around how the corporation can raise their ambitions in multiple dimensions. We will then move into what this means in terms of organizational development. The suggested solutions will be discussed with the company representatives.

ETH Zürich:
Societal transformation, uncertainty and decision-making, 7 – 9 April, 2017

This module will give the students with natural science and engineering curricula from the IDEA League partner universities a flavor of the interface of science, technology, and policy. It gives them an insight into Swiss institutions and decision-making processes in politics and public administration. And, finally, it will provide them with information on the different opportunities for their professional life.

The module is an interdisciplinary in its set-up and consists of the following three parts. The central theme of the module is energy.
First, the students will get theoretical input on the interface between technology and policy in view of the nuclear phase-out.
Secondly, they get a small case study in order to digest the theoretical input. The students will work in small groups. The final part consists of a one day excursion.  Students will visit a power plant (either nuclear power or hydroelectricity).

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