Module Import 04IM2009 - Entrepreneurial Design Thinking

Status: Published
Workload6 ECTS = 180 hrs
Credits, Weight6 ECTS, (n.s.)
Language of Instruction German or English
Semester (n.s.)
Duration1 Sem.
M/E Elective
Course No. Type Name MA/EL Workload Credits Contact Hours Selfstudy Group Size
04IM2009-1 Lecture Entrepreneurial Design Thinking EL 3 ECTS = 90 hrs 3 ECTS 2 hrs/week = 30 hrs 60 hrs 30
04IM2009-2 Seminar Entrepreneurial Design Thinking EL 3 ECTS = 90 hrs 3 ECTS 2 hrs/week = 30 hrs 60 hrs 30
Learning Outcomes

After the successful completion of this module students:

  • can explain the introduction theory of design, design science, design research, and design management,
  • can elaborate the importance of the theoretical foundation of design, design science, design research, and design management into organizational research,
  • can describe the theoretical foundation of design thinking, its process stages, and its importance for entrepreneurial thinking,
  • can identify real-life problems surrounding their local environment and analyze why the problems are relevant to be addressed as a design thinking project,
  • can generate novel and innovative ideas for the addressed problems, synthesize them into possible solutions and create rapid prototypes to solve the problems,
  • can implement the proposed solutions and justify whether the solutions meet the users’ expectation and needs as well as solve the problems,
  • can evaluate in which cases Design Thinking could be a suitable measure for solving a problem in any kind of organization,
  • can apply the methods of EDT in an organizational environment.

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04IM2009-1 - Entrepreneurial Design Thinking

Entrepreneurial Design Thinking is a tool that enables its users to gain a deep understanding of people’s problems and helps to answer them with customized solutions, which trigger new venture creation. Reflecting the growing importance of the global marketplace and the increasing number of business opportunities, this module offers insights into founding sustainable firms out of an innovative idea through entrepreneurship and design.


  • Theoretical foundation of design thinking
  • Design thinking’s theory and concepts
  • Entrepreneurial design thinking’s theory and concepts
  • Core skills in recognizing entrepreneurial opportunities, observation, user-interview, brainstorming, and synthesis to understand problems and generate novel ideas.
  • Main design thinking methods, such as visualization, role-playing, story-boarding and prototyping.
Teaching Methods

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Examination Methods

☐ Klausur

☐ Benotete Einsendearbeiten

☐ Praxisbezogene Projektarbeit (SiP)

☒ Referat mit schriftlicher Ausarbeitung

☐ Studienarbeit/Hausarbeit

☐ Berufspraktische Übung

☐ Portfolio

☒ Fallstudie

Credit Requirements

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04IM2009-1 - Entrepreneurial Design Thinking

Von Kortzfleisch, Harald (Hrsg.) (2011): Scientific Entrepreneurship: Reflections on Success of 10 years EXIST. Eul: Lohmar, Köln.

Magin, Philipp; von Kortzfleisch, Harald (2008): Methoden und Instrumente des Scientific Entrepreneurship Engineering. Eul: Lohmar, Köln.

Speser, Phyllis, L. (2006): The Art and Science of Technology Transfer: Moving Technology out of the Lab into Markets. Wiley: Hoboken, NJ

Responsible / Organizational Unit
von Korflesch, Harald / Institute for Management
Additional Information

This module is also offered in the IM online study courses.

Last change
Apr 24, 2018 by Frey, Johannes
Last Change Module
Sep 28, 2018 by Frey, Johannes