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CDIO-based entrepreneurship courses as drivers of innovation in industrial segments
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3913-9977
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the 13th International CDIO Conference, University of Calgary,Calgary, Canada, June 18-22, 2017 / [ed] Robert Brennan, Kristina Edström, Ron Hugo, Janne Roslöf, Robert Songer and Daniel Spooner, Calgary: University of Calgary , 2017, p. 288-297Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
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In this paper, we describe and discuss how in two CDIO-based entrepreneurship courses at Linköping University, Sweden, we encourage students to identify and solve challenges and problems in two adjacent industrial sectors, i.e., environmental technology and agricultural/green industries. Both courses are offered to a broad range of engineering programs. The industrial sectors chosen give the students a delimited context incorporating direction, business culture and technology, that forms a basis for the students on which to build their entrepreneurship cases. Working with real challenges gives real-life experience of how models and frameworks can be utilized and correctly executed. In addition, it increases project relevance, student motivation and learning.

One challenge to overcome is the fact that many students lack previous work-life experience and a thorough knowledge of the industrial sectors in focus. Experiences from earlier courses told us that this made it difficult for students identify and develop realistic, yet challenging and new business ideas on their own to. To remedy this, we tested facilitating interaction with industry, and through this help the students to detect real problems. Furthermore, it was anticipated that interaction with external actors, such as established businesses, organizations and potential customers, helps students to adjust and fine-tune needs and demands to create business ideas that could have real potential. As an added benefit, this approach could enable academia to act as co-creator in industrial problem solving, i.e., to put academic knowledge to practical use in society. Based on our own experiences and student feedback we discuss how this approach forced the students out of their comfort zones, challenged their creativity and enhanced their learning.

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Calgary: University of Calgary , 2017. p. 288-297
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Proceedings of the International CDIO Conference, ISSN 2002-1593, E-ISSN 1796-9964
Keywords [en]
Learning outcomes, integrated learning experiences, active learning
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Learning Didactics Computer and Information Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-145380ISBN: 9780889533998 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-145380DiVA, id: diva2:1185951
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13th International CDIO Conference, University of Calgary,Calgary, Canada, June 18-22, 2017
Available from: 2018-02-27 Created: 2018-02-27 Last updated: 2018-02-27Bibliographically approved

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