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Engineering Program Development Using Business Modelling and CDIO as Eenablers
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
2016 (English)In: The 12th International CDIO Conference, 2016Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This contribution describes a year-long educational development project funded by the Kamprad Foundation started in 2015. The aim was to develop a training package in the field of forestry and wood technology targeting entrepreneurship. We chose to focus on developing two of the current programs: the engineering program and the master's program. The goal was to review and further develop these programs. To achieve this, we felt it was important to get a deep understanding of a number of questions:

  • What are the external conditions? (Questions such as: Target groups, what other educational programs are given within the area, the demand for such programs, what do industry and alumni find important to cover in training?)
  • What are the internal conditions? (Questions such as: What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current program, what do teachers and administrators find important to cover in training?)
  • How to work with entrepreneurship in the defined programs? (Questions such as: What does entrepreneurship mean in the context of Forestry and Wood Technology, how can we practically work on entrepreneurship in education?)


We applied theories from the business modelling area, such as stakeholder mapping, SWOT analysis and business model generation (the canvas model), and the CDIO framework for reaching the required understanding. The results were thereafter used for suggesting curriculum design changes.

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Keyword [en]
Program development, business modelling, CDIO framework, action research, Standards: 2, 11
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Pedagogical Work
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Terotechnology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54267OAI: diva2:943139
The 12th International CDIO Conference, Enhancing Innovation Competencies through Advances in Engineering Education, Turku, Finland, June 12–16, 2016
Available from: 2016-06-27 Created: 2016-06-27 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved

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