15.356 | Spring 2004 | Graduate

How to Develop "Breakthrough" Products and Services


Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session

Course Description

Firms must develop major innovations to prosper but they often don’t know how. Recent research into the innovation process has made it possible to develop “breakthroughs” systematically. This subject presents several practical concept development methods, explaining how and why each works, and the conditions under which each is effective. Presentations of real cases by invited experts conveys the “art” required to implement each.

Course Readings

All assigned readings are available from the campus copy center. A list of readings with full citations is available online.

Assignments and Grading

Students’ course grades will be determined primarily on the basis of the quality of two seven page papers or one 15 page paper that builds on one or more course-related topics that especially interest them. Professor von Hippel can discuss good paper topics for each student as the term progresses. In addition students are, of course, expected to prepare for classes by doing the assigned readings and participating in class discussions!

Class Attendance and Participation 50%
Two Mini-Papers (7 pages) 50%

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2004
Learning Resource Types
Lecture Videos
Lecture Notes
Written Assignments