Manufacturing Technologies and Business Model Innovation in the Age of Sustainability (Summer School)

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Teaching language: English
EKA: T920004402
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Soenderborg
Offered in: Summer school (spring)
Level: Bachelor

Course ID: T920004401
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 08-01-2020

Duration: Intensive course

Version: Approved - active

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Manufacturing Technologies and Business Model Innovation in the Age of Sustainability (Summer School)

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Responsible study board

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

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Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Christina Skytte Møller Uddannelsesadministration, Mads Clausen Instituttet, Den Tekniske Fakultetsadministration
Marianne Stenger Mads Clausen Instituttet, SDU Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Programme Secretary

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Birgit Andersen Sønderborg

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Offered in

Summer school (spring)


Intensive course

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have completed at least two years of studies in engineering and basic knowledge of Industry 4.0 technologies in the context of manufacturing.

Recommended prerequisites

You must have an interest in sustainability as well as an entrepreneurial mindset (or willingness to develop one) and be interested in learning about technology-based business models for sustainability. 

Overall learning objectives

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to theoretical as well as practical aspects of new manufacturing technologies and new business models as well as decisive aspects of a sustainability focus. After completing the summer school, the students should have the following knowledge, skills and competences:

Learning objectives - Knowledge

The course provides students with knowledge about state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies (Industry 4.0 enabling technologies) from practical examples as well as knowledge about tools to create additional value in manufacturing and production settings.
Further, they will gain knowledge about the key concepts of developing new business models based on any of these technologies incorporating the society and the environment in the modelling process. We discuss key drivers of sustainable economic development and the impact on the way companies conduct business in the future.

Learning objectives - Skills

The students will train and develop skills to describe, analyse and evaluate key theories, opportunities and challenges in the field of business model innovation. They will gain skills in evaluating new technology-based business models in terms of their contribution to sustainability. Further, they will be able to assess the contribution of state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies to sustainable business model innovation.

Learning objectives - Competences

Through group work and interaction with professionals, students have the opportunity to develop their competencies to identify and understand the opportunities and necessity for new economic, social and environmental benefits in order to create, deliver and capture value through business model innovation, especially when incorporating novel manufacturing technologies. They will learn to apply theory and to identify and understand the innovation barriers and drivers for the transition of 20th century industrial business models towards sustainable business models for the 21st century. Through the exploration of and experimenting with building tangible business models, students learn to communicate their knowledge as well as to facilitate meaningful social interaction between stakeholders in order to reflect the challenges and opportunities of participation for business model innovation.


The course will allow you to develop in-depth knowledge in an action-based approach. You will have the chance to apply content from lectures and discussions in exiting contexts within and outside of university boundaries. To achieve this, we will follow a process-based approach to get an initial holistic overview which we will then apply in practice-oriented activities. We will jointly explore the following stages:

Stage 1: Smart Manufacturing
This part of the course will provide the participants with an introduction to Manufacturing Businesses of the Future. The students will get to know state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies (Industry 4.0 enabling technologies) from practical examples. Students will actively work in designing and modelling tools to create additional value in manufacturing and production settings. They will gain in-depth insights into the origin and application opportunities of Industry 4.0-related technologies, such as additive manufacturing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and/or simulation.
Stage 2: Business Model Innovation
This stage provides you with an understanding of the process of generating and evaluating new venture ideas. You will work in groups and you will relate your technology-based idea to the market, customer and competition side of a business case. Whereas the idea generation stage requires creative thought and search for novel ideas, the idea evaluation stage requires critical assessment of whether a successful business case can be derived from those ideas. We will use tools of business modeling and assumption testing that support you in making informed evaluations of the generated ideas. 
Stage 3: Sustainability
We will briefly explore the UN´s SDGs to get a holistic overview of sustainability as a paradigm. We will then view it from three perspectives, namely people, profit, and planet (social, economic, and environmental sustainability). We will investigate current case studies of businesses and initiatives within green businesses and develop a critical perspective regarding green washing and corporate social responsibility.
Stage 4: Practice
This course will also offer you the opportunity to discuss your ideas in relation to real-life scenarios, for example with experts, such as company representatives or researchers, to allow for a critical reflection. You will learn how to communicate relevant and integral elements of your ideas.

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Teaching Method

The Faculty of Engineering has adopted a student-centred approach to learning, and teaching is mainly focused on project work in small teams. In doing so, students participate significantly in class.
Via lectures and group exercises the course will introduce you to relevant theories within manufacturing technologies, business models, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. In small groups you will apply the taught theories in a development project. You will work on the project during the entire course. At the end of the course you will show your results to a panel of experts, who will give you feedback on your project.

Time of classes: Two weeks in August.

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Examination is held

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Examination condition:

Attendance is compulsory (80 %).


The examination is based on an overall assessment of:

  • Participation in class in discussions and debates
  • Participation in group and team work 
  • Group work-based report handed in before or on the last day. The report must include technical- and business-related aspects of the project as well as considerations on the ethical aspects and impact on the surrounding society.

Form of examination

Project report


Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


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Additional information

Additional information

Enrollment is limited to 20 students. If more applicants than places, applicants who meet the mandatory requirements are prioritised according to the below selection criteria:

  • International applicants (bachelor level, third year or higher)
    • Exchange students (partner universities)
    • Guest students
  • International applicants (master level)
    • Exchange students (partner universities)
    • Guest students
  • Applicants from other Danish educational institution (bachelor level)
  • Applicants from other Danish educational institution (master level)
  • International applicants (PhD level)
    • Exchange students (partner universities)
    • Guest students
  • Applicants not enrolled on an educational institution
  • Other students 

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