Innovation Et Emploi Dissertation Topics

Innovation management is a dynamic and evolving discipline that has gained widespread academic interest in the past few years. Innovation management dissertation topics allay closely with the discipline of change management.

Research topics on innovation management encompass elements of businesses, products, processes and overall organizational aspects to manage innovation. The following is a compilation of innovation management thesis topics to generate some ideas on constructing a strong paper on innovation management.

A list of innovation management dissertation topics:

The following examples of innovation management university dissertation topics to help you think about what to write on:

A framework for innovation management in a digital world- perspectives of UK organizations.

A case for innovation management in organizations with limited finance- the case of UK craft industries.

Management of the organization through innovation- role of top management.

How has the UK healthcare sector used technology to manage process innovations? A primary study.

Innovation in entrepreneurial attitudes- similarities and differences in developed and developing economies.

How does the HRM function impact innovation management? Perspectives from the UK.

An academic analysis of the historical context of innovation and its management in the current organizational context.

Can innovation be controlled? An investigative analysis.

Innovation and technology- separate or interdependent? .

Innovation management in the UK services sector- a primary evaluation of the cosmetics industry.

Intrapreneurship and scope for innovation management- review of literature.

Challenges to innovation management in emerging economies- a literature review.

Creativity, diversity, globalization- an assessment of social factors of innovation management.

Quality control and innovation management- systematic literature review.

Technological innovation- do organizations actually manage it or adopt and adapt the change?

Antecedents for strategic innovation management- review of scholarly literature.

How is innovation management measured? An investigative understanding.

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Analysis, prototype and implementation of integrated resource planning and project controlling system

 

 

Summary

It is important that a company is running only projects which are aligned with its strategic goals and have great value contribution to the organization. Appropriate management tools would help managers to make high quality selection of projects and help them to easily decide which projects to invest in and which to eliminate. By using this tool, user could find the optimal set of projects which would utilize available cash and human resources, maximizing gain and benefits.

After analyzing requirements for the strategic planning tool, some features are identified as the key ones: detailed registry of proposed and actual projects, repository for resource allocation data and aid in project selection.

The goal of this project was to develop an integrated strategic planning model as a tool for decision-making and monitoring. The report gives analysis of requirements for implementation of a tool which would support planning on a strategic level integrated with operational planning in Avaloq, as well as a description of the implementation process.

Results

 

In alignment with requirements, the implemented solution gives user freedom to simulate different ‘what-if’ scenarios by simulating new tasks and changing existing tasks’ parameters. On technical side, the tool is implemented using Microsoft Excel software and Oracle database. Data in the database is accessed via Excel macros written in Visual Basic.

When it comes to further improvements, project prioritization is described as one of the features of this tool which can be added to increase the quality of project selection process. Additionally, proposals for overcoming limitations of current solution are given at the end of the report.

 

 

 

 

The ecosystem of Vaud companies active in Life Sciences; accelerating the concretization of innovative projects by strengthening inter-enterprise interactions

 

Summary

Innovaud is the platform for the promotion of innovations in the canton of Vaud. The association, founded in 2013 on the initiative of the state of Vaud, has the mission to accelerate innovation projects in technological companies based in the canton.

Presently, innovation has become a process that cannot be carried out in solitary manner. Multinational companies’ own resources are no longer sufficient to face the rapidity of technological advances, to maintain competitiveness and to feed-in their pipeline of innovative products. Therefore, innovation has to involve partner companies in a more collaborative and cooperative manner. This mode of contribution brings large-scale companies to intensify interactions with small businesses such as SMEs and start-ups to benefit from their core competencies.

Besides, young companies face development barriers due to the lack of internal resources. They do not have the required technological or managerial know-how to overcome these obstacles; therefore, they need to find them externally, specifically from experienced companies.

Considering that the future of innovation relies on this participative trend, Innovaud aims at playing a key role in facilitating connections and concretizing collaborations between companies to fulfill its mission.

 

Results

Through interviews with more than forty Life Sciences companies established in the canton of Vaud, the interactions that they maintain in order to acquire the resources needed to develop their activities were characterized. The networking dynamics and the tools used for establishing relationships have been analysed.

Based on these observations, the barriers that obstruct company interactions have been identified. Finally, several recommendations were made to lower these barriers and allow Innovaud to foster company-company interactions for a reciprocal sustainable growth.

 

 

 

 

 

Design of new commercialization strategies for research and development (R&D) services in Swissaustral Biotech SA

 

Summary

Swissaustral is a consortium of research-­‐driven companies focused in discovery, development and scale-­‐up of industrial enzymes derived from extremophilic microorganisms. It is an internationally operating biotech group with presence in three regions around the globe (Europe, North America, and South America). Through customized R&D Services Swissaustral provides novel biocatalytic solutions that serve a wide range of industries including fine chemicals, home care, paper and pulp, textile, cosmetics and the chemical industry. The objective of this Master thesis is to analyse and redesign the commercialization strategies of Swissaustrals R&D Services in order to gain competitiveness in the enzyme market.

 

Results

A deep analysis of Swissaustrals R&D Services actual state was performed. Based on this information, Swissaustrals market positioning in the enzyme industry was determined. The overall analysis allowed the generation of a new business strategy for the company. 

 

 

 

 

Implementing Information Governance Technology in a Fortune 500 Company

 

Summary

The amount of data being generated in our world and more specifically in companies has exploded in the last number of years. Much of this growth has been driven by unstructured data, i.e. data not organized in a predefined manner (e.g. emails, multimedia, social media content, etc.). The rise of this kind of data has created new challenges related to security, compliance, veracity of information and operational costs. As such, companies are now being forced to change the way they handle information from a security as well as from an information management point of view. A new discipline – “Information Governance” – has emerged to bring together all aspects of managing information. With this new discipline come new technologies with one common theme: migrating away from manual-based approaches towards automated processes using content analysis technology.

The objective of this thesis is to show how information governance technology can be implemented within a Fortune 500 company and how it can tackle the new challenges posed by the growth of unstructured data.

 

Results

Information governance technologies can efficiently tackle the various challenges created by the rise of unstructured data by offering global automated solutions aiming to reduce operational costs, security threats and improve compliance within a company. These technologies, however, cannot work in isolation: they require good information governance programs, founded on strong information governance teams, to be established. As such, companies must be willing to adapt and reshape their organization currently responsible for information security and management 

 

 

 

 

Measures and Indicators on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Electronic Design Process

 

Summary

Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions produces a wide range of products containing electronics and recently has been working on standardizing the process for electronic design. The design of electronics goes from the definition of a concept for the electronic product to the verification of the design using PCB layout simulation, early prototyping, inspection and test on prototypes. In order to gain insight into the success of the electronic design process, determine its effectiveness and efficiency in producing high quality designs, and identify opportunities for improvement reliable indicators and measures are needed this thesis defines two approaches that analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of the electronic design process and it’s execution in projects. The thesis includes the analysis of the state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice regarding electronic design and simulation as well as related indicators and measures. Based on the results of the analysis and identified information needs from relevant stakeholders, indicators and measures around the electronic design process are defined.

 

Results

The results of this Thesis consist into one Yield Prediction Model and One Complexity Model and the associated Measurement System that will be implemented in the Electronic Design Process. The models have been tested on pilot projects with successful outcome. 

 

 

 

 

Finding the right niche and entry strategy: evaluation of the European market for Swissaustral Biotech SA products

Summary

Europe is committed to build a sustainable future by leading the evolution of industrial activities into eco--‐friendly processes. The application of biotechnological tools offers great potential to reduce the environmental load of manufacturing industries, setting the bases for the development of a solid bioeconomy. In this context, Swissaustral Biotech SA provides novel bio--‐catalytic products to supply the fine chemicals, home & personal care, pulp & paper and textile industries. The company is part of the Swissaustral Group, an international consortium of research--‐driven companies focused in the discovery, development and scale--‐up of industrial enzymes derived from extremophilic microorganisms. This Master Project explores new market niches for the commercialization of Swissaustral high--‐ performance enzymes. The research takes into account both internal and external factors, in order to maximize the alignment between the company’s internal capacities and the market requirements. This strategy aims at optimizing the chances for a successful market entrance of new products

Results

A general framework for the market analysis of technical products (enzymes) was developed during the project. The framework is based on the incorporation of market requirements into the product development process, in order to continuously assess the commercialization potential of Swissaustral product pipeline. The framework was then applied to a specific high--‐ performance enzyme, successfully identifying a market niche in the detergents industry. Currently, a commercialization strategy is being elaborated and it is projected that by next year the product will be launched into the identified market. 

 

 

 

 

Integrated Planning within the Information Services of a Fortune 500 Company

 

Summary

This Master Thesis is the result of a six-month internship in the Information Services (IS) of a Fortune 500 Company. As an IS Strategy & Planning Intern, I was assigned a project aimed at integrating the planning model of the function and managing its large portfolio of projects using modern techniques.

The main research question of this thesis was:

“Can Integrated Planning add value to the Information Services of a Fortune 500 Company?”

Obviously, the scope of the project is Information Services yet the impact measured in this thesis is extended to the entire company and is evaluated based on different success frameworks. In fact, an in-depth research was conducted to study the conventional and modern planning models and understand the evolution due to industry dynamism and sought competitive advantage. The literature also highlighted strategy and planning in an IS context which served as a basis for approaching the empirical case study at the company.

Since the project was in the implementation stage, the methodology followed in the analysis consisted in explaining the process design and evaluating the current status. The project was assessed at different levels in order to measure its contribution to IS and the company as a whole. The levels included the dynamic capabilities of the company, the business expectations from the project in addition to the satisfaction of the IS Planning Community from the process and the supporting tool.

 

Results

Based on the results, Integrated Planning proved to be dynamically capable of supporting the competitive advantage of the company. Moreover, the model supplied valuable information to IS and promoted Process Innovation, and thus met the expectations of the Business. Finally, the Planning Community showed satisfaction towards Integrated Planning yet highlighted few improvable points such as communication and management of resources. At the closure in late 2014, the project will be more mature and start to deliver evident value. The former will then be clarified as the process is fine-tuned and stabilized. 

 

 

 

 

Cross-functional analysis and optimization of end-to-end costumer delivery supply chain performance

 

Summary

This project focuses on improving the customer delivery experience for clients of Honeywell International, Environmental and Combustion Controls (ECC), Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) division. This work was completed over a period of 6 months in spring 2014 at the offices of Honeywell ECC EMEA in Rolle, VD Switzerland, while being an active part of the Sales Inventory & Operation Planning (SIOP) team; part of the Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) organization.

The two key metrics studied were: On Time To Request (OTTR) and Past Due.  These metrics provide both an intensive (OTTR) and extensive (Past Due) measure of the effectiveness of the supply chain to respond to customer requests.  OTTR is a measure of how much the company can satisfy the customer’s expectation of the company.  It is a binary measurement, hit or miss, given by order lines. Past Due is a measure of how many orders have not been issued from the warehouse. Since, orders are billed the moment they are issued from the warehouse, any orders in past due is a measure of how much revenue the company is currently behind due to lower delivery performance.

This project involved providing information support and analysis within the context of a wider OTTR improvement project. Information gathering was done by using a combination of data from SAP R3 and a dedicated SIOP reporting data warehouse. Specific focus was placed on system coordination issues, as well as coordination with the customer care team. Four separate Honeywell sites in Europe were visited to get a wider view of the business.  Importantly, after changes were implemented a monitoring program was put in place to review the results.

 

Results

As part of a cross-functional team, four different and distinct improvements were implemented to improve OTTR these are: identification of unfeasible orders, plant calendar holiday issue mitigation, stock available after cut-off time miss reason reduction, and identification of the link between OTTR and safety stock levels. More details on these issues can be found in the thesis, but as a general rule these improvements involved identifying specific issues (usually a system coordination issue) via a root cause analysis, then identifying a potential solution, implementing it and monitoring the results.

With this project, and the efforts of all team members in the organization during the course of these 6 months OTTR did show a clear improvement. Especially for the miss reasons identified as “stock available after cut-off time” decreased by a factor of 80%.  For past due, an initial global root cause analysis was created, and the current Past Due metric reports were expanded to significantly better understand the influence of customer care aspect to the past due metric.

 

 

 

 

Adoption of foreign methods to improve the Lithuanian entrepreneurship ecosystem

 

Summary

Every country aims to be the leader in innovation. This research was made to help Lithuania improve the entrepreneurship ecosystem and strengthen the image of an innovative country. The work is based on primary research made by visiting events in Switzerland, California, USA and Lithuania. Proposed ideas are supported by literature of the best authors in entrepreneurship ecosystem development.

 

Results

The research describes the best examples of innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems from around the world. 14 ideas are suggested to boost the Lithuanian entrepreneurship ecosystem. Some of the ideas are developed further later on to give an in-depth evaluation. 

 

 

 

 

New Product Innovation Process Improvements: An Analysis of Honeywell ACS Project Data Quality and Recommendations for a Simplified Project Data Form

 

Summary

New Product Innovation (NPI) is increasingly important to gain and sustain competitive advantage in contemporary times. Evidence demonstrates that new products now account for about 50 percent of companies’ revenues from sales and 40 percent of their profits. Thus there exists considerable pressure to continually improve the process that is employed to develop new products on all organizations ranging in size from multi--‐national conglomerates to start--‐ ups. Honeywell International, Inc. employs a framework entitled Velocity Product Development (VPD) throughout the Automation and Control Solutions (ACS) division to evaluate how effective NPI is conducted at the level of individual business units. The main tool that is used to collect project data, and offer visibility to managers is a central database entitled Velocity Project Manager (VPM). This master thesis has systematically investigated the project data currently found within this database, with the purpose of providing quantitative support for new initiatives to improve the quality of the data that is available to managers. Additionally, the usage rates of data collected by the VPM tool have been measured. The purpose of this exercise has been to identify which data categories should be retained for inclusion in the tool that will soon replace VPM—SAP PPM.

 

Results

Investigation of the current project data quality has revealed that there are considerable issues with data reliability. A significant amount of project data relevant to the determination of key VPD metrics used to evaluate NPI effectiveness should be assumed misleading. This suggests that greater safeguards and auditing mechanisms should be employed to maintain high quality of data in the new SAP PPM tool. Analysis of the usage rates of data collected by the VPM tool reveal that approximately 50% of the data is not entered by project teams. Thus the new SAP PPM tool should be customized to include only the data that is currently used by the project teams, and the remaining data should be eliminated altogether. This will improve the functionality and conciseness of the new project management tools.

 

 

 

 

How to create an innovation ecosystem in Armenia: case study of a technology park

 

Summary

In 2014 in the framework of Trade Promotion and Quality Infrastructure program of International Bank for Reconstruction and Development supported by Ministry of Economy of Armenia, Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF) was offered to contribute to the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for Cluster Development component of the program. The management team of EIF has chosen project for creation of technology cluster for engineering sector. The project was chosen taking into account the studies that show how important are creation of business clusters in modern technological world, as well as the project will also contribute to the global strategy of the company. The Master Project was devoted to the development of an implementation concept for the project.

 

Results

A full concept paper for Technology Park was developed during the project. Including research of best practices worldwide, specifics of establishing technology centers in Armenia and trends that being used in innovation ecosystem creation projects nowadays  

 

 

 

 

Qualitative Study of downstream supply chain integration strategies in a pharmaceutical company

 

Summary

Only recently has supply chain collaboration with customers gained more attention in the pharmaceutical and consumer care industries. Stringent regulations, complex quality assurance and release processes, and generally long lead times result in fairly expensive and inflexible supply chains. However, the margins on products simply did not require manufacturers of pharmaceutical products to optimize their complex supply chains. A more uncertain market environment, cost pressure from generics, and an increased competition in the consumer care market, all point towards a more elaborate supply chain management. Collaboration with customers is one key tool for manufacturers to increase the service level, while cutting cost, and adapting to the future challenges of the industry.

Bayer HealthCare has identified the potential of intensified collaboration along the supply chain and made collaboration with customers a strategic goal. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis was to provide the basis for a decision-aid tool for the sub-divisions Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Care to select the best-suited form of collaboration for different products and different customers.

 

Results

The qualitative analysis of the current situation revealed the insufficiency of the commonly employed one-size-fits-all approach in supply chain design. In order to compete successfully, while adapting to the changing market requirements, the supply chains must be segmented. While for the over-the-counter drugs that do not require a prescription to purchase, a physically efficient supply chain is suitable, for the patent-protected products market responsiveness is key. Postponed differentiation helps make the supply chain’s customer end demand-driven and paves the way to a successful introduction of personalized medicine.

 

 

 

 

Supply Chain and Operations Planning: the Case of Nanolive SA

 

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