The Department of Technology Management and Economics provides education, research, and practitioner-oriented interactions to link innovation and entrepreneurship to engineering and business services.
Studies in the area combine insights from multiple disciplines in order to analyze the interrelationships between scientific, engineering and business knowledge. Our overlapping specializations lead to many types of interactions with decision-makers in firms, universities and public policy, such as joint workshops.
Innovation & entrepreneurship
The target area includes the relationships between technical knowledge and economic growth from an historical perspective; geographical proximity and clustering; issues related to intellectual property; knowledge transfer between universities and industry; science, technology and industrial dynamics; inter-organizational innovation such as open innovation; inter-firm relationships in the design and production of business services; diversification of multi-technology firms; learning and management of knowledge networks; new venture creation and social entrepreneurship; economics of innovation; and decision-making problems relating to new technology.
The area is also strong in public policy issues related to new technologies, for example in the telecommunications field and in public procurement. Students and researchers in the area combine practical tool-kits and advice, with analytical frameworks and theoretical explanations.
International master programmes in the area include the Entrepreneurship and Business Design and the Management and Economics of Innovation (MEI) programmes. Entrepreneurship and Business Design is a part of Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship, and offers four different profile tracks: Technology Venture Creation, Bioscience Venture Creation, Corporate Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Capital Management. The programme provides a simulation and action-based entrepreneurial training linked to the Chalmers innovation system.
The MEI programme trains graduates to have the skills and knowledge to be able to deal with the challenges of innovation and renewal, at the intersection between technology, management and economics. The MEI programme combines hands-on training with analytical and conceptual skills. Approximately 120 students attend one of the two international master programmes. A much larger number take elective courses in the area.
Chalmers Areas of Advance
The profile area addresses aspects of Chalmers eight areas of strength in relation to innovation and entrepreneurship. Hence, our multiple specializations are necessary in order to analyze, predict, and explain the process and practises of bringing something new to commercial use, to starting a venture and to act upon opportunities and how these contribute to economic, ecological and social sustainable development. Our strengths draw upon a combination of internal competencies at Chalmers together with extensive national and international networks with researchers as well as decision-makers in public policy and business.
Entrepreneurship and Business Design (EBD)