Technology Scouting and Innovation led Business Cases: From Project to Business in a Digitalized World

Technology Scouting

DTU Winter Academy

DTU Winter Academy

Essentials for Leaders of the Future
What new, emerging technologies will have the potential to impact your business in a disruptive way?

Dates: 28 – 29 January 2019

Price: DKK 9.800 excl. VAT

Intended Audience
Anyone who is interested either in engaging new business model development or the elaboration of innovation oriented business cases in an established company, and/or managers that are involved in setting up innovation centers or hubs inside such companies.

Module Description
Blockchain, IoT and AI are just a few of many technologies that have the potential to change the rules of the industry in a disruptive way. Established companies make trade-offs between the extent to which they should develop business cases internally to tackle these challenges or they should actively source interesting ideas into the company. Both approaches have their own challenges. When organized internally, business cases need to be developed that need different approaches than the classic ones based upon financial planning. However, when technological acquisitions are made, the KPIs used to compare different targets need to be non-financial and require in depth knowledge of the field. Against this backdrop, new methods such as discovery based planning, lean start-up, agile development, etc… are used. The objective of this module is to provide the participants tools to develop projects that can have an impact on a longer time horizon (5-7 years), to familiarize the participants with tools that can be used to help them in developing these business cases and to a facilitate the process of technology scouting.


Here are some of the questions this module will explore:

  • How to scout for new, emerging technologies that have the potential to impact our business in a disruptive way
  • How to develop business cases that have a time to breakeven of 5-7 years
  • How to make a trade-off between ‘financials’ and ‘narratives’ in a business case
  • Understand resource mobilization as part of business case development
  • Get an insight in what we can learn from entrepreneurs and accelerators
  • Understand ecosystem and platform management as part of a company’s innovation strategy

The module will address the stated questions and provide some insights to inspire you to start experimenting.


Bart Clarysse – ETH Zürich

Bart Clarysse is a professor at ETH Zürich and a visiting professor at Imperial College London. His main research focuses on how technology entrepreneurs succeed in mobilizing resources and turning disruptive ideas into commercialization. He works with established companies such as Panasonic, Bosch, Swiss Com, EDF to assist them in setting up innovation platforms that facilitate business model innovation from inside the company. Bart has been advisor in technology policy at the European Commission and he still consults on innovation and technology matters for various European governments and agencies.

Christopher TucciChristopher L. Tucci is Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he holds the Chair in Corporate Strategy & Innovation. He is Visiting Thought Leader at CEIBS in Shangai, China. He received the degrees of Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, MIT; SM (Technology & Policy) from MIT; and BS (Mathematical Sciences), AB (Music), and MS (Computer Science) from Stanford University. Professor Tucci joined EPFL in 2003 where he teaches courses in Design Thinking, Digital Strategy, and Innovation Management. His primary area of interest is in how firms make transitions to new business models, technologies, and organizational forms. He also studies crowdsourcing, Internetworking, and digital innovations.

Please don't hesitate to contact
Program Director
Ellen Als
(+45) 4525 6137

Practical Info

Incl. teaching material and lunch 

DKK 9.800 excl. VAT

28 – 29 January 2019

8:30 - 16:30, both days


DTU Business
Building 421
2800 Kgs. Lyngby
23 AUGUST 2019