Project “Coneeect” – Educating Entrepreneurship Educators Coneeect is an international network of universities whose members have a shared goal of establishing and improving the teaching of entrepreneurship in Europe. Coneeect thus offers an interactive training programme for academic entrepreneurship teachers throughout Europe. The programme is officially supported and funded by the European Union. MUAS and the SCE are the lead organisations charged with developing and running the programme over a three-year period. Participants benefit from easy access to the European entrepreneurship community. Ideas are exchanged and the network is establishment in open forums which are tied in closely with the global entrepreneurship scene. Best practice-based entrepreneurship teaching skills are taught in interdisciplinary teams of prominent international experts and trainers. The programme thus provides a unique opportunity to develop and design new teaching methods, materials and assessment and performance measurement techniques in the interest of maximising educational effectiveness. page 32 These one-week training courses are aimed at instructors in any field at colleges and universities who are either already teaching entrepreneurship or will be in the following academic year. Attendees are encouraged to pass on the insights and information they receive to others, such as concerning new teaching formats and methods. New partners are welcome as well who are interested in contributing to the programme by designing training courses of their own or attending a symposium. We believe entrepreneurship education needs further development. Our world is changing at an ever-faster pace, as new work models and professions are emerging, networks becoming increasingly important and today‘s reality becoming rapidly more complex. Our task is to prepare young people for these challenges and exploit advancements achieved in the process. We teach the entrepreneurship and leadership skills required to effectively shape the future. For more information visit: www.coneeect.eu
“Innovation Networks in Disaster Management” This research project, sponsored by the Hella Langer Foundation, examines dynamic networks, looking at the example of the 2004 tsunami in southern India. The role of first-aid organisations is a particular focus. Disaster management is a highly instructive field for investigating the emergence and development of interorganisational networks of global players and of dynamic innovation processes. Even utilising cutting-edge technologies, the coordination of players, long-term orientation and the local anchoring of activities ranging from disaster relief to rebuilding still pose major challenges for all organisations involved. Project data was gathered in India in 2012. Two other project achievements from collaboration of doctoral candidate Christina Weber with the European research group NITIM are the approval of a major EU doctoral programme (7th Framework Programme for Research) and the conducting of a seminar at the Leibniz Center for Computer Science. Plans are to further grow the network and expand the research focus at MUAS. page 33 INNOSTART RESEARCH The INNOSTART project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) investigates cooperation between start-ups and established businesses in collaboration with private-sector partners including BMW Group and Munich Network. Established firms face the constant challenge of having to develop innovative products in order to retain customers over the long term. One way to address this challenge is to involve start-ups in in-house innovation processes. Little research has been conducted thus far on how the targeted selection of innovation partners in view of an enterprise‘s own competency profile can enhance success in the area of innovation. Utilising Action Research, doctoral candidate Thomas Holzmann is working with the BMW Group to research matching processes and develop a model for practical testing. A major sub-project in 2012 was the scientific execution of the BMW Group‘s EV Charging Forum, where twelve innovative companies presented. The forum concerned future-relevant strategy topics such as new solutions and business scenarios for e-mobility charging infrastructure.