Managing Digital Innovation

Understanding the digital transformations of organisations.

Digital Innovation

The minor programme consists of five courses and offers you essential insight in how new digital technologies change the way we work, how organizations can be changed or optimized, how new ways of designing and producing can be developed, and how new opportunities and business models can be found. At the same time, critical reflection is stimulated on the various reasons for, and consequences of, digital innovation.

Introduction to Digital Innovation 

We focus on the technological developments that have given rise to digital innovation like increasing processing and storage capacity, the miniaturization of technology, smarter software and the increasingly interconnected nature of networks, big data, social media, mobile devices, cloud computing and the Internet of Things.

Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation 

Innovation is crucial for business organizations to stay competitive in ever changing markets. In this course, you learn to understand and apply basic theories behind the processes of technology-based innovation within organizations and their environments, the development of innovation strategies, and the organizational implementation of innovation strategies. Theoretical understanding is applied in a simulation game and real life cases focusing on managerial dilemmas in the management of innovation.

Business Intelligence and Analytics 

This course offers you the handles that are needed to fully deploy the potential of data, and business intelligence & analytics solutions in order to create competitive advantage. Although the course primarily has a managerial focus, technology will be used primarily to create hands on experience with relevant BI&A technologies. Experts from industry and BI&A consultants will share their insights and experience in the weekly workshops.

New Ways of Working 

We focus on the demands digital technologies put on organizations and society, and on how new ways of working and organizing help adapt to these challenges. Topics addressed in this course include, amongst others, workers as digital nomads, expert systems as alternative for legal workers, production done by 3d-printers, peer to peer communities or crowdsourcing. They all have advantages and disadvantages over traditional organizational practices and structures.

Emerging Technologies for E-business and Online Commerce

Based on the knowledge gained in the first four courses of this minor, you will conduct a feasibility study concerning a recently emerged technology. This technology will be selected by the course coordinators, and will be a technology that newly entered the market.

For more information about each course, visit the study guide.

All VU students and outside VU students (except VU BA and IBA students) as well as students from other universities. No admission requirements.


VU student: you can register for the courses of the minor via VUnet from 20 July.
Other students: you can register as a secondary course student (bijvak) via More information about this procedure can be found on this website in Dutch or in English.

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact Frank Derksen,, 020-5986058.

Frank dErksen

Samenvatting Managing Digital Innovation




1 semester (30 EC)


1 september


Economie, Recht en Bestuur
Gedrag en Maatschappij
Informatica, Wiskunde en Bedrijf


School of Business and Economics