The terms innovateur and the innovateurship approach describe a new type of engineer between the inventor and the entrepreneur in the context of product, service and system development. The inventor is meant to analyse and evaluate inventions according to corporate as well as usage-relevant criteria, and to design the inventions to a marketable stage (innovation).
The objective of the innovateur is to close an existing gap between the developer of ideas, the inventor, and the executing entrepreneur or intrapreneur. The inventor is responsible for the idea, the invention, while the entrepreneur or intrapreneur is responsible for its marketable implementation or further in-house processing and optimisation.
But a crucial intermediate step is the elaboration and evaluation of the invention. The task of the innovateur is the objective complementation, extension and cultivation of the invention according to a normative multi-perspective development process. (Usage perspective development) His qualifications from the fields of engineering and economics should enable him to assess the beneficial potentials of an idea quickly and cost-effectively.
There is no education or established definition of innovateurship so far. The paper clarifies that the evaluation of inventions presupposes an interdisciplinary education. Engineering management currently offers the greatest potentials for establishing such a new qualification. This study programme offers the possibility to further expand the transition between engineering and economics. Their combined qualifications are of great importance for the field of innovateurship, because an understanding of business models and processes is crucial for an early identification of ideas and requirements as well as their subsequent complementation, extension and cultivation.
Innovateurship approach
The approach demonstrates the procedural gap the invention and the innovation in form of a blackbox. To make the development of innovations more effective and efficient in the longterm, engineers need a scheme that classifies ideas and solution concepts according to various criteria. It is assumed that the usage and supplier perspective influence the blackbox.
Development as an education concept
Following studies are meant to research in which form and which further interdisciplinary competences/criteria are necessary for a comprehensive and feasible development. The aim is to continuously decode and structure the blackbox, and gradually integrate the results into an educational concept (innovateurship), which could establish a new focus in engineering management. The objective is to create a longterm taxonomy for the evaluation of usage-centred requirements, and establish it in education.
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