Change Box - A Change Management tool!

We live in a business world characterised by continuously increasing pace of change. The change of focus from a stable environment to one that is constantly changing, driven by the search for improvement opportunities, has a particular impact on the economy and our daily activities. Most companies have accepted change as something that is not inherently negative and time-consuming. On the contrary, the term "change" is being perceived in a positive light in everyday business being seen as a key to success.

Many companies realised the importance of including their employees in change processes and made the necessary arrangements, for example by establishing a formal employee suggestion system. This enables the development of so-called "grassroots innovations" – innovations from the base of an organisation. One of our projects at the iimt applied the idea of grassroots innovations to the University of Fribourg by developing and introducing a suggestion box for students and employees, called the "Change Box".

Thinking about how to foster the innovative spirit of the University of Fribourg, Laura Mustafi, junior research assistant at the iimt and responsible for ideas@iimt, aimed to find a medium, which allows expressing and sharing ideas in a simple way. As a result, a pilot project named "Change Box" was introduced in collaboration with the Innovation Club Fribourg in April 2018. Seven physical boxes were spread over Pérolles 21, Pérolles 14 and Pérolles 10. Next to the boxes, a landing page has been set up in order to enable online participation. These boxes enable students and employees to become a part of the change process of the University of Fribourg and they promote solution-oriented action of students.

From the University's perspective, this project has tremendous potential for identifying those areas with a particular need for improvement. By giving students and employees the opportunity to actively solve important problems, the University of Fribourg encourages individuals with an open mindset.

During a three-month test phase, thirty-five ideas were submitted and as of today, eleven people are working on the realization of their ideas. Those ideas are not exclusively ideas concerning campus improvements, but also two business ideas have found their way into the Change Box. A campus-wide implementation of the Change Box in every building of the University of Fribourg is planned as the project evaluation indicated a corresponding success. Please find below the detailed report of this project.

 

Change Box Report

Change Box Report BildFor additional information, you can download our detailed Change Box report.

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Change - omnipresent in a business environment

Change Management BildTake a look at our latest publication. Change - omnipresent in a business environment (article in German). For any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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Welcome Mohammad Aldabbas

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Mohammad Aldabbas has started his PhD at the iimt in September 2018. He previously worked as a trainee at the iimt in 2016.
He grew up near the Syrian capital Damascus where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration in 2011.

Afterwards he worked at the Consulate General of Switzerland in Dubai for three years, in Public Relation and Administration Assistance. Mohammad moved later on to Switzerland where he finished his Master in Management at the University of Fribourg in 2017.


Mohammad came first in touch with the iimt during the course “Management in Energy Sector”, then later with the “Innovation and Technology Management” course. That gave him the opportunity to join the iimt, and he is looking forward to furthering his knowledge and experience through his PhD program.


The iimt staff is looking forward to working alongside Mohammad and wishes him a good start.

mohammad.aldabbas(at)unifr.ch

 

The iimt at the 5th Smart Urban Policy Futures Workshop

The iimt at the 5th Smart Urban Policy Futures Workshop and the Exploratory Workshop on the Technology/Culture Interrelationship


As part of its commitment to present and disseminate leading-edge research across the international scientific community, the iimt was represented at the 5th Smart Urban Policy Futures Workshop (SUPF V) by Yves Hertig and Dr Anton Sentic. The conference took place from July 9th to July 11th 2018 at the University of Greenwich in London, UK, with the first two days being dedicated to research presentations, discussions and keynote lectures and the third conference day consisting of site visits to the Transport of London Museum and the Borough Market. Yves and Anton presented current findings on prospects for prosumer cooperation in Crowd Energy systems, which were well-received by the audience and let to a round of further discussions, including potential future collaborations. For more information on the workshop, visit https://greenwichtransportnetwork.wordpress.com/workshop-2018/


Following this event, Anton remained in London in order to attend a second event, the 2nd Exploratory Workshop on the Technology/Culture Interrelationship, organised by the Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre and the sustainability, technology and innovation research group on July 12th, also at the University of Greenwich. At this workshop, Anton presented initial findings from an ongoing analysis of the smart living lab, conceptualised as an innovation niche containing a network of actors (researchers). Participants at this workshop included academics from the University of Greenwich, Kingston University, Queen Mary, University of London and a delegation from the Universiti Sains, Malaysia and the City of Penang.

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Executive Corporate CAS in Lean Innovation

The "Executive Corporate CAS in Lean Innovation" study programme was developed in a joint cooperation between the iimt, INNOArchitects and the Swiss Post, and is, in its current form, the only such programme on offer in Switzerland. The core of the practice-oriented CAS is the acquisition of practical experience through active collaboration in one or multiple Swiss Post projects, combined with attending university courses and workshops. Participants are profiting from a unique, shortened education focused on practical elements.

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roll-e – the shopping trolley of the future

Christina Schlegel, one of the recent participants in the ideas@iimt programme, had the vision of making shopping easier by a so-called roll-e. roll-e supports people by carrying their groceries in a new way. Christina Schlegel joined the ideas@iimt programme in March 2018 with the aim to generate extensive customer insights. After the collection of valuable data about the customer needs and pains, ideas@iimt decided to contact the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg for a future collaboration. As a result, a group of twenty engineers worked on the technical realisation of Christina Schlegel’s roll-e.

The technical specification of roll-e was made using a 3D model, in which you can see that roll-e is an electric driven shopping trolley with a special kind of storage boxes that allow an easier storage of groceries. This 3D model provides an excellent starting point for the realization of a prototype.

If you are interested in all other ideas@iimt business ideas or in developing your own idea, just visit ideasatiimt.ch or get in touch with us.

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