Development and Innovation Management


‘Innovation is the successful market introduction of a technical or organizational novelty, not just its invention’. This quote from Joseph Schumpeter underlines our basic mission. Therefore, we research on processes, methods and tools to analyze future markets and customer needs as well as investigate the necessary agile innovation process through ASD - Agile Systems Design with emphasis on profile determination, idea generation and validation. We develop our agile methods and processes against the backdrop of individual and organizational acceptance and bundle our approaches in the integrated product engineering model iPeM.

RF Development and Innovation Management


  • Agile framework of product development ASD - Agile Systems Design
  • Mechatronic systems in a socio-technical context
  • Interactive method coach InnoFox for the recommendation of methods according to the specific situation and need


  • Agile Design- and Innovation Methods of ASD - Agile Systems
  • Design and Innovation Methods in innovation management and agile and multidisciplinary project management
  • Creativity- and problem solving methods of PGE - Product Generation Engineering
  • Methods for generating product profiles, development and modeling of systems of objectives
  • Product portfolio management
  • Product development models of ASD - Agile Systems Design in the context of PGE - Product Generation Engineering
  • Digital and virtual methods for development of mechatronic systems in distributed teams
  • Methods for the development, validation and implementation of product strategies
  • Modular and series development
  • Model Based Systems Engineering


  • Agile product development processes of ASD - Agile Systems Design
  • Optimization and implementation of innovation processes
  • Processes for the agile development of mechatronic systems in distributed teams
  • Processes for the development of product strategies in the current and future context
  • Activity-based implementation of product development processes
  • System-oriented development/optimization of products and characteristics
  • Validation-oriented process characterization
  • Holistic modeling/characterization of product development processes
  • Processes for the analysis and optimization of organizational and individual acceptance


  • KreaLab with 3D smart board and multi-touch functionality
  • Live Lab ProVIL - Product development in a virtual Idealab
  • Live Lab IP - Integrated Product development
  • Live Lab AIL - Agile Innovation Lab
  • Various moderation and presentation tools to promote creativity and support idea generation
  • KreaDesktop
  • FDM Prototyper and CAD-CAM model milling machine
  • 2 laser cutters, one of them mobile
  • Virtual innovation platform

Current research topics      

  • Methods and Processes of ASD - Agile Systems Design
  • Innovation Management
  • Product Development in distributed teams
  • Product Strategy

Publications within the Research Field

A systematic approach to situation-adequate mechatronic system development by ASD - Agile Systems Design
Albers, A.; Heimicke, J.; Spadinger, M.; Reiss, N.; Breitschuh, J.; Richter, T.; Bursac, N.; Marthaler, F.
2019. Procedia CIRP, 84, 1015–1022. doi:10.1016/j.procir.2019.03.312
Acceptance Modelling in Product Development – Case Study: Connected Systems for Industry 4.0 Solutions
Zimmermann, V.; Heimicke, J.; Albers, A.; Reiß, N.
2019. IOP conference series / Materials science and engineering, 520 (1), Art. Nr.: 012011. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/520/1/012011
The world is complex therefore our research is needed - Using data mining for literature reviews
Albers, A.; Bursac, N.; Butenko, V.; Marthaler, F.; Zhang, Q.
2018. 15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018; Dubrovnik; Croatia; 21 May 2018 through 24 May 2018. Ed.: N. Bojcetic, 1–12, The Design Society. doi:10.21278/idc.2018.0470
Product Profiles: Modelling customer benefits as a foundation to bring inventions to innovations
Albers, A.; Heimicke, J.; Walter, B.; Basedow, G. N.; Reiß, N.; Heitger, N.; Ott, S.; Bursac, N.
2018. Procedia CIRP, 70, 253–258. doi:10.1016/j.procir.2018.02.044
20 Years of Co-creation Using Case Based Learning : An Integrated Approach for Teaching Innovation and Research in Product Generation Engineering
Albers, A.; Bursac, N.; Heimicke, J.; Walter, B.; Reiß, N.
2018. Teaching and Learning in a Digital World : Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, Volume 2, Budapest, Hungary, 27th - 29th September 2017. Ed.: M. E. Auer, 636–647, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-73204-6_69
On the integration of product and process models in engineering design
Eckert, C.; Wynn, D.; Maier, J.; Albers, A.; Bursac, N.; Chen, H.; Clarkson, P. J.; Gericke, K.; Gladysz, B.; Shapiro, D.
2017. Design science, 3 (3), 41. doi:10.1017/dsj.2017.2
Die Frühe Phase der PGE - Produktgenerationsentwicklung
Albers, A.; Rapp, S.; Birk, C.; Bursac, N.
2017. 4. Stuttgarter Symposium für Produktentwicklung 2017 (SSP) : Produktentwicklung im disruptiven Umfeld, Stuttgart, Deutschland, 28-29 Juni 2017, Fraunhofer Verlag
ProVIL - Produktentwicklung im virtuellen Ideenlabor
Albers, A.; Bursac, N.; Walter, B.; Hahn, C.; Schröder, J.
2016. Entwerfen, Entwickeln, Erleben : Werkzeuge und Methoden in Produktionsentwicklung und Design - Dresden, 30. Juni - 1. Juli 2016. Hrsg.: R. Stelzer, 185–198, TUDpress
15 years of SPALTEN problem solving methodology in product development
Albers, A.; Reiß, N.; Bursac, N.; Breitschuh, J.
2016. 12th Biennial Norddesign 2016 Conference "Highlighting the Nordic Approach", NordDesign 2016; Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)Trondheim; Norway; 10 August 2016 through 12 August 2016. Volume 1. Ed. : M. Steinert, 411–420, The Design Society
IPeM-Integrated Product Engineering Model in Context of Product Generation Engineering
Albers, A.; Reiss, N.; Bursac, N.; Richter, T.
2016. Procedia CIRP, 50, 100–105. doi:10.1016/j.procir.2016.04.168
InnoFox - Situationsspezifische Methodenempfehlung im Produktentstehungsprozess
Albers, A.; Reiß, N.; Bursac, N.; Walter, B.; Gladysz, B.
2015. Stuttgarter Symposium für Produktentwicklung (SSP) : Stuttgart, 19. Juni 2015. Hrsg.: H. Binz, CD-ROM, Fraunhofer Verlag
Advanced systems engineering - Towards a model-based and human-centered methodology
Albers, A.; Lohmeyer, Q.
2012. Tools and methods of competitive engineering: Proceedings of the ninth International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering (TMCE 2012), Karlsruhe, Germany, May 7-11, 2012. Ed.: I. Horváth, 407–416, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Overview of all IPEK Publications

An overview of all IPEK publications can be found here.