The two-year master’s programme in ‘Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design’ provides students with an understanding of how multidisciplinary knowledge supported by theoretical insight and emerging technologies can bridge with the social needs and values of our societies to provide the best possible local and global futures.
Students engage with local and international companies and organisations to train in the innovation process in teams with different competences and work in an environment of collaborative creativity.This unique learning model empowers programme participants with the right skills and methods to apply business-, engineering- and design-led perspectives to complex societal issues by a co-creative approach and guides them to further evaluate innovative products and services to create a sustainable effect on the people and the planet.
Complimentary to the core academic studies, students engage with IKEA, the program’s main industrial partner. IKEA contributes with Democratic Design principles, latest methods and tools as well as workshops and tutoring to train product development processes in real time, thus giving the students a hands-on opportunity to corporate projects and providing them the opportunity to implement knowledge and practices for IKEA’s goal to create a better everyday life for the many people.
The uniqueness of the programme is that it has students from three different faculties - Business, Engineering and Design and brings together a diversity of competences, backgrounds and experiences to enable the innovation process in all its complexity to address the challenges that humankind is facing regarding environmental and social issues. Eventually, the program deepens students’ understanding not only on knowledge and skills that influence the innovation process but also trains them in the professional way of working in a context where many fields of knowledge and practices are interacting.
The programme trains you in project and innovation management, process and product development, business and system development, and social entrepreneurship. You develop in-depth knowledge in technology, but there is also interaction and sharing with the subject areas of business and design. You who complete the programme will be able to create sustainable solutions that take into account function and form as well as resource efficiency.
You who hold a bachelor of science in engineering from first level can obtain the following degree: Master of Science (120 credits) with specialisation in Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering/Forest and Wood Technology.
You who hold a bachelor of science from first level can obtain the following degree: Master of Science (120 credits) with specialisation in Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering/Forest and Wood Technology.
The language of tuition is English. In this way, you will become prepared not only for a career in Sweden, but also for a career in international contexts. The programme admits students from all over the world, which means that you will get international and multicultural experience throughout the programme. Further opportunity for internationalisation is provided through the opportunity to study a semester abroad at one of our partner universities around the world.
Statement of purpose
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Name of university at which you have studied for your BSc/BA degree:
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Why are you applying for the Master Programme Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design – specialization engineering? Why do you believe you would benefit from joining the programme? What do you expect you could contribute with?
What are your career ambitions immediately after graduating from the programme? Describe how you plan to achieve these goals. How do you see your career developing over the coming years?
Describe your experiences concerning interdisciplinary development work/process.
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Collaboration between the disciplines - and with companies
Meet students from the three disciplines and hear them talk about the unique disposition of the programme where design, engineering and business collaborate in projects with companies.
Students within business, engineering and design collaborate to develop products
During the autumn term, first-year students on the master programme Innovation through business, engineering and design work in groups with one company each to develop their own products.
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Ramona Hallgren studies on the design specialisation. Her group collaborates with the company CumVex, specialising in office furniture. Since CumVex is based in Växjö it is easy for the group to arrange meetings with the company without having to plan too far in advance.
"The company has been very open to our ideas and they listen to what we have to say. The fact that it is a local company is, of course, a great advantage, almost luxury", says Ramona. The collaboration within the group is also working well. All groups consist of students from the three different specialisations: business, engineering and design.
"The interesting part about working in a collaboration like this is that I, being a designer, view things differently. As opposed to financial managers and engineers I don't think very much about production and costs in the first stage of generating ideas", says Ramona.
Sebastian Duque studies on the business specialisation. He thinks that it has been very instructive to work together with students from the other specialisations.
"We all have different perspectives, and our working processes are also different from each other. We get to learn how designers and engineers think, just like in real-life projects", he explains.
Sebastian's group works with Alstermo Bruk, a company making suitcases. They keep contact through email, but also through visits both ways. Sebastian's group has focused on the concept of sustainability and is developing a new product.
"First, we worked four weeks with the development of a design model and now we have reached the engineering process. Once we have completed that, we will work four weeks with the business process. In this way, we will all learn the entire development process, which is very rewarding", says Sebastian.
Joe Sullivan studies on the engineering specialisation and works with the company Quickbutton, a supplier of campaign buttons, name tags and conference badges. Joe's group has also had a sustainability perspective in the development of their product and they have chosen to work with the material bamboo.
"We are really benefitting from each other's different skill sets and different previous experiences within the group. I, for instance, have never before really come into contact with the financial management part. The entire programme is very focused on teamwork", Joe says.
Innovation through business, engineering and design is a 2-year master programme offered at Linnaeus University in Växjö. The programme offers three different specialisations and the language of tuition is English.
Juliana from Colombia works as a designer at IKEA
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My name is Juliana Restrepo. I was born and raised in the beautiful and constantly-developing city of Medellín, Colombia. That is to say, Colombia in South America, not Columbia in the US, as many still make that mistake. In Medellín, I studied industrial design for five years and also worked as an event designer for DDB Colombia, an advertising agency. Having done that, I was ready for my next adventure – moving to London. During my four years in London, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to learn from a number of different work and life experiences. Even though I loved London (and still do), my husband and I decided three years ago to move to Växjö – my husband's home town – since we wanted to raise our son in a smaller city, and also be closer to relatives.
During my first months in Sweden, I studied beginner's Swedish and looked forward to embracing the exciting challenge of a new country. It was then that I came across the master programme Innovation through business, engineering and design. One of my biggest motivations for applying to the programme was the collaboration with IKEA and, of course, the fact that the programme is based on a multidisciplinary collaboration. During my two years on the programme, I developed a lot as a designer, as a team player and, last but not least, as a citizen of the world. I also developed a passionate interest in metadesign, design-thinking and sustainability.
I feel more proud than ever of being a designer. I believe that designers have a great responsibility, both now and for our future, as I see designers as the 'connection keys/tools' between different disciplines, skills and cultures. The world is changing so quickly that we can barely understand it. We need to learn, share, communicate and work better together.
I am now working as an interior designer at IKEA in Älmhult. I'm constantly curious and working in a dynamic environment, where people are not afraid of change. I'm so excited to see where this will take me in the future!
"A master programme where engineering students study together with business and design students is quite revolutionising"
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In my class, there were students from Italy, Colombia, China and Iran – and from Sweden, of course. To have fellow students with different cultural and professional backgrounds was a great experience. In particular, I liked the group projects where we worked together with the students from the design and business specialisations of the programme. As a matter of fact, the interdisciplinary approach on the innovation master was one of the main reasons why I chose to study that programme.
The programme involved hands-on projects and enabled us to complete the theoretical part of our studies by applying the theory on real working-life situations. Through contacts with partners and contributors from the private sector, we had the opportunity to build our own networks during our studies. Also, when working in projects with companies we really felt more like colleagues than students.
Now, I am working at IKEA of Sweden as a laws & standards specialist. When I'm working with product requirement, safety, and compliance, I can really make use of the technical competencies that I gained through my studies at Linnaeus University. At IKEA of Sweden, we have a diverse working environment where all diversities melt and merge in a common IKEA culture of shared values.
Sweden truly is a great country to study in, both what goes for the education itself and the social aspect. The master programme was the perfect preparation for my working life.
/Tayfun, former student on the master programme innovation through business, engineering and design – specialisation engineerin
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"We are a team that consists of students from the fields of design, business and engineering and we are part of the innovation master programme. As part of the local innovation module in our first term, we are now working with an ergonomic chair manufacturing company called Frapett, in Mönsterås. In our project with them, we have worked to develop a task chair that is to be used for seated physical work, for instance by machine operators, dentists, tailors, glassworkers, etc. Being a multi-disciplinary team, we have looked at this project from all the three different perspectives – design, engineering and business. This type of project-based learning has helped us being innovative at different levels throughout the project, enriching our experience and ensuring that we also learn from one another". / Christopher, Rong, Basil, Tianyi & Naina
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Students from the innovation master’s programme receive prestigious award
The Swedish Institute has announced The Hackathon Spirit Award 2021 winners, and this year the award was received by students from Linnaeus University, for their solution Vip pit stops.
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In February, the Swedish Institute hosted the digital Hackathon. An event with the purpose to design, test and execute ideas focusing on mobility. Linnaeus University’s students from the Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design, master’s programme, received The Hackathon Spirit award. Team BED @ LNU received the award because they were actively engaged in the challenge, collaborating with others, and had an overall positive energy. The students that were part of the winning team were Astrid Cox, Eliot Bota, Erik Ström, Jonas Thordeman Andersson, and Varun Kishore.
- We were quite active during the event, participating in mini challenges and connecting with other participants, organisers, and partner companies. We threw ourselves entirely into the hack over the weekend and had a lot of fun doing it. This award is an acknowledgement of that effort, says Astrid Cox, team leader of the group.
The Hackathon had several different challenges and the team felt that their skill set was particularly suited to the IKEA challenge of “VIP Truck Drivers”. The task was to come up with solutions that could improve the safety of truck drivers in India.
- The challenge was put out by IKEA Logistics and Supply Chain Operations. IKEA recognises that the truck drivers are a crucial part of their value chain and of utmost importance. Therefore, they wanted the teams to ideate on a solution that could address the major safety issues these truck drivers face every day on India's road, says Varun Kishore, one of the team members.
Finding a solution – Vip pit stops
In order to tackle the challenge and come up with a solution, the team used many of the same methods that they use on the Innovation master’s programme.
- Working with multidisciplinary talent, we followed the problem-solving cycle from problem definition to analysis and diagnosis, stopping just after solution design. We researched, discussed, collaborated, and laughed our way to an understanding of the problem. For us, it was clear that the most common causes for accidents on the road in India are reckless driving, inattentive driving, and other drivers on the road, Astrid explains.
Their solution to address driver safety in India works on different levels, using positive reinforcement. The first step addresses individual drivers by promoting good resting behavior. The premise is to develop a network of truck stops across India with access to basic amenities and a place to take a break. The second step works on the corporate level, continuing work with driver rest behavior, and also tackling scheduling stress. The final phase focuses on the national level.
- We want to create a national standard of using the app and maintaining driving logs for all trips. We see this as a way to drive economic growth, improve work conditions, and increase public health and safety. For us, truck driving in India was a whole new world to immerse ourselves in. For instance, how the profession is perceived in India and what challenges the average “desi” truckers are faced with on a day-to-day basis was really eye-opening, Astrid concludes.
IKEA's and Linnaeus University's collaboration programme The Bridge is a multidisciplinary education and research collaboration dealing with life at home and conditions of production
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In simple words, the aim is to tie together a number of disciplines to create a better life at home for the many people. It deals partly with what fundamental needs we have and what furniture we need, but also with how production can be made as cheap and environmentally friendly as possible.
As a result of The Bridge, Linnaeus University has been able to establish an IKEA professorship, unique to the world. The research environment revolving around the subject area Life at Home is developed in collaboration with doctoral students. It is this research environment that makes it possible for Linnaeus University to establish the interdisciplinary master programme.
The master programme has an interdisciplinary perspective, combining engineering, business, and design. The programme enables students to learn from each other's knowledge and improves their ability to work with different projects and product development. The master programme is offered in close collaboration with a number of companies, IKEA being one of them.
Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city centre, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.
What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavour. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city centre and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!