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Inter‐institutional collaboration for new integrative teaching programs

Nadin Dörner (Research Associate at the Institute of Technology Management, University of St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland)
Felicitas Morhart (Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Institute of Research in Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)
Oliver Gassmann (Professor of Innovation Management and Managing Director of the Institute of Technology Management, University of St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland)
Torsten Tomczak (Professor of Marketing and Director of the Center for Customer Insight, University of St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 16 August 2011




This paper presents an inter‐institutional collaboration project. The project's goal was to develop a new teaching program that fosters pre‐university innovation and entrepreneurship education. The purpose of this paper is to derive implications for future inter‐institutional collaborations.


The development and testing of the new teaching program corresponds to the design science paradigm.


The findings illustrate that inter‐institutional collaboration can generate completely new approaches that are able to deal with new challenges in education.

Research limitations/implications

This research focuses only on one specific inter‐institutional collaboration project. The findings are limited to this project.

Practical implications

The paper discusses implications for future educational collaboration projects to develop new teaching programs.


The paper presents a collaboration project between university, school and industry. It illustrates that new teaching approaches can be successfully realised in collaboration. The paper also reports the applicability of a new, namely transformational, teaching approach.



Dörner, N., Morhart, F., Gassmann, O. and Tomczak, T. (2011), "Inter‐institutional collaboration for new integrative teaching programs", On the Horizon, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 217-225.



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