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Innovations are known to be path dependent. Every innovation is constrained by previous innovations, and it will provide the background on which further innovations can proceed. Innovation paths can be observed in every industrial or cultural context of innovation, from computers over cars to literature and movies. Students writing a thesis on this topic are expected to document these paths and the stakeholders they involve. This includes in particular the documentation of the knowledge resources that enabled the innovations. As a result of the research the student should come up with recommendations how to manage such resources over time.

This topic provides enough substance for several theses. Students can also pursue the analysis as a project. Students with connections to companies are invited to use these companies as a field of study.