TISE Program Description

Transition, Innovation and Sustainability Environments (TISE) delivers a holistic take on transitional processes and innovation strategies, educating students to be change agents for challenges in complex human-environment systems (socio-cultural/socio-technical/socio-economic). Under the umbrella of Systems Science , it integrates Socio-Cultural Studies , Social Sciences , Economics and the impact of Technology on today’s societies, leading to a deeper understanding of the multiplex environments and their issues. At the same time, the program offers sets of tools and methodologies to approach the opportunities and risks that emerge from these transitional processes.

Objective 1

To educate change agents for institutions and organizations, who are capable of utilizing diverse sets of tools and competences from the different disciplines (socio cultural studies, social sciences, economics and technology). Complexity sciences functions as an umbrella to enable the interdisciplinary discourse as base for transdisciplinary approaches to address complex challenges respond to processes of transition and thus increase resilience and sustainability of organizations and institutions.

Objective 2

To foster the ability to assess the impact of socio technological and transitional processes on culture and society, through a deeper systems understanding (in context of multiplex-coupled system environments), especially concerning system vulnerabilities, and, furthermore, to recognize the correlations/interrelations on the different spheres of human action.

Objective 3

To improve the initiation and management of transdisciplinary initiatives for complex problem areas by equipping graduates with managerial and decision making competences to develop innovation and leadership concepts and instruments for institutions and organizations.

Objective 4

To foster cross border and cross boundary collaboration by providing alumni with tools and competences using transdisciplinary approaches to initiate multidimensional knowledge integration for problem and solution oriented innovation strategies.

Objective 5

To promote an innovation supporting mind-set and strengthen science-society relationships by equipping graduates with an entrepreneurial competences and the ability to facilitate the transfer of scientific knowledge and foster science – society relations embedded in sustainable environments.