Innovation and Changemanager - with Design Thinking

Do you recognise the ability to innovate and change as essential business factors? Do you want to actively shape your company’s future?

Do you recognise the ability to innovate and change as essential business factors? Do you want to actively shape your company’s future? 

This CAS will give you the agility and foresight to give you and your organisation a competitive advantage. 

  • Become a change agent for the design and execution of innovation and change processes. 

  • Align yourself to people's needs and develop useable, feasible and viable solutions. 

  • Learn the latest methods: design thinking, facilitation, lean change, value proposition, agile, scrum, kata coaching, holacracy, lean startup and many more. 

  • Transfer these methods and tools into practice by applying them to current challenges from your job. 

  • Understand the benefits of action learning as an effective form of organisational learning. 

  • Engage in lively exchange with curious and courageous people who want to change their environment. 


  • Degree/Certificate Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
  • Duration 21 study days spread over 6 months
  • Schedule Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Application deadline 6 weeks before start, later registration also possible if places are available
  • ECTS credits 12 ECTS-credits
  • Costs CHF 8,500
  • Teaching language German
  • Location Bern, Schwarztorstrasse 48
  • Department Business
  • Next session Please visit the German website for more information

To register, please visit the German website. 

Content + Structure


Transformative and rewarding. This course gives you the tools and skills for driving and shaping change. All the methods you will meet in this programme represent the cutting edge of change and innovation management. Following this course, you will learn how to create useful, feasible and viable eco-systems. 

  • Usefulness ("doing the right thing"): What are the requirements from the stakeholders' point of view? How do they react to possible solutions? 

  • Feasibility ("doing it right"): What is possible and what are possible synergies with partners? How can a solution be optimally developed? 

  • Viability ("doing it sustainably"): What is the business model? Can the solution survive in its economic, social and ecological environment?  

Today, agile organisations are considered the optimal structure to shape change and to keep up with the pace of the markets. Unlike traditional line organisations with their often over detailed processes and stringent hierarchies, agile organisations adapt to new requirements more easily.  

Course objectives

Professional skills  

  • You can independently identify an open problem and propose an optimal procedural model following the three-step approach: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? 

  • You can draw on knowledge from a range of disciplines to understand a situation. 

  • You can identify requirements in dialogue with a client and other stakeholders. 

  • You know the basics of creative solution development. 

  • You know the essential aspects of the design process and are able to independently facilitate such process. 

  • You can coordinate a creative group process successfully. 

Methodological skills  

  • You are familiar with various methods from the world of innovation and change management, agile solution development and entrepreneurial thinking. 

  • You are familiar with tools for designing products, services and business models. 

  • You use can the instruments you have learned appropriately and correctly. 

  • You can adapt the instruments you have learned to fit your organisation’s needs. 

Social skills  

  • You will improve your ability to give feedback in an appreciative, respectful and fair manner. We work on keeping feedback professional and considering the subjectivity of the viewpoints and perspectives (using I-messages, perception and effect). 

  • You are able to work towards achieving common goals and appreciate the meaning, value and context of individual and collective learning processes. 

  • You recognise the creative potential of groups and know how to use it in a way that it is appropriate for the task. 

  • You will discuss in groups to deal constructively with the suggestions of others and take joint responsibility for your collective actions allowing you to master difficult situations as a team. 


  • You will develop confidence in your ability to understand and describe a situation in its complexity. 

  • You will take responsibility for the planning and implementation of analysis processes. 

  • You will critically assess the results of your analysis and learn from your mistakes. 

  • You will gain confidence in your ability to  develop a product or service. 

  • You are involved in a creative process in a constructive and goal-oriented manner. 

  • You can represent your own positions and develop them further in dialogue with your team members. 

Entrepreneurial thinking  

  • You will learn to see complexity and uncertainty as a breeding ground for innovation and change 

  • Understanding Lean and Design Thinking as a basic principle for rapid solution development 

  • Managing projects with agile methodology 

Understanding the problem  

  • See change as an opportunity 

  • Develop empathy for stakeholders 

Getting to the heart of the requirements  

  • Focus on people and their tasks, needs and wishes 

  • See sustainability and viability as key requirements 

Developing solutions  

  • Apply and moderate creativity methods 

  • Use visual communication tools 

Testing and evaluating solutions  

  • Leave the office to get feedback 

  • See errors as an opportunity to learn 

  • Make decisions in uncertainty 

Communicate and secure solutions  

  • Demonstrate necessity, principle and benefits 

  • Increase chances of success through lobbying 

Changing organisational culture  

  • From manager to catalyst 

  • From rigid structures to agile cultures 

  • Action Learning 

  • Lectures, discussions and exchange of experience  

  • Group work 

  • Study of best practice examples  

  • Case studies  

  • eCollaboration 

Successful participation in the programme requires regular attendance of the contact study programme and passing the following assessments:  

  • Practical project: you will work on a project from the students' professional or private environment in groups of 3 or 4, you will document the process and present the results in a plenary session. 

  • Learning portfolio: You will write a report which demonstrates the links between the content of the course and your everyday experience. 

Titel + Abschluss

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) of the Bern University of Applied Sciences "Innovation and Change Manager" (12 ECTS credits) 


Our lecturers are proven experts with extensive practical and theoretical knowledge in their subject areas. They have at least a university degree plus many years of experience in higher education. 

Requirements + Admission

Are you an experienced, curious person? Do you want to transform your company into an attractive and viable organisation? In this CAS you will benefit from your classmate’s diverse backgrounds and upgrade your ability to manage change and innovation.

University degree

You will be admitted to the programme with a degree from a university, university of applied sciences, university of teacher education, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, or an equivalent foreign university and at least two years of professional experience.

Higher vocational training

If you have a qualification from a higher vocational education institution (Diploma Höhere Fachschule HF, Federal Diploma, Federal Certificate of Proficiency) and several years of professional experience, you will also be admitted to the programme. However, you will be required to attend our Introduction to Academic Study before starting the CAS. Completion of this module is a prerequisite for admission to the CAS.


In exceptional circumstances applicants may still  be admitted. The head of the degree programme will make a decision based upon your application and extenuating circumstances. Please contact us. 

For all students of our CAS programmes we offer a half-day course Effective Learning. Attendance is recommended and is free of charge for CAS students. At this event, you will learn about the practice-oriented learning style used at universities of applied science.

Organisation + Registration

The programme lasts 21 study days. Classes are held in blocks of 2 - 3 days according to the schedule. The lessons are partly held in creative labs at different companies. Maximum 24 participants.

To register, please visit the German website. 

Documents required for registration

You can register online via registration form. For registration we require following documents (in PDF format, max. 1 MB per document): 

  • Diplomas 

  • Curriculum Vitae 

  • Passport-sized photo (in JPG format) 

Please upload these documents even if you have already submitted them for another application. 

Organisational aspects of the CAS

Lessons take place in blocks of 2-3 days according to the timetable. The lessons are partly held in creative labs at different companies. 

The registration deadline for the programme is six weeks before it begins. If places are available, later registration is possible. Since the course is always well booked, early registration is recommended.

CHF 8,500 

All costs for compulsory literature, course materials and assessments are included in the price.

The general terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to make changes. In case of doubt, the wording of the official BFH regulations are binding. 


Study Counselling

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Head of the degree programme


Information events

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we offer you our personal advice in addition to the information events.  By telephone or online via MS Teams.

Please contact us!

Phone: 031 848 34 02

Location + Facilities