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2011/2012  KAN-CM_A204  Green Innovation & the Consumer Citizen

English Title
Green Innovation & the Consumer Citizen

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course Period Autumn . Second Quarter
Changes in course schedule may occur Monday 8.00-10.35, week 6-8, 11-14, 16-18
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 70
Study Board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course Coordinator
  • Niels Kornum - Department of Marketing
Administration: Merete Skaalum Lassen - ml.marktg@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Business Ethics, value based management and CSR
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Marketing
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
At the end of the course the excellent student is expected to be able to:
• Discuss the complexities inherent in consumer decision-making based on the models, concepts and theories presented throughout the course, including the ethical dilemmas and trade-offs consumers deal with when having to choose between social, ethical, and personal values on the one hand and economic reality on the other as well as the related broader consumer culture/community context.
• Apply these models, concepts and theories singly or in combination to fit the concrete case situation under study in the miniproject.
• Identify and analyze the relationship between the models, concepts and theories from the curriculum.
• Assess critically the value and relevance of the models, concepts and theories presented in the course in terms of their practical application in relevant cases.
Students should have had prior courses in one or more of the following: innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing, sustainability.
Oral exam on the basis of a miniproject (individual or in groups of 2-4 students).
Green Innovation & the Consumer Citizen:
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period Winter Term
Aids Open Book, Written and Electronic Aid is permitted
Duration 20 Minutes

Course Content

The challenges facing businesses to develop and market green innovations are formidable. A wide range of subjects contribute valuable insights on these challenges including sustainable development, climate change, cradle-to-cradle design, corporate responsibility, energy policies and practices.Without effective stakeholder collaboration that involves employees, consumers, suppliers and investors progress is likely to be severely compromised. This course focuses on two areas of collaboration that to date have been largely overlooked despite their importance for green innovation – network collaboration of businesses with the public sector and network collaboration of businesses with consumercitizens. Today the public sector shapes the framework conditions under which many green innovation initiatives unfold through, for example, policies affecting taxation, pricing and procurement. Incentive structures for reducing energy and natural resource consumption are often relatively weak or totally absent. New solutions that require changes in functionality may become more expensive and, as a consequence, it is important to unleash the creative potential of consumercitizens by involving them in the design and implementation of new solutions. Consumer citizens are already contributing to the innovation of products and services for global corporations and their experiences from these ventures are valuable for other green innovation initiatives.

Choosing a bottom-up network perspective on green innovation can mean that firms avoid situations in which they invent solutions that consumers will refuse to buy. In addition, such network initiatives can help public regulators to craft policies that facilitate the development of effective solutions for both businesses and consumer citizens. This course will draw on recent business cases to investigate the drivers and barriers for network approaches involving businesses and the public sector and also businesses and consumer citizens.

The academic world has only recently begun to study how green innovation can be implemented based on a bottom-up network perspective. Therefore, the course will have to borrow theories from a number of other disciplines, e.g., organization, social identity and culture; innovation; relationship marketing; stakeholder management; etc.

Key topics include:

  • The role of business in green innovation
  • The role of the public sector in green innovation
  • The role of the consumer citizen in green innovation
  • The sustainability of green innovation
  • Green innovation and cradle-to-cradle design
  • Consumer citizen culture and psychology as a basis for green innovation
  • Offline networkand communitybuilding for green innovation
  • Online networkand communitybuilding for green innovation


The course's development of personal competences:

The course aims to provide students with an opportunity to gain insights about green innovation and the role of consumer citizens in order to develop their comprehension of ethical aspects of consumer behavior, consumer culture and communities. These aspects include a more detailed understanding of how firms use, rely on, and manipulate ethical marketing communication through the use of communicative tactics, including labeling as in the case of Fair Trade, Organic and Sustainability labels.

Teaching Methods

The literature covers three key subject areas – innovation, project management/team collaboration and consumer citizen involvement.

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Johnson, M. W. and Suskewicz, J. (2009), “How to jump start the cleantech economy,” Harvard Business Review, November, pp. 52-60.

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Jansson, J., Marell, A. and Nordlund, A. (2010), “Green consumer behavior: Determinants of curtailment and eco-innovation adoption,” Journal of Consumer Marketing, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 358–370.

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Fűller, J. (2010), “Refining virtual co-creation from a consumer perspective,” California Management Review, Vol. 52, No. 2, pp. 98-122.