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2013/2014  BA-2OIS  Organization, Innovation and Systems Design

English Title
Organization, Innovation and Systems Design

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course coordinator
  • Matthias Trier - Department of IT Mangement (ITM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Organization
Last updated on 30-01-2014
Learning objectives
By the end of the course students should demonstrate an ability to
  • Identify and use relevant concepts and theoretical perspectives from the literature to explain challenges of organizing for innovation and systems design
  • Identify and use relevant concepts and theoretical perspectives from the literature to identify and explain issues concerning aspects of the case
  • Use the case to discuss fundamental assumptions, possibilities, and limitations of concepts and theoretical perspectives from the literature
  • Critically assess the usefulness and limitations of alternative concepts and theoretical perspectives and compare their relevance to the case.
Organization, Innovation and Systems Design:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
Paper written in groups
Size of written product Max. 20 pages
Assignment type Report
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Closed Book
Make-up exam/re-exam
Another examination form
Retakes for students, who did not pass the ordinary exam as well as students who were ill during the oral examination is held as an individual oral examination in curriculum based on the same paper as used for the ordinary examination.
Retakes for students, who were ill during the writing of the paper is held as an individual oral examination in curriculum based on an individual paper.
Description of the exam procedure
Individual, oral examination in the curriculum based on the 6th quarter paper written in groups. One grade is given, reflecting an overall assessment of the paper and the oral examination. Internal examiner and second internal examiner.
Course content and structure

The course aims to provide students with analytical tools
and competencies that will allow them to systematically
examine the interrelated problems of transformation of
work practices, organizational change, and information
systems design under conditions of uncertainty. Incomplete
knowledge of alternatives and consequences is assumed to
be a prevailing condition.

Class work contains three interrelated tracks:


1) The first track consists of thematic lectures that develop the core analytical themes of organization, innovation, and systems design. Please observe that the literature addressed under each lecture will include empirical cases and examples to be used in further analysis and class discussion.


2) The second track consists in case-oriented work. Students will be doing observation study exercises in actual organizations as a way to develop an understanding

of the analytical issues involved. Each group prepares and makes a presentation of the findings from the observation study exercise. At the end of the course students will develop an actual case (possibly based on the observation

study exercise) to be analyzed in the Quarter Paper. Students are encouraged to use PowerPoint or overheads to support their presentation. In addition all groups are expected to be well prepared and to be active in facilitating discussion.


3) The third track, i.e., the Method session, aims to give a final edge to your analytical tools and competencies before you embark on the task of solving the upcoming Quarter Paper assignment.

Teaching methods
Thematic lectures and student presentations.
As part of the course students are required to organize a project group consisting of 4 students. The group will work together during the course in order to prepare student presentations and complete the Quarter Paper assignment. Both these tasks will have to deal with readings and themes of the course curriculum. The Quarter Paper assignment will be carried out after class work.
Expected literature

Please check the course literature on CBS Learn

Last updated on 30-01-2014