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2013/2014  KAN-CBL_OMGE  Organising and Managing in Regional Context – German Studies. Creative Industries in German speaking countries*

English Title
Organising and Managing in Regional Context – German Studies. Creative Industries in German speaking countries*

Course information

Language German
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Birgit Stöber - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 14-11-2013
Learning objectives
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
  • Explain how the institutional context in Germany shapes business practices within the wide field of the creative industries.
  • Explain and compare key changes and challenges within different sectors and their impact for the labour market in general as well as for urban and regional planning.
  • Formulate a relevant topic based on the themes and concepts in the curriculum, and develop links between their chosen topic and the other concepts and themes in the curriculum.
  • Students should be able to synthesise and reflect analytically upon the overall themes and concepts presented in the curriculum.
  • The student should ensure that the discussion moves forward by elaborating upon the topics and concepts raised and actively relating them to other topics and concepts addressed during the course, without having to be prompted by the examiner.
  • Students should demonstrate that they are sufficiently at ease in the language to be able to respond fluently to the examiner’s questions, so that the examination flows as a dialogue.
  • Students should be able to present and discuss a given topic in German using an appropriate and rich vocabulary and academic terminology.
  • Students should speak grammatically correct and well-pronounced German, and be able to communicate in a coherent manner without committing grammatical, lexical, idiomatic or pronunciation errors that disturb communication.
  • Students are expected to show sufficient linguistic awareness to be able to correct any errors in the exam situation.
Course prerequisites
Students must have German language competence and knowledge of German society and business equivalent to the B.Sc. degree in the BLC Program of Copenhagen Business School.
Organising and Managing in Regional Context – German Studies.:
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
Size of written product Max. 1 page
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period May/June
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure


Since the mid 1990´s the creative industries are widely focused on as a new field with growth potential for European countries, cities and regions. It is widely acknowledged that creativity and cultural innovation are much more than soft locational factors, rather they have effects on the organisation and management of the cultural and economic life, national policies and planning processes. This was not always the case as we can read in the work of Adorno (“Kulturindustrie”), who so impressively claimed the incompatibility of culture and economy.
The course is divided in three sections. The first provides an introduction to the basic themes of the course, including the attempt to define the issue of culture and the recent literature on cultural policy, regional and urban management, and the promotion of creative innovation in German speaking countries. The second section focuses on some selected cases from the world of art, media and the music industry. Here the focus lies among others on media merger and media as global player, on the organisation and management within the music industry in the light of new media and distribution systems.
Cultural reports as political instrument will also be examined. A brief look at the UNCTAD / UNDP report on creative industries in development countries will show the issue´s relevance not only for a German/Western European sphere.
In the third section, we recapitulate and reconsider the different insights and approaches discussed during the course, with a specific view to unravelling their conflicting perspectives and aims.
Teaching methods
Three hours per week. A combination of lectures and student presentations, with focus on students’ abilities to analyse and conceptualise thematic and theoretical features against the backdrop of the course literature. When appropriate the course will use cases as a way to illustrate organizational characteristics and dynamics, and it will include a focus on thematic points of resonance with the two specialisations of the MSc Business, Language and Culture: Leadership and Management Studies and Business and Development Studies. All teaching will be in German.
Expected literature
To be announced on Learn
Last updated on 14-11-2013