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2010/2011  KAN-CM_J33  Innovation Management, module of Minor in Process Management and Innovation

English Title
Innovation Management, module of Minor in Process Management and Innovation

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course Period Autumn . Second Quarter
Pending schedule: Week 43: 0950-1130, Tuesday Week 44-59: 1330-1700, Tuesday
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course Coordinator
Claus J. Varnes
Main Category of the Course
  • Organization

Taught under Open University-Taught under open university.
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The students will develop their competences in analyzing complex issues and an ability to focus on managerial dilemmas. Many decision-making situations in the student’s future career will challenge an evaluation of what is relevant and irrelevant. We hope to expand this competence with the focus on managing innovation that contains many balancing challenges and where an overemphasis on type of innovation, for instance, can be devastating for the other.

More specifically, the student will after the course be able to:
• Understand the strategic role of innovation in companies and the historical perspective on the development of various technologies
• Being able to identify different types of innovations and managerial challenges related to those
• Know different management technologies for management of innovation in operations and in general, and being able to explain the concepts, their objectives, and application in practice.
20 min oral exam based on individual 3-5 pages Synopsis
Exam Period Winter Term
Individual oral examination on all material covered in the course, based on a 3-5 pages written synopsis, which is to be handed in two weeks prior to the exam. The content of the synopsis is chosen by the student. It is not graded and it serves only as a starting point for the discussion. Duration including marking: 20 minutes.
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

The course focuses on managerial issues related to innovation and improvement in public and private organizations, that is: What are the managerial challenges and how can we manage those? The course objective is to provide the participants with a toolbox of possible ways to understand the challenges and ways to manage these for improved performance.

Please be aware that this course is also a part of a minor in Process and Innovation Management

Teaching Methods
The structure of the course follows the textbook for simplicity purposes divided in ten ses-sions with three lessons each time. Teaching is a combination of lecturing, group work and presentations, and student and teacher driven discussion. The teaching style is informal.


· Goffin and Michell (2010), Innovation Management


· Formal rules in product development: sense-making and use (2009), Journal of Product Innovation Management, (2009), Vol. 26, pp. 502-519 (with John K. Christiansen).

· Co-constructing the brand and the product, International Journal of Innovation Management, (2009), Vol. 13, No. 3, (with John K. Christiansen, Birgitte Blomberg and Birgitte Hollensen).

· From models to practice: decision-making at portfolio meetings (2008), International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, special issue: Best practice project portfolio management, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 87-101 (with John K. Christiansen).

· Making Decisions on Innovation: Meetings or Networks? (2007), Creativity and Innovation Management Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 282-298 (with John K. Christiansen).