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2011/2012  BA-2OIS  Organization, Innovation and Systems Design

English Title
Organization, Innovation and Systems Design

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course Period Autumn . Second Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course Coordinator
  • Kjeld Schmidt - Department of Organization
Main Category of the Course
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Organization
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
By the end of the course students should demonstrate an ability to
  • Use analytical tools to examine the challenges of organizing for innovation and systems design
  • Account for required course reading and to illustrate points from the literature with examples from the case
  • Understand theoretical‐empirical relationship, i.e. demonstrate an ability to establish an explanatory relationship between key concepts from the literature and the case. I.e. using concepts to generate and explain issues concerning significant aspects of the case and using the case to discuss fundamental assumptions, possibilities, and limitations of concepts from the literature
  • Carry out critical assessments of the scope of alternative concepts and perspectives and compare their relevance to the case.
Organization, Innovation and Systems Design:
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period December/January
Aids Without preparation
Duration 20 Minutes
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. Two internal examiners.

  • 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.
Course Content

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.

Please check the course literature on CBS Learn