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2012/2013  KAN-CM_SU9K  Cleantech Innovation Camp

English Title
Cleantech Innovation Camp

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration Summer
Course period Summer
NOTE: Students at this course can ONLY sign up for this, it cannot be combined with another course due to its fluctuating timetable.For information on structure and timetable, please write to course coordinator Bo Koch bkc@cselab.dk.
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Faculty - Mette Mønsted/Bo Koch
    Patricia Plackett - Department of Operations Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
Last updated on 13-06-2012
Learning objectives
Students have to clearly show that they are capable of understanding theories, concepts and methods in:
  • Science-based entrepreneurship
  • Innovation management
  • Link this knowledge to issues in developing and commercializing innovations in the cleantech industry.
For CBS students the course builds on skills from first year studies in the Cand.Merc. The course can be selected without prior knowledge or experience with cleantech and innovation. The course is, however, primarily aiming at students who have an interest in the cleantech industry and who seek to advance their skills and understanding of science-based entrepreneurship and innovation management
Cleantech Innovation Camp
Project/Home Assignment (written individually), 15 A4 pages:
Type of test Home Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
Course content
Course content, structure, and teaching:

NOTE: Students signing up for this course, cannot take any other course at Summer University due to scheduling conflicts.
The Cleantech Innovation Camp is a collaboration between Copenhagen Business School (CBS), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Copenhagen University (KU) among others and is offered for master’s level students. For info on course structure etc., contact course coordinator Bo Koch bkc@cselab.dk The ambition is to bridge the students’ skills and disciplinary excellence in order to progress sustainable and growth oriented business concepts and businesses.
The cleantech industry builds on public-private partnership and industry-academic collaboration and the course strives at enabling the students to explore, analyze and act in the face of such a dynamic and entrepreneurial industry. Students are offered integrated insights into the innovation process, including the humanities, the technical aspects and business perspectives. Students are trained to build the synergies required for successful science-based entrepreneurship, while they build networks within the three universities, businesses and the industry.
Students will be working in project teams jointly addressing technical, sociological and commercial aspects in launching and commercializing an innovation and building a business. The projects are supported by lectures both from faculty and industry, offering an integrated and effective framework for working on actual cleantech innovations/patents.
The teaching will mostly be given at CBS, but the course will also take place in different off-campus location.

The course’s development of personal competences:
The student will demonstrate, in an individual paper, a grasp of the issues in differentiating and explaining the different phases from strategy of a new venture or innovation to implementation.
Teaching methods
Emphasis is on participant involvement and active learning through a combination of interactive lectures, work with specific problematics and businesses and group work. The course will be unfolded throughout 6 weeks, which are divided into specific phases target areas.

The Cleantech Innovation Camp will consist on three main parts.
The first part starts with a kick-off event providing basics in
• Optimizing the functionality of cross-disciplinary teams.
• Differences in issues and challenges, current trends in the cleantech market
• Cleantech crash course (combining business and cleantech)
The second part will entail modules covering key themes in clean-entrepreneurship: From science to business: Defining the problem/product:
• Technology, innovation and Business Development: Organization, strategy, legal-aspects and financing
• Commercialization – Combining exploration and exploitation through private-public partnerships

Part three will be a real hands-on innovation bootcamp, where teams will work outside campus on projects. Students will be working on their business in cooperation with industry players and mentors.
Students will work in groups consisting of 4-5 students in each. The groups build their business on a scientific project from DTU, KU or industry, while using CBS framework to form it. The aim is to complete projects with a mix of theory and practical application that holds to academic scrutiny while meeting the practical business needs.
In the second part students will also be working on individual project assignment.

Expected literature
  • Afuah, Allan: “Chapter 2: Models of Innovation”. In: Innovation Management. Strategies, Implementation, and Profits. Oxford University Press, 1998
  • Carlson, Curtis R. & Wilmot, William W.: Innovation. The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want. New York, Crown Business, 2006.
  • Chesbrough, Henry: Open Innovation. The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology. Harvard Business School Press, 2006.
  • Christensen, C.M. et al.: Seeing What’s Next. Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change. Havard Business School Press, 2004.
  • Christensen, C.M.: The Innovator’s Dilemma. Boston, Harvard Business School Press, 1997
  • Drucker, Peter: Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Practice and Principles. New York, Harper Business, 2006 (1985).
  • Govindarajan, Vijay & Trimble, Chris: The Other Side of Innovation – Solving the Execution Challenge. Boston, Harvard Business Review Press, 2010.
  • Harryson, S. (2008) Know-who Based Entrepreneurship: From Knowledge Creation to Business Implementation, Edward Elgar, 2nd edition.
  • Harryson, S. (2008) ‘Entrepreneurship Through Relationships – Navigating from Creativity to Commercialisation’, R&D Management, Vol. 38, No. 3, pp. 290-310.
  • Heath, Chip: Made to Stick. Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. New York, Random House, 2007
  • Hellström, Christina & Hellström, Tomas: ”Highways, Alleys and By-lanes. Charting the Pathways for Ideas and Innovation in Organizations”. In: Creativity and Innovation Management, vol. 11, issue 2. Oxford, Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
  • Kelley, Tom: The Art of Innovation. Lessons in Creativity from IDEO. Doubleday, 2001.
  • Kelley, Tom: The Ten Faces of Innovation. IDEO’s Strategies for Beating the Devil’s Advocate & Driving Creativity throughout Your Organization. Doubleday, 2005.
  • Mette Mønsted, Networking for innovation - managing through networks. Published in: Strategic Networking in Small High Tech Firms, Samfundslitteratur, 2003
  • Osterwalder, Alex et al.: Business Model Generation. John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
  • Prahalad, C.K. & Krishnan, M.S.: The New Age of Innovation. Driving Co-Created Value through Global Networks. McGraw-Hill, 2008.
  • Sarasvathy, S. 2001. Causation and effectuation: Toward a theoretical shift from economic inevitability to entrepreneurial contingency. Academy of Management Review, 26: 243–288.
Last updated on 13-06-2012