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2012/2013  KAN-CM_T88  Managing product development and innovation, module of Minor in Process Management and Innovation

English Title
Managing product development and innovation, module of Minor in Process Management and Innovation

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course period Autumn, First Quarter
Changes in course schedule may occur
Wednesday 13.30-17.10, week 36-42
Wednesday 13.30-17.55, week 43
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Claus Varnes - Department of Operations Management
Administrative contact Bente Kildemose Nielsen - bkn.om@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 19-03-2013
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 aim 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
* Improve productivity and performance in general for new product development
* 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
Managing product development and innovation, module of Minor in Process Management and Innovation:
Type of test Oral with Written Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period Winter Term
Aids Open Book, Written and Electronic Aid is permitted
Duration 20 Minutes
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.
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 sessions 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.
Student workload
Claus J. Varnes 30 hours
Expected literature


· 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).

Last updated on 19-03-2013