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2013/2014  KAN-CMIT_VDIP  Designing Innovation in Practice

English Title
Designing Innovation in Practice

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Changes in course schedule may occur
Wednesday 13.30-17.00, week 38-41
Friday 11.40-15.10, week 46,49
Friday 11.40-16.05, week 48
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 35
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Michel Avital - Department of IT Mangement (ITM)
Administrative contact person is Jeanette Hansen at ITM (jha.itm@cbs.dk).
Main academic disciplines
  • Information Systems
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Management
Last updated on 31-05-2013
Learning objectives
By the end of the course the students should be able to:
  • Identify and explain the theories that were presented in the course, including their key terminology, underlying assumptions, and how the theories relate to one another.
  • Demonstrate how the theories that were presented in the course were applied in the process of developing the prescribed innovation project.
  • Exhibit the ability to develop an innovative idea through a written assignment that describes the innovation project and a tangible prototype that illustrates it.
  • Evaluate the innovation project through theory-based critical assessment and discuss the results including how to mitigate the prevailing challenges as well as how to move ahead with the development of the underlying innovation.
Course prerequisites
None. Students from other universities and with any disciplinary background are encouraged to attend the course.
Oral exam on the basis of a product and a written project:
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. 15 pages
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 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 Autumn Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
Oral exam on the basis of a product and a written project. Max. 15 pages per group (groups: 1-5 students). The product and the written project is made in parallel with the course. The student is not entitled to supervision. The date for handing in the project will be decided by the secretary.

20 minutes per student incl. performance discussion. No preparation for the oral exam. The teacher will act as examiner at the oral exam. 2nd examiner is internal (CBS).

Even if it is a group exam, each student must be assessed individually. The students do not need to give an account of which parts of the project they are responsible for. The product, the written project and the oral exam are all included in the overall assessment.

The title question(s) and content of the project must be prepared by the student(s) within the framework of the syllabus, possibly together with the teacher. The oral examination will be based on a discussion and a perspective of the product and the written project. The examiner may ask questions that go beyond the project, but within the framework of the syllabus.

The re-exam takes place on the same conditions as the ordinary exam.
Course content and structure
The course is designed to groom highly valued professionals for taking leading roles in new startup ventures as well as established organizations in a wide array of industries. In the context of today's technology-intensive environment, innovation is the source of sustainable competitive advantage for firms around the world. Subsequently, the course is focused on the initial phases of innovation and entrepreneurship from ideas generation up to prototypes development. Building on the relationships between theories and work practices from design, innovation, and management, the course provides the tools for generating novel insights, translating them into mature concepts, and turning them into prototypes.

The course provides not only a framework for understanding innovation in the context of organizations and workplace settings, but also a language to communicate its dynamic characteristics and interdependencies. The course touches upon topics such as creativity and innovation, design thinking, the innovation cycle, radical and incremental innovation capabilities, cultivating innovation culture and idea work, brainstorming, prototyping, innovation language, mass innovation, innovation in social context and sustainable innovation. Through discussion and hands-on practice, students will have an opportunity to:

- Discover how to turn an idea into a solid business concept
- Become familiar with the fundamental viewpoints on innovation and design practices
- Learn how to manage the front end of innovation in workplace settings
- Gain hands-on experience in developing technological innovation
- Demonstrate an ability to develop innovative solutions in complex situations

The course Designing Innovation in Practice offers a foundation for students who aspire to play a pivotal role in innovation driven organizations. Overall, the course provides a balanced mix of formal theory, critical thinking, and hands-on experience.
Teaching methods
Research seminar: lectures, guided discussions, mini workshops, and class presentations. The class meetings are interactive and require ongoing engagement of the students. The class meetings are held in the Studio@CBS (www.cbs.dk/studio).

The interactive nature of the course requires continuous attendance and limits the class size to about 30 students per batch.
Expected literature
Reading assignments will consist of a selection of academic papers and professional literature as well as video presentations of key contributors to the field.
Last updated on 31-05-2013