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2014/2015  BA-BPROO2060U  Managing Innovation Projects

English Title
Managing Innovation Projects

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Spring, Fourth Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Administration and Project Management
Course coordinator
  • Stefan Meisiek - MPP
Kontaktinformation: https:/​/​e-campus.dk/​studium/​student-hub/​aabningstider-og-kontaktinformation
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
Last updated on 12-01-2015
Learning objectives
After taking this course the student must be able to:
  • Explain theories and models relating to innovation projects.
  • Analyze cases of innovation projects and argue for ways to address problems of managing such projects.
  • Explain the differences between innovation projects and other project types.
  • Reflect on the group dynamics in innovation projects.
  • Decide between various approaches to innovation projects, depending on context.
Managing Innovation Projects:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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 Group exam, max. 5 students in the group
Group project, 3-5 students, with individual oral exam.
Size of written product Max. 10 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 Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the student has taken part in making the project but has been ill at the oral exam, the student hands in the originally made project.

If the student has not taken part in making the project due to illness, the student hands in an individual project, max. 10 pages.

If the student has not passed the ordinary exam, the student either hands in the original project, a revised project or a new project, max. 10 pages.
Course content and structure

In this course you will get an opportunity to apply the knowledge you gained during the past semesters, and to learn the ropes of managing innovation projects. What better way to do this than by running an innovation project as a part of the course?


Innovation projects are different, because the outcome is usually under-defined, iteration, experimentation, and inquiry characterize its processes, and the people working here have to have a high tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity. Clear performance measures and parameters for successful outcomes are difficult to develop and apply. Because innovation projects are organizationally and practically so different, they are often located in special R&D facilities and innovation centers. They require diverse, collaborative teams that consistently perform above the sum of their parts.


To learn about innovation projects, we will look into the theory and cases of managing these projects, as well as learning the particular processes and practices that characterize theses processes from the inside.


The course is structured in three parts:


Part 1: R&D Projects and Innovation Centers: Theories and Cases

Part 2: Leadership in Collaborative Teams: Skills and Exercises

Part 3: The Innovation Project

Teaching methods
The course is distinguished by studio pedagogy, which happens in the Studio at CBS (www.cbs.dk/studio), and which stresses collaboration, experimentation, prototyping, and demonstration—all done during class time. Students work in small teams to create imaginative solutions for company problems, and in this way learn about managing innovation projects.
Expected literature

Visual Teams: Graphic Tools for Commitment, Innovation, and High Performance, by David Sibbet

Leading Teams: Setting teh Stage for Great Performances, by J. Richard Hackman

Project Management for Research and Development: Guiding Innovation for Positive R&D Outcomes, by Lory Mitchell Winegate

Last updated on 12-01-2015