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2014/2015  KAN-CCMVI2022U  Delhi-Copenhagen Urban Challenge

English Title
Delhi-Copenhagen Urban Challenge

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration Summer
Course period Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Britta Gammelgaard - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Regarding Enrolment:
Please note that students cannot enroll on-line. The number of CBS seats at the Urban Challenges is very limited.

Students are kindly asked to e-mail:
Ditte Tellgren dt.marktg@cbs.dk for inquiries regarding application to Delhi-Copenhagen Urban Challenge”

Please note that the course has been approved by the cand. merc. Study Board at CBS. Approval at other Study Boards at CBS is outstanding.
Main academic disciplines
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Methodology
Last updated on 20-03-2014
Learning objectives
The aim of this summer course is to provide a qualitative addition to IBM’s quantitative Smarter Cities Challenge. By applying ethnographic methods to issues regarding forms of transportation and mobility in Copenhagen, Denmark, and New Delhi, India, the students will acquire hands-on experience with urban planning and policy making in two very different urban settings.
The overall course objective is to enable the student to independently design and conduct a fieldwork driven project in a hands-on multi-sited case study of urban governance and policy making for transportation and mobility. This includes the reflective ability to apply relevant theoretical perspectives and methodologies, and to select and develop types of field inquiry and presentation appropriate to a given assignment. Specifically, at the end of the course, the student should be able to:
  • Identify, analyze and discuss relationships between methods, concepts and theories mutually and in relation to the selected project.
  • Choose and apply relevant methodology and theories from the curriculum to a analyse a problem in a multi-sited and complex cultural urban setting.
  • Critically assess the value of methodologies, concepts and theories for developing in-depth analysis and communicating results to the client/stakeholder.
Course prerequisites
Written application with expression of interest in and potential field work experience.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 1
Requirements about active class participation (assessed approved/not approved)
Participation in introductory lectures and fieldwork in both Copenhagen and Delhi.
Copenhagen-Delhi Urban Challenge - transportation, mobility and urban space:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Written product to be submitted by 12.00 (noon) on August 22, 2014 directly to Britta Gammelgaard, bg.om@cbs.dk
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Project
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period August and Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
Through a comparative study,  participants will be asked to address and analyse how forms of transportation and mobility are perceived and applied in everyday life.
The course is based on an intensive field study in Delhi and Copenhagen, respectively. Students from Copenhagen University, Copenhagen Business School and Delhi University will collaborate on projects based on field studies in the two cities.
The duration of the course is six weeks; it starts with one week pre-field study with electronic interaction for planning the field study. Thereafter the actual field study takes place with two weeks in Delhi and two weeks in Copenhagen. The sixths and final week is dedicated to wrap up the project work. Course teachers are project supervisors.    
Students will present the outcome and insights of the project to IBM and Copenhagen and New Delhi Municipalities.
Teaching methods
Each stay will begin with a Copenhagen lecture and a Delhi lecture introducing the students to present urban challenges in Copenhagen and Delhi. Furthermore, site visits and city-tours will be arranged. Each stay will be completed with a presentation of project ideas/outcomes to the local client/stakeholders (IBM-offices and municipalities). Project supervision.
Further Information
Week 29-30-31 at CBS
Week 32-33 in Delhi
Week 34 at CBS
Exams take place in week 34

Lessons will take place in their own premises and will be published in the program from CIEL on http://greeninnovationincities.dk/course/delhi-copenhagen-urban-challenge/.
The course-program will be available primo April
Expected literature

"How to reinvent a city?", IBM Smarter Cities. White paper 2013
Litow, S. S., "America´s Cities Need to Get Smarter", HBR Blog, 19 April, 2011
Smarter Cities Challenge What they´re saying (update), http:/​/​youtu.be/​9CdqRr-Zdao
Aastrup, Jesper, Britta Gammelgaard, Günter Prockl (2012), 3PL Services in City Logistics". Töyli, J.; Johansson, L.; Lorentz, H. Ojala, L. and Laari, S. (eds:): NOFOMA 2012 Proceedings of the 24th Annual Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference

Allen, J. and M. Browne (2010), "Sustainability strategies for city logistics", in McKinnon et al (eds.), Green Logistics; Kogan Page.
Blanco, E. and J. Fransoo (2013), "Reaching 50 million nanostores: retail distribution in emerging megacities", WP, BETA Research Schook, Eindhoven University of Technology
Ingold, Tim (2000), "The Perception ofm the Environment – Essays in livelihood, dwelling and skill", Routhledge
Jensen, Ole B. (2013), “Staging Mobilities”, Routledge
Urry, John (2006), “Mobilities, Geographies, Networks”, London: Ashgate
Banister, David, 2008, “The sustainable mobility program”, Transport Policy, 15, pp. 73-80.
Dablanc, Laetitia, Diana Diziain and Hervé Levifve, 2011, “Urban Freight Consultations in the Paris region”, European Transport Research Review, 3, pp. 47-57.
Dextre, Juan Carlos, Mike Hughes and Lotte Bech (eds.) (2013), “Cyclists & Cycling Around the World”, Danish Cyclists Federation:

  • Chapter 1, section: Dr. Anvita Arora, Managing Director and CEO of Innovative Transport Solutions (iTrans): “Socio-economic Impact of the Cycle – A gendered social perspective of cycling in India”
  • Chapter 2, sections: Tanja Provstgaard, Traffic Department, City of Copenhagen, Denmark “Sustainable Mobility – Commuter cycling and city logistics in Copenhagen” by and Lars Gemzøe, Gehl Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark “Cities for People – Copenhagen studies in urban life”.

Lindholm, Maria and Michael Browne (2013), “Local Authority Cooperation with Urban Freight Stakeholders: A Comparison of Partnership Approaches”, European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, 13(1), pp. 20-38.

Last updated on 20-03-2014