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2014/2015  KAN-CCMVV1708U  Social Innovation Camp: Creating sustainable tools and business models

English Title
Social Innovation Camp: Creating sustainable tools and business models

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 80
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Kai Hockerts - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
Maja Dueholm (md.ikl)
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Ethics, value based management and CSR
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
Last updated on 08-01-2015
Learning objectives
After having participated in this course students should be able to:
  • Know basic concepts of social intrapreneurship and innovation management and apply these concepts and their specific tools in a real case.
  • Identify sources for creative ideas for organization, both company-internally and company-externally. They are able to do so theoretically (on the basis of the literature provided in the course) and also practically (on the basis of specific cases and the project dealt with in the course).
  • Analyze and evaluate the causes and effects of the introduction of an innovation. They should be able to see and manage the social innovation process in a larger framework of the organization.
  • Reflect on (literature about) corporate social responsibility, idea generation and sources of innovation.
  • Apply the overall knowledge developed in the course in a specific case and to work together with the course teachers and external experts and potential partner companies on a specific project, identifying, evaluating and developing creative ideas.
  • Evaluate the business ideas identified, using specific characteristics derived from the literature provided in the course (e.g. realizability, value, novelty)
Course prerequisites
Master level students – all lines allowed, also external students from Danish and International Universities
(We are aiming at a high heterogeneity of students in this course. Therefore students from different lines inside CBS are welcome as well as students from other universities in Denmark and abroad.)
This course is part of the ‘Minor in Social Entrepreneurship’.
The exam in the subject consists of two parts:
Individual project exam/home assignment:
Sub exam weight60%
Examination formHome assignment - written product
Individual or group examIndividual
Size of written productMax. 15 pages
Assignment typeWritten assignment
DurationWritten product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodWinter Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Social Innovation Camp Presentation:
Sub exam weight40%
Examination formHome assignment - written product
Individual or group examGroup exam, max. 5 students in the group
Size of written productMax. 5 pages
Assignment typeReport
Duration48 hours to prepare
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam periodAutumn Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

This course teaches students how to find, evaluate and develop innovative ideas for the benefit of individuals, companies and the society (resulting in sustainable business models around social innovations). In this course students get to learn the models and tools taken from theory on social intrapreneurship and innovation management. By drawing on these tools, students develop and adapt their own innovative tools/models and apply them to specific practical case during a 9 hour “instant innovation camp” at the end of the course.
The relevance of this course results from a common dilemma in industries that depend on the generation of social innovations. There is a high number of ideas to be identified and evaluated. From the mass of ideas only few will survive to become ready solutions. We meet this challenge and search for ideas, evaluate them and select the most promising ones.
Once we have experienced the essential tools and methods to identify and evaluate new ideas and tools in class there are three different options that students have (depending on the availability of partner companies for the course):
1)      develop innovative, sustainable tools that companies can apply, to
2)      work on hypothetical or real cases that the students bring into the course and
3)      to work on real projects from partner companies.
We test the abilities during the highlight of the course: the Instant Innovation Camp. The camp will be facilitated by Danish Innovation Consultant Frederikke Kroon, the creator of the Instant Innovation Camp method. During the camp student teams, course coordinators and potential company partners meet to discuss the developed tools and cases and to further develop innovative solutions. 

Teaching methods
Teaching includes lecture-style classes, in-class workshops with students presenting and actively participating in discussions. To prepare for the innovation camp and collect additional knowledge, there will be an “explore phase” with coaching in developing tools for sustainable innovation, specific workshop processes and a company visit (in the case of a real company case).

The course´s development of personal competences:

Development of personal competences linked to traditional “lecture style” characteristics of this course:

* Knowledge/competences about theory/models/tools in sustainability and corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurial opportunities, idea development, idea evaluation and aspects of a business proposal.
* Knowledge/competences in reading and analyzing scientific literature
* Presentation and discussion skills
* Analytical skills
* Knowledge/competences in writing a project report

Development of additional personal competences linked to applied and project related characteristics of this course:

* Knowledge/competences in identifying, developing and evaluating ideas for sustainable innovation
* Knowledge/competences in doing a company analysis
* Knowledge/competences in doing an industry analysis
* Competences in innovation methods (especially how to conduct an instant innovation camp)
* Competences in case analysis and development
* Competences in group organization and communication (experiences with group dynamics as preparation for and during the innovation camp)
Further Information
This course is part of the minor in Social Entrepreneurship

Changes in course schedule may occur
Tuesday week 36-48
Expected literature
Last updated on 08-01-2015