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2014/2015  KAN-CCMVV4030U  Innovating for urban sustainable mobility

English Title
Innovating for urban sustainable mobility

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
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)
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 11-04-2014
Learning objectives
Urban sustainability is no longer a choice for most societies: It´s a must! With growing population in cities and scare resources in terms of infrastructure, area and money we must rethink how we can make our cities and the mobility within it smarter.
In order to assure urban sustainability and good quality of life for ourselves and future generations, action must be taken. Innovation is the keyword of to how to make new paths and smarter solutions.

Through a project work the student should be able to:
  • Combine and integrate concepts, models and theories of the course in an analysis of an innovation project
  • Reflect on project results in relation to meta-theory
  • Critically assess the contribution of the innovation project for urban sustainable mobility.
Course prerequisites
An interest in using and applying theory in practice in concrete innovative project work.
Innovating for urban sustainable mobility:
Exam ECTS 15
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. 20 pages
The written product is a group assignment.
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
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
The individual exam is a defense of the group project.
Course content and structure
The course takes its starting point in a cross disciplinary kick-off workshop “Innovation in green mobility” with participants from a wide range of the field of innovation, urban sustainability and mobility such as municipalities, universities, private companies and NGOs. The aim of the workshop is to stimulate and create innovative working ideas within urban sustainable mobility to be further developed during the course.

The course is based on 2 pillars of meta-theory to provide tools and to illustrate the challenges of innovation within the area of urban sustainable mobility. These are:

  • Complexity theory
  • Actor-Network theory

Based on these pillars the course will introduce 3 themes with different perspectives to innovation in urban sustainable mobility. Leading stakeholders and professors within the 3 themes will be invited to participate and to give guest lectures to emphasize the important link between theory and practice.

  • Innovation, business and value creation
This perspective will be introduced with specific domain theory within the area in combination with the use of the case example of City Logistics in Copenhagen as one among others.

  • Innovation and mobility
This perspective will provide a special insight in the area of transport behavior, mobility planning and models. The introduction of domain theory within the area will be reflected with case examples such as the mobility management project Formel M and the off hour delivery project "Distribution i ydertimerne".

  • Innovation and sustainability
This perspective will bring specific attention to the sustainability discipline through the areas of food waste management, sustainability and resources. Theory in this area will be combined with interesting real world examples where the UN-city in Copenhagen and the Roskilde Festival project  "from Rio til Roskilde" presents their work with sustainability.
The final product of the course will be innovative group projects in urban sustainable mobility. Along the course groups will present their innovation ideas and feedback will be given before the final hand-in. The projects form the basis of the individual oral exam. As a special reward the 3 best final projects will be handed over to the Lord Mayor of the City of Copenhagen and will be reported as best practice of how to make innovative and sustainable solutions for mobility in cities to the European Commission.
Teaching methods
Copenhagen is the European Green Capital in 2014, and the Innovating for urban sustainable mobility course is a state of the art example of how we make innovative solutions in Copenhagen across research disciplines and in collaboration between the public and private area. The course will be initiated with a workshop where students will meet the players in the field and together potential innovative ideas within urban sustainability and mobility will be generated.

The theoretical part of the course will be illustrated and presented with real cases.

The course is aiming to illustrate and facilitate innovation in order to make the students capable to create innovative solutions themselves. Student will be brought together with experts from the Municipality of Copenhagen, universities, private companies and NGOs and will be introduced to the complexity of urban sustainability and mobility. With this setting the course will work as a living lab where innovation may roll out as the course goes a long.
The course provides student with an opportunity to gain practical experience with real-world cases of innovation in urban sustainable mobility. During the course these cases will be combined and discussed with the use of relevant theoretical approaches. The innovative student projects in urban sustainable mobility will be used actively to reflect on course content. During the course the preliminary project results will be presented and discussed.
Further Information

Changes in course schedule may occur
Thursday 12.35- 15.10, week 35-41 43-45
Thursday 12-35-16.05,  week 40, 45

Expected literature
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, pp 2-19

Banister, David (2007),“The sustainable mobility paradigm”, Transport Policy 15, 2008, pp.73-80.

Bohnsack, René, Pinkse, Jonathan and Kolk, Ans (2013), “Business Models for sustainable technologies: Exploring business model evolution in the case of electric vehicles”. Research Policy Volume 43, Issue 2, March 2014, pp. 284-300.

Browne, Michael and Gomez, Mireia (2011), “The impact on urban distribution operations of upstream supply chain constraints”, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 2011, Vol. 41 (9) pp.896-912.

Dablanc, Laetita (2006), “Goods transport in large European cities: Difficult to organize, difficult to modernize”, Transportation Research Part A, 2007, Vol.41(3), pp.280-285.

Greve, Carsten (2010): Public-private partnerships in Business and Government. Ch. 25 in The Oxford Handbook of Business and Government, pp.585-599.

Hesse, Markus (2013), “Cities and flows: re-asserting a relationship as fundamental as it is delicate”, Journal of Transport Geography 29, 2013, pp. 33-42.

Johnson, Mark W. and Suskiewicz, Josh (2009), “How to jump start the clean tech economy,” Harvard Business Review, November, pp. 52-60.   

Julian Parfitt, Mark Barthel and Sarah Macnaughton (2010), “Food waste within food supply chains: quantification and potential for change to 2050”, Philosophical Transactions of the royal society B, 2010.

Latour, Bruno (1991), “Technology is Society Made Durable”. In J. Law (editor) A Sociology of Monsters Essays on Power, Technology and Domination, Sociological Review Monograph N°38 pp. 103-132, 1991.

Lieberherr-Gardiol, F. (2009). Urban sustainability and governance : issues for the twenty-first century. International Social Science Journal, 59(193/​194), 331–342.

McKinnon, Alan (2006), “Life without trucks: The impact of a temporary disruption of road freight transport on national economy”, Journal of Business Logistics, 2006, Vol.27(2), pp.227-250.

Nidumolu, Ram, Prahalad, C.K. and Rangaswami, M.R. (2009), “Why sustainability is now the key driver of innovation”, Harvard Business Review, Vol. 87, No. 9, pp. 57-64.
Nilsson, F. and Gammelgaard, B. (2012), “Beyond the systems approach in logistics and SCM”, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 42 (8/9), pp. 764-783

Paine, Chris (2006),“Who killed the electric car?” http:/​/​www.youtube.com/​watch?v=LXx8khPVBbY

Rubik, Frider (2006), “Governance and integrated product policy”, Governance and Sustainability: New Challenges for States, Companies and Civil Society, Issue data not provided, pp. 164-175.
Siggelkow, Nicolaj(2001), “Change in the presence of fit: The rise, the fall, and the renaissance of Liz Clairborne”. Academy of Management Journal, 2001, vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 838-857.

Slater, R., Frederickson, J., Thomas, C., Wield, D. and Potter, S. (2007): A critical evaluation of partnerships in municipal waste management in England. Resources, Conservation and recycling, No. 51, pp. 643-664.

Stathopoulos, Amanda, Valeri, Eva ; Marcucci, Edoardo (2012) “Stakeholder reactions to urban freight policy innovation”, Journal of Transport Geography, 2012, Vol.22, pp.34-45.  
Van Rooijen, Tariq and Quak, Hans (2010), “Local impacts of a new urban consolidation centre – the case of Binnenstadservice.nl, Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences 2, 2010, pp. 5967-5979.

Last updated on 11-04-2014