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2015/2016  KAN-CCMVV2324U  Designing Innovative Organizations - cancelled

English Title
Designing Innovative Organizations - cancelled

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 40
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Daved Barry - MPP
Kontaktinformation: https:/​/​e-campus.dk/​studium/​kontakt eller Contact information: https:/​/​e-campus.dk/​studium/​kontakt
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 24-06-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: be more adept at applying the design methods and theories given in the course to a particular organization. Specifically, students should be able to:
  • understand and assess the innovation capabilities of a given organization
  • use these methods and perspectives to develop credible and compelling organizational design alternatives
  • suggest credible and compelling forms of design implementation
  • understand the different approaches to innovation-based organization design, how these approaches work in practice, and their possible benefits and costs.
Designing Innovative Organizations:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
The maximum page count for exams is 15 pages, not including bibliography or appendices. Page counts are according to CBS guidelines (characters, font size, and margins).
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 7 days to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

Common knowledge holds that innovation is essential to organizational health and survival, a belief recently confirmed by large-scale, global studies that show strong causative relationships between organizational innovation, longevity, and long term success[1]. Getting to innovation requires a search for, and the incorporating of “valuable difference”— unusual ideas, processes, markets, operations, strategies. Yet, difference doesn’t sit well with organizational imperatives for predictability and continuity. As Rosabeth Moss Kanter[2]notes:
“At its very root, the entrepreneurial process of innovation and change is at odds with the administrative process of ensuring repetitions of the past. The development of innovation requires a different set of practices and different modes of organization than the management of ongoing, established operations where the desire for or expectation of change is minimal.” (p. 170)
If the challenge is how to develop the innovative organizations, a promising solution lies in design theory and practice. Creative companies like IDEO, Google, Alessi, 3M, and Lego are placing it at the center of how they do business. While design has historically been limited to areas like service and product design, these are now being supplemented by design-based approaches to strategy, new ventures, branding, organizational structure, operating processes (e.g. designing meetings), communication, job development, production, reward systems, and information systems—all in the service of designing innovative organizations.
The purpose of this course is to a) give students a general overview of how innovative organizations are designed, b) provide students with some basic organizational design skills for innovation, and c) provide an opportunity for problem-based learning, where design knowledge and skills are applied to an organizational design project.

[1]cf. Keller, S. and Price, C. 2011. Beyond performance: How great organizations build ultimate competitive advantage. London: Wiley.

[2]Kanter, R. M. 1988: “When a thousand flowers bloom: Structural, collective, and social conditions for innovations in organizations.” In B. M. Staw and L. L. Cummings (Eds) Research in Organizational Behavior, 1988, V10, 169-211, London: JAI Press.

Teaching methods
The course is distinguished by its use of a studio pedagogy, which stresses hands-on making, experimentation, prototyping, demonstration, discussion, and reflection—all done during class time and partly outside of class. Imagine a design studio devoted to creatively solving business problems—this is the core idea. Furthermore, the course revolves around a core design theme. For instance, previous courses have addressed themes such as "alien to the system" (investigating the benefits and costs of using dedicated innovation centers within an organization), and "how to build innovation capacity within governments".

The course builds on practical, skills-based, in-class experiences mixed with concept-in-practice discussions and reflection. Given that the exam is heavily based on these experiences and exercises, active participation is strongly recommended for successful completion of the course.
Expected literature

(the literature below is illustrative and subject to change)

Required Readings:
Austin, R., Friis, K., Sullivan, E. 2006. Design: More than a cool chair. Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing.
Austin, R., Nolan, R., O’Donnell, S. 2007. Boeing Moonshine Shop. Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing.
Bason, C. 2010. Innovation labs: Giving innovation a home. Excerpt from Bason, C. Leading Public Sector Innovation. Bristol: Policy Press.
Boyd, B., Cook, J., and Steinberg, M. 2011. In studio: Recipes for systemic change. Helsinki: Sitra Publishing.
Brown, Tim. 2008. Design thinking. Harvard Business Review, June Issue: 1-9.
Dyer, J., Gregersen, H., Christensen, C. 2009. The innovator’s dna. Harvard Business Review, Dec.: 1-8.
Fayard, A. and Weeks, J. 2011. Who moved my cube? Harvard Business Review, 89(7/8), Jul/Aug: 102-110.
Groves, K. and Knight, W. 2010. The Clay Street Project. In I wish I worked there!: A look inside the most creative spaces in business. New York, NY: Wiley.
Hargadon, A. B., & Douglas, Y. 2001. When innovation meets institutions: Edison and the design of the electric light. Administrative Science Quarterly, 46: 476–501.
Hargadon, A., & Sutton, R. 2000. Building an innovation factory. Harvard Business Review, May-June: 157-166.
Hipple, J., Hardy, D., Wilson, S., Michalski, J. 2001 (Nov). Can corporate innovation champions survive? Chemical Innovation, V31(11): 14-22. http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/archive/ci/31/i11/html/11hipple.html
Kanter, R. M. 1988: “When a thousand flowers bloom: Structural, collective, and social conditions for innovations in organizations.” In B. M. Staw and L. L. Cummings (Eds) Research in Organizational Behavior, 1988, V10, 169-211, London: JAI Press.
Salaman, G., Storey, J. 2002. Manager’s theories about the process of innovation. Journal of Management Studies, 39(2): 0022-2380.
Van de Ven, A., Polley, D., Garud, R., Venkataraman, S. 1999. The Innovation Journey (Introduction). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Verganti, R. 2006. Innovating through design. Harvard Business Review, Dec.: 114-122.
Vincent, Lanny. 2005. Innovation midwives: Sustaining innovation streams in established companies. Research Technology Management, 48(1).
von Stamm, B. 2004. Innovation: What’s design got to do with it? Design Management Review, 15(1): 10-19.

Secondary (Optional) Readings:
Austin, R., Devin, L. 2004. Successful innovation through artful process. Leader to Leader, Spring, 32: 48-55.
Barry, D., Rerup, C. 2006. Going mobile: Aesthetic design considerations from Calder and the Constructivists. Organization Science 17(2): 262-276.
Boland, R and Collopy, F. 2004. Managing as Designing. Stanford Univ. Press
Daft, Richard. 2007. Organizational Theory and Design (Parts 1 & 2). Southwest Publishing.
Goffee, R., Jones, G. 2007. Leading clever people. Harvard Business Review, March: 1-9.
Laursen, K., & Salter, A. 2005. Open for innovation: The role of openness in explaining innovation performance among U.K. manufacturing firms. Strategic Management Journal, 27: 131-150.
Luecke, Richard; Ralph Katz 2003. Managing Creativity and Innovation. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.
McKendrick, D., Wade, J. 2009. Frequent incremental change, organizational size, and mortality in high-technology competition. Industrial and Corporate Change, 19(3): 613-639.
Perrons, R., Richards, M., Platts, K. 2005. What the hare can teach the tortoise about make-buy strategies for radical innovations. Management Decision, 43(5/6): 670-690.
Peters, T. 1990. Get innovative or get dead, Part 1. California Management Review, 33(1): 9-26.
Peters, T. 1991. Get innovative or get dead, Part 2. California Management Review, 33(2): 9-23.
Rasmussen, J., Kramp, G., Mortensen, B. Prototyping design and business. Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, June: 22-25.
Sutton, R. 2001. The weird rules of creativity. Harvard Business Review. September, 79(8): 94-103.
Verganti, R. 2011. Designing breakthrough products: How companies can systematically create innovations that customers don’t even know they want. Harvard Business Review, October, 89(10): 114-120.
von Hippel, Eric 2005. Democratizing Innovation. Boston, MA: MIT Press.

Last updated on 24-06-2015