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2015/2016  KAN-CSIEO2000U  Novelty and Society

English Title
Novelty and Society

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc of Social Science
Course coordinator
  • Ellen Mølgaard - MPP
  • Lars Heide - MPP
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
Last updated on 14-08-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: To be awarded the highest mark (12), the student, with no or just a few insignificant shortcomings, must fulfil the following learning objectives: the student should be able to …
  • Account for knowledge of the course’s theories of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Discuss the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in society.
  • Reflexively apply the course’s theoretical positions in case analysis.
  • Discuss the role of method for practicing knowledge creation with an innovation and/or entrepreneurship objective.
Novelty and Society:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Report
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
Innovation and entrepreneurship are key sources of growth in society and economy. Over time their nature has become contested and their scale and scope have changed substantially. This course will introduce the main lines of development of innovation and entrepreneurship from the first industrial revolution in England in the late eighteenth century, via the social, organizational and technological advances in the ninetieth and twentieth centuries, and until the challenges of the present day. Throughout the course you will learn and discuss the most important theories of entrepreneurship and innovation, for example the role of entrepreneurship and innovation for economic growth, or what processes and behaviors mark successful entrepreneurship and innovation. Finally, the course will provide the first step in enhancing the students’ ability to articulate and defend arguments.
Teaching methods
The novelty and society course offers to equip the student with critical capacity in studying innovation and entrepreneurship in two ways. It will improve the analytical and argumentative skills, and students will learn to use and evaluate appropriate methods in dealing with problems of innovation and entrepreneurship.

It will introduce a set of key theories for grasping entrepreneurship and innovation and discuss their analytic power based upon scholarly articles and cases.

The course has 10 sessions of 3 lectures each. They will be a combination of lectures, student presentations and case based discussions with focus on methodology and developing research questions. In each of these sessions, reading groups will present their reading of the theoretical articles and we will discuss the relevant case based upon circulated questions.
Expected literature
Anderson, Alistair R. and Lorraine Warren (2011) “The entrepreneur as hero and jester: Enacting the entrepreneurial discourse,” International Small Business Journal 29, no. 6: 589-609.

Brown, John Seely, and Paul Duguid, 2000b. “Mysteries of the region: Knowledge Dynamics in Silicon Valley”, p.16‐39, in Chong‐Moon Lee, William F. Miller. Marguerite Gong Hancock and Henry S. Rowen (eds.), The Silicon Valley Edge: A Habitat for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Stanford: California: Stanford University Press.

Etzkowitz, H & L Leydesdorff (2000). “The dynamics of innovation: from national systems
and ‘Mode 2’ to a triple Helix of university‐industry‐government relations”,
Policy, 29: 109‐123.
Gartner, Willliam B. (1988) “Who is an Entrepreneur? Is the Wrong Question.” American Journal of Small Business, Spring: 11-32.
Gartner, William B. (2010) “A new path to the waterfall: A Narrative on a use of entrepreneurial narrative,” International Small Business Journal 28, no. 6: 6-19.
Gartner, William B., Bird, Barbara J., Starr, Jennifer A. (1992) “Acting as If: Differentiating Entrepreneurial From Organizational Behavior,” Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 16, no. 3: 13-31.
Hansen, Per H. (2012) “Business History: A Cultural and Narrative Approach,” Business History Review 86, no. 4: 693-717.

Haverman, Heather A., Habinek, Jacob and Goodman, Leo A. (2012) “How Entrepreneurship Evolves. The Founders of New Magazines in America, 1741–1860,” Administrative Science Quarterly December 57, no. 4: 585-624.
Hedgecoe, A. & Martin, P. (2003) The drugs don't work: Expectations and the shaping of pharmacogenetics. Social studies of science, 33(3): 327‐364.
Johnson, Victoria (2007) “What is Organizational Imprinting? Cultural Entrepreneurship in the Founding of the Paris Opera,” American Journal of Sociology 113, no. 1.

Law & Urry (2004). Enacting the social, Economy and Society, 33:3, 390‐410
Penrose, Edith (1960) "The Growth of the Firm - A Case Study: The Hercules Powder Company," The Business History Review 34 (1): 1-23.
Popp, Andrew and Holt, Robin (2013) "The Presence of Entrepreneurial Opportunity," Business History 55, no. 1: 9-28.
Schumpeter, Joseph A. (1947) “The creative response in Economic History,” The Journal of Economic History 12, no. 2: 149-159.
Shane, Scott and Venkataraman, Sankaran (2000) "The Promise of Entrepreneurship as a Field of Research," Academy of Management Review 25: 217-226.
Swedberg, Richard (2007) Rebuilding Schumpeter’s Theory of Entrepreneurship, Conference paper, Conference on Marshall, Schumpeter and Social Science, Hitotsubashi University, March 17-18, 1-28.
Wadhwani, Daniel and Geoffrey Jones (2014) “Schumpeter’s plea: Historical reasoning in Entrepreneurship Theory and Research,” in Organizations in time ed. by Marcelo Bucheli and Daniel Wadhwani, Oxford Universuty Press.
Wenger, Etienne C., & William M. Snyder (2000) Communities of Practice: The Organizational Frontier, Harvard Business Review, January‐February, 139‐145.Brown & Duguid, 2000
Last updated on 14-08-2015