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2015/2016  KAN-CSIEO2008U  Capstone Exam

English Title
Capstone Exam

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc of Social Science
Course coordinator
  • Stefan Meisiek - MPP
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
Last updated on 06-11-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: The students should be able to :
  • • Explain and defend a position on why and how arts- and design- based practices matter to the creation of business value.
  • Describe and differentiate between the design and management of visionary-led and collectively-driven creative group processes
  • Discuss key concepts and theoretical perspectives related to team leadership in creative endeavours
  • Make strategic decisions regarding the application of arts and design-based methods to innovation objectives and entrepreneurial ventures.
Course prerequisites
Joint exam for both "the Art of Innovation" and "Leading Ventures"
Capstone Exam:
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 Group exam, max. 5 students in the group
The oral exam is individual. If written individually, the paper must be of max. 30 pages.
Size of written product Max. 45 pages
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
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If a student is ill during the regular oral exam, he/she will be able to re-use the project at the make-up exam. If a student is ill during the writing of the project and did not contribute to the project, the make-up exam can be written individually or in groups (provided that other students are taking the make-up/re-exam). If the student did not pass the regular exam, he/she must make a new revised project (confer advice from the examiner) and hand it in on a new deadline specified by the secretariat.
Description of the exam procedure

Students can work in groups of up to 5 on the exam research paper. A single author writes up to 25 pages, and for every author joining the document can be 5 pages longer (two authors 30, three authors 35, four authors 40, and five authors 45).


Supervision for the capstone exam will come from within the two courses. Creating the simulation for the leadership course, and engaging in discussions in the art of innovation course provide ample opportunities for Q&A around how to research, analyze, structure and write the paper.

Course content and structure

The capstone exam concludes the first year of the OIE. It is a combined exam for the classroom course Art of Innovation, and the studio course Leading Ventures. This makes it a 15 ETCS exam, consisting of a written product (individual or in groups) and an individual oral exam. The re-exam has the same format.


The written product is based in the case analysis and simulation that the students carry out for the leadership course, and it is further enriched through the theories from the art of innovation course.


The assignment for the written course may be designed differently each year. For example, students will select a written case presenting a leadership dilemma, and analyze the situation, formulate recommendations for action, and design and implement a simulation as a means for addressing the dilemma. The written product will then engage theories from the two courses to formulate analysis and reflections.  Alternatively, students will be to study, analyze, and prepare a recommendation for an entrepreneurial venture or innovation effort in an established organization. In this case, students will pick a research site of their inclination, prepare the theory, choose the methods of data collection, present their findings, discuss the theory, and provide a concluding recommendation to the venture or organization.


The capstone exam tests students’ ability to join theory and practical application in the investigation of an issue of relevance for the OIE program. It presents students also with an opportunity to develop and test their ability of working on a larger research paper. The capstone exam presents thus a intermediary step towards the master thesis. 


One instance of activity based grading in the leadership studio course (pass/fail), including opportunity for retake (same format), grants access to the capstone exam. For the written product, students use the theory behind the two courses (Art of Innovation, and Leading Ventures). Therefore the two courses share the same learning objectives, described above.

Teaching methods
Last updated on 06-11-2015