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2017/2018  BA-BINMO1022U  Organization, Innovation and Systems Design

English Title
Organization, Innovation and Systems Design

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course coordinator
  • Matthias Trier - DIGI
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Innovation
  • Organization
Last updated on 29-05-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Identify and use relevant concepts and theoretical perspectives from the literature to explain challenges of organizing for innovation and systems design
  • Identify and use relevant concepts and theoretical perspectives from the literature to identify and explain issues concerning aspects of the case
  • Use the case to discuss fundamental assumptions, possibilities, and limitations of concepts and theoretical perspectives from the literature
  • Critically assess the usefulness and limitations of alternative concepts and theoretical perspectives and compare their relevance to the case.
Organization, Innovation and Systems Design:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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 oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 3-4
Size of written product Max. 20 pages
The written product is a combined project report for both courses, Organization, Innovation and Systems Design - and - Project Management. 4 pages are for general case introduction. 8 pages for the Project Management perspective and another 8 pages for the Organization, Innovation and Systems Design perspective.
Assignment type Report
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 second internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Students can submit the same project or they can choose to submit a revised project.
Description of the exam procedure

Individual, oral examination in the curriculum of the 'Organization, Innovation and Systems Design' course, based on the 6th quarter paper that is written in groups. One grade is given, reflecting an overall assessment of the paper and the oral examination.


Course content and structure

The course aims to provide students with analytical tools
and competencies that will allow them to systematically
examine the interrelated problems of transformation of
work practices, organizational change, and information
systems design under conditions of uncertainty. Incomplete
knowledge of alternatives and consequences is assumed to
be a prevailing condition.

Lectures develop the core analytical themes of organization, innovation, and systems design. Further, students will be doing case study exercises in actual organizations as a way to develop an understanding

of the analytical issues involved. Each group prepares and makes a presentation of the findings from the ocase. At the end of the course students will develop a Quarter Paper from the case. Students are encouraged to use PowerPoint or overheads to support their presentation. In addition all groups are expected to be well prepared and to be active in facilitating discussion.


Teaching methods
Thematic lectures and student presentations.
As part of the course students are required to organize a project group consisting of 4 students. The group will work together during the course in order to prepare student presentations and complete the Quarter Paper assignment. Both these tasks will have to deal with readings and themes of the course curriculum. The Quarter Paper assignment will be carried out after class work.
Feedback during the teaching period
The workshops contain feedback elements, such as feedback on the student project. After the oral exam, feedback is given to the student on his/her performance.
Student workload
Lectures 24 hours
Workshops 6 hours
Preparing Classes 90 hours
Project Work 70 hours
Preparing Exam 16 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature

The literature can be changed before the semester starts. Students are advised to find the literature on LEARN before they buy the books.


Ciborra, C. (1992): From Thinking to Tinkering. The Grassroots of Strategic Information Systems. Information Society, Volume 8, p. 297-309.

McAfee, A. & Brynjolffson, E. (2008): Investing in IT that makes a competitive difference, Harvard Business Review, 86,7, p.98-107

Rogers, E.M. (1983): Chapter 6 - Attributes of Innovation and their Rate of Adoption. In: Rogers, E.M. (1983): Diffusion of Innovations. 3rd ed. New York, Free Press. (later editions also work)

Tang, N.; Yasa, P.; Forrester, P. (2004). An application of the Delta Model and BPR in transforming electronic business. Information Systems Journal 14, p.111-130

Please check the course literature on CBS Learn for a complete list

Last updated on 29-05-2017