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2017/2018  DIP-DIMAO1001U  Strategy and Leadership for Innovation

English Title
Strategy and Leadership for Innovation

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Graduate Diploma
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Stefan Meisiek - MPP
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Strategy
Last updated on 07-06-2017

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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:
  • Knowledgeably discuss the influence of creativity, costs, and context on business innovation practices.
  • Demonstrate an ability to strategize for innovation, taking into account competitive situation, operational risk, capabilities and limitations.
  • Develop the leadership skills needed for delivering on innovation projects characterized by diversity, ambiguity, and uncertainty.
  • Persuasively communicate, explain, and defend a position on issues in strategy and leadership for innovation that are as yet unsettled by research.
Strategy and Leadership for Innovation:
Exam ECTS 5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Group exam
Please note the rules in the Programme Regulations about identification of individual contributions.
Number of people in the group 3
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Project
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

Participants are placed into diverse groups of three. Each group chooses a project issue from the area of strategy/leadership for innovation prior to the intensive weekend module. Based on the chosen issue, the course coordinator sends every group member on an individual guided information gathering and inquiry process. During the intensive weekend, the three group members pool their knowledge and ideas, and they develop an adequate solution to the chosen issue in the Studio at CBS. Following the intensive weekend, they refine their project and write it up for assessment. This process allows evaluating the individual contribution and the group performance.

Grading will be done according to the learning objectives and the exam evaluation criteria for this course.

Course content and structure

The aim of this course is to teach students how to develop an innovation strategy, and to empower, coach and lead employees and teams to recognize opportunities, innovate, and capitalize on ideas that are aligned with the determined strategic orientation.


The course will prepare students for making informed strategic decisions that lead to an advantageous competitive position, and for taking a leadership role in critical innovation activities leading to that position.


Students are put into the shoes of managers in organizations whose task it is to enable powerful innovation processes.


Students learn to

  • set the strategic boundaries, directions and support systems for innovation efforts,
  • distinguish, appreciate, and develop business models, people, structures, and processes which enable these efforts and facilitate their success.


Students will experience the specific characteristics and challenges involved in strategizing innovation and leading innovation projects and/or innovative firms. They will learn how to create innovation strategies, and also develop the knowledge and skills to better understand and thus support the implementation of existing or future innovation strategies within their own organizations. 


After this course, students shall have developed knowledge on:

  • Innovation leadership
  • Innovation strategy
  • Innovation processes, models, and centers
  • The relations between strategy and business models in innovation activities
  • IPR strategies and their relation to innovation


 After this course, students shall have developed the following skills:

  • Developing innovation strategies
  • Empowering employees/teams for creativity and innovation
  • Balancing prediction and creative processes
  • Coaching and mentoring innovators or innovation teams


After this course, students shall have developed the following competences:

  • Acting as a change agent in an organization
  • Facilitating the implementation of innovation strategies
  • Forecasting and planning of innovation activities
  • Applying strategic foresight techniques
Teaching methods
TThe course will be taught in block-modules on a weekend.

It is characterized by its use of studio-based teaching. Working in the Studio at CBS on a student-led, experiential innovation strategy project for the duration of the course, the participants will acquire different techniques and develop skills relevant for strategizing and leading innovation, and put the gained knowledge to practical use.

The course is taught in a blended format, i.e. online content elements, lectures, small case discussions, and relevant guest speakers will complement the studio-based project. In this way the academic and practical part of the course are kept in balance.
Feedback during the teaching period
The students will receive ongoing feedback in the Studio sessions
Student workload
Teaching and preparation 100 hours
Exam 38 hours
Expected literature

Available via LEARN

Last updated on 07-06-2017