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2017/2018  DIP-DIMAV1000U  Business Model Innovation

English Title
Business Model Innovation

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Graduate Diploma
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Marcel Bogers
    Marion Poetz - SI
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
Last updated on 04-04-2017

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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: After this course, students shall have developed the following skills, knowledge and competencies:
  • Understand the origin and notion of the business model concept
  • Understand specific business model innovation frameworks and tools
  • Understand how business model innovation fits within other relevant theories, concepts and models in the management of innovation
  • Communicate the concept of business model innovation
  • Analyze a business model innovation, and evaluate and describe its antecedents, processes and outcomes
  • Discuss the implications of business model innovation for organizations and management
  • Assess and address the opportunities and barriers of business model innovation
  • Interpret and synthesize different aspects of business model innovation
  • Develop new business innovation for a particular organization
Business Model Innovation:
Exam ECTS 5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
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
Description of the exam procedure

Each individual student needs to present (1) an actual or possible business model innovation within their own company (maximum 7 pages) and (2) a reflection on critical factors for implementation (maximum 3 pages).

Course content and structure

This course introduces the students to the notion of business models and to how organizations can innovate their business model. Conceptualizing the business model concept as a framework for creating and capturing value, we will develop an understanding of what constitutes a business model and we will apply this to the practical context in which organizations operate. The course will aim at providing the students with a theoretical background, based on the available literature, connect this to practical examples and cases, and ultimately connect this to the students’ individual and collective perceptions and experiences with business model innovation to enable an integrative view on different aspects and perspectives within this domain. 


The course will cover a number of topics, including:

  • The business model concept.
  • Business model innovation in new ventures and established organizations.
  • Business model innovation as an experimental process.
  • Business model innovation frameworks and tools. 
Teaching methods
The course is taught in full-day block-modules on a weekend (Friday-Sunday) and incorporates blended learning elements in the preparation for and during the block-modules. It applies a problem-based teaching approach with mini-lectures and case work, and runs as a CBS Studio course to facilitate interaction and workshop-style teaching.
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Student workload
In class 30 hours
Preparation and exam 110 hours
Last updated on 04-04-2017