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2017/2018  KAN-CCBLO2001U  Innovation in Flux: An Asian Perspective on Innovation

English Title
Innovation in Flux: An Asian Perspective on Innovation

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Michael Wendelboe Hansen - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
  • Sudhanshu Rai - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Globalization and international business
  • Innovation
Last updated on 08-02-2018

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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:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of innovation in practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of emerging economy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to work with innovation under constraints.
  • Demonstrate how to apply innovation theories in an Asian contexts.
Course prerequisites
Students wanting to take this elective should have basic knowledge of economics, business economics, and innovation theories.

In addition; the students should also bring to class a box of discarded items from their home to be used in class. This box and its items are important for the progression of the class. It is important to note that students should keep the items small, easy to work with, easy to disassemble into components for reconstruction purposes. This box of discarded domestic items will be used as prop to engage with the practice of innovation.

Each student will bring this box of discarded objects to the first class where they will be divided into groups. All the students will then merge their boxes and will then be asked to create innovative products with the waste from the collection of boxes. The group work will focus on hands on experience for engaging with innovation while the literature will form the reflective scaffold designed to create meaning and understanding of innovation through experiencing it firsthand.
Innovation in Flux: An Asian Perspective on Innovation:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
A written individual assignment based on the student’s product report, the demonstration of the student’s innovation initiatives, an outcome of class contact hours. The students will present their innovation, the purpose of the product, which problem they solve and how they are going to go forward. To substantiate these ideas, the students must be able to integrate theory when and if relevant, or provide critique when and if relevant to support their innovation output.

The examination will be conducted based on a prototype and product explanation report where the students will document the process of the innovation using several theories during the various stages of their development. This report should be in sync with the innovation journey they have experienced, the learning from their out station engagement. This implies the innovation journey report which the students will write will have literature references, their experiential narration and analysis, reflections from class room innovation activities. I expect all students to actively take part in class innovation initiatives that they have undertaken.
Assignment type Project
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The purpose of the examination is to determine the level of understanding the student has acquired from the literature, the seminars/workshops, and the empirical experience built around the creation of an artifact during the class hours. The examination is an experiential report, which integrates theory, class insights/activities and group work. This report is a reflective statement of how the students have learned, what inspired the students during the lecture and how have they made sense of that inspiration in the context of their own innovation in practice activities. This report should have reflections and thoughts from each of the three aspects of the students experience, namely the literature (those articles that inspired the student most and why), the issues from the workshops (using the scrum report) and references from the class activities in building the artifact which the students will build, maintain, and develop during the contact hours.


I am not looking for a right or wrong answer, or a best way to articulate an idea, but I am looking for a convincing innovative report, which demonstrates that the individual has indeed reflected, showed understanding of the material treated and is able to synthesize different aspects of experience in a coherent reflective innovative journey, where the learnings from the lecture, the personal diary and the literature is well put together in support of the innovative ideas.

Course content and structure

This course will focus on the idea of innovation in flux, meaning we will start from current innovation ideas and then move on to emerging economies with a focus on how they engage with innovation, how different is it from current theories, if there is indeed a difference or are the emerging economies simply copying and coping with the theories, while tinkering at the edges. This course is to provide the students an experience of innovation while using the literature as a scaffold to support the experience of the student’s innovative initiative during the unfolding of the course.


The focus on innovation flux is to expose the student to the dynamic nature of the emerging economies. Why they are dynamic, what impact does this dynamic nature have on innovation and how do the emerging Asian economies engage with innovation.


The students will be taken through an innovation experience of their own where in class they will be exposed to the practice of innovation. All students will be required to build something innovative during class hours in groups while they use theories to understand and critically evaluate the relevance of literature in the context of practice.


The course themes are as follows;

•           Emerging economies and developing countries, is there a case for this difference, a critical appreciation.

•           Understanding the nature of flux in emerging economies

•           The economics of innovation in emerging economies

•           The markets for innovation in emerging economies

•           The process of innovation

•           Types of innovation, co-creation, frugal innovation etc in emerging


•           Challenges and obstacles

•           The business of innovation and opportunities

•           Synchronous and a-synchronous innovation in emerging economies

•           Innovation policies and their impact

•           Innovative firms, best practices, success stories and what can we learn

•           Entrepreneurial leadership and innovative potential, connecting the dots.

•           Focusing on the idea and building a business; exploring entrepreneurial capacity from the innovation.

•           A critical evaluation of innovation in flux, an emerging economy perspective, insights and conclusions

Teaching methods
The teaching methodology will take the format of workshop and seminars and is designed to be interactive, reflective and engaging. Contact hours will primarily focus on reflective thinking, critical appreciation and hands on experiential understanding of the innovation process through dialogue and analysis of learning by doing.

The process of the seminars, workshops will develop along two parallel trajectories; the first: the theoretical work where evaluation and analysis of the innovation literature will be engaged with. The second aspect of this course is the practice or the experience element. Here the student will get their hands dirty by engaging with innovation from the scratch. This experience will be simulated across the entire course work.

The literature will be divided into themes related to innovation in flux. These themes will target the specific stage of the experience where the student is at. Issues of innovation from an emerging economy will be addressed in a dynamic manner.
Feedback during the teaching period
Since this is an interactive course based on experience from every class, the lecturer will provide group feedback during the working and within the working part of the class, Furthermore one-to-one feedback sessions can be prearranged by the student at the end of every class, for a period of maximum 15 min per face to face session. All together the teacher will allocate 1 hour for this activity at the end of every class.
Student workload
Lectures 30 hours
Preparation and exam 176 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature

To be announced on Learn.

Last updated on 08-02-2018