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2017/2018  KAN-CCMVI2065U  Leading Innovative Organizations

English Title
Leading Innovative Organizations

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer, Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Course instructor - Ginger Grant, Professor, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, gg.msc@cbs.dk
    Sven Bislev - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
In case of any academic questions related to the course, please contact the course instructor or the academic director, Sven Bislev at sb.msc@cbs.dk.
Main academic disciplines
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 23/07/2018

Relevant links

Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Articulate their leadership purpose and values
  • Describe the practices and principles of organizational culture transformation and articulate systemic change processes
  • Have a broad comprehension of concepts, theories, models and frameworks necessary to analyze the relationship between culture and climate
  • Explain organizational design principles
  • Discuss the importance of creativity and the role of design thinking in an organizational context
  • Recognize and describe cultural platforms, interpret nuanced metaphors and set cognitive frameworks in a cross-cultural context
  • Recognize the need for innovation, assess the value of proposed ideas and solutions for implementation in an organizational setting
Course prerequisites
Completed bachelor's degree
Leading Innovative Organizations:
Exam ECTS 7.5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
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) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer, Ordinary exam: 26/27 June - 30 July 2018. Please note that exam will start on the first teaching day and will run in parallel with the course.

Retake exam: September - October 2018

3rd attempt (2nd retake) exam: November - December 2018

Exam schedule is available on https:/​/​www.cbs.dk/​uddannelse/​international-summer-university-programme-isup/​courses-and-exams.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Home project assignment, new exam question (72-hour home assignment)
Course content and structure

Students are introduced to the practice of values-driven leadership in organizational cultures for public and private sector organizations. The course will explore the psychological life of organizations and how organizational culture and climate drive sensemaking (filtering, processing and attachment of meaning). Tools such as values-based learning/leadership and strategic planning frameworks using both domestic and international contexts will be explored. Both personal and collective values within an organization will be examined. Discussions will center on the organizational culture and organizational climate and the current status of their relationship in organizational change management.  How do we embrace productive tensions in cross-cultural communication and how may organizational design serve as conduit for social innovation? Most importantly, how can such a deeper understanding of corporate culture drive strategy for a sustainable future? 

The Preliminary Assignment will involve a Personal Values Assessment (free) that will introduce you to a values-based methodology. Bring your results to our first class and be prepared to discuss.


Preliminary assignment: Personal Values Assessment

Class 1: Preliminary Assignment Review. Why values? Setting the stage for cultural transformation. The DNA of Innovation.
Class 2: Culture or climate? Or both? The relationship.
Class 3: Cultural audits, assessing the work environment using various models.
Class 4: Cultural attractors and activators. The role of play.
Class 5: Embedding values in corporate culture.
Class 6: Design thinking and design archetypes.

Feedback activity: stop/start/continue

Class 7: Organizational metaphors and the role of storytelling.
Class 8: Competing values framework.
Class 9: Social Innovation and Phronesis.
Class 10: Creative Strategies in Organizational Transformation. 
Class 11: Change Management and Organizational Meaning

Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars, guest lectures, discussions and presentations. Students are expected to be active participants in the learning experience as opposed to passive receptacles for information. The importance of clear and concise written and verbal communication will be stressed throughout the course. In addition to the material covered in the texts, students will develop hands-on skills in analysis, participant observation, group dynamics and formal business presentations.
Feedback during the teaching period
A stop/start/continue exercise.
A research question (problem formulation) must be handed in to the course instructor for his/her approval no later than 12 July 2018. The instructor must approve the research question (problem formulation) no later than 17 July 2018. The approval is a feedback to the student about the instructor's assessment of the problem's relevance and the possibilities of producing a good report.
Student workload
Preliminary assignment 20 hours
Classroom attendance 33 hours
Preparation 126 hours
Feedback activity 7 hours
Examination 20 hours
Further Information

Preliminary Assignment: To help students get maximum value from ISUP courses, instructors provide a reading or a small number of readings or video clips to be read or viewed before the start of classes with a related task scheduled for class 1 in order to 'jump-start' the learning process.


Course timetable is available on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams.


We reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not get enough applications. This will be communicated on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams end February 2018 at the latest.

Expected literature

Mandatory readings:


Sisodia, R. and Sheth, J. (2014). Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose (Kindle 2nd edition). Pearson Press.

Dyer, J., Gregersen, H. and Christensen, C. (2011). The innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovation. (Kindle edition). Harvard Business School Press. 


Additional relevant readings:


Other course readings will be gathered from peer-reviewed journals and uploaded for the students on CBS Learn.  Examples (more may be provided before class begins):

Amabile, T., Conti, R., Coon, H., Lazenby, J., Herron, M. (1996). Assessing the Work Environment for Creativity. Academy of Management Journal.  Vol. 39(5); 1154-1184. (30 pages)
Alvesson, M. (1990). On the Popularity of Organizational Culture. Acta Sociologica. Vol. 33(1): 31-49 (18 pages). 
Barker, R. and Gower, K. (2010). Strategic Application of Storytelling in Organizations. Journal of Business Communication. Vol. 47(3): pp. 295-312. (17 pages). 
Beckman, S. and Barry, M. (2009). Design and Innovation through Storytelling. International Journal of Innovation Science. Vol. 1(4). pp. 151-160. (9 pages). 
Bokeno, R. (2003). The work of Chris Argyris as critical organization practice. Journal of Organizational Change Management. Vol. 16(6): 633-649 (16 pages). 
Davenport, G. and Mazalek, A. (2003). Dynamics of Creativity and Technological Innovation. Digital Creativity. Vol. 15(1). pp 21-31. (10 pages). 
Feldman, Steven. (1990). Stories as Cultural Creativity: On the Relation between Symbolism and Politics in Organizational Change. Human Relations. Vol. 43:9): pp. 809-828. (19 pages). 
Gauntlett, D. and Thomsen, B. (2013). Cultures of Creativity: Nurturing creative mindsets across cultures. The LEGO Foundation. (48 pages) 
Grant, G. (2014). Re-Visioning the Heroes Journey: a Story of Something Old-Something New. Integral Leadership Review. August-November. Tucson: Integral Publishers.
Lambrechts, F. et al. (2011). Learning to Help Through Humble Inquiry and Implications for Management Research, Practice, and Education: An Interview with Edgar H. Schein.Academy of Management Learning & Education. Vol. 10(1). pp 131-147 (16 pages) 
Lee, S.K. and Yu, K. (2004). Corporate Culture and Organizational Performance. Journal of Managerial Psychology. Vol. 19(4): 340-359 (19 pages).
Nonaka, I. and Konno, N. (1998). The Concept of ͞Ba͟: Building a Foundation for Knowledge Creation. California Management Review. Vol. 40(3): pp. 40-54 (14 pages.
Nonaka, I. and Toyama, R. (2007). Strategic Management as distributed practical wisdom (phronesis). Industrial and Corporate Change. Vol. 16(3): pp. 371-394 (23 pages).
Roth, G. (2004). Lessons from the Desert: Integrating managerial expertise and learning for organizational transformation. The Learning Organization. Vol. 11(3): pp. 194-208 (14 pages) 
Taylor, J. and Carroll, J. (2010). Corporate Culture Narratives as the Performance of Organizational Meaning. Qualitative Research Journal. Vol. 10(1): 28-39 (11 pages).
Verganti, R. (2008). Design, Meaning, and Radical Innovation: A metamodel and a research agenda. Journal of Product Innovation Management. Vol 25: pp. 436-456 (20 pages).

Last updated on 23/07/2018