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2017/2018  KAN-CCMVV4033U  CASES in Strategic Management of Innovation and Technology

English Title
CASES in Strategic Management of Innovation and Technology

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 100
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Christer Karlsson - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Teacher: Irene Christensen - ic.om@cbs.dk

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Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Strategy
Last updated on 24-02-2017

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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: The learning objectives are mainly on developing analytical skills through training and less on acquiring knowledge through lectures.
The student will after the course:
• Understand the strategic management of core competencies of value adding processes
• Be able to identify different managerial challenges related to those
• Be trained in analyzing complex problematic situations
• Be able to do such analyses across different cases of firms with variations in e.g. industry, size, technologies
• Be trained in developing, assessing and comparing different patterns of action
• Be skilled in applying different management technologies and be able to explain the concepts, their objectives, and application in practice
• Be trained in arguing for best appropriate proposed managerial action
CASES in Strategic Management of Innovation and Technology:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Duration 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time With the listed preparation time: 20 Minutes
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids Open book: all written and electronic aids
The student is allowed to bring to the preparation room: Simple writing and drawing utensils, laptop/tablet as a reference book (NB: there are no electric outlets available), any calculator, books including translation dictionaries, compendiums, notes. PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the preparation time.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

Strategic management of Innovation and Technology is about understanding what creates competitive advantages through building unique competencies. A certain strength is the one of innovative capability, but also the management of technological development. Technology is the knowledge area (logy) of techniques of products, services and processes, how to create them and how to manage them, not to be misunderstood as technique. Important areas that are covered in the course are Technology as knowledge of Products/Services and processes, Patterns of Industrial Innovation, Developing the Innovative Capabilities and core competencies, Sourcing and transfer of knowledge, Venturing processes, Systems for Innovation, Managing from Research to development, Organizing and utilizing global resources, Development strategy; Organizing and Leading teams, Developing the Learning Organization. This is dealt with both within and across cases analyses. Hence, along with being able to do the analysis of the listed areas in the individual firm, the student is supposed to be able to compare and contrast cases covered in the course.

The course's development of personal competences:

The students will develop their competences in acting as managers and management consultants. They will have to analyze complex situations based on complex but limited data, sort out what is more and less relevant, apply what they get from literature, develop alternative ways of action, make choices, recommendations and propose action. The course aims at training skills for line managers and management consultants.

Please be aware that this course is also part of a minor in Operations and Innovation Process Management 

Teaching methods
The format of this course is case based learning, often understood as the Harvard or Stanford Business School style; this involves high-energy discussion, debate, and interaction. Students are encouraged to bring their own views into discussion and to share learning with fellow students. By the end of the course, participants have developed and refined analytical skills and for presenting their arguments persuasive to others as a result of the discussion- and critique-oriented nature of the course. Theory is introduced by scientific articles and students will have to prepare case based sessions. The teacher acts as a facilitator of a range of alternative processes although with a well planned learning objective and outcome.
Feedback during the teaching period
The course will accommodate a peer feedback activity (30 min duration) that is based on fellow students' case analysis (3-500 word pr. case) uploaded on Learn in exchange of a copy of a fellow student's. This feedback activity will take place approx. half-way through the course.
Student workload
Preparations for class dicussions; readings & hand-in 130 hours
Active class participation 36 hours
Examination 40 hours
Further Information

This course is part of the Minor in Operations and Innovation Process Management

Expected literature


Schilling, Melissa A. (2016). Strategic management of technological innovation (5th edition), McGraw-Hill, New York.



"CASES in strategic management of innovation and technology 2017/2018"



Mandatory and optional articles will be uploaded on Learn.

Last updated on 24-02-2017