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2017/2018  KAN-CIHCO1003U  The Organization of Health Care Innovation

English Title
The Organization of Health Care Innovation

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory offered as 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 30
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care
Course coordinator
  • Kirstine Zinck Pedersen - Department of Organization (IOA)
Course teachers: Kirstine Zinck Pedersen, Susanne Boch Waldorff, Camilla Sløk, Henriette Langstrup (KU)
Main academic disciplines
  • Organization
Last updated on 20-02-2018

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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:
  • 1. Explain the relevance of central organizational theories and concepts for understanding and acting in health care organizations
  • 2. Compare, discuss and make consistent and integrated arguments about these theories and their possibilities and limitations for the design and organization of healthcare innovations
  • 3. Analyze healthcare innovation cases using multiple organizational concepts, models and theories
  • 4. Reflect on and demonstrate the applicability and practical value of organizational analysis for healthcare innovation processes
  • 5. Demonstrate a high level of command of the syllabus
Course prerequisites
This is a mandatory course for the MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care.

To sign up send a 1-page motivational letter and a grade transcript to ihc@cbs.dk before the registration deadline for elective courses. You may find the registration deadlines on my.cbs.dk ( https:/​/​studentcbs.sharepoint.com/​graduate/​pages/​registration-for-electives.aspx).

Please also remember to sign up through the online registration.
The Organization of Health Care Innovation:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 72 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter, Examiner from CBS and second internal from KU
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The form of this exam may be changed for the make-up exam. If the number of registered participants for the make-up exam warrants it , the make-up exam may most appropriately be held as an oral exam (20 minutes without preparation).There will be a second internal examiner for the oral exam.
Description of the exam procedure

The examination takes place through an individually written 72-hours assignment in which the student is expected to apply and operationalize theories and concepts from syllabus in relation to a healthcare innovation case. 

Course content and structure

Health care innovation takes place in organizations in which managers, employees, technologies, rules and practices constitute the organizational conditions for the design, implementation, adaptation and success of the innovation. The main objective of this course is to teach students how to understand and analyze such organizational conditions and contexts for health care innovation and become acquainted with the practical value of organizational analysis for healthcare innovation processes. The course introduces core themes of contemporary organization theory and relates each of these to the design and organization of innovations in healthcare. More specifically, the students will be presented to some of the most important organizational conditions for healthcare innovation including formal structure, institutional enviroment, culture, professions, infrastructure, technology and practice. Together these organizational themes are important for understanding how healthcare organizations work and how organizational processes and practices are key elements in organizing health care innovation.

Teaching methods
The course is divided into 8 sessions of 4 hours with a combination of classical lectures, case presentations and group work. The lectures require students to have read the course material before entering class. Moreover, the students are divided into groups that are each to find a healthcare innovation case to illustrate and discuss one of the organizational themes presented during the course. This selection of case-material will be done in collaboration with the course teachers.
Feedback during the teaching period
The course is designed to be highly interactive. Thus, feedback takes place during class through case presentation and feed-back on group work. Moreover, each group will get feedback on case-selection before their presentation.
Student workload
confrontation hours 32 hours
reading hours 75 hours
project/class presentation 35 hours
final paper 20 hours
exam preparation 65 hours
Expected literature

to be announced

Last updated on 20-02-2018