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2017/2018  KAN-CMIBO1035U  Innovation and Knowledge

English Title
Innovation and Knowledge

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Christoph Grimpe - SI
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Strategy
Last updated on 30-05-2017

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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:
  • An understanding of the theories and concepts of the course curriculum.
  • Ability to apply analytical tools and to assess their usefulness
  • Familiarity with key findings of the empirical literature
  • Skilfulness in carrying out a small empirical project on a specific innovation
  • Aptitude in drawing on course reading for the preparation and execution of this project
  • Ability to use general insights from the curriculum to build an analytical understanding of the case, and to reflect on possible discrepancies between theory and case findings.
Innovation and Knowledge:
Exam ECTS 15
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
From all exam questions introduced to students during the semester a final set of 10 exam questions will be selected for the I&K exam. From those 10 questions students need to select and answer 8 questions. For answering these 8 questions students can use a maximum of 1,5 CBS standard pages per exam question. Preceding their exam answers, students need to provide a description of their case, using a maximum of 3 CBS standard pages. Students have to report the number of characters used per exam answer (max. 1,5 CBS standard pages).
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
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
Course content and structure

Objective: This course builds analytical insight into relationships between knowledge, innovation and competitiveness and into their implications for the management of innovation.
Content: The course introduces theories, concepts, and methods for the analysis of innovations at the levels of projects, firms and industries. The course also introduces a set of tools related to innovation practices of firms, as one of the ways in which the course bridges and integrates academic analysis of innovations with the practical issues of their management.


Teaching methods
Student groups analyze a recent innovation in a specific company based on interviews and desk research, reflecting questions that teachers of the different modules of the course pose throughout the course. Through this work students can prepare themselves for the final individual home assignment.
Feedback during the teaching period
Written feedback will be given to groups participating in the voluntary home assignment. Moreover, there will be in-class oral feedback to students based on case analyses and exercises.
Student workload
Lectures 55 hours
Class preparation 120 hours
Case work 120 hours
Exam 121 hours
Expected literature

The course textbook is Melissa Schilling, Strategic Management of Technological Innovation. 2016. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 5thedition.


Additional readings will be introduced for each course module as part of the course syllabus.

Last updated on 30-05-2017