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2017/2018  KAN-CSOLO1032U  Managing Innovation and Change

English Title
Managing Innovation and Change

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Spring, Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Silviya Svejenova Velikova - Department of Organization (IOA)
Contact info to the student hub: studenthub@cbs.dk (+45 3815 2710)
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Organization
Last updated on 31-05-2017

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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:
  • distinguish the foundations, central points, and strength and weaknesses of selected theories of and perspective on innovation and change
  • establish possible connections between these theories and perspectives
  • explain how power and influence relate to the dynamics of innovation and change processes
  • describe complex challenges in managing change and innovation and discuss how certain actions support or hamper their implementation
  • critically reflect on the motivations for and consequences of applying different management tools in organizational innovation and change situations
Managing Innovation and Change:
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 Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The course seeks to enhance students’ interest, understanding of, and imagination for action in situations of innovation and change, characterized by complexity, dynamism, and ambiguity, and posing challenges for managing and organizing. Students engage with and critically examine a range of notions, frameworks, and perspectives related to innovation and change, such as creativity, envisioning, narratives, networks, power and influence, ambidexterity, and open innovation. They employ these theoretical inputs in the discussion of innovation and change situations in organizations of different kinds, sizes, ages, and contexts, from startups and established MNEs, to alliances and public organizations. The course also examines how managers and other organizational members emerge as ‘strategic actors’ and agents of change, resisting, blocking, championing, or shepherding specific initiatives, such as new product development, business model transformation, entry into foreign markets, or M&As, among others.

Teaching methods
The course offers an opportunity for learning, experimentation and practical application through readings, videos, lectures, dialogue, case studies, guest speakers, role-plays, and student presentations
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback and clarification will be provided during office hours as well as in relation to class discussions and activities.
Student workload
Teaching 33 hours
Preparation/reading 133 hours
Exam 40 hours
Expected literature

Boudreau, K. & Lakhani, K. 2009. How to Manage Outside Innovation. MIT Sloan Management Review, pp. 69-76.


Brown, S.L. & Eisenhardt, K.M. 1997. The Art of Continuous Change: Linking Complexity Theory and Time-Paced Evolution in Relentlessly Shifting Organizations. Administrative Science Quarterly, 42(1): 1-34.


Chesbrough, H. 2011. Open Services Innovation. Jossey-Bass.


Paul du Gay, P. & Vikkelsø, S. 2012. Reflections: On the Lost Specification of ‘Change’, Journal of Change Management, 12(2), 121-143.


Landau, D., Israel, D. & Terjesen, S. 2014. Multiple Legitimacy Narratives and Planned Organizational Change. Human Relations, 67(11): 1321-1345


Meyerson. D. & Martin, J. 1987 Cultural Change: an Integration of Three Different Views, Journal of Management Studies, 24(6), 623–647.


Poole, M.S. & Van de Ven, A.H. 2004. Handbook of organizational change and innovation. Oxford University Press.


Tushman, M. & Anderson, P.C. 2004. Managing Strategic Innovation and Change, OUP.


Van de Ven, A.H., Polley, D.E., Garud, R. & Venkataraman, S. 2008. The Innovation Journey. Oxford University Press.


Wright, C., Sturdy, A. & Wylie, N. 2012. Management innovation through standardization: Consultants as standardizers of organizational practice, Research Policy, 41(3), pp.652-662.

Last updated on 31-05-2017