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2018/2019  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)
Main academic disciplines
  • Organization
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 15-06-2018

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Learning objectives
  • 1. Explain the relevance of central organizational theories and concepts for understanding and analyzing healthcare organizations and innovation processes
  • 2. Compare and discuss these theories/concepts and their analytical possibilities and limitations for designing and organizing healthcare innovations in practice
  • 3. Analyze healthcare innovation cases using multiple organizational concepts, models and theories
  • 4. Demonstrate a high level of command of the syllabus
Course prerequisites
15 seats til CBS students
15 seats to exchange students
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 Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
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
If a student did not pass the regular exam, he/she must make a new revised assignment (confer advice from the examiner) and hand it in on a new deadline specified by the secretariat.
If a student did not hand in the assignment due to illness, he/she will be able to hand it in on a new deadline. If for any other reason the student did not hand the assignment in, a new assignment will be given the student to hand in on a new deadline (confer advice from the examiner).
Description of the exam procedure

The examination takes place through an individually written 10-page assignment in which the student is expected to apply and operationalize theories and concepts from syllabus in relation to a healthcare innovation case of own choice. In the assignment the student is expected to give a theory-enlightened case-description, an analysis of the case's innovation challenges, and a discussion of possible improvement strategies. For these purposes, the student is expected to describe and operationalize at least three of the course's analytical perspectives (models, arguments, analytical frames, concepts) from different organizational theory agendas.  

Course content and structure

Health care innovation takes place in organizations in which managers, employees, patients, 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 with some of the most important organizational conditions for healthcare innovation including formal structure, culture, professions, user-involvement, 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.

Description of the teaching methods
The course combines 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. The selection of case-material will be approved by 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 15-06-2018