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2018/2019  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 - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 22-06-2018

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Learning objectives
  • 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 Group exam
Please note the rules in the Programme Regulations about identification of individual contributions.
Number of people in the group 4-5
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 24 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
* a new set of questions will be chosen for the retake exam
* if a student in the group fails the ordinary exam he/she has to hand in a revised product for the re-take
Description of the exam procedure

Students have to form groups of 4 or 5 and choose a case company and case innovation to analyze according to a pre-defined structure (max. 5 CBS standard pages). During the semester, the students will be introduced to exam questions of which 6 will be chosen for the final exam. Each group has to answer 5 out of the 6 questions (max. 2 CBS standard pages per question). Students have to indicate their respective contribution to the exam. The grade is individual and based on each student’s contribution to the 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.


Description of the 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 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 22-06-2018