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2018/2019  KAN-CSOCV1022U  Re-imagining Environmental Entrepreneurship - CANCELLED

English Title
Re-imagining Environmental Entrepreneurship - CANCELLED

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type 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
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Social Sciences
Course coordinator
  • Ester Barinaga - Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 22-05-2018

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Learning objectives
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Evaluate whether the value system of a collective is geared towards development of interpretations, valuations and actions conducive to creative development in group.
  • Connect social and environmental concerns to the particular entrepreneurial collective project
  • Create dynamic systems of values which can motivate teams and groups to develop their creativity
  • Decide which strategies and tactics are needed to implement dynamic and open systems of values which foster creativity development in group.
  • Design effective responses to solve challenges in the implementation of dynamic and open systems of values.
Course prerequisites
This course is offered as part of the Minor in Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Business. Other courses in this minor are "Re-imagining Capitalism", "Re-imagining Money" and "Re-imagining the Commons".

The course can be taken as a separate elective, but students will benefit from taking it together with the minor’s two other electives.
Re-imagining Environmental Entrepreneurship:
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 Essay
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
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
Description of the exam procedure

A take home exam in written form not to exceed 10 pages. The assignment is to develop an entrepreneurial open dynamic system of values able to enhance the collective creative development. Students need to be able to convince project members to freely join in this new way of organizing their work oriented towards creative development. Graded on a Danish 7-step scale.

Course content and structure

Entrepreneurial projects face two major challenges. One, an ability to mobilize, cohere and motivate teams in a way that is dynamic and creative to build a valued shared future. Two, a conception of environment, people and communities that is not an optional concern but an integral part of the entrepreneurial endeavour. This course takes both these challenges, contributing to re-imagine entrepreneurship.


Imagine you want to create an entrepreneurial project which many people would want to be part of.  A project in which team members would be extremely committed and able to create products and services that would care for the environment, people and communities. How would you do it?


The course deals with two fundamental issues:  

  1. Re-thinking the key elements of Entrepreneurship: entrepreneurs need to be able to mobilize and engage a diverse group of people with specialised knowledges and experiences towards being creative. Yet often, the ability to cohere and motivate teams towards creative development is left to chance. The question is how to develop a system of values which encourages creative development specific to each collective.
  2. Re-establishing the environment as us, thus not as a separated optional concern. This has profound implications for the success of our entrepreneurial project.


The course is addressed to all students, not only to those who want to be entrepreneurs, but to anyone that wishes to develop social, organizational and cultural projects. It is addressed to students who want to organize social and cultural movements.  Specifically, in this course, we will work on developing dynamic open value structures –systems– which cohere and stimulate collectives towards developing their creativity in creating products and services (understood in the broad sense). This process requires re-imagining new ways of working, and new ways of thinking that do not separate the environment from human concerns.


To ensure that course participants are able to manage the creation and communication of open and dynamic value-systems oriented to creative development, they will have to develop their own entrepreneurial project.



The course is part of the series Advanced Studies Electives. It addresses students in their last year of their master who are looking for inspiration for their master theses.  


The course is part of the Minor in Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Business. Although the course can be taken as a separate elective, students will benefit from taking it together with the Minor’s three other electives: “Re-imagining Capitalism”, “Re-imagining Money” and “Re-imagining the Commons”.  To obtain the Minor Diploma, students need to pass all three courses in the Minor.

Description of the teaching methods
The teaching methodology is studio based: relying on collaborative work, multiple group project and activities, individual reflection, class discussions, individual and group experiments and short lectures on demand.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feed-back will be made integral to the course in various ways:
- Office hours
- Class discussions and student presentations
- Exam feedback after the exam
Student workload
Classes (lectures and case discussions) 30 hours
Exam 40 hours
Preparation 136 hours
Expected literature

Preliminary course literature:

  • Corbí, M. (2016). Principles of an epistemology of values. Cham: Springer
  • Kinni, T. (2017), September 18). Is capitalism killing America? Stanford Business Graduate School
  • Laloux, F. (2014). Reinventing organizations. Belgium: Nelson Parker
  • Lanfranchi, G. (1977). La formation de soi par soi. Beauvais: La Table Ronde
  • Pfläging, N. (2015). Why we cannot learn a damn thing from semco, or toyota. vision.haufe.de
  • Prat-i-Pubill, Q. (2014). Creativity. The backbone of organization's survival, achieved through axiological projects. A guide for managers and leaders to to transit to a creative organization. ESADE Business School.
  • Prat-i-Pubill, Q., & Lozano, JM (2014). Intervening in collectivities using persuasive argumentation. Ramon Llull Journal of Applied Ethics , (5), 65-8
  • Semler, R. (1989). Managing without managers. Harvard Business Review
Last updated on 22-05-2018