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2018/2019  KAN-CSOLO1802U  Managing Innovation

English Title
Managing Innovation

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
  • Valentina Tartari - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Organization
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 08-01-2019

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Learning objectives
  • distinguish the foundations, central points, and strength and weaknesses of selected perspective on innovation
  • critically discuss connections between strategy and innovation in relation to specific organizational situations
  • analyze complex innovation and digitalization challenges and discuss how they can be managed
  • critically reflect on organizational approaches to and consequences of digital transformation and innovation
Managing 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 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 in, understanding of, and imagination for action in situations of innovation in general and particularly in relation to organizational strategy and digital transformation. These situations are characterized by complexity, dynamism, and ambiguity, and pose challenges for managing and organizing. Students engage with and critically examine a range of notions, frameworks, and perspectives related to the nexus between strategy, innovation, and digitalization, such as managing creativity, design thinking, open and user innovation. The course also examines situations of inter-organizational and network-based innovation. It explores how managers and other organizational members emerge as ‘strategic actors’, championing or implementing specific initiatives related to digital transformation and innovation, such as new product and market development, category emergence, business model innovation, management innovation, social innovation, and institutional innovation, among others.

Description of the 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.                        


Chesbrough, H. W., & Appleyard, M. M. (2007). Open Innovation and Strategy.California Management Review, 50(1), 57-76.


Garud, R. (2011). Complexity Arrangements for Sustaining Innovation: Lessons from 3M Corporation, Organization Studies, 32(6): 737–767.


Felin, T., Lakhani, k. & Tushman, M. (2017). Firms, Crowds, and Innovation. Special Issue on Organizing Crowds and Innovation. Strategic Organization 15(2): 119–140.


Jones, C., Maoret, M., Massa, F., & Svejenova, S. (2012). Rebels with a Cause: Formation, Contestation, and Expansion of the De Novo Category “Modern Architecture,” 1870–1975. Organization Science, 23: 1523-1545.


Powell, W.W., Koput, K.W., & Smith-Doerr, L. (1996). Interorganizational Collaboration and the Locus of Innovation: Networks of Learning in Biotechnology. Administrative Science Quarterly 41(1):116-45.


Von Hippel, E. (2005). Democratizing Innovation. MIT 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 08-01-2019