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2019/2020  KAN-CCMVV4033U  CASES in Strategic Management of Innovation and Technology

English Title
CASES in Strategic Management of Innovation and Technology

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
Max. participants 80
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Christer Karlsson - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Please find contact information for Student Hub, student Guidiance Services etc. on My.cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 25-03-2019

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Learning objectives
The learning objectives are mainly on developing analytical skills through training and less on acquiring knowledge through lectures.
The student will after the course:
• Understand the strategic management of core competencies of value adding processes
• Be able to identify different managerial challenges related to those
• Be trained in analyzing complex problematic situations
• Be able to do such analyses across different cases of firms with variations in e.g. industry, size, technologies
• Be trained in developing, assessing and comparing different patterns of action
• Be skilled in applying different management technologies and be able to explain the concepts, their objectives, and application in practice
• Be trained in arguing for best appropriate proposed managerial action
CASES in Strategic Management of Innovation and Technology:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Duration 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time With the listed preparation time: 20 Minutes
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids Closed book
The student is only allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital) to the preparation room. Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the preparation time.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

As a basis for the oral exam, the student draws an exam question asking the student to perform a from a specific perspective analysis across given cases. During the preparation time the student can prepare an answer to the exam question and this answer is the starting point for the oral exam. For the exam, the student is only allowed to bring hand written notes made during the preparation on the paper available in the preparation room and the drawn printed exam question. As part of the oral exam, elaborating questions will be asked by the examiners to deepen the analysis of issues and expand it across cases.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Strategic management of Innovation and Technology is about understanding what creates competitive advantages through building unique competencies. A certain strength is the one of innovative capability, but also the management of technological development. Technology is the knowledge area (logy) of techniques of products, services and processes, how to create them and how to manage them, not to be misunderstood as technique. Important areas that are covered in the course are Technology as knowledge of Products/Services and processes, Patterns of Industrial Innovation, Developing the Innovative Capabilities and core competencies, Sourcing and transfer of knowledge, Venturing processes, Systems for Innovation, Managing from Research to development, Organizing and utilizing global resources, Development strategy; Organizing and Leading teams, Developing the Learning Organization. This is dealt with mainly within the cases analyses but also in comparative discussions. Hence, along with being able to do the analysis of the listed areas in the individual firm, the student is supposed to be able to compare and contrast cases and analyses in the course.

The course's development of personal competences:

The students will develop their competences in acting as managers and management consultants. They will have to analyze complex situations based on complex but limited data, sort out what is more and less relevant, apply what they get from literature, develop alternative ways of action, make choices, recommendations and propose action. The course aims at training skills for line managers and management consultants.

NOTE: The course objective is to train and develop skills in doing analysis, not acquiring knowledge about the cases even if the student has to know of the cases to do the analyses. Preparations will take considerable time in getting to know the cases well and through readings get tools to analyze them. It will be difficult to acquire the analytical skills without active class participation.

Please be aware that this course is also part of a minor in Operations and Innovation Process Management 

Description of the teaching methods
The format of this course is case based training. Cases are 'open-ended', i.e. they are complex and do not end with a couple of questions but with a problematic situation from which to take action. The format is often understood as the Harvard or Stanford Business School style. This may be new to many CBS students. Students will have to prepare case based sessions and will have to find theory in a list of scientific articles. In the lecture, the students have to act by analyzing and presenting while the teacher acts as a facilitator. This shal involve high-energy discussion, debate, and interaction. The course objective is acquiring skills by training, not learning by reading. By the end of the course, participants have developed and refined analytical skills and for presenting their arguments persuasive to others as a result of the discussion- and critique-oriented nature of the course.

Note: Students must prepare case analyses or training will not take place. Students are asked to make presentations of their analyses at the outset of each session. It may be difficult to acquire the analytical skills without active class participation.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feed-back will be given on the oral presentations of the for each session prepared analyses.
Student workload
Readings and preparations for class dicussions 130 hours
Active class participation 36 hours
Examination 40 hours
Further Information

This course is part of the Minor in Operations and Innovation Process Management

Expected literature


Schilling, Melissa A. (2016). Strategic management of technological innovation (5th edition), McGraw-Hill, New York.



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Last updated on 25-03-2019