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2019/2020  KAN-CJURV7075U  Law and Management

English Title
Law and Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
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 BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Andrej Savin - CBS Law
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
  • Innovation
  • Management
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 08-02-2019

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Learning objectives
Upon completing the course, students should be able to
  • understand the interplay between law and management
  • use law proactively in management situations
  • learn to use law and legal tools to increase total value created and the share of that value captured by the firm
  • understand the relationship between law and business
  • use knowledge of law to avoid difficult dispute situations
  • learn the role of legal advice in a corporation
Course prerequisites
No prerequisites. No prior knowledge of law is required.
Law and Management:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 24 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The main aim of the course is to provide training in managing the legal dimension of business. A typical setup in a modern corporation involves legal counsel at various stages – drafting and performing contracts, litigating, enforcing IP rights, etc. Modern businesses, however, require an understanding and knowledge of the interplay between law, business and society which is not independent of the role the attorneys play.  The course is based on an assumption that the quality of legal astuteness is a key managerial skill.
The understanding of legal problems is crucial for modern managers as it is no longer possible only to include law at the dispute stage, i.e. to treat law as a pathological element. Therefore, the course attempts to present legal topics for their managerial importance and value rather than to teach black-letter law and/or litigations skills only.

The course includes an important law & economics component, teaching future managers to analyse the legal problems from the viewpoint of efficiency. A number of topics (contracts, tort, intellectual property) therefore, have the law & economics theory component.
The topics included are:

  1. Law, Value Creation and Risk Management; Ethics and the Law
  2. Sources of Law, Courts and Dispute Resolution
  3. Contracts, Sales, Licensing and E-Commerce
  4. Torts
  5. Intellectual Property
  6. Trade Secrets and Non-Disclosure Agreements
  7. Marshalling Human Resources

PLEASE NOTE: since this class is case-based, it requires active in-class participation and preparation. No Powerpoints will be used or provided! If you are not happy with this, please do not take this class.

Description of the teaching methods
The class is case-based. Cases are pre-assigned for each class and then discussed. Previous preparation is required. Traditional lectures with power points will not be provided.
Feedback during the teaching period
Question time in exercise classes. Exam preparation in last class. Open hours.
Student workload
Lectures 100 hours
Case-studies 80 hours
Exams 30 hours
Expected literature

Constance E. Bagley: Managers and the Legal Environment - Strwtegies for the 21st Century (International edition, Southwestern CENGAGE 2016) 

Special CBS edition of the e-book available at http:/​/​www.cengagebrain.co.uk/​shop/​isbn/​9781473753402 (a 15% discount will be applicable from 20 August to 20 September)


Aprox. 3-4 case studies to be posted on CBS Learn

Last updated on 08-02-2019