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2019/2020  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 28-06-2019

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Learning objectives
  • Understanding 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
  • Developing skills in carrying out a small empirical project on a specific innovation
  • Aptitude in drawing on course readings 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
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved: 1
Compulsory home assignments
The student must get 1 out of 2 assignments/activities approved in order to attend the ordinary exam.

Assignment 1: Written group home assignment
Students form groups of four or five that are required to submit a written assignment (max. 2 CBS standard pages). The assignment covers one topic from the entire course curriculum and is structured similar to the final exam. The assignments have to be submitted by a specific deadline. Written feedback will be provided.

Assignment 2: Multiple-choice quiz
Towards the middle of the course, a multiple-choice quiz will be given to the students. The quiz will serve as feedback both to the students in informing them individually where they stand but also to the faculty on which topics to focus the final lectures. Following the quiz, there will be a feedback session in which the correct answers will be discussed.

Students will not have extra opportunities to get the required number of compulsory activities approved prior to the ordinary exam. If a student has not received approval of the required number of compulsory activities or has been ill, the student cannot participate in the ordinary exam.
If a student prior to the retake is still missing approval for the required number of compulsory activities and meets the pre-conditions set out in the program regulations, an extra assignment is possible.

The extra assignment is a 10 page home assignment that will cover the required number of compulsory activities. If approved, the student will be able to attend retake.
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-point grading 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 four or five and choose a case company and case innovation for analysis. During the semester, the students will be introduced to exam questions of which ten will be chosen for the final exam. Each group has to answer eight out of the ten questions (max. 1.5 CBS standard pages per question). Preceding their exam answers, students need to provide a description of their case (max. 3 CBS standard pages). 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, structure and pedagogical approach

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 written group home assignment. Moreover, there will be in-class oral feedback after the multiple-choice quiz. There is continuous feedback to students based on case analyses and exercises in class.
Student workload
Lectures 66 hours
Class preparation 126 hours
Case work 120 hours
Exam 100 hours
Expected literature

The course textbook is Melissa Schilling (2019), Strategic Management of Technological Innovation, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 6th edition.


Additional readings will be introduced for each course module as part of the course syllabus.

Last updated on 28-06-2019