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2020/2021  KAN-CPOLO1902U  Global Innovation Strategies

English Title
Global Innovation Strategies

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Fourth Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Grazia Santangelo - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Innovation
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 24-06-2020

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Learning objectives
  • Identify, evaluate and discuss key theories, frameworks and models in relation to global innovation strategies
  • Identify, evaluate, and analyze firms’ challenges to access, transfer and use globally dispersed knowledge
  • Evaluate and assess the role of different types of knowledge and institutions in firms’ innonvation-related strategy-making
  • Identify, evaluate and apply different theoretical perspectives on firms’ innovation-related strategy-making
  • Analyze business case studies by applying relevant concepts and theoretical perspectives on global innovation strategies
Global Innovation Strategies:
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 Case based assignment
Duration 2 weeks to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of today’s global innovation strategies. To this end, the course builds on different theoretical perspectives and extensively discusses company cases. The course consists of two parts. The first part revolves around the knowledge-based view of the firm as a theoretical lens to understand knowledge-related strategies across the globe. It also outlines the role of institutions in influencing how firms strategize on their knowledge-related assets around the world. The last part focuses on the phenomenon of global knowledge sourcing by looking at the drivers and effects, the geography, and the new actors involved in global innovation strategies.

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, case discussion and group assignments
Feedback during the teaching period
Students will get continuous feedback during 1) the case discussion at the end of each lecture; 2) an in-class quiz section, which will take place during the second half of the course and provide feedback to each answer (quizzes will be made available at CBS Canvas); and 3) a peergrading feedback session on the past year exam toward the end of the course. Attendance and active participation in the class will also secure continuous feedback. Faculty staff members teaching the course are available during office hours.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work, etc.) 120 hours
Lectures/ class exercises / “homework café”/ workshops etc. 32 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 75 hours
Expected literature

The literature is based on academic articles. The following texts represent examples of the reading list.

Alcacer, J., & Chung, W. (2007). Location strategies and knowledge spillovers. Management Science53 (5), 760-776.

Chung, W., & Yeaple, S. (2008). International knowledge sourcing: Evidence from US firms expanding abroad. Strategic Management Journal , 29 (11), 1207-1224.

D'Agostino, LM, Laursen, K., & Santangelo, GD (2013) The impact of R&D offshoring on the home knowledge production of OECD investing regions. Journal ofEconomic Geography , 13 (1): 145-175.

Grant, RM (1996). Toward a knowledge-based theory of the firm. Strategic Management Journal , 17 (S2), 109-122.

Lewin, A. Y., Massini, S., & Peeters, C. (2009) Why are companies offshoring innovation? The emerging global race for talent. Journal of International Business Studies , 40 (6): 901-925.

Narula, R., & Santangelo, GD (2009) Location, collocation and R&D alliances in the European ICT industry. Research Policy , 38 (2): 393-403.

Zhao, M. (2006). Conducting R&D in countries with weak intellectual property rights protection. Management Science52 (8), 1185-1199.


Last updated on 24-06-2020