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2020/2021  MA-MMBFO1195U  A-Board

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Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 3 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Part Time Master
Duration Two Quarters
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Full-Time MBA
Course coordinator
  • Eythor Jonsson - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 24-09-2020

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Learning objectives
  • Describe growth organizations and the key tasks of developing organizations
  • Describe the main issues regarding business cases and potential of ventures
  • Solve problems and challenges which organizations face regarding business models and growth strategy
  • Use theories from the strategic literature, as well as finance, marketing and other disciplines to help entrepreneurs develop their organizations
  • Work effectively in a team of advisers and an advisory board which creates value for organizations
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see s. 13 of the Programme Regulations): 1
Compulsory home assignments
The student is required to attend at least one board meeting but it is recommendable to attend all three board meetings as the questions for the final exam will be based on all three meetings.
Exam ECTS 3
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 2-5
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
The written assignment consists of A) group recommendations/​strategic reflections on what has been accomplished through the journey and B) individual reflections about the company and the A-Board work. As such, the exam is a strategic plan including a business model and strategic actions/reccomendations.
Assignment type Report
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The group report needs to be resubmitted rewriting the individual contribution(s) of the failed or absent student(s). The questions will not change as the exam builds on already attended board meetings
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The A-Board is an advisory board program for small and medium sized companies focusing on business opportunities and larger companies focusing on innovation processes. Students will be evaluated on the basis of their participation on the board as team members.


The program will be structured around either start-up cases or innovation cases. The start-up cases are focused on companies in the early growth stages which are looking for helicopter view of the organization and to explore “what business they could be.” The innovation cases are focused on larger companies working with innovation projects which are looking for analysis of the business case of the innovations. 


There will be an option to work on a student venture in a team of 2-3 students. This is a "reversed" A-Board where alumni will act as an advisory board for the venture. There will be a vetting process once the students have sent in their ideas so the most viable projects will be chosen. For 2020/2021 the programme aims for max 5 projects of this kind.    

Description of the teaching methods
Three to five students will be sitting on a board of advisors, along with A-Board facilitator/chairman. Three board meetings will be held with a 2-3 months interval. The objective of the A-board program is to help students to understand the process of entrepreneurship and innovation as well as gaining experience in consulting and corporate governance.

Reversed A-Board option: 2-3 students will be entrereneurs on a self-selected but approved project. Experienced alumni will act as Advisory Boards.
Feedback during the teaching period
Ongoing feedback during meetings
Student workload
Group meetings 20 hours
Preparation 20 hours
Project 20 hours
Last updated on 24-09-2020