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2021/2022  BA-BHAAV1816U  Hot topics in management/Modern managerial issues

English Title
Hot topics in management/Modern managerial issues

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Autumn, Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Kristina Dahlin - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Corporate governance
  • Management
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 06-04-2021

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Learning objectives
To successfully complete the course students should:
  • Be informed about current topics in management and how they fit within general management theory
  • Be able to analyze complex issues drawing from models learned across courses
  • Understand managerial choices when facing new burning issues
  • Assess whether and how to manage new challenges given one's own organizational conditions
Hot topics in management/Modern managerial issues:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Project
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
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 course will be taught in a 2+2 hour format, with 2 hours of theory and a 2 hour case analysis, discussion or exercise.


This course builds on models you learned in strategic management and organizational behavior courses, but also operations management and finance insights are relevant when analyzing the topics discussed in the course.


Managers face issues that were not imagineable a few decades ago from cyberthreats to  social media reputation. While courses in business schools teach  systematic ways to analyze the world, new issues such as cyber security, organizational stigma and failure learning are oftentimes only cursorily touched upon. In this course, students will learn more about a set of hot issues and how to analyze their impact on their own organization and design response strategies to them as well. We address a number of topics and guide students on how they can understand them better. By emphasizing how to seek information and think around action options, students should develop a method they can use to also address future such challenges.



Cyber security

Stigma & reputation

Emotional intelligence and motivation

(Post M&A) organizational culture

Learning from organiztional failure(s)

Platform competition

Crypto currencies

Forecasting the future


Description of the teaching methods
In each lecture, we (1) cover how to understand the issues, where they fit into, or challenge, traditional model spaces and (2) what the managerial options, that is, how to respond or not.
Feedback during the teaching period
Office hours: Students would be able to come during the office hours to ask questions about their written report. In addition, students will be able to sign up for a feedback moment based on a two-page outline of their group assignment. Tailored tips and suggestions will be given to them about how they can improve before they engage with the final group project.

Feedback on the written report and video presentation: Students will receive written feedback about their group reports and also their video presentation. The feedback will focus on the content, structure, and depth of the assignment, as well as some general writing and presentation skills so that the students’ learning experience can go beyond this course.
Student workload
Lectures and Exercises 38 hours
Preparation of lectures and exercises (incl. reading) 24 hours
Exam project (research and writing of report) 126 hours
Preparation and recording of project presentation 14 hours
Providing peer feedback online 6 hours
Expected literature
  • Pollock, T. G., Lashley, K., Rindova, V. P., & Han, J. H. (2019). Which of these things are not like the others? Comparing the rational, emotional, and moral aspects of reputation, status, celebrity, and stigma. Academy of Management Annals, 13(2), 444-478.
  • Schuetz, M., & Woo, C.H.L., (2016). Dieselgate - Heavy Fumes Exhausting the Volkswagen Group.
  • Sheldon, O. J., Dunning, D., & Ames, D. R. (2014). Emotionally unskilled, unaware, and uninterested in learning more: Reactions to feedback about deficits in emotional intelligence. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99(1), 125–137.  https:/​/​doi.org/​10.1037/​a0034138
  • Schifrin, D., & Weiss, L. (2019). Mindfulness in the Workplace.
  • Guiso, L., Sapienza, P., & Zingales, L. (2015). The value of corporate culture. Journal of Financial Economics, 117(1), 60-76.
  • Askin, N., & Petriglieri, G. (2016). Tony Hsieh at Zappos: Structure, Culture and Radical Change.
  • Murphy, S. P. (2018). A holistic approach to cybersecurity starts at the top. Frontiers of health services management, 35(1), 30-36.
  • Esteves, J., Ramalho, E., & De Haro, G. (2017). To improve cybersecurity, think like a hacker. MIT Sloan Management Review, 58(3), 71.
  • Dahlin, K. B., Chuang, Y.-T., & Roulet, T. J. (2018). Opportunity, motivation, and ability to learn from failures and errors: Review, synthesis, and ways to move forward. The Academy of Management Annals, 12(1), 252–277.  https:/​/​doi.org/​10.5465/​annals.2016.0049
  • Boudreau, K. (2010). Open platform strategies and innovation: Granting access vs. devolving control. Management Science, 56(10), 1849-1872.
  • Yoffie, DB., Gawer, A, & MA Cusumano (2019). A study of more than 250 platforms reveal why most fail. Harvard Business Review,
  • Allayannis, Y. & A. Fernstrom. (2017) Bitcoin: Investment or Illusion? Harvard Business Case.
  • Ho T-H, Chen K-Y. New Product Blockbusters: The Magic and Science of Prediction Markets. California Management Review. 2007;50(1):144-158. doi:10.2307/41166420
Last updated on 06-04-2021