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2021/2022  DIP-D1FMV5019U  Innovation

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Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Graduate Diploma
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 15
Max. participants 40
Study board
Study Board for Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Valentina Tartari - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Innovation
Teaching methods
  • Online teaching
Last updated on 01-07-2021

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Learning objectives
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze business economic issues relevant to innovative firms
  • Demonstrate knowledge of consequences of IPR and collaboration modes for innovation
  • Apply knowledge of innovation and digital transformation in practice
  • Demonstrate understanding of the effects of individual background, team composition, network positions and structures and firm level collaboration for innovation
Course prerequisites
To benefit the most from this course it is recommended that you have knowledge of the central themes in the compulsory course Business Administration (Erhvervsøkonomi).
Exam ECTS 5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 24 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam Oral Exam
Duration: 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time: No preparation
Examiner(s): If it is an internal examination, there will be a second internal examiner at the re-exam. If it is an external examination, there will be an external examiner.
Description of the exam procedure

The exam will consist of approximately 4-6 questions addressing the topics discussed in class. Focus will be on analyzing selected business cases using the theories taught in the course as point of departure for an analysis and discussion. The questions will each target one or a few topics and theories, and will not require integration of all of the course topics into one answer. You will be assessed based on your ability to clearly communicate understanding of theory and case, as well as ability to analyze and discuss the exam questions. To do this may require you to recall theories and concepts discussed in the readings and in class and briefly describe these before engaging in the analysis and discussion. The exam questions will be similar to (though not identical to) the questions used in the weekly assignments.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

What enables some firms to continuously innovate and capture market shares while others fail and go out of business? In this course we will discuss the characteristics of innovative firms and how successful firms manage to take on the challenges of digital transformation. The main focus of the course is on innovation, but we will view innovation in the context of digital transformation. Throughout the course we will address how digital transformation changes conditions for innovation and innovative firms. Using a framework of standard innovation theories as our point of departure, we will contrast standard innovation theory with the opportunities and constraints of digital transformation. We will discuss how digitalization challenges innovative firms regarding products, processes and sources of profit.

Description of the teaching methods
Students’ learning experience will be enhanced though integration of classroom activities, self study and web based learning activities. The course is based on a blended learning approach, in the sense that students are expected to utilize the online resources for preparation, hand-in and to receive feedback. Preparation to each class is necessary to enhance the learning experience and participate in class discussions and group work on home assignments. Preparation will be a combination of readings, video lectures and cases.

The purpose of the preparation for each class is to introduce students to each topic. The purpose of the classes is to go deeper into each topic, link theory with practical examples, analyze and discuss. The classes consist of lectures, exercises and case based teaching. Teachers will elaborate on the topic and provide examples, exercises and cases to facilitate classroom discussion and help students integrate theory and real life examples.

For each class students are expected to prepare by reading, watching video lecturers and cases, and complete a multiple‐choice test. During class students will have time to embark on group-based assignments, and following class students have the opportunity to receive feedback by handing in these group‐based assignments.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students will receive feedback through in class discussion, opportunity for weekly assignment hand-ins based on exam question from previous years (in groups), and weekly online multiple choice tests and essay questions
Student workload
In class 30 hours
Exam and preparation 120 hours
Last updated on 01-07-2021