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2021/2022  KAN-CCMVI2106U  Global Innovation: Strategies, Processes, Cases

English Title
Global Innovation: Strategies, Processes, Cases

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Max von Zedtwitz - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
For academic questions related to the course, please contact course responsible Max von Zedtwitz (max.egb@cbs.dk).
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Innovation
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 01/12/2021

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Learning objectives
After having followed the course, the students should be able to:
  • Incorporate general IB and strategy skills into the management of global innovation
  • Develop global innovation and technology strategies for internationally operating firms
  • Create global initiatives aimed at sustainable technologies and sustainable innovation
  • Identify opportunities and benefits from global R&D, technology, and innovation
  • Assess the economic and ethical viability of global innovation initiatives and projects
Course prerequisites
Completed Bachelor degree or equivalent
Global Innovation: Strategies, Processes, Cases:
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 Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
the 1st and 2nd retake is a 72-hour, maximum 10-pages home assignment.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach


                      This course focuses on the strategies and processes multinational companies employ to tap into innovation locally and to leverage it globally. Specifically, we will address the following subjects:


  • Establishing, growing, and managing a global network of R&D and product development units
  • Locating, starting, and maturing individual innovation units
  • Leading dispersed innovation teams in multiple countries
  • Navigating global careers in international innovation and product development
  • Identifying, nurturing, and repatriating reverse innovations from emerging markets
  • Supporting and empowering innovators and technology entrepreneurs
  • Incubating internal spin-offs and external startups in global acceleration and incubation networks
  • Redesigning local innovation processes for global, dispersed execution
  • Adopting and deploying emerging technologies (such as AI) for break-through innovation initiatives
  • Engaging with external suppliers and customers in cooperative open innovation projects
  • Identifying and incorporating new innovation techniques (such as frugal innovation) developed in foreign markets for global leverage


We will address these questions as they relate to corporate strategy making and execution, business-level performance management and business development, and virtual team organization and leadership.


The sessions will consist of three types:

  1. Conceptual classes on strategies, organization, processes, procedures, policies, etc., mostly from a corporate perspective but including considerations by policy makers and other international organizations.
  2. Discussion of case studies of global innovation, covering actual examples and challenges of firms pursuing some innovation benefit and how they resolved issues that they did not properly anticipate.
  3. Integration workshops in which student teams combine conceptual learnings with case learnings into the development of best practice cases or, respectively, their own practice case studies.

We will address these interwoven themes and perspectives through a series of interactive lectures, case discussions, and workshops.

Description of the teaching methods
The teaching is based on a combination of lectures, groupwork and exercises. The lectures focus on the introduction of relevant terminology, concepts, case studies and theory. They will offer overviews, examples, clarifications and elaborations of selected areas, as well as an opportunity to address student questions. On-the-spot exercises provide the opportunity to deepen the understanding of new conceptual knowledge. Students actively work in groups on specific assignments, which will help develop competences to link theory with empirical observations, apply analytical rigor and confidently engage in the discourse about global strategy and innovation. The course will also make use of online elements: external videos, online teaching (as necessary), Internet research, and online team interaction. There will be external guest speakers illustrating in-action decision making and management execution, and we will elaborate specific cases through in-company investigation and analysis.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students receive feedback during the exercises and their groupwork on their assignments by the teachers. In addition, we practice feedback from peers through direct responses to other students’ work either during the exercises or by using the online platform Peergrade. Teachers offer further feedback in response to questions by groups of students or individual students. Please take advantage of the ‘office hours’ offered by the course coordinator, although these are not intended to be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes
Student workload
Preliminary assignment 10 hours
lectures 33 hours
Preparation 123 hours
Examination 40 hours
Further Information

Short 3 weeks course that cannot be combined with any other course


The course coordinator uploads Preliminary Assignment on Canvas at the end of May. It is expected that students participate as it will be included in the final exam, but the assignment is without independent assessment&grading.



“Course and exam timetable is/will be available on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams


We reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not get enough applications. This will be communicated on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams in start March.


Expected literature

Boutellier, R.; Gassmann, O.; von Zedtwitz, M. (2008): Managing Global Innovation - Uncovering the Secrets of Future Competitiveness. 3rd fully revised edition. Springer: Heidelberg. 807 pages.

Please note: these reading materials are only tentative and changes may occur. Final literature lists will be uploaded on Canvas before the beginning of the course.


Last updated on 01/12/2021