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2022/2023  KAN-CMIBO1035U  Innovation and Knowledge

English Title
Innovation and Knowledge

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Christoph Grimpe - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 24-06-2022

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Learning objectives
  • Understanding the theories and concepts of the course curriculum
  • Ability to apply analytical tools and to assess their usefulness
  • Familiarity with key findings of the empirical literature
  • Developing skills in carrying out a small empirical project on a specific innovation
  • Aptitude in drawing on course readings for the preparation and execution of this project
  • Ability to use general insights from the curriculum to build an analytical understanding of the case, and to reflect on possible discrepancies between theory and case findings
Innovation and Knowledge:
Exam ECTS 15
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 4-5
Size of written product Max. 50 pages
Max. 50 pages (groups of 5 students), max. 41 pages (groups of 4 students)
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
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
If a student in the group or the group as a whole fail the ordinary exam, they have to hand in a revised written product for the re-take.
Description of the exam procedure

Students have to form groups of four or five and choose a case company and case innovation for analysis. The exam includes a description of the chosen case (max. 5 CBS standard pages) which is jointly prepared by the students in the group. Moreover, each student has to answer two exam questions individually (max. 9 CBS standard pages per student). The exam questions are introduced to the students at the start of the 48-hour exam period. To allow for an individual grade, students need to indicate which questions they answered.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Objective: This course builds analytical insight into relationships between knowledge, innovation and competitiveness and into their implications for the management of innovation.
Content: The course introduces theories, concepts, and methods for the analysis of innovations at the levels of projects, firms and industries. The course also introduces a set of tools related to innovation practices of firms, as one of the ways in which the course bridges and integrates academic analysis of innovations with the practical issues of their management.


Description of the teaching methods
This course applies blended learning principles, i.e. the combination of pre-recorded and live online teaching with face-to-face teaching. The course features lectures and case discussions. Moreover, students form groups of four or five to analyze a recent innovation in a specific company based on interviews and desk research in order to prepare for the final exam.
Feedback during the teaching period
Written home assignment: Students form groups of four or five to submit a written assignment. The assignment is a preparation for the final exam and consists of a short description of a case innovation chosen by the group and the answer to one question, similar to those that will be asked in the exam. The written assignment is jointly prepared by the group and submitted by a specific deadline. Written feedback will be provided.

Multiple-choice quizzes: Students have the opportunity to take self-paced multiple-choice quizzes. Online feedback will be provided.

There is continuous feedback to students based on case analyses and exercises in class.
Student workload
Lectures 66 hours
Class preparation 126 hours
Case work 120 hours
Exam 100 hours
Expected literature

The course textbook is Schilling, M. (2019), Strategic Management of Technological Innovation, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 6th edition.


Additional readings will be introduced for each course module as part of the course syllabus.

Last updated on 24-06-2022