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2022/2023  KAN-CMIBO1036U  Project Management and Product Development

English Title
Project Management and Product Development

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Autumn, Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Sofia Pemsel - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Project and change management
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 24-06-2022

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Learning objectives
  • Apply basic concepts, theories and approaches from the course to explore the challenges of managing complex projects in general and product development projects in particular
  • Explain and critically examine the theories from the course in isolation, and in relation to other theories of the course
  • Use project management and product development theory to analyze empirical cases and use cases to discuss fundamental assumptions, opportunities and limitations of used theories
  • Explain and compare different types of projects and product development processes and practices
  • Use, explain and reflect over project management tools used when planning and managing your own course-work group project
Project Management and Product Development:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 4-5
Size of written product Max. 20 pages
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
15 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
* if a student is absent from the oral exam due to documented illness but has handed in the written group product she/he does not have to submit a new product for the re-take. However the group product must be uploaded once again on Digital Exam.
* if a whole group fails the oral exam they must hand in a revised product for the re-take.
* if one student in the group fails the oral exam the course coordinator chooses whether the student will have the oral exam on the basis of the same product or if he/she has to hand in a revised product for the re- take.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Project management has become an increasingly relevant form of organizing for innovation activities such as the development of products, services, or business models, which are core to the success of businesses. Yet, successful project management requires specific competencies and skills, with some sources even claiming that the strategy of a firm is the effect of projects successfully implemented within the organization. The course aims to provide students with analytical tools and capabilities that will allow them to examine the challenges and opportunities of developing products and managing projects in a complex, uncertain, and ambiguous world, and familiarize students with state-of-the-art practices of project management and product development, such as stakeholder management, waterfall vs. agile, design thinking or design sprints.


The course design is developed with the learning objectives in mind: The course starts with a Kickoff Day, where the focus is to create a common baseline and to gain some first-hand experiences. We will present the course aim, structure and learning objectives. We aim to create a common understanding, a baseline, through lectures and exercise of what project management and product development are. How does ‘best practice’ suggest we shall plan and manage projects? What does product development involves and how does it relates to project management? We will conduct several practical exercises where the students will start planning their own course-work group project using ‘best practice’ as well as exercises of solving complex problems with design thinking. In the course-work project, the students will analyze a real-life case from a partnering organization, which will be presented during the Introduction Day. The students shall develop a research question related to the course curriculum based on this empirical case and analyze this research question using the literature presented for them during the course. The outcome of this course-work group project is the final report submitted on digital exam. This report will provide the foundation for the discussion in the following oral exam.


After the Kickoff Day, we will be ready to dive further into the theoretical approaches, concepts, and theories to help us become critical thinkers of project management approaches and the challenges we face when developing products using projects. Every week we will explore a new theme, starting with an online lecture, followed by an in-class exercise. Besides this, we will have two feedback sessions on your progress of the course-work group project, one with teacher feedback and one with peer-review feedback and final remarks from the teachers.  

Description of the teaching methods
The pedagogical approach aims at advancing the students learning and competence development in the areas of project management and product development using a mix of five main activities:
• Online lectures will provide students with the theoretical background which they can study at their own pace
• Theoretical exercises will support the students learning of the theoretical concepts presented
• Case exercises to connect theory to cases will improve the reflexivity of projects and product development in different settings as well as the limitations of theories
• Practical hands-on tool-based exercises will give the students some experience of what it means to develop products and manage a project
• Feedback on own written work will advance the final report and stimulate learning processes in relation to the course content
Feedback during the teaching period
This course involves continuous opportunities for feedback through weekly exercise classes, where the teachers will be present and explain, discuss, and probe the students to advance their learning. Besides this, we have two feedback sessions where each group will get the opportunity to get individual feedback on their progress on the final report. The first feedback session involves a teacher to group feedback session. The second, a peer-review feedback session where the students will sit in clusters of three groups, where each group will prepare feedback for two other groups. The aim is to facilitate learning-by-doing (i.e. force you to produce text for your final report), learning by observing (i.e. see how other groups have solved the task) and learning by explaining and reflecting (i.e. help others to flourish as you learn a lot by explaining, discussing and challenging others and yourself).
Student workload
Teaching 36 hours
Preparation 100 hours
Exam 70 hours
Further Information

You will find more information on all course activities on Canvas. 

Last updated on 24-06-2022