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2023/2024  KAN-CMIAO1001U  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 cand.merc. and CMIA (CMIA)
Course coordinator
  • Christoph Grimpe - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 02-06-2023

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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 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 Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 4-5
Size of written product Max. 30 pages
Max. 30 pages (groups of 5 students), max. 24 pages (groups of 4 students)
Assignment type Report
Release of assignment An assigned subject is released in class
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 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
Re-take exam is to be based on the same report as the ordinary exam:

* if a student is absent from the oral exam but has handed in the written group product she/he does not have to submit a new product for the re-take.
* 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.
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 and a discussion of questions/topics jointly prepared by the students in the group. The questions/topics are introduced to the students at the beginning of the semester. At the oral exam, students briefly discuss their report. The dialogue with the examiners will focus on the report but also include the entire course curriculum as it relates to the chosen case.

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 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 exam. It 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. (2022), Strategic Management of Technological Innovation, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 7th edition.


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

Last updated on 02-06-2023