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2023/2024  KAN-CSOLO1033U  Business Project

English Title
Business Project

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for cand.merc. and GMA (CM)
Course coordinator
  • Pedro Monteiro - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Organisation
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 01-12-2023

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Learning objectives
  • Define a complex organizational problem and explain how it can be examined through a coherent research design
  • Building on theoretical approaches from previous SOL coursework, find academic literature related to the problem definition
  • justify the choice of empirical setting, data sources and methods for data collection and analysis, acknowledging their benefits and limitations
  • explain the main findings of the study and critically reflect on how the study and the project report could be improved
  • articulate recommendations for practice based on the findings and elaborate on how they could be implemented in an organizational setting
Business Project:
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 Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 4-5
Size of written product Max. 30 pages
Assignment type Project
Release of assignment Subject chosen by students themselves, see guidelines if any
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 second internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If a student does not pass the regular exam, the examiner of the ordinary exam decides whether a new, revised or the same project must be handed in by the submission date for the re-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-exam.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

In this course, students learn to conduct empirical research that builds on knowledge and insights from first year SOL courses and that offers recommendations for organizational practice. With guidance from a supervisor, students develop a business project that includes formulation of a research question, independent literature search, collection and analysis of empirical data, and discussion of the implications of the findings for organizational practice. The course provides students with experience in conducting empirical research that can support their Master thesis efforts in second year. 

Description of the teaching methods
The course consists in a limited number of classes aimed at supporting students in developing knowledge and practical skills that are needed for designing, conducting and delivering a Master level research-based project on topics and situations related to strategy, organization, and leadership. To assist students in reaching critical milestones in the project’s development, the groups they form receive guidance from a project supervisor allocated by the course responsible. The students' groups are expected to work autonomously on the following aspects of the project: (1) research design and question; (2) literature search, (3) methods for data collection; (4) reporting findings; and (5) implications for practice.

Online learning resources will help students identify strengths/weaknesses in their business projects related to the learning objectives for the course.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given at the supervision sessions and a dedicated feedback session
Student workload
Teaching 9 hours
Preparation/reading/supervision/group work 123 hours
Exam 74 hours
Last updated on 01-12-2023