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2023/2024  KAN-CSIEO2006U  The Art of Innovation

English Title
The Art of Innovation

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Social Sciences
Course coordinator
  • Marta Gasparin - Department of Business Humanities and Law (BHL)
Main academic disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Organisation
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 29-11-2023

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of practices and principles common to innovation processes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of leadership decisions of strategic importance regarding the application of methods and processes to achieve innovation objectives.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of principles for how organisational conditions innovation and creativity can be provided.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of how the dynamics between management, leadership and organisational processes matters for the art of organisational innovation.
Course prerequisites
Only for students of the Master of Social Sciences in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Art of Innovation:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Release of assignment The Assignment is released in Digital Exam (DE) at exam start
Duration 72 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Managing innovative business and business processes have become increasingly relevant in the current competitive business environment that favours novelty, innovation and originality as sources of value. Innovative practices provide organizations with powerful methods for innovating products, services, systems and experiences. In this course, we investigate these practices in order to learn how to provide organisational conditions for innovative processes that lead to competitive advantage. We build our knowledge dynamically in class through course literature-based analyses of a set of challenges, in order to develop a more precise understanding of the organisational conditions for creativity/entrepreneurship and innovation processes. This includes an emphasis on understanding innovation capabilities, culture, processes, strategies that enable groups to engage in collaborative creativity and innovation, as well as what leadership is required.
The pedagogical approach is highly interactive and group-work based, driven by solving a problem set at the beginning of the course. By engaging in class and group discussions, students will learn how to make decisions regarding the organisational conditions for innovation practices.

Description of the teaching methods
As stated in the course description, the pedagogical approach is highly interactive and discussion based, driven by problem-solving dealing with innovation processes and strategies. By engaging in group discussions, students will learn how to make decisions regarding innovation practices. Drawing on the instructors' experiences from researching and engaging with innovation processes, practices and strategies, the groups will discuss problems and cases using course literature, in class. This allows for knowledge being created in class. It is therefore crucial that students come well prepared for discussion—having completed the reading—and willing to participate. Participating in the exercise of case analysis and debate in the classroom directly prepares the student for the exam.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students receive feedback from the instructor and peers during the course of highly interactive discussions, in small groups and in plenary. By participating in discussions, students practice the skill of making arguments based on course literature and case analysis. Feedback will also be offered on the basis of group exercises, where we reflect together on learning experiences.
Student workload
Participation in case-discussions and lectures 33 hours
Preparation for case-discussion and lectures, e.g. reading and reflection 132 hours
Exam (including exam preparation) 41 hours
Expected literature

Indicative literature 


Literature will be posted on Canvas


Last updated on 29-11-2023