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2024/2025  KAN-CIHCO1003U  The Organization of Health Care Innovation

English Title
The Organization of Health Care 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 Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 45
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care
Course coordinator
  • Kirstine Zinck Pedersen - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Organisation
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 26-01-2024

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Learning objectives
  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding for central organizational theories and concepts and evaluate their relevance in analyzing and improving healthcare innovation processes
  • 2. Identify, describe and define a healthcare innovation case and identify relevant organizational challenges
  • 3. Make a theory-driven analysis of the healthcare innovation case using organizational theories from at least two different organizational theory agendas
  • 4. Suggest an alternative innovation/improvement process based on the analysis’s findings and insights from the course curriculum.
  • 5. Demonstrate a high level of command of the syllabus
Course prerequisites
This is a mandatory course for the MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care.

To sign up send a 1-page motivational letter and a grade transcript to ily.stu@cbs.dk before the registration deadline for elective courses. You may find the registration deadlines on my.cbs.dk ( https:/​/​studentcbs.sharepoint.com/​graduate/​pages/​registration-for-electives.aspx )

Please also remember to sign up through the online registration.
The Organization of Health Care 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 Case based assignment
Release of assignment Subject chosen by students themselves, see guidelines if any
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If a student did not pass the regular exam, he/she must make a new considerably revised assignment (confer advice from the examiner) and hand it in on a new deadline specified by the secretariat.
If a student did not hand in the assignment due to illness or for other reasons, he/she will be able to hand it in on a new deadline.
Description of the exam procedure

The examination takes place through an individually written 10-page assignment in which the student is expected to apply and operationalize theories and concepts from syllabus in relation to a healthcare innovation case of own choice. In the assignment the student is expected to give a theory-enlightened case-description, an analysis of the case's innovation challenges, and a discussion of possible improvement strategies. For these purposes, the student is expected to describe and operationalize analytical perspectives (models, arguments, analytical frames, concepts) from different organizational theory agendas.  

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Health care innovation takes place in organizations in which managers, employees, patients, technologies, rules and practices constitute the organizational conditions for the design, implementation, adaptation and success of the innovation. The main objective of this course is to teach students how to understand and analyze such organizational conditions and contexts for health care innovation and become acquainted with the practical value of organizational analysis for healthcare innovation processes. The course introduces core themes of contemporary organization theory and relates each of these to the design and organization of innovations in healthcare. More specifically, the students will be presented with some of the most important organizational conditions for healthcare innovation including formal structure, culture, professions, user-involvement, infrastructure, technology and practice. Together these organizational themes are important for understanding how healthcare organizations work and how organizational processes and practices are key elements in organizing health care innovation.

Description of the teaching methods
The course combines classical lectures, case presentations and group work. The lectures require students to have read the course material before entering class. Moreover, the students are divided into groups that are each to find a healthcare innovation case to illustrate and discuss one of the organizational themes presented during the course. The selection of case-material will be approved by the course teachers. Group presentations are taking place in class.

The course is ended with an exam preparing feedback workshop where the students learn about writing case-based assignments, train their analytical skills and receive peer and teacher feedback on their case-selection and choice of analytical tools.
Feedback during the teaching period
The course is designed to be highly interactive, and teacher and peer feedback is given continuously. Feedback takes place in class during group work, case presentation and dialog, for instance as peer and teacher feedback on group presentations. Each group further receive teacher feedback in relation to their selection of case before presentation.

Moreover, the course ends with an exam preparing feedback workshop, which includes teacher and peer feedback on case-selection, structure of exam assignment and choice of theories.

The teachers are available for online communication, and office hours are further used to maintain continuous feedback.
Student workload
confrontation hours 38 hours
reading hours 60 hours
project/class presentation 30 hours
final paper 40 hours
exam preparation 38 hours
Expected literature

to be announced

Last updated on 26-01-2024