Conceptualisation of Sustainable Value Chains


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • has knowledge of the complexities and interrelations between product/service/system development and business development along value chains when bringing solutions to market
  • has knowledge and understanding of design methods and their use
  • has knowledge of the theories and methods of project management and the staging of design processes


  • can carry out a theoretically informed empirical analysis of sustainable challenges related to current design and innovation of products and services
  • can conceptualise ideas and design solutions across value chains
  • can co-create a design solution and a reconfigured sociotechnical network of relations
  • has the ability to identify and analyse the relevant technical knowledge necessary to understand the design problem and possible solutions
  • is able to create an implementation plan for a design solution in relation to the organisational, business and market related aspects
  • can professionally pitch a business idea based on a design solution


  • can give a reflected criticism of others design work and results and suggest relevant design approaches
  • can clearly present and communicate the content and outcome of the project academically and demonstrate the business perspectives and practical implications to collaborative partners in the field
  • has ability to conceptualise design solutions and value chains across knowledge boundaries and technological domains based on theoretically informed empirical analysis.

Type of instruction

Project is carried out in groups of 4 to 5 students and planned in cooperation with an external partner. The project offers instructions in engineering design methods, ethnographical methods and qualitative interviews.



Name of examConceptualisation of Sustainable Value Chains
Type of exam
Written and oral exam
Permitted aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKonceptualisering af bæredygtige værdikæder
Module codeTBISDK17101
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Design)
Study BoardStudy Board of Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design