Nordic Nine

The Nordic Nine is a set of nine transformative capabilities that balance the advancement of the individual with responsibilities that stretch beyond business and into society. The capabilities interweave the many views inside CBS while clearly distinguishing CBS from the majority of other business schools in the world.

The purpose of The Nordic Nine initiative is that all graduates from CBS possess the transformative skills described in The Nordic Nine which are a part of CBS’ strategy. The goal is that all graduates from CBS in 2024 have engaged in research based learning processes that develop The Nordic Nine skills, including the special management skills that are characteristic of the Nordic model, and which is essential for CBS’ ambition to be a part of leading the necessary transformations in business and society. The revised competency profiles of the study programs are applicable for the enrollments in 2021.

  • The Nordic Nine is a set of transformational capabilities that will be integrated into all CBS programs ​​
  • The Nordic Nine also reaches into teacher development and learning design​​
  • The Nordic Nine will position CBS as a global business university with a unique Nordic approach​​

Support package

This section will guide you to the competency development events and inspirational materials that can support you in engaging your students in collaborative and group work activities. 

‘The support package’ is the product of collaboration between the Nordic Nine project team, the D&I office, and the Student Affairs. Setting the focus on collaboration and group work allows us to address ​key concerns of three of CBS’ strategic initiatives: Student well-being, Diversity, and Gender Equality, and Nordic Nine (specifically, the development of collaboration capabilities that lie at the core of NN6 and NN8). The alignment of the agendas around collaboration aims to reduce complexity and make the strategic agendas more operational and concrete for all of the involved stakeholders – students, programs, course coordinators, and lecturers. Study Board members had an opportunity to inform and shape the support package through a set of workshops that took place in September 2022. 

Competency development

Collaboration and group work are instrumental in building a community of learners among students. This, in turn, helps ensure student well-being, a sense of inclusion, and the development of important capabilities. However, there is also a risk of a group break-up, conflict, and marginalization of individual students that are detrimental to both individual well-being and their learning outcomes.

The competency development workshops and webinars in this section aim to support the teachers in engaging students with collaborative activities in a way that leverages the differences between the group members and limits the risk of negative events. Some of the offerings are planned as on-campus workshops allowing you to experiment with the tools and techniques through a guided process and some will take place as webinars that are easier to fit into your schedule. 

Competency development offerings

Collaborative learning

In this hands-on webinar, the participants will be introduced to the main pedagogical principles of collaborative learning. We shall discuss its main benefits and common challenges and explore the wide variety of activity types available to teachers. The participants will learn how to approach the selection of collaborative activities and how to frame them to maximize student learning.

Format: 90-minute webinar, online

3 February, 2023, 09.30-11.00: Sign up here

10 May, 2023, 14.30-16.000: Sign up here

Design tools for inclusion in the classroom

In this workshop we introduce you to the design-based approach and present a selection of tools used by designers to structure processes. We will also do a range of activities together to apply some of these tools and reflect on how they can help us address the inclusion issues we are facing in our own teaching practice. Design tools that we introduce and practice in the workshop include “speaking rules” that can be employed to redefine the social roles of students in coursework and class discussions and push a more equal distribution of speaking time among students. We will also work with problem-framing, to first re-design our challenges before trying to create the optimal conditions for inclusion in the business school.

Format: 3 hours, on-campus

1 March 2023, 13.00-16.00: Sign-up link

28 April 2023, 09.00-12.00: Sign-up link

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for group work 

Based on learning sciences’ research on how humans learn best, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that supports the design of inclusive and accessible learning. 

The workshop will open with a presentation of the UDL framework, its theoretical underpinnings and its main principles for implementation. The main part of the workshop will focus on how to apply UDL in group work, specifically when students work in groups on medium or long-term collaborative tasks or projects.  

UDL guidelines will be discussed to answer these questions: What barriers to learning does group work usually create and how can these be reduced?, How can group work be designed for diversity, giving all students equal opportunities to thrive? Participants will consider UDL recommendations to design inclusive group work and will identify specific strategies that can be implemented in their courses.  

Format: 2 hours, on-campus

9 March 2023, 14.00-16.00: Sign-up link

17 May 2023, 10.00-12.00: Sign-up link

Generation Lockdown: getting a new generation of students involved and engaged in your classes

In this workshop we examine how you as an educator can help your students develop successful study strategies for the courses you teach. The focus is not on major, time-consuming changes to your planning or teaching. Rather, it is about the little changes in your classroom preparation and execution that help students to better understand and navigate the course – and to use efficient study techniques that support learning.  

Key topics: 

  • What are CBS students’ main challenges – especially after several years in lockdown? 
  • Matching how you frame the curriculum to the students’ level of academic insight 
  • The little things you can do in your preparation and teaching that make a big difference to students 

The workshop is also available on demand to groups of educators from e.g., a particular study program. The workshop can also be offered in Danish. 

Format: On-campus

Dates are TBA

Workshop on student group work for faculty 

SRG Student Counseling offers a workshop on group work dynamics for faculty members with a desire to improve their understanding and operational skills in integrating project group work in their courses. 

Project group work is potentially an important aspect of a psychologically safe learning environment for students but may also involve some pitfalls that might lead to inefficiency, conflict, mental distress, and even exclusion among students. 

This workshop offers an understanding of the psychological dynamics at play among students and allows lecturers to prepare their students for some of the natural barriers to succeed with group work and be able to deal with groups enduring challenges. 

The participants will be introduced to the basic psychological dynamics and frequently used maladaptive coping strategies among students as well as evidence-based advice on more helpful approaches. 

The workshop taps into the pedagogical and didactical experience of the participants and aims for the collaborative development of new desired actions likely to bring change to the learning space.

Format: 2 1/2 hours, on-campus

Friday 27 January, 8:55: Sign up here

Monday 30 January 13:30: Sign up here

Instructional design for formative peer assessment 

The quality of instructional design influences greatly the efficiency of peer feedback activities as formative practices and therefore has a significant impact on the learning benefits obtained by students.  

This webinar will focus on the use of peer feedback as a learning tool and will present some of the key issues to consider when designing formative peer feedback activities. 

The main topics will be  

  • choosing and introducing the activity 
  • aligning the activity with the course’s learning outcomes  
  • guiding students in assessment  
  • supporting students in feedback provision  
  • encouraging self-reflection 
  • facilitating proactive recipience of feedback  

Format: 90-minute webinar

23 February 2023, 15.00-16.30: Sign up here

14 June 2023, 14.00-15.30: Sign up here

Diversity and Power: An Experiential Learning Process 

In this course, teachers will themselves be participants in an experiential and interactive learning process that leverages the group dynamics as content for reflection. The course uses a democracy education method from the NGO sector that encourages the diversity of the group to emerge. Through activities around identity, decision-making, competition, and collaboration, teachers get to reflect on the group’s ability to engage in a democratic process. They also get the opportunity to reflect on how they react to the tension inherent to this type of learning. The ‘learning by doing’ philosophy underlying this course means that teachers will then be able to allow such learning moments in their classrooms, not shying away from the discomfort characteristic of such a reflexive form of learning.  

Format: 3 hours, on-campus

6 February 2023, 13.00-16.00: Sign-up link

13 June 2023, 13.00-16.00: Sign-up link

Understanding and supporting student well-being: How to integrate well-being in teaching using tools to improve collaboration capabilities

“I do not dare to tell others if I think a subject is difficult. I’m just dealing with it myself. But why the hell aren’t we talking about it to try to find a solution? No one dares to announce that they think things are difficult. I believe it’s because nobody wants to be perceived as being stupid. In essence, you are scared of what others might think.”

This is how a CBS student accounts for feelings of inadequacy, which pose a threat to well-being, learning, and the transformative capabilities of Nordic Nine, of which several, especially NN#6 (You critical when thinking and constructive when collaborating) presuppose the courage to be open-minded. This problem must not be pathologized but taken seriously. One way to do that is to see group work and classroom setting as an entrance to enhance the student’s courage and collaboration capabilities. 

Recognizing that human beings would get along with each other better, were they able to understand one another better, and that this understanding is not to be got out of books, the research has developed tools for students to train this humanity capability as a dynamic social-emotional.

Format: 2,5 hours, on-campus

8 May 2023, 09.00-11.30 (Danish): Sign-up link

8 May 2023, 13.00 – 15.30 (English): Sign-up link

6 June 2023, 09.00-11.30 (English): Sign-up link

6 June 2023, 13.00-15.30 (Danish): Sign-up link

NN workshop at programme level 

This tailor-made workshop aims to create a shared understanding of the NNs among teachers on the programme and guide their further efforts around NN implementation in courses.

The workshop will be prepared in close collaboration with the Programme Director to reflect the teaching context and the immediate needs of the programme and will involve group discussions, teacher presentations and individual reflection.  

During the workshop, Teaching&Learning consultants will facilitate a discussion about selected NNs and their interpretation in the context of the programme. The workshop will also present examples of successful implementation of NNs in this programme and allow participants to reflect on their own courses. 

To schedule this workshop for your programme, please reach out to Varia Christie at vac.tl@cbs.dk 

Format: 2 hours, on-campus

The workshop is on demand.

Teaching methods that support
The Nordic Nine

Some teaching methods are central for supporting the application of The Nordic Nine capabilities. Read more about them here.