BIK 2940 Management Competence at Board Level

BIK 2940 Management Competence at Board Level

Course code: 
BIK 2940
Law and Governance
Course coordinator: 
Frode Solberg
Course name in Norwegian: 
Styrekompetanse I
Product category: 
Executive - Special Course
2018 Spring
Active status: 
Level of study: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

The course shall give knowledge about important issues and theories that has relevance for practicing a directorship in the private or public sector. Vital issues in the course include understanding the connection between the companies various governing impulses (vision and strategies), the organizational system (including juridical and economic issues) and the management competence at board level.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Enable the students to discuss theoretical perspectives of board work
  • Have knowledge of Norwegian laws governing the start up and running of Pl's, Ltd's and companies with unlimited responsibility
  • Have knowledge of vital principals of financial control and accounting in a company seen through the eyes of the board


Learning outcomes - Skills
  • To be able to develop methods for the cooperation between the manager and the board of directors
  • To be able to develop methods to control the company management
  • To be able to run a strategic process
Learning Outcome - Reflection
  • Have a clear understanding of the role of a board member
  • Have a clear understanding of the board of directors responsiblity for and obligations towards the company's various stakeholders
Course content
  • Perspective on the board - the function of the board - board management and the board's work
  • The role of the Board seen from the side of the share holders, the company and the society
  • Various roles played in the boardroom, formal structures and informal work
  • The roles of the owners, the Board and the Management. Role conflicts
  • The competance required for Board members and the boards typologies
  • The Boards various functions in Plc’s, Ltd’s and Foundations
  • Laws and regulations of importance for the work in the boardroom and the individual board members responsibility and legal position with primary focus on “Lov om Aksjeselskaper av 1997” (Plc’s and Ltd’s)
  • Recruitment of board members and of CEO’s
  • The Boards responsibility to develop overall management tools through focus on strategy - value creation and risk management.
  • The Boards responsibility in connection with accounting and finances. Basic theories from finance and accounting
Learning process and requirements to students

The course has 36 lecturing hours, may be module based, for instance over 5 - 6 days in one semester; or four lecturing hours per week over a semester.

Between the modules the students will be challenged to work with spesific questions related to their own or other company cases in their project. The goal is to create progress in in the learning process, and to evaluate the theoies witch has been teached.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Required prerequisite knowledge


Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Group/Individual (1 - 3)
1 Semester(s)
Term paper, which may be solved in groups of maximum 3 persons
Exam code: 
BIK 29401
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
36 Hour(s)
Participation in the lectures
Student's own work with learning resources
15 Hour(s)
Individual work/group work
Group work / Assignments
15 Hour(s)
Written tasks
Prepare for teaching
62 Hour(s)
Preparation for lectures
72 Hour(s)
Term paper
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.