GRA 8247 Entrepreneurship and Green Business Innovations

GRA 8247 Entrepreneurship and Green Business Innovations

Course code: 
GRA 8247
Department: 
Law and Governance
Credits: 
5
Course coordinator: 
Per Espen Stoknes
Arne Carlsen
Product category: 
Executive
Portfolio: 
EMBA Sustainable Business - Programme courses
Semester: 
2020 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

This course, conducted in Stockholm, focuses on how you can develop smart green ideas and make business models for innovations. We will visit leading Swedish entrepreneurial networks, such as Norrsken, the “Impact Unicorn Factory” and meet leading impact entrepreneurs, business angels as well as investors. We will also learn more about design thinking in practice, social entrepreneurship and impact investment, and how companies can tackle cultural and organisational inertia. We delve into entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship; how new green ventures go from seed to growth stage - and from start-ups to scale-ups.

 

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Participants will learn:

  • the main theories of innovation in a Green Economy framework
  • ​success criteria for start-ups and different types of innovations
  • learning curves and market-policy frameworks
  • the psychology and team-dynamics of start-ups, whether intrapreneur or entrepreneur
  • main trends in Nordic green innovations funding, from start-ups to scale-ups.
Learning outcomes - Skills

Participants will be able to

  • develop Smart Green innovations into sustainable business models
  • create strong and convincing business cases
  • fine-tune pitching for securing investor funding
General Competence

Participants will be challenged to reflect on:

  • the challenges and shadow sides of entrepreneurs and start-ups, including social entrepreneurship.
  • their team-, listening and communication skills in innovation processes
Course content
  • Theories of innovation in a Green Economy framework
  • Funding of green innovations: trends and pitfalls
  • How to run an innovation incubator for impact start-ups
  • Entrepreneurship vs intrapreneurship: from seed to growth stage, start-ups to scale-ups
  • The psychological, team challenges and shadow sides of entrepreneurs and start-ups; why do most start-ups fail?
  • Social entrepreneurship and impact investment
  • How the Nordic model connects to and drives the sustainability transformation
Teaching and learning activities

5 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload between 130 and 150 hours.  The course is conducted through a total of 40 hours of lectures and other classroom activities. We expect active class participation and supportive behavior for fellow students. Each participant is held co-responsible for a learning environment that is open, challenging and respectful.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component will be graded using points on a scale 0 -100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the course. Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam components will get a lower grade or may fail the course. Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments)

Specific information regarding the points system and the mapping scale beyond the information given in the course description will be provided in class. This information may be relevant for requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several elements of the overall evaluation.

Attendance to all sessions in the course is compulsory. If you have to miss part(s) of the course you must ask in advance for leave of absence. More than 25% absence in a course will require retaking the entire course. It's the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ It's learning or other course materials.

 

The course is a part of a full EMBA programme and examination in all courses must be passed in order to obtain the EMBA certificate.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Class participation
Exam code:
GRA 82471
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner with external supervisor
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
30No -Individual Class participation, counts 30% of the total grade.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 82471
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner with external supervisor
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
20No4 Week(s)Individual Individual assignment, counts 20% of the total grade.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 82471
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner with external supervisor
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
50No4 Week(s)Group (2 - 6)Written assignment in group, counts 50% of the total grade
Exams:
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Class participation
Weight:30
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: -
Comment:Class participation, counts 30% of the total grade.
Exam code:GRA 82471
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:20
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:4 Week(s)
Comment:Individual assignment, counts 20% of the total grade.
Exam code:GRA 82471
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:50
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-6)
Duration:4 Week(s)
Comment:Written assignment in group, counts 50% of the total grade
Exam code:GRA 82471
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Total weight: 
100
Student workload
ActivityDurationComment
Teaching on Campus
40 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
35 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
75
Self study, feedback activities/counselling and exam.
Sum workload: 
150

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 135 hours.