BST 9742 Small Business Development

BST 9742 Small Business Development

Course code: 
BST 9742
Department: 
Law and Governance
Credits: 
15
Course coordinator: 
Frode Solberg
Product category: 
Bachelor
Portfolio: 
Bachelor Specialisations HSMI
Semester: 
2018 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
Norwegian
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

This course, together with BTH 9743 Bachelor’s Thesis – Small Business Development, 15 ECTS, makes up a specialisation of 30 ECTS, which is included in the students’ final diploma. The course applies to students enrolled on the Bachelor’s Programme in Marketing or the Bachelor’s Programme in Business Administration. Other students may choose this course as an elective in their 3rd year.

The course aims at qualifying students for management of small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs – as well as for consultancy work for SMEs. This entails that the specialisation has ties to the business community and practical entrepreneurship. Cases and discussions are used to enable students to find work methods for contributing optimally to their own and other students’ learning. Hence the students become responsible for the learning processes, together with the organizers of the processes.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completed course students shall have:

  • Acquired basic knowledge of entrepreneurship
  • Acquired knowledge of decision-making support systems for SMEs
  • Learned management of SMEs in various phases, from start-up to winding-up of companies.
  • Know about critical sucsessfactors for a SME
     
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completed course students shall be able to:

  • Prepare a business plan with focus on how to develop SMEs.
  • Analyse management needs for companies in various phases.
  • Prepare plans with budgets and economic consequence analyses.
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  • The students should develop respect for the complexity of enterprises.
  • The students should be able to practice solution-oriented behaviour with ethical reflection.
Learning Outcome - Reflection

Acquired skills
After completed course students shall be able to:
Prepare a business plan with focus on how to develop SMEs.
Analyse management needs for companies in various phases.
Prepare plans with budgets and economic consequence analyses.

Reflection
The students should develop respect for the complexity of enterprises.
The students should be able to practice solution-oriented behaviour with ethical reflection.

Course content

Development and start-up phase

  • External conditions for business in Norway
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Development of business ideas
  • Business models and business plan process
  • From business plan to operational business
  • Management challenges in the development and start-up phase
  • The digitalization

Growth and maturation phase

  • Development of leadership-, information and management systems
  • Cooperation, alliances and net work
  • Practical financial management in SMB
  • Management and control in a growth phase
  • Board functions in SMB and start ups
  • Boards work with control and risk management
  • Management in a growth phase

Strategic development - renewal - change

  • Development of competence and employer - HRM
  • Strategic management and strategic processes in SMB
  • Project as a work tool
  • Innovation and development processes
  • Management of development processes
  • Crises and risk management
  • Acquisitions, fusions and fisions
  • Change management
Learning process and requirements to students

During the first part of the term there will be given a task via the learning platform It's learning. The assignment is an important part of the preparation and developmentfor the final term paper.

The task may be solved alone or in groups of up to three people. The written task will be given feedback in plenary. The task is mandatory.

Students must employ PCs with Internet access. There are no particular requirements as regards IT competence but students must be familiar with using the Internet, database searches and using computer-based tools to analyse, structure and present information. Active use of BI’s Internet-based learning platform It’s Learning.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Qualifications

2 years of bachelor studies in business administration, marketing or equivalent.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Basic course of statistics from the 1st year of the bachelor’s programme – MET 3431 Statistics or MET 2920 Statistics.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
BST97421
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
100No1 Semester(s)Group/Individual (1 - 3)The topic of the term paper is preparation of a plan for developing SMEs with focus on critical sucessfactors and risk.
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:100
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:The topic of the term paper is preparation of a plan for developing SMEs with focus on critical sucessfactors and risk.
Exam code:BST97421
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
100
Workload activityDurationType of durationComment student effort
Teaching74Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching120Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments30Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments100Hour(s)
Self study76Hour(s)
Expected student effort:
Workload activity:Teaching
Duration:74 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Prepare for teaching
Duration:120 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Group work / Assignments
Duration:30 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Group work / Assignments
Duration:100 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Self study
Duration:76 Hour(s)
Comment:
Sum workload: 
400

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 15 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 400 hours.

Course codeCredit reduction
BIK 2940100
Credit reductions:
Course code:BIK 2940
Credit reduction:100
Reduction description

Kurset BIK 2940 sperrer 100% mot kurset BST 9742 Bedriftsutvikling for SMB.

Talis literature

Obligatorisk/Compulsory

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Levorsen, Stein O. cop. 2014 Styrearbeid i praksis: innføring i styrets hovedoppgaver og arbeidsform med eksempler og bedriftshistorier 8. utg Universitetsforl  
Klofsten, Magnus 2009 Affärsplattformen: entreprenören och företagets första år 3. uppl SNS Förlag  
Erichsen, Morten; Solberg, Frode; Stiklestad, Trond cop. 2018 Ledelse i små og mellomstore virksomheter 2. utgave 2018 Fagbokforl  
Wickham, Philip A. 2006 Strategic entrepreneurship 4th ed FT Prentice Hall  

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Arnulf, Jan Ketil cop. 2012 Hva er ledelse   Universitetsforl  
Osterwalder, Alexander; Pigneur, Yves cop. 2010 Business model generation: a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers   Wiley  
Haugland, Sven A. cop. 2004 Samarbeid, allianser og nettverk 2. utg Universitetsforl  
Havnes, Per-Anders 2009 Veien videre: strategisk utvikling av små bedrifter   Høyskoleforl