ENT 3501 Starting a venture

Norwegian version

ENT 3501 Starting a venture

Responsible for the course
Tor Haugnes

Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

In this course we will study how new ventures are organized to do what the business concept describes. The course is based on resource- and network theory as an analytical framework. A review will be given of how to organize the functions of a new venture to solve the company's tasks. The management structure of the enterprise, as well as functions related to product/service-design, sales and marketing, and financing will be emphasized. Furthermore, the students will gain knowledge about network organization and alliances. The students will start, run, and if chosen, wind up, their own companies during the course, either in the form of 'student companies' or regular companies.

Learning outcome
Acquired Knowledge
During the course, the student should acquire general knowledge about:

  • Eentrepreneurship theory
  • The steps from business idea to operations
  • The control systems and operative functions of a company
  • Networking

Acquired Skills
  • Ability to operationalize a business plan
  • Experience with collaboration to reach a company's goals
  • Design, manage and reflect on the process of organizing a company

The student should achieve capacity for critical and creative reflection on ethical and economic consequences related to the way firms and industries are organized, and how they may be organized differently to strengthen their contribution to different stakeholders. Further the student should develop a capacity for critical reflection on how to allow for environmental, personal, and other interests in the organizing of new ventures.

ENT 3400 Introduction to Entrepreneurship or equivalent experience with development of a business planl

Compulsory reading
Read, Stuart ... [et al.]. 2011. Effectual entrepreneurship. Routledge

Book extract:
Conway, S. og Jones, O. 2012. "Entrepreneurial networks and the small business", i Carter, S. og Jones-Evans, D. (redaktører): Enterprise and small business : principles, practice and policy. 3rd ed. Pearson. 338-360
Penrose, E. 1995. The theory of the growth of the firm. Oxford University Press. "Kap III The productive opportunity of the firm and the "entrepreneur"", s.31-42.
Schumpeter, J.A.. 2000. "Entrepreneurship as innovation", i Swedberg, R. (red.) Entrepreneurship: The social science view. Oxford management readers. s. 51-75

Baker, T. og Nelson. R.. 2005. "Creating something from nothing: Resource construction through entrepreneurial bricolage". Administrative Science Quarterly. 50 (3). 329-366
Jonsson, Sara og Jessica Lindberg. 2013. The development of social capital and financing of entrepreneurial firms: from financial bootstrapping to bank funding. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. July. 661-685
Powell, E. Erin og Ted Baker. 2014. It's What You Make of It : Founder Identity and Enacting Strategic Responses to Adversity. Academy of Management Journal. 57(5). 1406-1433

Recommended reading

Course outline
  • The start-up process
  • The entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneurship theory
  • Company organization and governance
  • Networks and alliances
  • Business plan and pitching

Computer-based tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Learning process and workload
The course is based on classroom lectures and active participation is expected. The students shall participate in a business start-up, either through a Student company-format of Ungt Entreprenørskap, UE, (Junior Achievement - Young Enterprise Norway) or a company in which the student has active ownership. The students shall give 1 curriculum-relevant presentation and a pitch. All enterprises are invited to participate in the regional student enterprise competition. The UE-student enterprises have the opportunity to qualify for the national competition.

The evaluation form of the course is through an individual electronic portfolio, which shosw progress and reflection throughout the semester. Submissions must be done ​​individually, except essay related to curriculum and business plan which may be solved in groups.

The portfolio shall consist of:
  • issue notes linked to a challenge by the company (3 pages)
  • essay related to the curriculum (5 pages)
  • essay with a reflection on the learning of their own business creation (2 pages)
  • business plan
  • written confirmation from the establishment of student company, or self-employment
  • written confirmation of termination, or continuation without supervision

In addition to the portfolio, students are evaluated on oral in:
  • 1 oral presentation of the curriculum with examples from their own business. (Individually).
  • 1 pitch. (Per company).

Recommended use of hours:
Use of hours
Work with course literature/Written assignmenets
Work with own enterprise
Total recommended use of hours

    Final grade for the course is determined on the basis of a process in which the following items are included:

    Part 1 - Folder, accounts for 70% of the grade
    The portfolio is built up electronically during the semester. For the specification of content in the folder, see the section Learning process and workload. Accurate timing of portfolio assignments will be announced at course start. The works in the electronic folder on It's Learning must be printed in 3 copies and handed in for assessment of each student.

    Part 2 - Oral presentations (2), accounts for 30% of the grade.

    Both parts must be passed to achieve the final grade.

    Examination code(s)
    ENT 35011 - Process evaluation. Accounts for 100% of the final grade in the course ENT 3501 Starting a venture, 7.5 ECTS.

    Examination support materials
    All support materials are allowed.
    Examination support materials at written examiniations are explained under examination information in the student portal @BI. Please note use of calculator and dictionary. https://at.bi.no/EN/Pages/Exa_Hjelpemidler-til-eksamen.aspx

    Re-sit examination
    A re-sit exam is offered at next scheduled course. For a re-sit exam, all components of the exam have to be taken in their entirety.

    Additional information