ENT 3503 Growth Strategy for Start-Ups

ENT 3503 Growth Strategy for Start-Ups

Course code: 
ENT 3503
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Peter Kalum Schou
Course name in Norwegian: 
Vekststrategi for oppstartsbedrifter
Product category: 
Bachelor of Entrepreneurship - Programme Courses
2023 Autumn
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One semester

In this course, the student will learn about strategies for growth, and their consequences, both in start-ups and related to innovation in established companies. The student will be exposed to various challenges that tend to arise when a company is growing. Finally, the students will also learn about entrepreneurship and sustainability. 

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The students will achieve a better understanding of how to locate entrepreneurial opportunities and grow ventures. The students are to learn about entrepreneurial decision-making, growth strategies for ventures, business models and sustainable entrepreneurship.

Learning outcomes - Skills

The students are supposed to learn how to analyze entrepreneurial opportunities and growth strategies, as well as develop strategies for growth and innovation in new and established firms. Furthermore, the students should learn to recognize and take action to secure sustainable entrepreneurship

General Competence

During the course the student should develop capacity for critical reflection on entrepreneurial decision-making, growth strategies, entrepreneurial storytelling and crisis management.

Course content
  • Entrepreneurial Decision-making
  • Growth strategies
  • Scaling of Start-ups
  • Digitalization
  • Business models
  • Organizing for growth
  • Mobilizing Resources
  • Crises and change
Teaching and learning activities

The course will use a combination of lectures, case exercises and student presentations. During the course the students will research a practical/empirical question and analyze this by using models and theories from the curriculum. In addition, there will be compulsory student activities in and between the lectures, such as preparing presentations and doing casework.

Exact time and topics for assignments will be published at the beginning of the course.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Participation in the course requires having completed the program courses from 1st and 2nd year.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
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Form of assessment:
Written submission
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Internal examiner
Examination every semester
100No1 Semester(s)Group/Individual (1 - 3)Project paper. Students will individually or in groups of up to 3 students provide a theoretical task on a specified theme. The theme will be announced at course start.
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:Project paper. Students will individually or in groups of up to 3 students provide a theoretical task on a specified theme. The theme will be announced at course start.
Exam code:ENT35034
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
36 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
80 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
24 Hour(s)
Student presentations and other student activities
60 Hour(s)
Assignment (project)
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.