ENT 3604 International Entrepreneurship


ENT 3604 International Entrepreneurship

Responsible for the course
Heidi Wiig Aslesen

Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

Globalization affects where and how businesses develop their innovative capacity and where economic processes are located. The transfer of labour-intensive production processes to low-cost countries has been occurring for some time. With China and India at the forefront, such countries are now also fast moving into developing competencies and associated competence-intensive industries. To an increasing extent, starting up a business involves establishing a presence in an international or global market and interacting with foreign business environments in order to develop the business. In many cases the domestic market is too small to sustain the establishment of a business. The value chain may include foreign suppliers.

The course covers an area located in the intersection between international business and entrepreneurship. It aims first and foremost at focusing on general trends within globalization and development of different markets/economies by looking at selected regions and business opportunities and challenges in so-called emerging economies. The course will be looking at various types of internationalisation – gradual establishment abroad, born globals and following customers abroad (network internationalisation.)

Learning outcome
Acquired Knowledge
The students will understand the concept of globalization with regard to production and innovation; they will also comprehend concepts of international entrepreneurship. Further the students will understand the how and why of internationalization of entrepreneurial activities and further how specific international contexts influence the entrepreneurial process and its application.

Acquired Skills
The students will be able to perceive opportunities and risk associated with internationalization of entrepreneurial activities, and also how it varies by region. The course will give the students an understanding of how entrepreneurial development will affect home-based activities and international activities. The student will learn how to operationalize central concepts and analyze the internationalization of entrepreneurial activities.

The students will develop a critical approach to internationalization and globalization of production and innovation. The students shall also consider international entrepreneurship from an ethical point of view.

General knowledge within economic administration.

Compulsory reading

Følgende vitenskaplige artikler vil bli brukt i kurset. It's Learning.
Mc Dougall and Oviatt (2000). International entrepreneurship. The intersection of 2 research paths. Academy of management journal 43. 902-906. (4 sider)
B.M.Oviatt and P.P. McDougall (2005), “Defining International Entrepreneurship and Modeling the Speed of Internationalisation”, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practise, 29 (5), September, 537-53. (16 sider)
McDougall et al. (1994) ”Explaning the formation of international new ventures: the limits of theories from international business research”. Journal of Business Venturing 9, 469-487.(18 sider)
KUEMMERLE; W. (2007) ”Note on conceptual foundations and contributions of the international entrepreneurship course”. (58 sider)
Johanson, J. and Jan-Erik Vahlne (1977). “The Internationalization Process of the Firm-A Model of Knowledge Development and Increasing Foreign Market Commitments”, Palgrave Macmillan Journals. (10 sider)
Kuemmerle, W. (2002) “Home Base and Knowledge Management in International Ventures.” Journal of Business Venturing, 17: 99-122. (23 sider)
Kuemmerle, W. (2005) “The Entrepreneur's Path to Global Expansion.” Sloan Management Review, 46(2): 42-49. (5 sider)
Kuemmerle, W. (2005) “The Process of International Expansion: Comparing Resource Allocation in Established Firms and Entrepreneurial Start-ups.” From Resource Allocation to Strategy. J. L. Bower and C. Gilbert. Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 176-204. (28 sider)
H.J.Sapienza, D.D.Clercq and W.R.Sandberg (2005), “Antecedents of International and Domestic Learning Effort’. Journal of Business Venturing, 20, 437-57. (20 sider)
Zahra, S. A, (2005) A theory of international new ventures: A decade of research”. I Journal of International Business Studies. 36(1). s 20-28 (http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jibs/journal/v36/n1/index.html) (8 sider)
Hofstede, G. (1983). ”National cultures in 4 dimensions. A research-based theory of cultural differences among nations”. International studies of management and organisation, Vol XIII, No. 1-2, pp. 46-74. (28 sider)
J.Johanson and Jan-Erik Vahlne (2003). “Business Relationship Learning and Commitment in the Internationalization Process” Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 1 (1), March, 83-101. (18 sider)
Freeman, S. Ron Edwards, and Bill Schroder (2006). “How Smaller Born-Global Firms Use Networks and Alliances to Overcome Constraints to Rapid Internationalization”. Journal of International Marketing © 2006, American Marketing Association Vol. 14, No. 3, 2006, pp. 33–63 ISSN 1069-031X (print) 1547-7215 (electronic)(30 sider)
Sharon Loane, Jim Bell, (2006) "Rapid internationalisation among entrepreneurial firms in Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand: An extension to the network approach", International Marketing Review, Vol. 23 Iss: 5, pp.467 – 485 (18 sider)
GEM Norge 2009 (eller sist oppdatere versjon). http://www.gemconsortium.org/. (ca 50 sider)
Shepherd, Dean A. and Jerome A. Katz, eds.. 2005. International entrepreneurship. Elsevier. Kapittel 2 (Kopi av kapittelet blir delt ut, 19 sider)

Recommended reading

Course outline
  • Globalization of production and innovation
  • The international competitive arena
  • Internationalization of sales, production and inovation
  • Step- by-step internationalization
  • Born Globals
  • Internationalisation through networks
  • International financing
  • Studies of countries with emerging economies, e.g. China, India, Lithuania and Latvia

Computer-based tools
Students are expected to have access to a PC and be able to use standard software, as well as BI’s own information systems

Learning process and workload
The course includes lectures, guest lectures and studentparticipation related to cases and curricula. The student are to write two papers during the course and are expected to report from these in class.

The portfolio that must be handed in at the of course shall consist of:
  • Paper 1 Writing a "Entreprenurship - Country project” report. Must be solved in groups of students in accordance with criteria given in class.
  • Paper 2 An individual theoretical paper - Subject and length will be given in class.
  • Presentation of given theoretical or empirical assignments
    The presentations are to be held by means of Power Point, with accompanying notes, and must be published at It's Learning.
  • Presentation of findings from "Entreprenurship - Country project”.
    The presentations are to be held by means of Power Point, with accompanying notes, and must be published at It's Learning.
  • Peer review; Every student will evaluate another student’s paper
  • The students will have to write an individual self-reflection report on their own learning process, related to the content of the course, assignments and presentations.

Details about deadlines and the construction of the portfolio will be given when course starts

Recommended workload in hours

Participation during lectures
Preparation for lectures/reading literature
Preparation for presentations and participation in class
Preparing and writing papers
Recommended total workload

    The grade in the course will be based on a portfolio evaluation. The portfolio must be handed in at the end of course. See learning process and workload.

    Examination code(s)
    ENT 36041 - Portfolio evaluation, counts 100% towards the final grade in the course ENT 3604 International Entrepreneuship, 7.5 credits.

    Examination support materials
    All support materials allowed.
    Examination support materials at written examinations are specified under exam information in our web-based Student Handbook. Please note the use of calculator and dictionary. http://www.bi.edu/studenthandbook/examaids.

    Re-sit examination
    Re-sit examination is offered in connection with the next course.

    Additional information