ENT 3604 International Entrepreneurship

ENT 3604 International Entrepreneurship

Course code: 
ENT 3604
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Heidi Wiig
Course name in Norwegian: 
Internasjonalt entreprenørskap
Product category: 
Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Business - Programme Courses
2017 Autumn
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One semester

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.The course will be looking at various types of internationalisation – gradual establishment abroad, born globals and following customers abroad (network internationalisation.)

Learning outcomes - 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.

Learning outcomes - 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.

Learning Outcome - Reflection

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.

Course content
  • The international competitive arena
  • Internationalization of sales, production and innovation
  • Step- by-step internationalization
  • Born Globals
  • Internationalisation through networks
  • Business Model Canvas used in an internationalisation perspecitve
Learning process and requirements to students

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 2 main elements. The portfolio can be delivered individually or in groups of three students, but must be the same for the 2 main deliverables. 

  1. Paper. Writing a "Entreprenurship - Country project” report. Power point presentation of the project presented for the class is also part of this deliverable. 80% of total grade. 
  2. Paper An individual theoretical paper on a given subject or article. Power point presentation of the assignment is also part of this deliverable.20% of total grade. 

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

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

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Required prerequisite knowledge

General knowledge within economic administration.

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Written submission
Group/Individual (1 - 3)
1 Semester(s)
The elements to be included in the portfolio evaluation, are specified under the section learning process in the course description.
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Examination when next scheduled course
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Portfolio assessment
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Student workload
36 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
70 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
20 Hour(s)
Preparation for presentations and participation in class
Group work / Assignments
74 Hour(s)
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.