GRA 3115 International Entrepreneurship

GRA 3115 International Entrepreneurship

Course code: 
GRA 3115
Department: 
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Credits: 
6
Course coordinator: 
Per Ingvar Olsen
Course name in Norwegian: 
International Entrepreneurship
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Semester: 
2023 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Master
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

Many ventures will go abroad to access international customers, experts or resources or experience competition from international companies. This course focuses on international dimensions of entrepreneurship and innovation in terms of understanding different types of contexts, strategies for succeeding on international arenas, internationalization processes as well as international governance and leadership. The course is an elective and is offered as an intensive course in the third semester.  Particular attention will be given to the industrial dynamics in the Beijing area around Tsinghua University in Beijing, including Norwegian companies that are involved. The area around Tsinghua University is the second largest high tech investment eco system in the world, and core to China’s efforts to become a high tech nation.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Students should know the core theories of INV (international new ventures), and core domains of IB (International Business)
  • Students should know core mechanisms of how to build an international organization, including theories on negotiation, project management and network building
  • Students should know basic theory of IPR and have gained insights into CSR
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Students should be able to develop a business plan for a new venture that ventures internationally, including attention to strategic, risk, financial and organizational matters
  • Students should be able to use digital tools to communicate and develop experiences across geographical and cultural distances
General Competence
  • Students should be able to use their knowledge and skills to unique situations to identify the opportunities offered by venturing abroad, but also understand the challenges that they need to face in doing so
  • Students should be able to draw on insights from theory and their own application to reflect on appropriateness of strategies chosen by INVs.
Course content

The course content includes:

  • INVs: Definition and understanding
  • The international context: Culture, Economic, Social systems
  • International Strategy
  • Internationalization processes
  • International Organization, Control and Leadership
  • Building international networks and alliances
Teaching and learning activities

The course will consist of lectures, cases, group work, supervision and discussions. Classroom lectures will be 24 hours, and web or other forms of teaching will be 12 hours.

  • The first part of the course offers an intensive theoretical overview of the main topics of international entrepreneurship
  • The second part of the course include video lectures with BI/Tsinghua University Research Park in Beijing and company visits to Norwegian firms that are in the process of venturing in China.
  • The third part of the course concerns writing a paper where theoretical insights, and insights from company visits is used to analyze internationalization of a company
Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.

All parts of the assessment must be passed in order to get a grade in the course.

The examination for this course has been changed from autumn 2023. It is not possible to resit the old version of the examination.

Qualifications

All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have specific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

Disclaimer

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

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 31152
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
60No 1 Semester(s)Group (2 - 4)Team based report
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 31153
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
40No5 Week(s)Individual This exam is organized as a portfolio assessment. Each student must submit 2 submissions during the course, which will be used as the basis for the evaluation. Each submission must consist of a written report of approximately 5 pages based on tasks the students do in and between lectures. Results from the work must be presented orally to the class in the form of a PPT presentation. The students must then submit the report based on the studies and research that have been carried out. The PPT presentation must be follow as an attachment. The course is divided into 4 submission times so that half of the students have submissions after weeks 2 and 4, while the other half have submissions after weeks 3 and 5.
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:60
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-4)
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:Team based report
Exam code:GRA 31152
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:40
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:5 Week(s)
Comment:This exam is organized as a portfolio assessment. Each student must submit 2 submissions during the course, which will be used as the basis for the evaluation. Each submission must consist of a written report of approximately 5 pages based on tasks the students do in and between lectures. Results from the work must be presented orally to the class in the form of a PPT presentation. The students must then submit the report based on the studies and research that have been carried out. The PPT presentation must be follow as an attachment. The course is divided into 4 submission times so that half of the students have submissions after weeks 2 and 4, while the other half have submissions after weeks 3 and 5.
Exam code:GRA 31153
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
100
Student workload
ActivityDurationComment
Teaching
36 Hour(s)
Teaching at campus, digitally and in Beijing.
Prepare for teaching
25 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
59 Hour(s)
Company visit and/or Study trip
30 Hour(s)
Trip + preparations for trip.
Group work / Assignments
10 Hour(s)
Feedback activities and counselling
2 Hour(s)
Examination
10 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 
172

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.