GRA 8243 Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2022/2023)

GRA 8243 Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2022/2023)

Course code: 
GRA 8243
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Anders Dysvik
Course name in Norwegian: 
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2022/2023)
Product category: 
EMBA Business Administration - Core Courses
2023 Spring
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Course type: 
One semester

Innovation is the engine that drives revenue and profit growth in most organizations. In this segment, we will explore different models of innovation management from those used by large design firms in Silicon Valley to the ones employed by large industrial firms in other parts of the world. Using cases, videos and in-class exercises, we'll examine the context in which innovation takes place, the ways in which customers can be embedded in the design process, and the systems, tools and techniques used to successfully manage innovation.
At the end of the Entrepreneurship session, participants will understand how Silicon Valley functions; how VS firms are organized and partners compensated; set deal flow, deal terms and valuation. Understand the IPO process and value creation; how to manage distributions and fund liquidations.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Describe the Silicon Valley entrepreneurship ecosystem
  • Evaluate new venture creation proposals
  • Discuss new venture finance, customer development, business strategy and business models
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Develop an innovative idea into a business plan
  • Ability to recognize and develop opportunities
  • Build a venture team
  • Pitch a business idea
General Competence
  • Acknowledge the uncertainties of entrepreneurial activities
  • Reflect on how an entrepreneurial life is different from a professional life
  • Respect the venture capitalist's perspective
Course content

Lectures, seminars and presentations on the following topics:

  • Business models.
  • Innovation from inside.
  • Entrepreneurship and startups.
  • Innovation process.
  • Business plan development.

Company visits

Teaching and learning activities

The course runs of 10 days with a combination of lectures, presentations and company visits. The content is entirely delivered by faculty from UC Berkeley.

1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours.

Attendance to all sessions in the course is compulsory. If you have to miss part(s) of the course you must ask in advance for leave of absence. More than 25% absence in a course will require retaking the entire course. It's the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ It's learning or other course materials.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component will be graded using points on a scale 0 -100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the course. Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam components will get a lower grade or may fail the course. Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments.

Specific information regarding the points system and the mapping scale beyond the information given in the course description will be provided in class. This information may be relevant for requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several elements of the overall evaluation.

The course is a part of a full Executive MBA programme and examination in all courses must be passed in order to obtain a certificate.

In all BI Executive courses and programmes, there is a mutual requirement  
for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Granted admission to the EMBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.


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

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Class participation
30% class participation
Exam code: 
GRA 82431
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
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Written submission
Group (2 - 8)
4 Week(s)
70% group assignments (oral, written and any other format)
Exam code: 
GRA 82431
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
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Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 4 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 110 hours.