GRA 8287 Green Entrepreneurship and Systems Innovation (2023/2024)

GRA 8287 Green Entrepreneurship and Systems Innovation (2023/2024)

Course code: 
GRA 8287
Department: 
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Credits: 
4
Course coordinator: 
Per Espen Stoknes
Arne Carlsen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Green Entrepreneurship and Systems Innovation (2023/2024)
Product category: 
Executive
Portfolio: 
EMBA Business Administration - Elective courses
Semester: 
2023 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Master
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

This course, conducted in Stockholm, focuses on how you can develop smart green, inclusive ideas and make business models for high sustainability impact. We will visit leading Swedish entrepreneurial networks, such as Norrsken, the “Impact Unicorn Factory” and meet leading impact entrepreneurs, business angels as well as investors. We will also learn more about green design thinking in practice, social entrepreneurship and impact investment, and how companies can approach green innovations from a systemic perspective. We delve into entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, how new green ventures go from seed to growth stage - and from start-ups to scale-ups.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Participants will learn: 

  • the main theories of innovation in a green economy framework
  • success criteria for start-ups and different types of sustainability innovations
  • design thinking, perspective taking and systems approaches as applied to green innovation
  • learning curves and market-policy frameworks
  • the psychology and team-dynamics of start-ups, both intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial
  • main trends in Nordic green innovations funding, from start-ups to scale-ups
Learning outcomes - Skills

Participants will be able to 

  • develop smart green innovations into sustainable business models
  • create strong and convincing business cases for new innovations
  • apply a variety of approaches for prototyping and refining ideas
  • fine-tune pitching for securing investor funding
General Competence
  • the challenges and shadow sides of entrepreneurs and start-ups including social entrepreneurship.
  • their team-, listening and communication skills in innovation processes
  • their own risk-willingness and personal profile as an innovator
Course content
  • Theories of innovation in a Green Economy framework
  • Funding of green innovations: trends and pitfalls
  • How to run an innovation incubator for impact start-ups
  • Entrepreneurship vs intrapreneurship: from seed to growth stage, start-ups to scale-ups
  • The psychological, team challenges and shadow sides of entrepreneurs and start-ups; why do most start-ups fail?
  • Social entrepreneurship and impact investment
  • How the Nordic model connects to and drives the sustainability transformation
Teaching and learning activities

5 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload between 130 and 150 hours.  The course is conducted through a total of 40 hours of lectures and other classroom activities. We expect active class participation and supportive behavior for fellow students. Each participant is held co-responsible for a learning environment that is open, challenging and respectful.

Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments)

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.

The course is a part of a full EMBA programme and examination in all courses must be passed in order to obtain the EMBA 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.
Additional information

Course content includes:
 

  • Theories of innovation in a Green Economy framework
  • Funding of green innovations: trends and pitfalls
  • How to run an innovation incubator for impact start-ups
  • Entrepreneurship vs intrapreneurship: from seed to growth stage, start-ups to scale-ups 
  • The psychological, team challenges and shadow sides of entrepreneurs and start-ups; why do most start-ups fail?
  • Social entrepreneurship and impact investment
  • How the Nordic model connects to and drives the sustainability transformation
Qualifications

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

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 82871
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
60No 4 Week(s)Group (2 - 6)Written assignment in groups, counts 60% of the total grade.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 82872
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
40No4 Week(s)Individual Written individual assignment, counts 40% of the total grade
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:60
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-6)
Duration: 4 Week(s)
Comment:Written assignment in groups, counts 60% of the total grade.
Exam code:GRA 82871
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:4 Week(s)
Comment:Written individual assignment, counts 40% of the total grade
Exam code:GRA 82872
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
32 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
25 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
63 Hour(s)
Self study, feedback activities/counselling and exam.
Sum workload: 
120

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.