HIS 3410 The Firm

HIS 3410 The Firm

Course code: 
HIS 3410
Department: 
Law and Governance
Credits: 
7.5
Course coordinator: 
Sverre August Christensen
Product category: 
Bachelor
Portfolio: 
Bachelor - Core Courses
Semester: 
2018 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
Norwegian
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

The course provides a broad introduction to the main features of the role of firms in the economy. The versatility of firms will be presented in a broader social context with the aid of historical, ethical and theoretical perspectives. The course aims to educate participants through an introduction to broad historical developments in the Western world, focusing in particular on the foundations relevant for firms and the market economy.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completed course students shall have:

  • Developed familiarity with theories of why firms exist.
  • Developed familiarity with the main features of the historical development of the firm, with an emphasis on understanding traditions underpinning the firms of today.
  • Acquired knowledge about ownership, leadership, multinational companies, innovation, and the state's relations to firms.
  • Knowledge about the problems related to self-interest, and possible solutions and answers to this.
  • Acquired knowledge with respect to what is meant by corporate social responsibility, and challenges related to it.
  • Acquired knowledge about ethical theories and challenges in business
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completed course students shall be able to:

  • Reflect on the role of firms in the economy in general.
  • Understand and reflect on the main features of the ethical and moral dimensions relating to firms.
  • Discuss and try to solve moral dilemmas in business.
  • Distinguish between the different roles and bases of ownership and leadership.
  • Understand the many roles of the state vis-à-vis firms.
  • Reflect in writing on complex contexts.
Learning Outcome - Reflection
  • Develop recognition of our personal responsibility as members of society.
  • Develop recognition of the individual moral responsibility of both firms and employees.
  • Develop recognition of the relationship between firms and society at large.
  • Develop recognition of historical change and historical foundations, not least with respect to ethical and moral dimensions.
Course content
  1. Introduction
  2. The firm Ltd.
  3. The firm and the three industrial revolutions
  4. The problem of self-interest
  5. Corporate social responsibility
  6. Ethics
  7. Management
  8. Ownership
  9. Multinationals and globalization
  10. Innovation and entrepreneurship?
  11. Innovation - state and society
  12. The state and the firm
  13. Process and ethics: Summing up
  14. Summing up
Learning process and requirements to students

The course is conducted using various forms of teaching. There will be teaching and lectures related to the 12 main elements of the course. In addition, there will be video and television broadcasts. Three of the sessions are about ethics, and will form the basis for submission of a mandatory work requirement. The assignment will be distributed within the third lecture, it must be written individually and delivered electronically. In addition to writing the assignment, there may be a requirement of assessing other students' assignments.

E-learning
When course is delivered online, lecturer, in cooperation with the Academic Servises Network, will organize an appropriate combination of digital teaching and lectures. Online students are also offered a study guide to contribute to progression and overview. Total recommended time spent for completing the course also applies here.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Re-sit examination
Students that have not gotten approved the coursework requirements, must re-take the exercises during the next scheduled course.

Students that have not passed the written examination or who wish to improve their grade may re-take the examination in connection with the next scheduled examination.

Please note!

As from the 2018/2019 academic year, the weighting of the exam element changes. As a result, the following re-sit examinations are offered:

  • HIS 34104 Individual home exam (only resit), counts 60% - Autumn 2018 and last time spring 2019. (Will be arranged with duration 8 hours).
  • HIS 34105 Individual school exam (only resit), counts 40% - Autumn 2018 and last time spring 2019. (Will be arranged with duration 1 hour).

Colleges of Higher Education require the correct use of references in all academic work. Link to BI Library page on using citations and references is recommended for all students at BI Norwegian Business School.

Qualifications

Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Required prerequisite knowledge

No specific prerequisites is required.

Mandatory courseworkCourseworks givenCourseworks requiredComment coursework
Mandatory11In order to take final exam, students must have submitted and gotten approved the coursework requirement. Assessing other students' assignments may be a part of this. See section on Learning process and requirements for further description.
Mandatory coursework:
Mandatory coursework:Mandatory
Courseworks given:1
Courseworks required:1
Comment coursework:In order to take final exam, students must have submitted and gotten approved the coursework requirement. Assessing other students' assignments may be a part of this. See section on Learning process and requirements for further description.
Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
HIS 34106
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination every semester
100Yes3 Hour(s)
  • No support materials
Individual
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:100
Invigilation:Yes
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • No support materials
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Comment:
Exam code: HIS 34106
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination every semester
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
100
Workload activityDurationType of durationComment student effort
Teaching27Hour(s)Participation in lectures I
Prepare for teaching18Hour(s)
Submission(s)15Hour(s)Writing indivdual paper for submission
Teaching9Hour(s)Participation in lectures II
Self study128Hour(s)
Examination3Hour(s)
Expected student effort:
Workload activity:Teaching
Duration:27 Hour(s)
Comment:Participation in lectures I
Workload activity:Prepare for teaching
Duration:18 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Submission(s)
Duration:15 Hour(s)
Comment:Writing indivdual paper for submission
Workload activity:Teaching
Duration:9 Hour(s)
Comment:Participation in lectures II
Workload activity:Self study
Duration:128 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Examination
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Comment:
Sum workload: 
200

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.

Talis literature

Obligatorisk/Compulsory

Book
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Christensen, Sverre A.; Sogner, Knut 2018 Bedriften: kompendium HIS 3410 2. utgave Handelshøyskolen BI, Institutt for rettsvitenskap og styring  
Chapter
Authors/Editors År Tittel Journal Edition Publisher StudentNote
Kvalnes, Øyvind cop. 2012 Etikk og samfunnsansvar Etikk og samfunnsansvar   Universitetsforl Del 1 og Del 2, s. 13-71
Hansen og Sogner   Joseph Schumpeter og den kreative kapitalismen Joseph Schumpeter og den kreative kapitalismen     Kapittel 10, s. 339-367
Sejersted, Francis   Capitalism and democracy. A comparison between Norway and Sweden Capitalism and democracy. A comparison between Norway and Sweden     Kapittel 3, s. 87-90
Sejersted, Francis   Den skandinaviske modell. Mer aktuell enn noensinne, men finnes den? Den skandinaviske modell. Mer aktuell enn noensinne, men finnes den?     S. 38-52
Article
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Ryggvik, Helge 2015 A Short History of the Norwegian Oil Industry: From Protected National Champions to Internationally Competitive Multinationals      

Anbefalt/Recommended

Book
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Micklethwait, John; Wooldridge, Adrian 2005 The company: a short history of a revolutionary idea   Modern Library