MBA 2415 Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and Beyond

MBA 2415 Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and Beyond

Course code: 
MBA 2415
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Heidi Wiig
Course name in Norwegian: 
Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and Beyond
Product category: 
MBA China
2023 Spring
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Level of study: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

This unique course provides participants with a framework for identifying, developing and executing the information-intensive strategies that will enable them to compete and win in smart markets. While most firms recognise that they are now competing in an information economy, few have developed a systematic strategic framework to leverage their information assets into sustainable advantage.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

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."

Learning goals include the following:

·       Gain knowledge of the Cluster of Innovation structure:

·       The 7 COI components

·       The 5 COI behaviors

·       Examples of the legal and cultural structures that bind the components and reflect the behaviors

·       How all these elements interact to create the Global Network of Clusters of Innovation



Learning outcomes - Skills

Skills learning goals:

·       Gain the skills to utilize the tools of the Innovation Toolkit



·       Minimum Viable Product [MVP]


General Competence

Attitude learning goals:

·       To develop an ENTREPRENEUR’s ATTITUDE and develop this skills

·       Teamwork

·       Leadership

·        Collaboration

·       Persuasion

·       Confidence in the project concepts

Course content

This is a 5-days programme comprising the following content:
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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. The course will help the student develop their own business canvas to prepare a viable plan for starting their own company. Techniques for improving organizational creativity are demonstrated.

Company visits

Teaching and learning activities

The course is conducted as a teaching module, where students have classes all day for four subsequent days, a total of 32 hours.

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 MBA and examination in all courses in the MBA programme must be passed in order to obtain a certificate for the MBA degree.

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 BI-Fudan MBA 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: 
Written submission
Group (3 - 5)
1 Month(s)
Group assignment, Counts 50% of the final grade.
Exam code: 
MBA 24152
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Class presentations, counts 50% of the final grade.
Exam code: 
MBA 24152
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
Grading scale: 
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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.