Innovative Firm

  • The whole group: Professors William Lazonick, Anne ter Wal and Knut Sogner and all the students from various NORSI institutions taking Innovative Firm. 13 people from 10 different countries, might be new NORSI record!


The course will give the participants theoretical perspectives of major approaches to firm innovation, emphasising the constraints and difficulties surrounding firm’s entrepreneurial actions. The course aims at clarifying and reflecting upon the firm’s role in processes of innovation. Through a combination of lectures, seminars and paper writing exercises the students will be trained to position their work and to frame their research in relation to various schools of thought.



Core Faculty:
Part 1: Associate Professor Anne ter Wal, Imperial College London, UK and Professor William Lazonick, Umas Lowell, USA
Part 2: Professor Rajneesh Narula, University of Reading and Professor Grazia Santangelo, University of Catania

Themes covered in the course include:

The social conditions’ approach to innovation
The capabilities approach
The work organisation approach
Multinationals’ approach to innovations
The role of global knowledge networks and value chains


Reading Lists

Part 1 (Click names to download):
Reading List – ter Wal (2017)
Lazonick The Innovative Firm BI 2017 (20170418)
Part 2 (click names to download):
Globalization and Technology outline BI 2017


Course paper is due on 25 August 2017 at noon (12:00). More information will be given during the course. Please note that the deadline is practised strictly.

Instructions for your paper – in three stages

Instructions for your paper – in three stages
1. This course invites you to use your doctoral project in your paper, but you
have to do that while using the lectures and the literature of the course. If you
write about a firm or firms, that should be easy. If your topic at first look does
not seem ideally suited to the course, it is worthwhile to make an effort to find
common ground between your project and the course.
2. In the first part of the course, you will give a short presentation of your
doctoral project. In the second part of the course, we want you to write up and
present an abstract or an outline for your paper. We will discuss it at the end
of the course and you are expected to comment on the other participants’
3. Your final course paper should discuss perspectives introduced by the
You should draw upon at least five papers from the course literature (not
policed strictly here)
be well-written
be consistent with a clear purpose
be well-structured
be written individually
Any question regarding the paper must be posed to Knut Sogner.
Please note that all deadlines are final. A re-sit is only possible when the
course is next offered. In most cases, candidates will need to register and take
the course again as the course content may be updated or changed.

The ID number used for examinations is the number on your employee access card. External students should use the ID number provided in their course acceptance letter from BI.

The paper / home examination should under no circumstances be submitted directly to the person responsible for the course or any other lecturer. Grades and proof of completion will only be registered in the system when the papers / home examinations are sent in for grading.

Paper Submission

Your paper have to be delivered using BI’s digital exam solution DigiEx.In order to be able to submit your paper you need the log-in information that were sent to you from BI Norwegian Business School when you registered for the course. You access DigiEx and electronic submission through @bi.


As this course is considered a NORSI course all travel expenses etc. will be covered for NORSI students. Same procedure as for other NORSI courses. NORSI students’ refund is dependent upon completion of course work and their status as a NORSI student. All NORSI students make their own travel arrangement (Economy).

Travel and Accommodation (Hotel) for Oslo – Part 1 and 2: Participants should arrange travel and transport by themselves, however all travel expenses will be refunded for NORSI students. NORSI has reserved a block of rooms for NORSI students at Radisson Nydalen Hotel right next door to BI. To book a hotel room please email Birte with your preferred dates. PhD students register for the course that are not part of NORSI will have to cover their own expensens.

Please not that NORSI does not issues per diem (diett penger) but will refund your food expenses, so save your receipts. In order to receive your travel refund mail/scan in all your original tickets and original receipts (plane, taxi, bus etc.) to Birte.

However, if your “home” institution has temporarily covered your travel costs, your institution may send BI/Birte and invoice (faktura) asking NORSI to cover your outstanding travel costs with copies of your receipts. (Norwegian: Hvis ditt lokal studiested legger ut for deg så kan det lokale studiestedet fakturerer BI totalt for alle sine NORSI studenter med en totalsum for reisekostnadene. Legg ved kopi av vedlegg). Please ask your institution to specify who (your name) the invoice/travel refund is for and write NORSI on the invoice. If you have any questions about this, please email Birte Horn-Hanssen.

Date & Location

Part 1: 22 - 24 May, Part 2: 12-14 June 2017
BI - Norwegian Business School