Entrepreneurship and Strategy (ORG521)

Course responsible

Peter G. Klein, Department of Entrepreneurship, Baylor University and NHH
Lasse B. Lien, Department of Strategy and Management, NHH
Bram Timmermans, NHH and Nicolai J. Foss, Bocconi/NHH (Guest lecturers)


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The purpose of this course is to introduce PhD-students to key theories and empirical findings regarding performance differences from entrepreneurship. It is located at the intersection of the entrepreneurship- and strategy literatures, where the strategy literature offers a general understanding of performance differences across firms, while the entrepreneurship literature contributes specifics for entrepreneurial firms and the entrepreneurial setting.
The course will start with general theories of competitiveness and performance differences. We will then examine the role of fundamental inputs such as the role of human capital and finance in the entrepreneurial firm, before we move on to address entrepreneurship and newer business models such as networks, platforms and ecosystems. The topic of platforms and ecosystems is to a considerable extent about relationships to outside the firm and forms a natural bridge to discuss sources of performance differences associated with a firm’s external environment. We’ll here expand our focus to both the close environment such as incubators and accelerators, but also the impact of the larger institutional environment the firm is borne into . In addition to all of this, we will also address entrepreneurship in established firms, and how this is both similar and different from entrepreneurship in new firms.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course the candidate can…
• …account for theories and constructs about sources of performance differences across firms
• …apply these theories and constructs to entrepreneurship
• …account for key theories and constructs specific to entrepreneurship
• …account for key patterns in empirical findings regarding this relationship
• …understand and discuss the degree to which different theories and constructs are complements or substitutes
• …relate new empirical findings to underlying theoretical concepts
• …ability to formulate interesting research questions at the intersection of entrepreneurship and strategy
General competence
• …absorb, communicate, discuss, and evaluate research at the intersection of strategy and entrepreneurship at the research frontier
• …contribute knowledge to strategy discussions in entrepreneurial firms

Teaching Methods

Teaching Methods
• The course is seminar based. This means that course participants will be actively included in presenting material and leading classroom discussions
Recommended Prerequisites
• It is recommended that students are familiar with core theories and constructs in strategy. For those who are not, we will suggest a book to be read in advance
• Home exam, 48hours
Grading Scale
• A-F
• An updated list of papers will be distributed well before the course starts

Travel Refund

As this is a NORSI partner course (and not a core course), NORSI does not refund travel expenses.

Date & Location

19 - 23 May 2020 TBC
NHH , campus Bergen