Nordic NORSI September Workshop – planning the consortium

NORSI Awarded funding

We are happy to share that NORSI has been awarded funding to expand its international collaborations with a Nordic focus. The funding is to support the continuation for the NORSI administration and some activities.

As we now have received positive news from the Research Council of Norway, it is the time to plan and ask all partners to fully commit to the commencement of a Nordic NORSI.

Workshop invitation

This workshop is for all future partners in NORSI that have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) before the workshop.  Please contact Birte, NORSI coordinator if your institution wish to sign LOI and be part of NORSI future.

Workshop date and time

This workshop will take place on September 2nd on Zoom at 13:00 (2 hours). Each institution may be participate with one or two representatives. The student representatives and alumni representative are also invited as well as our funding agency the Research Council of Norway.

Workshop agenda & workshop format

Time: 12: 00 – 13:00 – Swedish Pre meeting – Swedish Institutions only. See separate Zoom linkÅsa Lindholm Dahlstrand, Lund University, facilitates the meeting.

Time 13:00- 14: 00:  on Zoom – see calendar invitation

1. Welcome and presentation from NORSI Management Team, Roger Sørheim, NTNU

2. Presentation of working groups and tasks:

  • NORSI NORDIC COURSE PORTFOLIO, working group facilitator,  Bjørn Erik Mørk, BI
  • NORSI NETWORK, ORGANIZATION AND INVOLVEMENT, working group facilitator,  Roger Sørheim, NTNU
  • SWEDISH NETWORK NETVERK, working group facilitator,  Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand, Lund uni
  • NORSI ACTIVITIES & COMMUNICATION, working group facilitator, Marte Solheim, UiS

Time 14:00 – 1500:

3. Working groups – discussion in groups


Workshop preparation

Submit overview of PhD courses:

We would like to know more about your institutions, please fill in a short description of you institutions and already existing courses at your institutions in this form before the meeting.

The overview of existing courses coupled with the NORSI portfolio will be used as a starting point for discussing/analyzing participating members PhD course interests and needs.

Working groups – participant and institutional involvement autumn 2020

As NORSI is preparing for a Nordic NORSI, we are asking all participants to contribute to a working group with a few online meetings during autumn 2020 to take part in shaping NORSI. The working groups will meet in break out rooms during the online workshop on September 2nd to initiate discussions. Overview of working groups’ discussion topics below.

The purpose of the working groups is to establish a common platform for the Nordic NORSI.

Timeline and important dates until NORSI Nordic Commencement

  • 2 September Nordic NORSI Workshop – Zoom
  • September – January – Working groups meet and discuss – Zoom
  • November/ December – Working groups submit deliverables – Zoom
  • 28 January 2021: NORSI – Opening Nordic NORSI – Zoom
  • May/June 2021 – NORSI Assembly and student conference – in person

NORSI 2021 -2024 In short

  • NORSI 2021-2024 – a Nordic research school based on NORSI’s experiences
  • In January 2021, NORSI will change its name to the Nordic Research School in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. NORSI will expand on the network and continue the good practices that were established by NORSI during the years 2012 – 2020. NORSI will work to become a Nordic initiative and continue as a research school whose main task are to support and coordinate excellent PhD courses and international network activities within the research areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Primary objectives NORSI 2021-2024

  • 1) NORSI will provide a world-class PhD training program within innovation and entrepreneurship research, thus enhancing the quality of PhD education in the Nordic area.
  • 2) NORSI will strengthen the Nordic connections in the innovation and entrepreneurship research community.
  • 3) Strengthen international orientation among PhD candidates by providing access to an international research arena with world leading researchers within the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Working groups


• Overview of existing courses at all Nordic member institutions
• Assess existing NORSI courses – recommendations for the way forward
• Research courses «needed»
• Potential for digital webinars – inclusion/exclusion

• Profile of NORSI consortium – what is NORSI, heterogeneous research area- research subject definition (faglig begrunnelse)
• Post-doc community/membership affiliation/network
• Research Council and NORSI – Internationalization – what are the expectations
• How to include (new) members – national initiatives:
o Sweden initiative/coordination
o Finland initiative/coordination
o Denmark initiative/coordination
o Iceland initiative/coordination

• NORSI blog and research dissemination (expectation, institutional responsibilities, regulatory)
• NORSI communication strategy (external and internal, format, platforms etc.)

Research skills activities – needs and wishes i.e. writing workshop, supervision seminars, presentation skills, policy-workshop, student conferences etc.

Signed Letter of Intent per August 2020:

Institutions with signed Letter of Intent

1. Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Project owner/host
2. BI Norwegian Business School (BI), Coordinator/Co-host
3. Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN)
4. Nord University (NORD)
5. Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
6. UiT – The Arctic University (UiT)
7. University of Agder (UiA)
8. University of Oslo – TIK (UiO-TIK)
9. University of Stavanger (UiS)
10. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)
11.Kristiania University College


12. Circle, Lund University (CIRCLE)
13. Chalmers University of Technology
14. Halmstad University College – CIEL
15. Jönköping University – Jönköping International Business School (JIBS)
16. Linköping University
17. Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES)
18. Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Through SSES
19. Stockholm School of Economics Through SSES
20. Luleå University of Technology
21. Blekinge Institute of Technology
22. University of Gothenburg (GU)

23. University of Iceland, Reykjavík

24. Aalborg University, Denmark
25. University of Southern Denmark

26. LUT (Lappeeranta univ), Finland






Date & Location

Date: 02/09/2020
When: 13:00 - 15:00
Where: Zoom