DR430E Foundations and Future Perspectives in Entrepreneurship Research

This course is a collaboration between Nord university and Stockholm School of Economics.

Course Details

Norsi Institution: This NORSI course is organized by NORD University.
Information and Application: More information about the course and application form on the Nord University webpage.
ECTS credits: 7.5
Level of course: Ph.D. course
Type of course: Elective for students in business or other social science disciplines studying entrepreneurship and innovation for their PhD.
Faculty responsible: Nord University Business School.
The course is part of Norwegian Research School on Innovation, NORSI.
Language: English.


March 25, 2021: Registration deadline
April 8, 2021: Delivery of draft paper (4-5 pages)
September 1, 2021: Delivery of full course paper


Professor Andrew Corbett, Babson University, USA
Professor Markus Fitza, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management Professor Ulla Hytti, Turku School of Economics, Finland
Associate Professor Steffen Korsgaard, Aarhus University, Denmark
Professor Hans Landström, Lund University, Sweden
Professor Rene Mauer, ECSP Europe Berlin, Germany
Professor Tommy Høyvarde Clausen, Nord University Business School
Administrative coordinator: Grete Ingemann Knudsen, Nord University Business School
Course responsible: Tommy Høyvarde Clausen, Nord University Business School

Course Content

The theme for the course is perspectives on entrepreneurship at the individual and corporate level. Students will become familiar with the most recent research on the foundations of entrepreneurship research as well as with current debates and knowledge gaps in the field of entrepreneurship. The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with different aspects of entrepreneurship research and to discuss this in relation to their own research projects.

During the course students participate in plenary sessions, smaller group sessions where they present and receive feedback on their own work, and contribute to the discussion of their peer students’ work. The plenary sessions will include questions and dialogue and there will be good opportunities for informal discussions among participants and faculty.

Themes covered in the course include:
• Foundations of entrepreneurship research
• Contextualizing entrepreneurship research
• Entrepreneurial opportunities
• Uncertainty in entrepreneurship
• Cognition in entrepreneurship
• Entrepreneurial identity
• Gender, households and family in entrepreneurship
• Effectuation
• Financing entrepreneurial ventures
• Corporate entrepreneurship
• Critical perspectives in entrepreneurship research
• Publishing entrepreneurship research

Learning outcomes
After successfully completing the course, the participants will:

• Have a good understanding of the forefront of knowledge on entrepreneurship at individual and firm level, as well as the foundations for entrepreneurship literature and the role of context
• Have a good overview of relevant theories and current debates in entrepreneurship literature and be able to evaluate their expediency related to specific research questions
• Have a good understanding of knowledge gaps and central debates related to entrepreneurship, and be able to assess how they relate to their own Ph.D. work

• Be able to critically discuss, evaluate and position own research with the various theoretical perspectives related to entrepreneurship and relate them to own Ph.D. work.
• Be able to apply one or more research streams within entrepreneurship to a research topic of relevance for the Ph.D. student’s own work

General competence
• Have increased their ability to reflect on and consider theoretical problems in a general sense in research
• Have increased their ability to communicate (in writing and orally) problems, analyses, and results to colleagues, including contributing in academic debates in conferences

Admitted to a PhD program or have the qualifications to be admitted to a PhD program.

Recommended previous knowledge
Basic overview of entrepreneurship research literature and core topics and debates.

Mode of delivery
Digital delivery with lectures and group discussions with student involvement.

Date & Location

Start date: 27/04/2021
Date digital: Part 1: 27- 29 April, Part 2: 1-3 June 2021
Location: On Zoom