DR430E Foundations and Future Perspectives in Entrepreneurship Research

April 25, 2022
May 4-6, 2022
May 13, 2022
May 16, 2022
May 18, 2022

All course days are online!

  • ECTS credits: 7.5
  • Type of course: Elective for students in business or other social science disciplines studying entrepreneurship and innovation for their PhD.
  • Duration: 5 days (April 25, 2022, May 4-6. 2022, May 13. 2022, May 16. 2022, May 18. 2022)
  • Faculty responsible: Nord University Business School. The course is part of Norwegian Research School on Innovation, NORSI.
  • Language: English.
  • Administrative coordinator: Grete Ingemann Knudsen, Nord University Business School


25th of April:

  • 10.00 to 12.00 Course  information, Q&As. Tommy Clausen and Mats Westerberg​

May 4th:

  • 09.00 to 12.00 The classic classics. Lecture with break-out sessions. Mats Westerberg & Hans Landström
  • 13.00 to 16.00 Introduction to modern classics. Mats Westerberg & Hans Landström

May 5th:

  • 09.00 to 12.00 Group work on modern classics. Independent work
  • 13.00 to 16.00 Continued group work on modern classics. Mats Westerberg

May 6th:

  • 09.00 to 12.00 Presentation and discussion on modern classics. Mats Westerberg & Hans Landström
  • 13.00 to 16.00 Continued presentation and discussion. Wrap up of classics section. Mats Westerberg & Hans Landström

9th of May:

  • 09.00 to 11.00: Entrepreneurship policy and organizational sponsorship. Tommy Clausen
  • 11.00 to 12.00: Group work and debate. Tommy Clausen

13th of May:

  • 09.00 to 10.00 Sustainable/social/environmental entrepreneurship. Markus Fitza
  • 10.15 to 11.00: Economic and societal impacts of entrepreneurship. Einar Rasmussen
  • 11.00 to 12.00:  Entrepreneurial ecosystems. Markus Fitza
  • 13.00 to 15.00 : Discussion of student papers by Markus Fitza, Einar Rasmussen and Tommy Clausen

16th of May:

  • 10.00 to 11.00: Contextualizing entrepreneurship research. Sarah Jack
  • 11.00 to 12.00: New venture teams. Anna Brattström
  • 13.00 to 14.00:   Entrepreneurial identity and identity work. Ulla Hytti.
  • 15.00 to 16.00 Tricks of the trade: Publishing your research in entrepreneurship journals. Sarah Jack

18th of May

  • 09.00 to 10.00 Effectuation and entrepreneurship. René Mauer
  • 10.00 to 11.00: The role of uncertainty in entrepreneurship. René Mauer
  • 12.00 to 13.30: The role of opportunities in entrepreneurship. Steffen Korsgaard
  • 14.00 to 16.00: Discussion of student papers by Steffen Korsgaard, Mats Westerberg and Tommy Clausen
  • 16.00 – 16.30 Wrapping-up and Q&As. Tommy Clausen​

Course evaluation:

The PhD course will be evaluated by the participants in the last session. In addition, an online survey will be implemented asking for feedback on the course, including how it can be improved.

Course content

The theme for the course is perspectives on entrepreneurship 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
  • Entrepreneurship policy
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Effectuation and uncertainty
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Publishing entrepreneurship research

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing the course, the participants will:


  • Have a good understanding of the forefront of knowledge on entrepreneurship, 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. Must fulfil the English language requirements.

Recommended previous knowledge

Basic overview of entrepreneurship research literature and core topics and debates.

Mode of delivery

Online lectures and group discussions with student involvement

Organization and learning activities

This is an intensive course divided in two parts . Individual study is required prior to and after the course. The course integrates lectures by experts in the field and discussions of the course literature by the participants. Students are supposed to present and participate in exercises individually and in groups.

Assessment methods and criteria

Active participation in the form of presentations and discussions (written and oral) on selected articles during the course  is compulsory. The individual draft research paper delivered before, and the full paper (15-25 pages, 1.5 line space) delivered after the course  will be evaluated by the grades ‘passed’ or ‘non-passed’.

Required readings

Published one month prior to course start (part 1)

Date & Location

Start date: 25/04/2022
Date digital: April 25, May 4-6, May 13, May 16, May 18
Location: Zoom