Foundations and Entrepreneurship Research

Course Details

Norsi Institution: This NORSI course is organized by NORD University.
Information and Registrationhere.
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.
Duration: 11-15 February 2019
Location: Bodø.
Faculty responsible: Nord University Business School.
The course is part of Norwegian Research School on Innovation, NORSI.
Language: English.
Costs: The course is free for candidates admitted to the NORSI program.
Other candidates should pay a course fee of: 1000,- NOK

Course Deadlines:
10 January 2019: Registration deadline
25 January 2019: Delivery of draft paper (4-5 pages)
30 May 2019: Delivery of full course paper


Professor Andrew Corbett, Babson University, USA
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 Gry Agnete Alsos, Nord University Business School
Administrative coordinator: Grete Ingemann Knudsen, Nord University Business School
Course responsible: Gry Agnete Alsos, 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
Face-to-face lectures and group discussions with student involvement

Organization and learning activities
This is an intensive course of one week with individual study required prior to and after the meeting. 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 week is compulsory. The individual draft research paper delivered before, and the full paper (6-8000 words) delivered after the course week will be evaluated by the grades ‘passed’ or ‘non-passed’.

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.

NORSI Reimbursement/refund

As this course is considered a NORSI course all travel expenses etc. will be covered for NORSI students. After completion of the course (handed in paper), please mail in all your tickets and receipts (originals or scanned) to Birte Horn-Hanssen, the NORSI Project Coordinator. 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 NORSIstudenter 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

Start date: 11/02/2019
Date physical: 11-15 February 2019
Location: Nord University - Campus Bodø