Innovative Firm


The course will give the participants theoretical perspectives of major approaches to firm innovation, emphasising the constraints and difficulties surrounding firm’s entrepreneurial actions. The course aims at clarifying and reflecting upon the firm’s role in processes of innovation. Through a combination of lectures, seminars and paper writing exercises the students will be trained to position their work and to frame their research in relation to various schools of thought.

BI Course decription: Click here


Core Faculty:
Part 1:
Associate Professor Anne ter Wal, Imperial College London, UK
Professor William Lazonick, Umas Lowell, USA
Part 2:
Professor Rajneesh Narula, University of Reading
Professor Grazia Santangelo, University of Catania

Themes covered in the course include:

The social conditions’ approach to innovation
The capabilities approach
The work organisation approach
Multinationals’ approach to innovations
The role of global knowledge networks and value chains

Course Registration

To register for the course use the BI application portal.
Use the “Apply now” button.

Reading Lists

Part 1 – for download:
Reading List and Information for Professor Anne ter Wal’s lectures

Lazonick The Innovative Firm BI 2019

Part 2 (click names to download):
Globalization and Technology outline BI 2019


Program plan and info for download

Preliminary Schedule Part 1 & 2.
In room C2-040 day 1 & 2
In room C2-060 day 3

Day 1: May 27th 2019
In room C2-040
09:30 Coffee
10:00 – 12:45 Lectures:
10:00-10:45 Introduction: Presentation, microprocesses and macrofoundations
11:00-12:45 Who Needs a Theory of Innovative Enterprise? William Lazonick (2)

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch 7th Floor (tapas – reserved tables)
14:00 – 16:00 Lectures:
14:00-15:45 Creativity and the Innovative Firm, Anne ter Wal (2)

Day 2: May 28th 2019
In room C2-040
08:30 Coffee
09:00 – 11:45 Lectures:
09:00-9:45 Papers etc.
10:00-11:45 The Economics of Innovative Enterprise, William Lazonick (2)

11:45 – 13:00 Lunch 7th Floor (cupons – reserved tables)
13:00- 16:00 Lectures:
13:00-15:45 Open Innovation and the Innovative Firm, Anne ter Wal (3)

Day 3: May 29th 2019
In room C2-060
08:30 Coffee
09:00-12:00 Lectures:
09:00-10:45 The Social Conditions of Innovative Enterprise, William Lazonick (2)
10:45-11:45 Networks and the Innovative Firm, Anne ter Wal (3)

11:45-13:00 Lunch 7th Floor (cupouns – reserved tables)
13:00- 17:00 Lectures:
13:00-14:45 Networks continued
15:00-16:45 Innovative Enterprise and Sustainable Prosperity, William Lazonick (2)

All days in room C2-005

Day 1: June 17th
09:30 Coffee
10:00 – 11:45 Lectures:
10:00-11:45 The nature of globalization and the role of MNEs in innovation, Rajneesh Narula (2)
11:45 – 13:00 Lunch 7th Floor (tapas – reserved tables)
13:00 – 16:00 Lectures:
13:00-15:45 The geography of knowledge spillovers, Grazia D. Santangelo (3)

Day 2: June 18th
08:30 Coffee
09:00 – 11:45 Lectures:
09:00-11:45 The Role of MNEs in innovation/innovation systems, Rajneesh Narula (3)
11:45 – 13:00 Lunch 7th Floor (cupouns – reserved tables)
13:00- 15:00 Lectures:
13:00-14:45 International Knowledge Sourcing, Grazia D. Santangelo (2)

Day 3: June 19th
08:30 Coffee
09:00 – 11:45 Lectures:
09:00-10:45 New Directions in International Knowledge Sourcing, Grazia D. Santangelo (2)
11:00-11:45 Outsourcing, alliances and open innovation networks, Rajneesh Narula (2)

11:45 – 13:00 Lunch 7th Floor (cupons – reserved tables)
13:00- 16:00 Lectures:
13:00-13.45 Outsourcing continued
14:00-15.45 Discussion of your paper proposals


Course paper is due on 30 August 2019 before noon (12:00). More information will be given during the course. Please note that the deadline is practised strictly.

Instructions for your paper – in three stages

1. Use of litterature and course info in your paper:  This course invites you to use your doctoral project in your paper, but you
have to do that while using the lectures and the literature of the course. If you
write about a firm or firms, that should be easy. If your topic at first look does
not seem ideally suited to the course, it is worthwhile to make an effort to find
common ground between your project and the course.

2. Presentation and pre-paper – subission deadline: In the first part of the course you give a short presentation of what you doctoral project. In the second part of the course we want you to present a substantial abstract or an full outline for your paper. A written version of this must be sent to me by Thursday June 13. We will discuss it at the end of the course and you are expected to comment on the other participant’s presentations.

3. And remember this:

Your final course paper should….

  • discuss perspectives introduced by ter Wal, Lazonick, Santangelo and Narula
  • you should draw upon at least five papers from the course literature (not policed strictly here)
  • be well-written
  • be consistent with a clear purpose
  • be well-structured
  • be written individually
  • Any question regarding the paper must be posed to Knut Sogner

Exam sumbssion deadlines

Please note that all deadlines are final. A re-sit is only possible when the
course is next offered. In most cases, candidates will need to register and take
the course again as the course content may be updated or changed.

Paper Submission
Your paper have to be delivered using BI’s digital exam solution DigiEx. In order to be able to submit your paper you need the log-in information that were sent to you from BI Norwegian Business School when you registered for the course.
Log in here:

With digital assignments, you download the exam paper and submit you exam answer through BI’s digital exam system, DigiEx. You are able to submit the assignment from anywhere – as long as you have online access. Your paper must be in a PDF format whne submitting it.

Contact the Exam Administration
In case of problems with the exam or paper uploading, please contact the Exam Administration via:
Phone: 46 41 00 09 (10:00-14:00)


As this course is considered a NORSI course all travel expenses etc. will be covered for NORSI students. Same procedure as for other NORSI courses. NORSI students’ refund is dependent upon completion of course work and their status as a NORSI student. All NORSI students make their own travel arrangement (Economy).

Travel and Accommodation (Hotel) for Oslo – Part 1 and 2: Participants should arrange travel and transport by themselves, however all travel expenses will be refunded for NORSI students. NORSI has reserved a block of rooms for NORSI students at Radisson Nydalen Hotel right next door to BI. To book a hotel room please email Birte with your preferred dates. PhD students register for the course that are not part of NORSI will have to cover their own expensens.

Please not that NORSI does not issues per diem (diett penger) but will refund your food expenses, so save your receipts. In order to receive your travel refund mail/scan in all your original tickets and original receipts (plane, taxi, bus etc.) to Birte.

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 NORSI studenter 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: 27/05/2019
Date physical: Part 1: 27-29 May 2019 and Part 2: 17-19 June 2019
Location: BI - Norwegian Business School