Business, Innovation and Cultural Diversity 5020

Course Objectives

To inform students of the current situation for business people, men and women, with an emphasis on the woman’s perspective of entrepreneurships and leadership in Norway. To analyze existing political strategies and Norwegian legislation regarding gender in leadership, business and entrepreneurship. To discuss aspects of networks, innovative business culture and gender research in an international context. To motivate students to gain insight into the process and explore innovative potential in the creation of small businesses run by women.

Course Description

The course will begin with an introduction and discussion of the main concepts and alternative strategies of business entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity as a social process, leadership strategies and achievements, gender patterns in the workplace, educational and political policy regarding women in leadership positions, women and entrepreneurship, network communication and mentoring, business culture in Norway and in other countries. A series of lecturers (from college staff and also local entrepreneurs) will provide the real-life biography by focusing on personal experience in developing leadership skills and sharing the challenges of starting an enterprise in Norway.

With a background in entrepreneurial theory, legislation and educational policy, central ideas on gender and power, students will apply theory to the current situation in Norway, where the main focus is on the innovative workplace. Students will examine statistics reflecting gender differences in business ownership and leadership and will explore questions like, “How does legislation affect men’s and women’s experiences of equal opportunity?” “Why does the Norwegian workface continue to reflect traditional gender divisions?” Students will relate questions to case studies presented by individual entrepreneurs and leaders.

Learning Methods

A series of lectures, case histories and studies, presentations, discussions, group and/or independent projects, field trips. An emphasis will be placed on student participation. The language of instruction is English. Papers may be written in Norwegian on special application.

Assessment Methods

Semester project (either independent or group) 60 %; mid-term: oral presentation 40%;
All assessed elements of the course must be passed to pass the course.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Judith Torvik <>, last modified Bergit Grivi - 02/01/2008