autumn 2017

BED-3047 Entrepreneurial Networking and Methods in Writing BCE Master Thesis - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 08.02.2018

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Type of course

This course can not be taken as a singular course. The course is for Master's Degree Program in Business Creation and Entrepreneurship (BCE) only

Course content

The course provides an overview of theory and methods in writing a Master thesis in Business Creation and Entrepreneurship.


The first section gives an overview of recent research on academic entrepreneurship, and the innovation ecosystem with institutions and actors involved in commercializing academic knowledge. Further, the course gives a more detailed overview of the importance of entrepreneurial networks in commercializing research based ides. The second section gives an overview of innovation theory and market methods for writing a Master thesis in the BCE programme.

Objectives of the course

The aim of the course is to prepare the students theoretically and methodologically in writing their master thesis. One aim is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the critical role networks play in academic entrepreneurship. The second aim of the course is to give students the necessary overview of theories and methods in order to design their master thesis in spring 2017: an introduction (umbrella), innovation study, a market study and a business plan.


Learning outcomes

Students successfully completed the course should achieve the following learning outcomes:


Knowledge and comprehension

  • Knowledge of how to build networks for starting a research based spin-off
  • Knowledge of how to use theories of innovation and marketing methods in writing a master thesis in BCE
  • Knowledge of how to design an analytical thesis in commercializing a research based idea


  • Evaluate academic research texts and apply knowledge to one's own setting
  • Build a strategy for how to initiate, develop and maintain networks
  • Develop a research problem, theoretical approach and methodological design for commercializing a research based idea


The students should be able to analyze empirical cases of academic entrepreneurship in various universities. Further to present and reflect on research texts and apply knowledge to their own setting. The students will obtain competence in how to describe, analyze and conclude in academically writing. They will be able to reflect on their Master thesis as a piece of academic entrepreneurship and discuss and defend their theoretical and methodological choices in groups.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars. The students have to be present at campus, and participate in lectures and group-work.


Students are evaluated through two term papers. The term papers are parts of a portifolio evaluation.

A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

Course work requirements: two oral presentations has to be approved.

There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.

Place of exam: Tromsø


Recommended reading/syllabus

Literature will be announced in Fronter at the beginning of term or may be obtained by contacting the campus bookstore Akademika Tromsø.