BED-2035 Competitive Intelligence - 10 ECTS
This course can be taken as a singular course.
The course requires the presence on the campus that provides instruction in the subject. The course is not suitable for students who can not attend lessons, group work and the like.
Before students take this course, students must have taken a course in marketing. Eg. BED-1004 Marketing.
Students who have successfully completed the course should have achieved the following learning outcomes:
Knowledge and comprehension:
- Basic knowledge of Competitive Intelligence (CI).
- Be able to understand the complexity of a company’s external environment in areas concerning external stakeholders.
- A solid understanding on how it can make and improve a company’s competitive edge in an actual marketplace.
- Have a good understanding of the Macro environment
- Basic theoretical skills of the external marketing areas a company should monitor.
- Be able to pinpoint precise problem statements in a company’s environment.
- To understand how a company can gain a competitive edge based on a competitive intelligence system.
- Be able to define a company’s Competitive Intelligence needs.
- Be able to identify the key areas of the Macro environment.
- Be able to understand underlying patterns of stakeholder’s agenda in the market place.
- Can retrieve relevant information about a competitor’s capabilities and actions in the market place.
- Be able to analyze strategic alternatives a company has in the market based on the CI-system
- Be able to carry out an analysis and make recommendations concerning a company’s competitive area to gain a competitive edge.
- Be able to convey knowledge of Competitive Intelligence and analyze a company’s needs
- Be able to set up a CI-system to improve the competitive force.
- Have a deep understanding of ethics that relates to the retrieval of data for analytical perspectives in the CI-process, and not to step over these boarders.
- Have sufficient knowledge to be able to function as a CI-consultant or perform middle manager tasks in a marketing organization.
Three mandatory tasks during the semester each counting 15 percent of the final grade (teamwork). A two hour written exam were the student turn in a written problem statement. Then a 24 hour home exam were the students answer their problem statement (counting 55 percent of final grade). A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. There will be no re-sit exam for this course. Place of exam: Tromsø.
Language of examination is English.