autumn 2020
REI-1501 Entrepreneurship and Innovation - 10 ECTS

Last changed 31.12.2020

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course is obligatory for the Bachelor of Northern Studies. Elective for Bachelor in Arctic Adventure Tourism. The subject can be taken as single course.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:

Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse. Admission procedures for foreign applicants, please read:

Admission code: 9199

Course content

Students are be provided with theoretical basics on innovation, entrepreneurship, and small businesses.

Introduction to entrepreneurship

  • Contributions of entrepreneurial firms
  • Entrepreneurship - conceptual approaches
  • The logic of effectuation
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Some aspects of cross border entrepreneurship in the Barents Region

Introduction to innovation

  • Reasons to innovate
  • Disruptive Innovation, Reverse Innovation
  • Value-driven (service) innovation
  • Implementation of innovation

Innovation process

  • Exploration and Exploitation of opportunities
  • Types of Innovation
  • Basics on Business Model Design

Objectives of the course

When completing the course the student will be able to:


  • Explain central approaches and theories of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Classify innovative methods in economic competition
  • Discuss cases of social entrepreneurship
  • Explain cross-border cooperation in the Barents Region


  • Use theoretical concepts to understand and analyse processes of innovation and entrepreneurship in practice
  • Discuss and assess individually chosen cases from industry
  • Write a consistent term paper

General competence

  • Analyse and assess contemporary innovation and economic development by using concepts from theory

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures alternating with seminars including group work. Students are expected to apply topics from theory to real-life cases taken from personal experience and/or public sources of information. Over the period of the course, students will subsecuently work woth a respective term paper.

Class attendance is obligatory (at least 75%)

Upon completion, the course will be anonymously evaluated by students


The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam: Short individual and group presentations in class. two drafts of a workpaper on a self-selected case. Class attendance is mandatory (at least 75%)

The exam will consist of an final term paper (4000-4500 words) to be delivered at the end of the course.

Grades: A-F grade scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed.

Retake is offered in the beginning of the following semester in cases of grade F and Fail.


Course overlap

BABOR_06 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 10 stp
BABOR_06 Entrepreneurship Innovation 10 stp
  • About the course
  • Campus: Alta |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: REI-1501
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