This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Working towards achieving organisational and individual success requires a combination of knowledge and skills in a number of business functions (for example strategy and leadership, economics, finance and accounting, innovation and marketing). In addition to these specific functions, areas such as ethics, sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are becoming increasingly important. This course builds on a set of international cases focusing on the individual fields as they pertain to making integrated business decisions. You will work together with other students from different specialisations to analyse and deliberate on the cases, and prepare discussions, presentations and written reports. Based on a philosophy of challenge-based learning and co-creation of knowledge, this course provides you with a unique opportunity to learn from each other, from experienced and published academics as well as from industry guest speakers.

Learning outcome

On completion of this course, you will have been introduced to the theory and practice of a number of business functions and responsibilities, and you should meet the following learning outcomes:
  • You will have a critical, interdisciplinary and international understanding of current business challenges
  • You will acknowledge the responsibilities of ethical and sustainable decision-making
  • You are confident in providing specific case-based advice to decision-makers

  • You will be solution-focused in your approach to addressing organisational challenges
  • You will work well in teams
  • You will develop professional presentation skills
  • You will be an active contributor to the co-creation of knowledge
  • You will take responsibility for your own learning and that of others


Examples of typical subject areas covered are:
  • ethics, sustainability and CSR
  • strategy
  • leadership
  • economics
  • marketing
  • finance
  • innovation
  • accounting

Examples of international cases used in the past are Patagonia, Tesla, Zappos, and the Roxel Group.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Group assessment and individual presentation
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio - group1/21 A - F
Presentation - individual1/2 A - F
The final grade will be made up of a 50% group assessment (portfolio of case study analyses completed in allocated learning teams); and 50% Individual presentation (presentations undertaken in the same allocated learning teams).
In order to obtain a mark all students must meet the following requirement:
- 80% attendance of all mandatory sessions starting from week 1 of teaching (non-attendance authorised by qualified healthcare workers not included in this %)
No re-sit for element 1 (50% Group assessment); Individual presentation re-sit for element 2 (50% individual presentation).

Coursework requirements


Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Rune Todnem By
Course teacher
Christian Jensen , Kenneth Henning Wathne , Bernt Arne Ødegaard , Ragnar Tveterås

Method of work

In this course you learn through a mix of case discussions, team work, work shops, presentations, and guest lectures. There will be an emphasis on you working closely with others in allocated learning teams identifying challenges and offering solutions to these through focusing on weekly business cases.
Expectations: 280 ECTS work hours divided on case discussions, lectures, workshops; team work & student seminars; and independent study.
Regarding the use of video and audio during virtual, non-recorded case discussion sessions:
In support of course learning outcomes and attendance requirements (80%) outlined in the course descriptor, students undertaking Business Decisions are required to actively engage through the use of video and audio when case discussions are being facilitated on virtual learning platforms for which UiS have data processor agreements (as for example Teams and Zoom). These requirements are in support of the optimal delivery of, and active learning from virtual case discussions and in alignment with GDPR article 6, number 1, letter e, with supplementary legal basis in universitets- og høyskoleloven (uhl.) § 1-3, § 3-8 on education, § 4-2 on education plan and § 4-3 on the students' learning environment. These sessions will not be recorded and only registered students and staff will have access to the case discussions in real time.

Open to

Master in Accounting and Auditing
Business Administration - Master of Science
Business Administration - Master of Science (5 years)

Course assessment

Students will have the opportunity to give feedback on the course first in an early dialogue, and then in a written course evaluation at the end of the course.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 21.09.2020