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Business Decisions MSB102

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 guest speakers from industry.

Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

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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.

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 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
Required prerequisite knowledge

Group assessment and individual presentation

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio - group 1/2 1 Semesters Letter grades
Presentation - individual 1/2 Letter grades

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).No re-sit.

Coursework requirements
Attendance, 100% Compulsory attendance first two weeks of class
In order to obtain be graded all students must meet the following requirement:
  • 100% compulsory attendance the first two weeks of class
  • 80% attendance at all mandatory case discussion sessions from week two of classes (non-attendance authorised by qualified healthcare professionals) 4 times attendance of all six guest lecture sessions (non-attendance authorised by qualified healthcare professionals not included in this %)
  • Active case discussion participation
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Hongyan Shi
Course teacher: Hongyan Shi
Course teacher: Bernt Arne Ødegaard
Study Program Director: Yuko Onozaka
Course teacher: Gorm Kipperberg
Course teacher: Ragnar Tveterås
Method of work

In this course you learn through a mix of case discussions, teamwork, 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 hours divided into case discussions, lectures, workshops; teamwork, 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% for the case discussion sessions and 4 out of six guest lecture sessions) 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 has data processor agreements (as for example Teams and Zoom). These requirements support the optimal delivery of, and active learning from, virtual sessions and are aligned with article 6, number 1, letter e of the GDPR, with a supplementary legal basis in the Universities and University Colleges Act, Section 1-3, Section 3-8 on education, Section 4-2 on education plan and Section 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 for
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.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Business Decisions (MØA102) 10
The syllabus can be found in Leganto