Business Decisions (MSB102)

Working towards achieving organizational 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 specializations to analyze and deliberate on the cases, prepare written reports and class discussions. 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 2023-2024. 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

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 regional/national/international understanding of current business practices and 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 able to use concepts, theories, and frameworks to analyze business cases to provide recommendations to solve the identified problems
  • You will work effectively in teams
  • 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 exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio - team 1/2 1 Semesters Letter grades
Written exam (individual) 1/2 6 Hours Letter grades Exam aids available at the teachers' discretion 1), Valid calculator,

1) Printing of five cases and portfolio submission is permitted.

The final grade will be made up of a 50% team portfolio and 50% individual assignment. The team portfolio consists of a portfolio of cases that students will analyze and discuss throughout the semester, equally weighted in the grade determination. No re-sit.

Coursework requirements

Coursework requirements

To be eligible for a grade in the course, students must meet the following requirement:

100% compulsory attendance the first two weeks of class (practice case weeks)

80% attendance of all five case lecture sessions

80% attendance of all five case discussion sessions

80% attendance of all five guest lecture sessions

  • 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 lectures, teamwork, work shops, case discussions, 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 of course material.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Business Decisions (MØA102_1) 10

Open for

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

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto