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.
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
Portfolio - team
Written exam (individual)
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.
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
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.
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.