MSB specialisation: Strategy and Leadership

The specialisation in strategy and leadership provides you with knowledge of leadership, strategy, sustainability and technology and enables you to take part in the pressing challenges for professional organisations.

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Major in Strategy and Leadership

All organizations are expected to be sustainable, they have to develop and sometimes transform due to changes in the world economy. They have to cooperate and form partnerships with other organizations to meet new demands, while they care for a number of different stakeholders.

Digital technology provides a lot of business opportunities, and the claim is that all businesses need to digitalize or die. Technology enables new business models, new products and services, and new jobs are created. However, jobs are also destroyed, businesses and industries are disrupted, some win, others lose. There are many threats associated with the introduction of new technology. How will a sustainable and responsible professional organization develop, how can it utilize the digital opportunities, and how can it avoid the negative outcomes?

This is ultimately about leadership and strategy, and you will be able to take a lead on this important journey.

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Semester 1 consists of three courses. One course is unique for the strategy and leadership students, while two of the courses are taken by all the first-year students at the UiS Business School.

MSB103 Data Analytics

MSB325 Sustainable Business Practice

MSB102 Business Decisions

In your third semester, you can choose to be an exchange student at one of our international partner universities, decide among a wide range of elective courses offered at the University of Stavanger Business School, and/or combine your specialization with an internship.

Alternative 1: Semester abroad as an exchange student

The experience you gain from a semester abroad gives you an international profile that many companies look for in their future employees. Through the UiS Business School exchange programme, you have a unique chance to gain an international perspective on your education. It is also an opportunity to learn a new language and culture. You expand your professional network and get an experience of a lifetime. Read more about student exchange and our partner universities.

Alternative 2: Semester at the University of Stavanger

The semester at the University of Stavanger consists of elective courses equivalent to 30 ECTS. Choose elective courses either from the strategy and leadership specialisation or electives from other specialisation profiles.

You are required to take at least 10ECTS outside strategy and leadership during 3rd semester.

This is the strategy and leadership elective we offer in the 3rd semester:

MSB255 Supply Chain and Lean Management

MSB260 Competitive Strategy

This semester is all about writing the master’s thesis. Use all the knowledge and skills you obtained throughout the program, tackle an important question that you feel passionate about.

MSBMAS Master thesis (30 ECTS)

About the programme:

MSc in Business Administration

The strategy and leadership specialisation is a part of the Master of Science in Business Administration programme.


Førsteamanuensis Bjarte Ravndal

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