Business development and Innovation: The policy perspective MSB335
In this course, students will learn about business development and innovation strategies from a policy perspective. The course aims to introduce students to how national, regional and local governments can promote innovation and business development in the economy as well as within companies. The course focuses, from a theoretical and empirical perspective, on strategies and policies for knowledge development, innovation, economic development, transformation and the promotion of local human resources.
Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.
Through the course, students will develop a solid understanding of the scholarly debate on policy side of business development and innovation, including:
How strategies and policies are embedded into national, regional and local economic development and innovation thinking.
Applying innovation strategies and policies in order to restructure local businesses toward sustainable development.
Knowledge of research, development and innovation policy – its motivations and how it promotes innovation and economic development
Knowledge of regional development and place-based policy – its motivations and how it promotes regional development
Knowledge of policies such as: smart specialization, mission oriented, transformative, sustainable, and resource-based policies
Knowledge of important discussions and opposing viewpoints on policies for innovation and business development.
Students will be able to:
Communication, such as leading a discussion supporting, opposing and presenting a policies strategy and arguments.
Present and critically assess different scholarly theories and hypotheses, as well as strategy and/or policy statements.
Formulating policy statements and arguments to initialise a discussion
Summarise policies arguments and studies
Formulating policy statements to initialise a discussion
Writing and formulating policy brief
This course will take up the following topics:
Local and regional development policy
Research and innovation policy
Place-based economic policy, leadership and regulations
Specific policies such as: Smart specialization, Mission oriented, Transformative, sustainable, and resource-based policies.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Eksamen / vurdering
Individual written assignment and group assignment
Individual written assignment
A - F
A - F
• 60 % of the grade from an individual written assignment (policy review)
• 40 % of the grade from group assignments including formulating statements opposing and supporting policy arguments.
Be present in seminars and write a policy review
The mandatory requirements for this course: Student will be assigned to a group. These groups will play different roles during the seminar classes. In these groups students will prepare a seminar presentation in the course, where each student will play different roles during the seminars.
The sessions will be delivered through a combination of classes, guest lectures, group discissions and seminars. Each student will be assigned to a group. These groups will play different roles during the seminar classes. Each student has to equally contribute to these roles. The roles include:
Read policy documents
Prepare and share written questions and statements about the policies in different roles
Respond to questions during the seminar and engage actively in it