Norwegian Research School in Innovation (NORSI)

Common Courses

NORSI offers 3 common courses; each course consisting of 2-3 sessions, each lasting 4 days. Each of the 3 courses is a 7,5 ECTS course. These 7 sessions are intensive and held during the first two years of the program. 

Courses particular to each programme track 

  1. PIMS Coursework (NTNU)
  2. PING Coursework (BI) 

Course descriptions
NORSI Common Courses

Session 1

In Perspectives on Innovation, we present an overview of the innovation field. This course is divided into the contextual approach, i.e. the systemic nature of innovation and economic growth, and into the corporate and organizational approach. Both deal with how processes of innovation occur. Traditionally economics has dealt primarily with the allocation of resources to innovation and its economic effects, while the innovation process itself has been treated more or less as a ‘black box'. Obviously, a lot of what happens has to do with learning occurring in organized settings (e.g. project groups, teams, firms and networks), the working of which is studied within disciplines such as sociology, organizational science, management and business studies. Innovation is a complex and dynamic organizational process—with repeating cycles of divergent and convergent activities—that both depends on and spurs organizational learning and adaptation. Moreover, learning processes tend to be linked to specific contexts or locations. The way innovation is organized and its localization also undergo important changes over time, as underscored by the work within the field of economic and technology history.

Research methods

A comprehensive course in Research Methods and Academic Writing gives a broad rather than deep presentation of relevant methodological tools and issues. The part dealing with quantitative research methods will survey the most commonly used quantitative analysis in the social sciences such as an introduction to SPSS, factor analysis, regression and correlation analysis, multiway contingency tables and social network analysis. The qualitative session covers topics such as ethnographic and anthropological methods frominterviewing to analyses, naturalistic inquiry, interpretive research, case-studies, groundedtheory and various approaches to categorization of data.

In addition each program will have specific mini-sessions on research methods. The PIMS program will have a session on Item, Scale and Survey construction to prepare students to do survey-based studies. The PING program will have a session introducing STATA and applied econometric methods used on various data sources such as CIS and patent data.

Corporate and individual issues

The final two common courses both deal with the corporate and individual issues – the levels that link the two programs together.

Innovation networks, provides a broad overview of the network approach, i.e. what goes on between organizations. The network approach is missing from mainstream economics' preoccupation with markets and, to a lesser extent, organizations,and the network approach finds that important processes of entrepreneurship, innovation, learning and framing of issues go on in networks. The network research has found networks to be stable, long-term and integral to organizational activities. The second part of this course looks in particular on entrepreneurial networks and knowledge networks.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation gives an overview of the entrepreneurial field with relevance for innovation. Entrepreneurial research is a separate field, though related to innovation. Traditionally, the main emphasis within the entrepreneurship field has been the person behind an idea, and his or her entrepreneurial intentions, and the funding of the venture. Entrepreneurial finance from private investors, venture funds, as well as government based funding schemes, has received a great deal of research attention in entrepreneurial research. This will be highlighted along with the recent focus on a contextual approach. In general, this research highlights the complexity and dynamics of entrepreneurial activities, processes and outcomes.