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Management, business and other subjects

Course descriptions for courses in project management, business and communication, as well as other subjects not listed elsewhere.

EXH001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics

What is morale? What is happiness? What is a just society? Do obligations and norms make us unfree? Can value and cultural conflicts be solved? These are examples of ethical questions, and the course provides an introduction to ethical theories from Antiquity to present day society. Important names are Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustin, Hobbes, Hume, and Kant, in addition to more recent philosophers such as Habermas and Rawls. These philosophers introduce us to different answers to the main question of ethics: How should we live? Values and norms in the scientific community are discussed, and one approach is the question of what the "university" ought to be. Ethical problems and challenges within the university's various research areas/academic disciplines and the university's professional studies are presented using examples and in light of ethical theories.

EXS002 Philosophy and the theory of science

This course aims at giving the student basic knowledge of certain themes and perspectives in the area philosophy and theory of science. The curriculum concentrates on a systematic presentation of some problems related to theory of science, and a historic presentation of history of philosophy and history of science from ancient Greece to modern times. The Scientific Revolution has a central role and is viewed as a paradigmatic change in our intellectual history, with far-reaching consequences, not only within science and theory of science, but also for technology and our understanding of technology, and our awareness of environment and environmental problems. Themes connected to art, architecture and human sciences are also briefly mentioned.

FO083D Managerial Economics

Content:

Introduction to basic accounting. Demand analysis and demand elasticities. Market structure. Cost analysis - cost minimization. Estimation of production and cost functions. Break - even charts. Profit - volume analysis. Price theory. The pricing process - calculation. Capital budgeting. Forecasting cash flow. Cost of capital. Capital rationing. Investment theory. Budgets.

FO085D Administration And Leadership

Part A Law:

The public authority. The law sources (the laws, the judgements etc.). The practising of the law (the different courts of law etc.). Law of contracts. Law of sales. Law of torts. Law of employment. (termination of working-contracts etc.) Law of advertising.

Part B Administration and leadership:

Leadership - historical retrospect. Leaders and leadership. The formal organization of industry. Work and motivation. Team work. Ethics.

TTM4165 ICT, Organization and Market

Objectives:

This topic shall supply knowledge on problems and solutions on the border areas between information and communications technology (ICT), organization and market, with a focus on future challenges.

Content:

Historical aspects, monopolies, deregulation. Present and future situation, global competition, regulation, actors. Technology and market: "Technology push" vs. "market pull". Technology developments: Trends, introduction of new technology, technology as a differentiator. Organization structure and culture: Requirement for dynamics, organization development. ICT - economics: Problems and strategies.

SOS1008 Digital Communication and Organizational Challenges

Objectives:

This subject shall provide an understanding of the opportunities and limitations that complex organizations face when they are using and relating to digital forms of communication, internally as well as related to partners, suppliers, customers and competitors.

Content:

The accelerating development in the sciences and technology, especially regarding information and communications technology is a constant challenge for tradtional companies, and will require new forms of organization that may be very different from those we know today. The purpose of the course is to provide a larger awareness of the organizational challenges and consequences of this development, and to expose students to practial scenarios of such organizational challenges. This focuses on the potential for innovation and development in the extension of this development. The lectures will be based heavily on ICT making the course itself an example of the described development. See more details on my specific work at the projects page.

TIØ4250 Venture Cup

Objectives:

The subject shall provide a basic introduction to entrepreneurship in general and business plan writing especially.

Content:

Venture Cup is a regional business plan competition through which the participants will gain increased knowledge on starting a business and creating a professional business plan. The course contains the topics; entrepreneurship, formulating an idea and challenges in innovative work. The course will also focus on market research, organization, business models, strategic planning, intellectual property rights and economical analysis of innovative projects in addition to a realization of the business plan, including financing. See more details on my specific work at the projects page.

NBA675 High-tech Start-ups

Objectives:

1. To provide a multi-disciplined look at high technology entrepreneurial businesses
2. To provide an overview of entrepreneurship to help students in their personal evaluation of their own skills, talents, and career potential
3. To study the management of new venture development

Content:

In the class, real issues about real new enterprises are discussed in a seminar style setting. The course materials provide an overview of major elements of high technology entrepreneurial activity, including evaluation and planning of a new enterprise, its financing, typical operating and administrative problems and alternatives for growth and sale.
Daily internship work on the job spans a wide range of assignments unique to each company. Students will become immersed in small, intense start-ups and feel part of the company culture. The small size of each company enables those who are alert and curious to see how an entire business operates.

ENT4110 Entrepreneurship theory from an American point of view

Objectives:

To provide an insight into the challenges, and an in-depth understanding of strategies, for developing entrepreneurial businesses in high-tech industries in America.

Content:

This course provides an overview of the challenges of a American high-tech start-up business. The course explores various options for the evaluation and planning of the business. Typical issues that entrepreneurs face are operating and administrative problems, financing, sales and marketing approaches, growth and sale. In addition the students will build on ENT4000 and further explore the use of a business plan to prove, articulate and defend a business idea.

ENT4200 Startups in practice - Entrepreneurship

Objectives:

To give the students business practice and experience by working as an intern in a start-up company abroad.

Content:

The students will be exposed to different environments and different levels of stress to give a realistic understanding of the work involved in start-ups. The students have to go through an intensive recruiting process with company presentations and job interviews where they have to negotiate with the internship companies. Through the three months internship programme the students learn about the region, its culture, history, customs, business practices and entrepreneurial thinking, and gain first-hand start-up experience.

ENT4300 Entrepreneurship and internationalization

Objectives:

To be able to analyze and discuss distinctions between different cultural, entrepreneurial, financial and market-based factors.

Content:

The two seminars span the stay abroad. The one prior to departure addresses topics that will aid the students in their stay. Topics may include: cultural preparations, teambuilding sessions, networking preparation, creativity awareness and talks from entrepreneurs.
The seminar upon arrival address differences between Norwegian and selected foreign entrepreneurship cultures. In addition the students are given an arena for knowledge and experience exchange based on their different destinations abroad.

Diploma in Project Management

This course-series provide a solid foundation in projects as a working methodology, and provides knowledge and competency in managing projects according to the Telenor Project Model and methodology.

Module A: Working in Telenor Projects

Projects and terminology. Project management - the nine knowledge areas. Project phases, processes and decision milestones. Outcomes and performance - the realization of gains. Organization, roles and responsibilities, interacting with the line. Start-up, planning, implementation and completion. Uncertainty and contract.

Module B: Practical Project Management

Methods and techniques in the planning and implementation of projects. Telenor project model - phases and decision points - means of making decisions. Organization, roles and responsibilities in Telenor. Methods and techniques for the creation of a project plan, WBS (work breakdown structure), scheduling and cost estimation. Methods and techniques for monitoring progress, measuring deviation, implementing measures, using the earned value method. Balancing performance according to the priorities of the project owner - managing stakeholder expectations.

Module C: Motivational Leadership & Effective Communication

What is leadership? What are the differences between manager / leader / coach? Possibilities and limitations in the exercise of leadership.
The communication model: Reviewing different communication styles. When to use various styles. The reactions triggerd by different styles.
Advanced communication situations: The difficult conversations. The importance of being well prepared. Developing and utilizing your empathic abilities. Distinction between being a friend and leader.