President of BI, Inge Jan Henjesand, rejoices in the international development the programme has had. This year, all 40 universities, 24 nationalities and all continents are represented at BI Summer School. - The Norwegian leadership model is founded on trust, involvement and short distances between managers and employees. This is a model that is unfamiliar to many. Should we have the ability to create competitive advantage in a global knowledge economy, it is important to facilitate a common understanding of different work cultures. We are very pleased that so many international students have chosen BI Summer School, says Henjesand. class="imageWrapper" style="width: 636px;">
President of BI, Inge Jan Henjesand
During the four weeks, students will gain a greater understanding to apply the research that exists within culture, management and communication. Furthermore, the programme focuses on a comparison of Scandinavian and Norwegian culture with other business cultures globally. The curriculum includes intercultural marketing and communication. Students also have the opportunity to follow parts of the course Norwegian Life and Society, taught at the University of Oslo. Here, politics, history, art and equality are on schedule. - The objective is to give students the skills to understand the dynamics that occur in Norwegian and Scandinavian companies, across cultural, geographic and economic boundaries, says Sangeeta Singh, Associate Dean for the programme.
Social school day
Students will also experience Norwegian culture and nature outside of the lecture hall. During the summer they will have rafting with Sjoa and visits to an opera, the Viking Ship Museum, Vigeland Park and the Astrup Fearnley Museum, island hopping on the Oslofjord and several hiking trips in unique Norwegian scenery. The programme concludes with an international farewell dinner where all students will bring a dish from their homeland. Since its inception in 2007, just under 800 international students have attended BI Summer School. This year's number of participants is the highest in the Summer School's decade-long history.