Excerpt from course description

Small Business Development


This course, together with BTH 9743 Bachelor Thesis - Small Business Development, 15 ECTS, makes up a specialisation of 30 ECTS, which is included in the students’ final diploma. The course applies to students enrolled on the Bachelor’s Programme in Marketing or the Bachelor’s Programme in Business Administration. Other students may choose this course as an elective in their 3rd year.

The course aims at qualifying students for management of small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs – as well as for consultancy work for SMEs. This entails that the specialisation has ties to the business community. Cases and discussions are used to enable students to find work methods for contributing optimally to their own and other students’ learning. Hence the students become responsible for the learning processes, together with the organizers of the processes.

Course content

  • The funktion of the board and leadership in SMR
  • The board and the operative daily leadership
  • The internar roles in the board. Formal design and unformal interaction, team and team leadership, board competence
  • The boards function and leadership challenges with different phases in a company’s life and the board function I various type of companies
  • The digital paradigm – board an leadership in the digitalization
  • Formal aspects with the boards work with focus on the law and regulations
  • The boards responsibility for developing parent management tools with focus on innovation,strategy and value creation
  • The boards responsibility for developing finance, risk management, fusion, fission, leadership information – and steering systems
  • Inovation and development form the entrepreneurial phase to ordinary operations – developement of business models
  • Strategick management and strategic process in SME’s


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