Master of Management programme

Global Strategy and Sustainable Business

In this course we provide you with the skills to navigate a complex global business context and how you can develop a successful global strategy with a focus on sustainability.

What you will learn:

  • How to analyze a dynamic international business context.
  • Key theories and concepts in global strategy.
  • Tools and skills to grow your business internationally.
  • How to integrate sustainability in your strategy.
  • How institutional and cultural differences influence organizations.

In this course, you will learn how to develop a successful global strategy as businesses and societies transition towards a more sustainable future. We focus on strategic challenges that arise from cross-border business activities, and discuss how to create a more agile and flexible organization. 

You will receive the tools to critically assess your organization and the environment to make better business decisions, both in stable markets and in times of uncertainty. We will also explore how successful companies balance the demands of ongoing operations and future needs. 

This course is suited for business professionals who are dedicated to developing sustainable global organizations that strive to compete successfully in a changing international environment. 

"Firms need to think globally from the get-go! Our course offers a range of tools and frameworks to grow your organisation successfully in a global context."

Birgitte Grøgaard

Professor, Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Admission requirements

  • you are at least 25 years old
  • you have completed a bachelor's degree
  • you have 4 years of full-time work experience (3 years if you already have a master's degree)

Students without a completed bachelor's degree can, in some cases, be admitted based on prior learning and work experience. 

Take the course or build a degree

This course can be integrated in an Executive Master of Management

The course awards 30 credits, and a master's degree consists of 90 credits. Should you choose to take more master's level courses later, you can accumulate a complete master's degree. The combination of courses is up to you, based on your learning goals and career plans.  

Modules and course content

This course consists of five modules of three to four days each, over the course of two semesters. Four of the modules take place on campus in Nydalen, Oslo. 

For the 4th module we travel five days abroad to Calgary, Canada, to experience a city undergoing significant changes driven by advanced technology and sustainable solutions. BI recommends students to attend the study-trip. Travel and accommodation expenses are in addition to ordinary tuition fees.

In this program we mix digital content with in-class modules. The in-class modules are highly interactive with discussions, a focus on practical applications, and a dialogue with corporations and experts in the field. We invite guest speakers with extensive global business experience. 
The syllabus is made available at least one month before the course starts.

Exams consists of a term paper that counts 60% of the total grade, and a portfolio assessment that counts for 40%. The term paper may be written individually or in groups of maximum three students. 

All classes will be conducted in English. The term paper may be written in Norwegian.



Birgitte Grøgaard is a is a professor at the Department for Strategy and Entrepreneurship at BI Norwegian Business School. Birgitte teaches this course in strategy. 


Time and effort required

All our courses are designed to be combined with a job and a personal life. Still - you'll need to dedicate some time. 

You'll spend a total of 16 workdays on modules. Additionally, you'll need to make time for reading the course material, delivering the portfolio assessment and writing the term paper.

How much time this takes varies widely from student to student, and you can adjust this to fit your other commitments. 

Read more about balancing part-time studies with work and personal life. 


This course is eligible for support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund. Tuition fees are charged in two installments. The first invoice is usually issued on 1 October, and the second invoice on 1 December. 

Want to know more?

We regularly host informational webinars that you can join. You can also schedule a personal guidance session with one of our counsellors.

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