Master programme

Green Growth as Competitive Advantage

This program will give participants the necessary competencies and skills to move from rhetorics about green economics into informed practice in Nordic organisations.


With companies such as Tesla, Novo Nordisk, Skanska, Vestas, IKEA, REC Solar and Storebrand, the green growth agenda has gained momentum. International institutions such as the OECD, EU-Commission, UNEP, World Bank, WBCSD and GGGI has also pushed the opportunities of the coming “green shift” towards 2050.

Since the British economist Sir Nicholas Stern’s (2006) report, there has been increasing economic arguments in favour of bold environmental measures as profitable and smart rather than simply as costs. Such statements have nevertheless been contested, and the economic results variable. Further it has been unclear what exactly a green growth entails. But such debates have sparked new research, practices and reporting on what green growth is and how to precisely distinguish greenwashing from genuine green growth.

Norwegian and Scandinavian companies and institutions have in any case already started the shift towards greener business development and strategies. Also unions and public agencies have started calling for more green jobs and procurement.

The focus will be on green business models and strategy, accounting and measurements, innovation and leadership. Participants will get the tools necessary to succeed with implementing the practices of green economics for growth and profitability.

Course outline

  • The challenges of Green Growth
  • Green Business Innovations
  • Green Accounting for the 21st century
  • The Big Picture - and the long term future
  • Green strategies: implementing the theory in practice

Per Espen Stoknes

Per Espen Stoknes is a researcher in the Department of Law.


Jørgen Randers

Jørgen Randers is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Law.

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Event 11 May

Green Growth Innovation

The government commits to making Norway the number one country for green investments. What does it mean to translate that ambition into innovation policy?

Practical information

Start date

Oslo: 17 October

Course Schedule

Oslo: Fall 2017/Spring 2018

1. samling: 17.10 - 20.10
2. samling: 28.11 - 01.12
3. samling: 23.01 - 26.01
4. samling: 03.04 - 06.04
5. samling: 02.05 - 05.05

Admission requirements

See the admission requirements for this programme.

Exam fall 2018/spring 2019

The students are evaluated through an individual home assignment and a (final) term paper. The term paper accounts for 60% of the total grade, and may be written individually or in groups of maximum three persons. The individual 72 hour home assignment accounts for 40% of the total grade. All evaluations must be passed to obtain a certificate for the course.


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We will send out literature lists to all students well before the course starts. If you want an overview of the literature before you decide, you can order it here.

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