Individual master courses

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

Practical information


Per Espen Stoknes

Ass. Professor Per Espen Stoknes, a psychologist with PhD in economics, is a TED Global speaker, and serves as the director of Centre for Green Growth at the Norwegian Business School. An experienced foresight facilitator and academic, he’s also serial entrepreneur, including co-founding clean-tech company GasPlas. Per Espen has served as member of Norwegian Parliament.


Jørgen Randers

Jørgen Randers is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Law. He works on climate and energy issues, scenario analysis and system dynamics. He lectures widely at home and abroad on sustainable development issues – particularly on the future and climate change – for all types of corporate and non-corporate audiences.

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Event 23 May

Urban Green Growth

We have only seen the beginning of urban growth. By 2030, the C40 megacity club may count a full 440 members. Cities act as green innovation and talent hubs - a breeding ground for ideas. When nations fail, will cities save us?


Oslo: fall 2019/spring 2020

1. module: 15.10 - 18.10
2. module: 26.11 - 29.11
3. module: 28.01 - 31.01
4. module: 03.03 - 06.03
5. module: 21.04 - 24.04

We reserve the right to make changes to the schedule. 

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