Course description

International Perspectives on Innovation - CANCELLED


This course is cancelled autumn 2017.

The objective of the course is to show how different perceptions on innovation has evolved as a result of theoretical, academic, technological, industrial, economic and political development, and how the international development has effected Norway.

Course content

  1. Introduction
  2. The American challenge
  3. National champions
  4. Silicon Valley, The smart phone industry
  5. Small is beautiful and the Japanese lessons
  6. European integration – the Single European act
  7. Globalisation and innovation
  8. The Norwegian SI and clusters
  9. The Norwegian SI in oil
  10. The Nordic model
  11. The Indian and/or Chinese Challenge.
  12. Has innovation slowed down?
  13. Summing up

Learning outcome knowledge

  • Comprehend theories on innovation and technological development.
  • Consider innovation's role and place in society.
  • Understand business and companies’ roles towards innovation.
  • Understand the governments’ roles towards innovation.
  • Get a thorough understanding of the Norwegian innovation system, or Norwegian clusters.
  • Be able to evaluate the firms in relation to innovation, development and crises.

Exam organisation

  • Class participation: 20%
  • Written exam: 80%