Executive MBA specialisation

Ocean Industries

The Ocean Industries specialisation will provide you with skills and knowledge to prepare your companies to benefit from the growing multi-use of ocean and coastal sea space.

Norway controls one of the largest ocean space in the world, including enormous petroleum and energy resources. Norway has managed its natural resource position so well that it currently ranks higher than all other major economies, both in GDP per capita and in terms of financial resources per capita set aside for the future.

The Ocean Industries specialisation will provide you with skills and knowledge to prepare your companies to benefit from the growing multi-use of ocean and coastal sea space. Through solving real life cases, you will learn how companies develop unique competitive advantages through knowledge, technology and customer relations, delivering value in new and more efficient ways. 


Topics in the Ocean Industries Track

  • Industries and regulations
  • Price drivers and macroeconomics
  • Global strategies in Ocean Industries
  • Port and transport management
  • Management control
  • Innovation in Ocean Industries
  • Ocean sustainability and business
  • Business models and markets

Core courses
Consultancy project and Leadership Development Programme are common for all four specialisations.

Dates and venues

  • Oslo

    BI Norwegian Business School is one of Europe’s largest business schools, and among the less than 1 % of business schools worldwide that have been awarded the triple ‘crown’ accreditation. BI has one of Europe’s largest teams of researchers within economics, business, administration and marketing.

  • Bergen

    Bergen, Norway. The Bergen Region has a long and proud tradition of being a maritime region, and is today the home of a broad and extensive maritime business sector, competing worldwide. 

  • Singapore

    Singapore is a hub in Asia and a cultural melting pot. The focus for the trip to Singapore is doing business in Asia, especially in China and India. Teaching takes place at Nanyang Business School, Asia’s leading business school.

  • Berkeley

    Berkeley is close to the Silicon Valley, the home of many of the world’s largest technology companies, and the ideal place to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. We will learn about how these companies move from idea to start-up, and why the processes here are so fast. Our classes take place at the renowned Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley.


Global Strategies in Ocean Industries
This course discusses industrial competitiveness, industrial clusters and global hubs as well as strategic analysis in order to perform investment decisions within the Ocean Industries context. A focus on advanced knowledge and technology as well as efficient business models will be highlighted throughout.

Oil Prices and the Macroeconomy
This is an introductory course into macro- and petroleum economics. It will discuss the world energy market and commodity prices, the role of demand and supply in driving oil prices as well as the effect of commodity prices for global macroeconomic development. Furthermore, research rich economies will be discussed with emphasis on spillovers in oil and gas, economic policy and asset management.

Business models and markets
This course focuses on new and innovative business models within the Ocean Industries, with focus on markets such as shipping, energy, food, tourism and mining. Changing established business models can be difficult and it is therefore important to understand the tools in order to evaluate and implement robust and inimitable business model.

Innovation in Ocean Business
Core challenges in the maritime industry, as well as innovation and new business development to address these challenges are discussed. The innovation ecosystem in maritime and ocean related industries are closely looked at.

Logistics and Port Management
This course focuses on the concept of supply chain management and port operations. The aim is to understand how costs can be reduced, whilst offering higher service. The international nature of shipping operations brings up challenges, which have to be addressed.

Management Control – Ocean Industries
Main proposition is that the object of control has moved over time from the financial resource to the knowledge resource. This transition includes a changeover in control from functional departments to interconnected, networked businesses. This comes down to rebalancing the conventional management information and control systems with the collaborative patterns of network members.

Ocean Industries. International and national regulations, contracts, insurance and financing.
This course presents an introduction in ocean industries. Topics include international and national laws in the ocean industries, as well as skills and knowledge to prepare companies to the growing multi-use of the ocean space.

Ocean Sustainability and Business
Environmental and social issues in the fast growing ocean industries present both a challenge and a business opportunity. This course brings closer the concepts of corporate social responsibility, stakeholder theories, as well as different laws and regulations.

Contact us

Manager admissions and marketing
Tel: + 47 46 41 0495
E-mail: may-britt.moxness@bi.no

Manager admissions and marketing
Tel: + 47 464 10 138
E-mail: ola.o.ommedal@bi.no

Practical information

Programme starts: 8 March 2018

Length of programme: 18 months part-time, divided into six two-weeks modules.

The Executive MBA is an intense programme that requires total commitment from its participants. The admissions committee places particulare emphasis on each applicant`s academic qualifications, motivation, professional experience and maturity. 

Application and admission

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis, and reviewed by an admission committee. Qualifying applicants are invited for an interview.

Admission requirements 

Read the admission requirements for this programme.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee is NOK 415 000 (divided into three installments). Study materials are included. The tution fee does not included travel expenses (flights and accommodation)

There is no quota scholarship available for this programme. As this is a part time course, a tourist visa is sufficient. If you are eligible for financial support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, the EMBA is a supported programme. Please see their website for more information. Please note that we are unable to assist you with queries related to the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.

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