So you wanna learn about governance in the High North?

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Then sign up for this course at Nord University Business School. No tuition fees, but a conference is included!

​​​​You can now register for the course DR437E Governance in the High North: implications for Arctic private and public sector​. There will be two digital meetings, in addition to attendance at the conference High North Dialogue 2022​.

Last date for registration is January 15, 2022

Course description

The overall aim of the course is to learn and reflect upon multidisciplinary and multi-theoretical research approaches to governance in the context of the High North: what are implications for Arctic private and public sector. 

This course will focus on the particular 'level' of governance associated with a type of organization (including, e.g. public governance, global governance, and corporate governance). Firstly, we identify the nature of the concept itself. Secondly, we consider it in the framework of the relevant theories, and then the different examples of implications of the governance are discussed, i.e. smart governance. 

Participation at the conference “High North Dialogue" gives an exemplification of the governance issues in the context of the High North. At the scenario workshop, students will learn about different methodologies for scenario building and will be working in multidisciplinary groups on scenario topic relevant for the High North Dialogue conference.​

Governance is a broad issue that is addressed, analyzed, and understood in diverging ways. The literature on governance has a long tradition and embraces disciplines ranging from public administration, planning, policy sciences, to economics. 

This course will give an overview of governance and how to reflect upon it in the different contexts. The governance concept refers to the creation of a structure or order “which cannot be externally imposed but is the result of the interaction of a multiplicity of governing and each other influencing actors" (Kooiman and van Vliet, 1996). Governance is concerned with creating conditions for the ordered rule and collective action (Stocker, 1998), which in turn leads to the “creation, reinforcement, or reproduction of social norms and institutions" (Hufty, 2011). The theoretical reflection upon governance will be considered by stakeholder theory, legitimacy theory, institutional theory and studies of governmentality.

The course seeks to directly contribute to furthering the development of students own research theses/dissertations, deepen their knowledge of the subject and facilitate their methodological preparedness.

The course will be arranged through combining the competencies of High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University Business School and its partners in research and education projects. The invited faculty will both give lectures and provide feedback at the seminars. Faculty will be represented by the following institutions:

  • Associate Professor Elena Dybtsyna (Nord University Business School, Norway)

  • Professor II Elana Wilson Rowe (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway)

  • Associate Professor Sara Brorström (School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

  • Professor II Geir Hønneland (Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway)

  • Associate Professor Evgenii Aleksandrov (Nord University Business School, Norway)

​Read the full course description an sign up here.


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