DR430E Foundations and Future Perspectives in Entrepreneurship Research

Bodø, 11-15 February 2019

ECTS credits: 7.5
Level of course: Ph.D. course
Type of course: Elective for students in business or other social science disciplines studying entrepreneurship and innovation for their PhD. 
Duration: 11-15 February 2019 
Location: Bodø.
Faculty responsible: Nord University Business School. 
The course is part of Norwegian Research School on Innovation, NORSI.
Language: English. 
Professor Andrew Corbett, Babson University, USA
Professor Ulla Hytti, Turku School of Economics, Finland
Associate Professor Steffen Korsgaard, Aarhus University, Denmark
Professor Hans Landström, Lund University, Sweden
Professor Rene Mauer, ECSP Europe Berlin, Germany
Professor Gry Agnete Alsos, Nord University Business School
Administrative coordinator: Grete Ingemann Knudsen, Nord University Business School
Course responsible: Gry Agnete Alsos, Nord University Business School
The course is free for candidates admitted to the NORSI program.
Other candidates should pay a course fee of: 1000,- NOK

Course evaluation:
The PhD course will be evaluated by the participants in the last session. In addition, an online survey will be implemented asking for feedback on the course, including how it can be improved.

Course content 
The theme for the course is perspectives on entrepreneurship at the individual and corporate level. Students will become familiar with the most recent research on the foundations of entrepreneurship research as well as with current debates and knowledge gaps in the field of entrepreneurship. The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with different aspects of entrepreneurship research and to discuss this in relation to their own research projects.

During the course students participate in plenary sessions, smaller group sessions where they present and receive feedback on their own work, and contribute to the discussion of their peer students’ work. The plenary sessions will include questions and dialogue and there will be good opportunities for informal discussions among participants and faculty.

Themes covered in the course include:
Foundations of entrepreneurship research
Contextualizing entrepreneurship research
Entrepreneurial opportunities
Uncertainty in entrepreneurship
Cognition in entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial identity
Gender, households and family in entrepreneurship
Financing entrepreneurial ventures
Corporate entrepreneurship
Critical perspectives in entrepreneurship research
Publishing entrepreneurship research

Learning outcomes
After successfully completing the course, the participants will:

Have a good understanding of the forefront of knowledge on entrepreneurship at individual and firm level, as well as the foundations for entrepreneurship literature and the role of context
Have a good overview of relevant theories and current debates in entrepreneurship literature and be able to evaluate their expediency related to specific research questions
Have a good understanding of knowledge gaps and central debates related to entrepreneurship, and be able to assess how they relate to their own Ph.D. work

Be able to critically discuss, evaluate and position own research with the various theoretical perspectives related to entrepreneurship and relate them to own Ph.D. work.
Be able to apply one or more research streams within entrepreneurship to a research topic of relevance for the Ph.D. student’s own work

General competence
Have increased their ability to reflect on and consider theoretical problems in a general sense in research
Have increased their ability to communicate  (in writing and orally) problems, analyses, and results to colleagues, including contributing in academic debates in conferences 

Admitted to a PhD program or have the qualifications to be admitted to a PhD program.

Recommended previous knowledge
Basic overview of entrepreneurship research literature and core topics and debates. 

Mode of delivery
Face-to-face lectures and group discussions with student involvement

Organization and learning activities
This is an intensive course of one week with individual study required prior to and after the meeting. The course integrates lectures by experts in the field and discussions of the course literature by the participants. Students are supposed to present and participate in exercises individually and in groups. 

Assessment methods and criteria
Active participation in the form of presentations and discussions (written and oral) on selected articles during the course week is compulsory. The individual draft research paper delivered before, and the full paper (6-8000 words) delivered after the course week will be evaluated by the grades ‘passed’ or ‘non-passed’. 

Tentative Program

Monday          (room A254)  


11.00-12.00     Opening session: Presentation of faculty and participants

12.00-13.00     Lunch

13.15-15.00     Foundations of entrepreneurship research. Hans Landström

15.15-17.00     The role of opportunities in entrepreneurship. Steffen Korsgaard

20.00               Welcome dinner

Tuesday          (room A254)  

09.00-10.45     Entrepreneurial identity and identity work. Ulla Hytti

11.00-12.30     Effectuation and entrepreneurship. René Mauer

12.30-13.30     Lunch

13.30-14.30     Effectuation and entrepreneurship, cont. René Mauer

14.30-16.30     Group discussions of student papers

                        Groups of 4-5 students lead by faculty

Wednesday     (room A254)  

09.00-10.45     Contextualizing entrepreneurship research.

Place, space and entrepreneurship. Steffen Korsgaard

11.00-12.30     Families, households and entrepreneurship. Gry Agnete Alsos

12.30-13.30     Lunch

13.30-14.30     Gender perspectives to entrepreneurship. Gry Agnete Alsos

14.30-17.00     Group discussions of student papers

                        Groups of 4-5 students lead by faculty

Thursday        (room A254)  

09.00-10.45     Financing entrepreneurial ventures. Hans Landström

11.00-12.30     The role of uncertainty in entrepreneurship. René Mauer

12.30-13.30     Lunch

13.30-16.00     Corporate entrepreneurship. Andrew Corbett

17.00               Social activity

Friday             (room A254)  

09.00-10.45     Critical entrepreneurship studies. Ulla Hytti

11.00-12.30     Cognitive perspective to entrepreneurship. Andrew Corbett

12.30-13.30     Lunch

13.30-15.00     Panel - Publishing entrepreneurship research:

                        Editor's perspective – Andrew Corbett

                        Reviewer's perspective – Ulla Hytti

                        Author's perspective – René Mauer

15.00-15.30     Closing session, questions and answers


10 January 2019: Registration deadline
25 January 2019: Delivery of draft paper (4-5 pages)
30 May 2019: Delivery of full course paper