DR430E Foundations and Future Perspectives in Entrepreneurship Research

Part 1:April 27-28, 2021 and part 2: June 1-3, 2021

​​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.

Elective for students in business or other social science disciplines studying entrepreneurship and innovation for their PhD.
Duration: 5 days (Part 1:April 27-28, 2021 and part 2: June 1-3, 2021)
Location: Online.
Faculty responsible: Nord University Business School. The course is part of Norwegian Research School on Innovation, NORSI.
Language: English.
Administrative coordinator: Grete Ingemann Knudsen, Nord University Business School
Course responsible person: Tommy H. Clausen, Nord University Business School

Tentative program

PART 1 (to take place during week 17)

Day 27th of April

09.00-10.00        Opening session: Presentation and overview

10.15-12.00        Foundations of entrepreneurship research. Hans Landström

12.00-13.00        Lunch

13.00-14.00        Financing entrepreneurial ventures. Hans Landström

14.30-16.00        Group discussions of student papers. Groups of 4-5 students lead by faculty​

28th of April    

09.00-10.30        Entrepreneurship policy and organizational sponsorship. Tommy Clausen

11.00-12.00        Entrepreneurial ecosystems. Markus Fitza  

12.00-13.00        Lunch

13.00-16.00        Group discussions of student papers. Groups of 4-5 students lead by faculty


PART 2 (to take place during week 22, 1st of June to 3rd of June)

1st of June    

09.00-10.30        Contextualizing entrepreneurship research. Sarah Jack

11.00-12.00        Families, households and entrepreneurship. Sarah Jack

12.00-13.00        Lunch

13.00-14.00        Entrepreneurial identity and identity work. Ulla Hytti.

14.30-15.30        Critical Entrepreneurship Studies. Ulla Hytti       


2ndof June      

09.00-10.30        Effectuation and entrepreneurship. René Mauer

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

12.30-13.30        Lunch

13.30-14.30        Cognitive perspective to entrepreneurship. Andrew Corbett

15.00-16.30        Group discussions of student papers. Groups of students lead by faculty


3rd June       

09.00-10.30        The role of opportunities in entrepreneurship. Steffen Korsgaard

11.00-12.30        Sustainable/social/environmental entrepreneurship. Markus Fitza

13.00-15.00       Panel - Publishing entrepreneurship research:

                           Editor's perspective – Sarah Jack

                           Reviewer's perspective – Ulla Hytti

                           Author's perspective – Markus Fitza

15.00-15.30      Closing session, questions and answers


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 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

• Entrepreneurship policy

• Entrepreneurial opportunities

• Financing entrepreneurial ventures

• 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, 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

Online lectures and group discussions with student involvement​

Organization and learning activities

This is an intensive course divided in two parts . Individual study is required prior to and after the course. 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  is compulsory. The individual draft research paper delivered before, and the full paper (15-25 pages, 1.5 line space) delivered after the course  will be evaluated by the grades ‘passed’ or ‘non-passed’. 

Required readings

Published on month prior to course start (part 1)


March 23, 2021: Registration deadline

April 8, 2021: Delivery of draft paper (4-5 pages)

September 1, 2021: Delivery of full course paper

 Practical information

The city of Bodø

Bodø is home to around 50,000 people and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a lively urban scene.


Photo: David Grandorge

Getting to Bodø

  • Bodø is the hub of Nordland and can be reached by plane, train and boat. 
  • Bodø's airport is located in the city itself, making it quick and easy to fly in and out. Oslo Gardemoen is a 90 minute flight away.

Photo: Ernst Furuhatt / www.nordnorge.com

Transport in Bodø

  • The main campus is located at Mørkved, about 9 kilometers from the centre of Bodø.
  • It is easy to take the bus from the airport or city center to campus.

Accomodation in Bodø

  • At campus there is a student hotel “Nordavind” which offers short-time rent. For more information. 
  • You may also stay at a hotel in the centre of Bodø.
  • We advise you to book accommodation as early as possible as hotels in Bodø at times are fully booked