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Trip to Norway

Join Kogod's Management Department on a Nordic Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship Course

Apply by January 10, 2017

Bergen, Norway

Spring, 2017


NHH Norwegian School of Economics

The American University Center for Innovation in the Capital (AUCI) and Kogod School of Business at American University are pleased to announce an on-campus and international travel MGMT 396 Corporate Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours). This course will be taught in Bergen, Norway, at our partner institution the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), with video lectures that can be downloaded. Students will travel to Bergen from March 11-19 (AU Spring Break), 2017. This opportunity is limited to eight AU students, preferably Kogod students.



  • Who: Any American University undergraduate student with a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • What: Students will enroll in a section of: MGMT 396: Corporate Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours) during the Spring 2017 term at AU. Accepted students will complete pre-work and travel to Bergen from March 11-19.
  • Cost: The cost of your travel to Norway and accommodation expenses in Bergen will be paid for by the Norwegian government, due to a generous grant from SIU.

    Please see detailed information below and apply by January 10, 2017.

  • How: Only eight AU students will be accepted to the program. Please submit your resume, a cover letter, and a 300 word essay on the topic, “Why I want to study corporate entrepreneurship” to Dr. Siri Terjesen Dr. Siri Terjesen by January 10, 2017 at midnight. You may be interviewed by phone, skype, or in-person during the week of January 10-16, with final decisions offered on January 17, 2017.
  • Label all documents as follows:

    Resume: First Name_Last Name_Resume
    Cover letter: First Name_Last Name_Cover Letter
    Essay: First Name_Last Name_Essay Title

    Use Times New Roman Font 12, single-spaced,for all documents.

    Save the files as a PDF into a zip folder labeled: First Name_Last Name, then e-mail the zip file.


The Norwegian School of Economics (Norges Handelshøyskole: NHH) is the leading Norwegian teaching and research institution in the fields of business administration and economics. Opened in 1936 by King Haakon VII, NHH is extremely international with exchange programs in 130 foreign institutions and 30 countries, and a member of CEMS as well as PIMS. The school is extremely selective. Of the 4,343 Norwegian students who apply each year, only 10% are accepted. For more about NHH, see:

This course will explore corporate entrepreneurship. The class will investigate the methods, tools, and processes for opportunity recognition, idea generation, and development. Special attention will be paid to overcoming resistance to change, developing marketing strategy and positioning, building an entrepreneurial organization, leading creative and entrepreneurial people, and breaking corporate boundaries.

We are looking for undergraduate students with over a 3.25 GPA and a keen interest in studying corporate entrepreneurship. Preference will certainly be given to the best application packages (resume, cover letter, and essay) with some consideration for entrepreneurship minors.

Your corporate entrepreneurship client is Marine Harvest, a Norwegian seafood company with operations in a number of countries around the world. It is headquartered in Bergen and listed on both the Oslo Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.

The company’s primary interest is the production, processing and sale of farmed salmon. Company operations are focused in Norway, Scotland, Canada, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, and Chile. The group has a share of between 25 and 30% of the global salmon and trout market, making it the world's largest company in the sector. Marine Harvest also owns a value-added processing unit which prepares and distributes a range of seafood products, and a number of smaller divisions.

Norwegians speak English quite fluently, and the course will be taught in English. You would certainly be encouraged to learn Norwegian, however, so you can fully appreciate the country’s language and culture.

Please submit your resume, a cover letter, and a 300 word essay on the topic “Why I want to study corporate entrepreneurship at NHH” to Dr. Siri Terjesen by January 10, 2017. You may be interviewed by phone, skype, or in-person during the week of January 10-16, with final decisions offered on January 17, 2017. See further guidelines above.

If you are accepted, an academic advisor will register you for the course in Spring 2017. All financial aid that you have will apply to this course.

The scholarship will be paid directly to you by the Norwegian government (SIU) through our partner institution NHH. You can read more about SIU here:

There will be a pre-orientation for accepted students in Spring 2017 where we will cover important details such as housing, travel, and pre- and post-work for the course.

The class will fly as a group on March 11, with return on March 19. We will book this air travel almost as soon as your enrollment is confirmed.

Randy Nordby

Kogod Professor and Executive-in-Residence Randy Nordby will accompany students to Norway. Randy is a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) and has worked in finance at Morgan Stanley, Calvert Investments, BB&T, Sol Capital, Wachovia, and other firms.

Siri Terjesen

You can contact Dr. Siri Terjesen, Interim Director, AU Center for Innovation and Associate Professor of Management for more details: Drs. Terjesen and Nordby will conduct the pre-trip briefing.

Only apply if you are 100% committed to coming to Norway this spring. With just 8 spots in this inaugural year, we can only take fully committed students.

Seidali Kurtmollaiev

Your course will be led by Dr. Seidali Kurtmollaiev, an Associate Professor at NHH – Norwegian School of Economics. His research areas include service innovation, design, corporate entrepreneurship, and managerial dynamic capabilities. His holds a Master of Science in International Economics from Taurida National University (Ukraine), a Master of Science in Business from Nord University (Norway), and a PhD in Strategy and Management from NHH.

The course will be taught each week in Norway, and you will watch the videos of the course, which will be about 2-3 hours each week. On January 25th, you will get a copy of the corporate entrepreneurship case: Marine Harvest. Each AU student will join a group of NHH students, which will likely include some Norwegian students and some exchange students who are studying at NHH (usually from Europe and Asia). You will then work weekly (and virtually) with your team on the case. The NHH students are all master’s students.

The following is the schedule for the semester:

Date Theme
  Introduction: Course overview, nature and forms of corporate entrepreneurship
Jan 18 Corporate entrepreneurs: Who are they?
Jan 25 Presentation of the Marine Harvest case
Feb 2 Innovating within organizations: Methods, tools, and processes for opportunity recognition, idea generation and development
Feb 8 Overcoming resistance to change
Feb 15 Advocacy of ideas
Feb 22 Group work
Mar 1 Pitching to Marine Harvest
Mar 8 Developing marketing strategy and positioning
Mar 15 Building an entrepreneurial organization: Strategy, structure, processes, culture [Note- you will attend this session live in Norway from 8:15-11am on Weds March 15.]
Mar 29 Leading creative and entrepreneurial people; Assessing entrepreneurial performance
Apr 5 Corporate entrepreneurship on a global scale: Opportunities and challenges with the international markets
Apr 19 Breaking corporate boundaries: Challenges and opportunities with sharing economy
Apr 26 Group work

We have secured spots for 8 AU students and the rest will be NHH students.

We are in the process of planning accommodations either in student housing next to campus, or in a hotel downtown. You can read more about Bergen here:

Norway is frequently ranked highest in the world for human development, happiness, quality of life, gender equality, ease of doing business, press freedom, democracy, and world justice. Norway is technically the “Kingdom of Norway”, a sovereign and unitary monarchy. Norway does not require visas for citizens from the US and the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau (SAR), Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, the Vatican City State, and Venezuela.

For more on Norway in terms of safety for US citizens, see U.S. State Dept:

Unfortunately, we need to close applications quite early, as this involves a Spring 2017 enrollment. We hope to offer similar opportunities to students next year, so stay posted!

You can only take one course- not both- so you must decide between applying, (For more details about the other course, contact Dr. Siri Terjesen:


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