ENT4400 – Corporate Innovation Strategies and Project Management

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Course content

This course deals with innovation management and strategic decision making in technology based industries. Specific topics dealt with include:

  • Types, sources and models of innovation
  • Standards battles and design dominance, timing of entry
  • Innovation strategy: assessing and defining strategic directions
  • Collaboration strategies
  • Management of intellectual property rights (IPR)
  • Organizing for innovation and new product development

Learning outcome

The course will introduce students to strategic management tools and concepts that will help them to:

  • Assess, manage, and implement technological innovations.
  • Understand the role of advanced technology in framing corporate strategy as well as the role of technological development in society at large.
  • Identify opportunities and possibilities for competitive advantage through innovation.
  • Understand how to appropriate value from technologies.
  • Understand how to nurture innovative capacity in the firm and
    how to build a creative organization.
  • Assess the benefits of cooperative arrangements with other


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

To attend this course you need to hold a Bachelor’s degree. A limited number of students that are not participating in the MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship program will be enrolled.


Recommended previous knowledge


Intensive weekly sessions during January and February based on lectures and case studies to explore and apply the topics.

Thereafter, participants should expect a significant amount of group work on a real project.

January - March


Compulsory graded assignments. The course is assessed on the basis of a portfolio of individual assignments counting 50% of the total grade, and a major group assignment counting 50% of the total grade. The assignments contribute towards the overall grade, and all assignments must be passed in order to receive a grade in the course. Course grades are awarded on a descending scale using alphabetic grades from A to E for passes and F for fail.

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Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Anders Lunnan is the external auditor for this course.

Explanations and appeals

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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Every spring

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