ORG410/ORG444 – International Strategy and the Internationalization Laboratory
This course is a very intensive, 6 week program, where both International and Norwegian students have an opportunity to work closely with new companies and SME’s. It is taught entirely in English and presents a non-traditional way for various students to learn about expanding businesses. The class is connected with Innovation Norway, which actually partners these companies with the students. Innovation Norway is a State owned company that helps SMEs develop and grow. The students are, theoretically, working for these companies to research and present strategies that will be effective in internationalization.
This is a great way for students to learn how to apply theory of internationalization to real-world cases, or in this case, businesses. They will also learn how to effectively use research tools for processing international market information and develop internationalization plans for current start-ups or SME’s. This means that the students will participate in real research and have an opportunity to present new information to these companies that will help them grow internationally. The course presents a great way to get real world experience and only draws on theory to be used with the new or developing companies. This is an excellent opportunity to get hands-on experience with a growing or expanding company, and learn what it really takes to go international. This is very different from traditional classes because instead of learning theory that can be used later in a career or job, you are putting this theory to practice and can really help or change a growing international company.