Innovation School

INS410 Innovation School

Autumn 2021

  • Topics

    The program educates students on how to facilitate innovation within an organization. That starts with the process of idea generation, extends to questions of organizing and financing innovation, and ends with different ways of profiting from it. The teaching portfolio is further strengthened with workshops developing soft skills, focusing on career and personal development.

    The Innovation School is a program for students who are curious about innovation. The program combines a modern academic study program with a study trip and an internship in Germany. The partner portfolio consists of companies from a wide range of industries. It includes start-ups, venture capitalists, hidden champions from the "Mittelstand", but also large companies with well-known brands.

    The program consists of five modules starting in Spring 2021. The first module is on personal and professional development. It is a preparation module in which we prepare students for the application process with the participating companies, for potential cultural challenges during the stay in Germany, and for their future career (in an innovative environment) in more general. Module 1 takes place in Spring 2021 at NHH in Bergen, complemented with digital teaching forms. Modules 2, 3 and 4 take place in Germany. Module 2 is an eight week long internship in a local company. Module 3 and 4 consist of two teaching weeks. One after around 4 weeks into the internship. The other after the end of the internship. Finally, Module 5 is a reflection workshop in Bergen. The reflection workshop aims to reflect on the individual experiences but also on learning from one another.

  • Learning outcome


    The candidate

    • has research-based knowledge to understand the complex processes and dynamics of innovation processes.
    • gained practical insights into innovation-related processes within organizations.
    • has knowledge on how to profit from innovation.


    The candidate

    • has acquired skills in applying theories, knowledge and tools relevant within innovation.
    • can address practical problems, using acquired academic methods and theories.
    • has the ability to reflect on their own and others' behavior styles and create and follow-up personal development plans.

    GENERAL COMPETENCE  The candidate

    • can contribute to innovation processes by communicating ideas and projects to different audiences.
    • understands and can cope with challenges related to mobilising resources.
    • understands and can cope with intercultural challenges in business settings.

  • Teaching

    The program combines an internship and four additional academic modules. Two of the modules take place at NHH. The internship and the two other modules take place at two partner institutions in Germany.

    More information can be found on the School website.

  • Restricted access

    Application is required. See

  • Credit reduction due to overlap

    Students completing the New Business Development major (NBD) have the option to integrate Innovation School as part of their major profile. Students cannot combine a major in NBD with a minor in Innovation School.

  • Requirements for course approval

    • Completion of the internship
    • Class attendance is mandatory

  • Assessment

    (Individual) Reflection report (1/3 of the grade)

    (Individual) Home Assignment  (1/3 of the grade)

    (Individual) Internship report (1/3 of the grade)

  • Grading Scale



ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Spring (extended to Autumn). Offered Spring 2021 (first time).

Course responsible

Associate Professor Steffen Juranek, Department of Business and Management Science