Course code BIOEC310

BIOEC310 Innovation in bio-based industries

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Course responsible: Thore Larsgård
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts and finishes in the January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in the January block.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2021-2022
Preferential right:
The course is only for master students in Bioeconomy - Biobased Value Creation and Business Development.
Course contents:
  • Create fundamental insight in and understanding of innovation and the meaning of innovation for value creation in bio-based industries.
  • Introduction to innovation. Innovation teams, creativity and innovation.  Sources of innovation.
  • Decisions in situations with high uncertainty.
  • Sustainability and innovation.
Learning outcome:


Throughout the course the students will gain knowledge of various types of innovation, innovation theories and the relationship between research, innovation and development in biobased industries.

The students will further develop insight into innovation processes, creativity in innovation, creative teams, making decisions under uncertain circumstances and the importance of cross functional knowledge and learning for the innovation process.  The students should also develop an understanding of how innovation in bio-based industries can lead to improved sustainability.


The students will, through experience-based learning about innovation in the field of bioeconomy be able to develop ideas, screen these ideas and test them in an early phase in the innovation process.

The students shall develop an ability to work in cross functional teams.

General competence:

The student should develop general abilities in communication and team-work in cross functional teams. Problem understanding and problem solving in cross functional teams.

Learning activities:
The course is based on active participants by the students.  The learning will tak place in lectures, class discussions, individual activity, group projects and presentations.  The groups will be cross functional.
The readings will be published prior to the start of the course.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Exercises and hand-ins of team assignments.  Mandatory assignments are normally valid untill next time the course is offered.
Portfolio assessment, based on hand-ins and presentations of group projects.
Nominal workload:
125 hours
Entrance requirements:
The course is only for master students in Bioeconomy - Biobased Value Creation and Business Development.
Reduction of credits:
The course overlaps 5ECTS with INN301.
The course is only for master students in Bioeconomy - Biobased Value Creation and Business Development.
External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
Examination details: Portfolio: Passed / Not Passed