Call for papers on small business and entrepreneurship

Professor Truls Erikson from DIGENT is part of the Scientific Committee of the upcoming 21st Nordic Conference on Small Business Research (NCSB). The conference will take place on (27)28-29 May 2020 at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management of the University of Southern Denmark, Kolding.

Organized biannually, NCSB is characterized as an arena to exchange ideas in the field of small business and entrepreneurship. During the first day, it offers Ph.D. students the opportunity to develop their projects with peers and experienced scholars through a Doctoral consortium.

NCSB is accepting abstracts until 31 January 2020. After the notification of acceptance on 17 February, full papers should be submitted by 27 April. There will be opportunities for publication in academic journals, through special issues related to the conference.

More information on the conference and on registration procedures can be obtained here.

PhD defense of Eunji Lee

Eunji Lee from DIGENT will be defending her dissertation for the degree of PhD on October 3, 2019.

Eunji will hold a trial lecture on the “Experiments of visual languages in healthcare services: learning from service design theory”. The lecture will be at Kristen Nygaards sal (5370), Ole-Johan Dahls hus, Gaustadalléen 23B, at 10h15.

The defense will start at 13h15 at the same place. Her thesis is entitled “Making the invisible visible: Understanding complex healthcare service processes for assessment”, and has the following adjudication committee: Anu Helkkula (Hanken School of Economics, Finland), Nicola Morelli (Aalborg University, Denmark), and Miria Grisot (University of Oslo, Norway).

Guest lecture by Carsten Østerlund

Professor Carsten Østerlund from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University will visit the Department of Informatics on week 39 and give a talk.

Carsten has his PhD from MIT, with Wanda Orlikowski as supervisor, and has worked with a range of empirical topics and methodological approaches. He has collaborated with several scholars (e.g. Paul Carlile, Kevin Crowston, and Margunn Aanestad).

In this talk, he will share insights from a recent study on citizen science/crowdsourced knowledge production with a focus on applying theoretical concepts from the sociomateriality tradition.

The event will take place on September 24th, from 9h to 10h30, in the Styrerommet (4118) of Ole-Johan Dahls hus. All welcome!

DIGENT establishes collaboration with blue chip corporations on master’s education

A student life in the blue chip companies Telenor, Schibsted, DNV GL and EVRY is now a reality for second-year Master’s students in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management and the Business Development track of Digital økonomi og ledelse. The University of Oslo has entered into a new type of collaboration with these companies on the execution of significant innovation projects, as part of these Master’s programs.

Jens Petter Falck, Associate Professor and Program Counselor for one of the master’s programs, points out the importance of the projects:

“Through this collaboration, we gain access to high-quality relevant projects, and students get to experience the culture of innovation within large organizations and attractive potential employers”.

Organized as a mandatory course, ENT4460 Corporate Entrepreneurship Project, student groups operating as project teams will each carry out a predefined innovation project of significance within one of the corporate partners during the fall semester physically located at the respective corporate headquarter.

“The students at UIO will give us an opportunity to get new thoughts and ideas, in addition, I am sure they will learn a lot from experienced Telenor employees. This is a great opportunity for both Telenor and the students, and we really appreciate that they want to spend a semester with us at Fornebu”, says Petter-Børre Furberg, CEO of Telenor Norway.

The purpose of the course is to build the students’ in-depth understanding and hands-on experience with developing new or improved products or services within an established company. The first edition of the course is now well underway with the innovation projects.

“Through our collaboration with UiO, ties to the university are strengthened, and not least, we can ensure that research is directed towards areas of societal and business-critical importance in the future”, says Sven Størmer Thaulow, Schibsted’s Executive Vice President of Data & Technology.

According to the four corporate partners, this is the first time they have entered into a collaboration of this nature. You can find more information in the corporate homepages of Telenor, Schibsted, DNV GL and EVRY.

Introduction week for the new master students in Entrepreneurship

Week 34 was special for the new students of the Master in Entrepreneurship. Various ice-breaking activities took place throughout the week, so that the students had the opportunity to network and to get to know each other.

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Lunch event during the Introduction week

Among the events organized, the main event was the Venture Sprint pitching. Students worked in groups and pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges comprising faculty members and 2nd year master students at the end of the week.

The business idea “Try It: Marketplace that allows companies to find test users for their new products” was considered as the best one. The best presentation was for the business pitch “Tip Takk: Application that allows restaurants to simplify their tips-payout to their staff”.

The Master in Entrepreneurship is a two-year full-time program offered by DIGENT. We welcome our new master students and wish them success in their studies!