International practice key to success
The study programme Gründerskolen is based on findings from new research that points out criteria of success for international management training.
Students at Gründerskolen Lars Willums, Jon Petter Grandal and Ingunn Sandtveit in front of Facebook's headquarters in Silicon Valley. Photo: Inghild Lysne Sanden
The study programme Gründerskolen is probably the best international management training in Norway whith emphasis on innovation. The program is especially populare among MBA's and civil engineers to be. This year 150 master students will be introduced to exiting destinations in Norway, Singapore, Boston, Houston, San Francisco and Cape Town (the latter as part of the program Social entrepreneurship).
- The key to the success is a combination of a practical approach, interdisciplinarity and learning under controlled uncertainty, says Professor Truls Erikson, Centre leader at the Centre for Entrepreneurship.
Acclaimed research on the field shows that different cultures have somewhat diverging opinions of what makes good management. It follows that what is considered effective management practice in one country not neccessarily will work in another country. Knowledge of cultural differences in this field is thus essential for working internationally.
It is generally agreed that work experience and international assignment is by far the most effective source for developing global leadership capabilities. (Javidan et al, Academy of Management Perspectives, 2006:Feb.) Thus, the opportunity Gründerskolen gives the students to have internships abroad, supplies experience of great value for later work assignments.
To give the students optimal use of the stay abroad, the study program's utilization of internship is also based on research results. Several specific criteria for good internships have been identified. Good selection in all stages is essential: Recruitment, choice of start up business and - last, but not least - relevant work assignments in the business is crucial for a good program. Good learning opportunities and supervicor support are other important factors. (D’abate et al, Academy of Management Learning & Education, 2009:Vol. 8, No. 4.)