To develop businesses and societies by identifying, implementing and analyzing entrepreneurial projects together with practitioners.
The program syllabus includes courses which provides a theoretical depth in business development respectively different perspectives on entrepreneurship, specially emphasizing Scandinavian perspectives. The first semester a course in methodology provides knowledge and skills in interactive methods (action research) and in parallel a development project is identified and initiated together with a business, an organization or a local community. The project is implemented during the second semester. The project work provides skills to take on qualified project and process leadership roles and to be practically useful for the organization or the local society which has been chosen. Methodological skills are deepened during the last course during the second semester to enable a capacity to relate projet work to development of theory. The second year consists of a study abroad semester and is completed by a master thesis during the last semester. The program will therefore provide both theoretical depth as well as high practical relevance as acquired knowledge is applied on real cases.
The degree programme has a clearly defined connection with the community as development projects are carried out in close cooperation with actors within the business, public or civic sectors of the society. Projects are implemented and evaluated from the point of their usefulness for actors involved.
The first year consists of two courses focusing deepened theoretical knowledge within business development and entrepreneurship and two methodological courses focusing project work and action research. The first methodological course is integrated with the planning and initiation of a larger societal entrepreneurship project. This course is followed by a course on implementation of the project. The last course is a methodological course on how to relate project results to contemporary research in order to contribute to generalized knowledge development.
The second year starts with a semester in a foreign country including theoretical courses on and advanced level as well as project work in this context. The students are offered to locate their study abroad to universities that the School of Business and Economics have a close collaboration which enables further deepened collaboration with businesses, public and civic sector in an international context. Further there is a master degree project finishing the programme. All courses are at second level and given in English.
The third semester is designed for studies abroad. The students are encouraged to study at universities where the School of Business and Economics have developed education exchange and research cooperation within the area of entrepreneurship. The students can also, if requested, make use of existing agreements with international universities maintained by Linnaeus University or to find universities outside the existing contracts as well as identifying, formulating and implementing a project abroad.
Organizations and communities (urban and rural) in need of renewal demand entrepreneurially oriented employees and networking. The program educates and equips qualified project and process leaders for businesses and organizations as well as provides a good ground to start your own venture either directly after completed education or later in life.
Master of Science or Master of Science in Business and Economics (120 credits)with specialization in Entrepreneurship (Main field of study: Business Administration)
The degree programme has a clearly defined connection with the community as development projects are carried out in cooperation with actors within the business, public or civic sectors of the society. Projects are implemented and also evaluated from the point of their usefulness for stakeholders involved.
The third semester is designed for the possibility for studies abroad or electives studies at the Linnaeus University. The students are encouraged to study at universities where the School of Business and Economics have developed educational exchange. The programme has international admissions and students from many nationalities.
Scope of Programme
An integrated diversity perspective is essential for the programme as a whole and an understanding of diversity issues is central for understanding business and societal development. Themes related to diversity are targeted based upon course literature, seminars and lectures. Diversity includes a range of issues such as gender, integration and sustainability in working and business life. Special attention is given to the reproductive dimension of existing structural assumptions of inequality. Social, ethnic and cultural diversity are central criteria for the entrepreneurship programme. Students from all kinds of backgrounds are encouraged to take part in a free sharing of thinking, which is of substantial importance for learning. The programme is educating for professional work in a global labour market incl. sustainable development, equal terms, a widened knowledge perspective and entrepreneurial approach, as well as other perspectives.
Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.
Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.
Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.