The Lerchendal-conference, also known for being the Norwegian answer to Davos, is a meeting place for leaders within the Norwegian industry, research environments and public management. The theme for this years conference was “From visions to execution – Norwegian competitiveness in a digital world”. With talks from profiles such as prime minister Erna Solberg, chief technology officer in Microsoft, Shahzad Rana, and executive vice president in SINTEF, Alexandra Bech Gjørn, the conference provided a comprehensive program where innovation was in focus.
Being students at NTNU School of Entrepreneurship and hopeful entrepreneurs, some of us were lucky enough to participate at this years conference. Through quality discussions around the tables, panel debates and good presentations, we really get the pulse of social development here in Norway. In the video below we talk to the principle of NTNU, Gunnar Bovim, about the importance of study programs like ours.
If we are to remember one thing from the conference, it can be summed up in a quote from the General Director for research and innovation in EU, Wolfgang Burtscher:
“Innovation has never happened so fast before and it will never be so slow again”
Although NTNU School of Entrepreneurship (NSE) has bred forth numerous new ventures, tech development in world class, and graduates with extensive knowledge and experience in entrepreneurship, its students are also presenting academic work with high standards. Through NSE’s years of existence, a number of Master’s theses have been written; investigating interesting topics, answering important questions, and providing the students with an insight into the world of academic writing. Some of these theses had, and still have, a potential of being important for researchers, scholars and practitioners. Thus, these theses should neither be forgotten, nor defined as just an academic task, because, as you will see below, NSE fosters more than new ventures.
In 2018, NSE celebrates its fifteenth anniversary and as a part of the celebration, the faculty has gathered fifteen theses from prior NSE students, and intend to present three of these theses each month onward. The theses presented will be a variety of academic prodigies, timely written investigations and theses not necessarily meaningful to the majority of the world, but with topics of profound importance to NSE’s students. Some will carry limited empirical foundation, nevertheless with impressive results. Others have a data collection that would cause professors to become envy, but where the students still handled the data in an impressive manner. Moreover, all of the above show the impressive span in the students’ theses.
In this series of presentations, we intend to provide you with an overview of what NSE students focus on, what outcomes the Master’s theses could give, and what the students themselves think of their theses – some of which written more than a decade ago! You will therefore find abstracts and interviews with the authors of the presented theses. If some of the works are of interest to you, the majority of the theses are available at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s library. If they are not available, we assume the authors would be happy to share some of their knowledge.
We hope you will enjoy reading!
– The faculty of NSE
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