MSc in Social Science - Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship
What gets you the job?
The OIE curriculum develops entrepreneurial, managerial, and leadership skills. You learn how to advance ideas, and turn innovative plans and models into viable lasting organizations. You also develop your social skills, such as working in teams, communicating with partners, solving problems and taking initiative.
If you are interested in involving yourself with a start-up, the OIE program will provide you with useful competencies. If you want to use entrepreneurship as a way to change society and build capacity for new/better solutions, OIE’s holistic approach provides a good basis for such ambitions. If you are planning a career in innovation management, OIE will provide you with the competencies needed. Innovating in the context of a large, established company means that you will have to tackle the challenges and excitements of corporate entrepreneurship. Most large companies today go to great lengths to foster entrepreneurship within the organization, and OIE students are well trained to support these initiatives.
The interdisciplinary nature of this program allows you to qualify for many different careers, which you should reflect in your second year specialization. Some students have launched their own businesses; others have joined OIE partner companies after having completed internships or having cooperated with them in master thesis projects. Apart from working as entrepreneurs, OIE students work as project managers in innovation and organization development departments, innovation analysts, product or service portfolio managers, business development managers and similar types of positions that require strong cross-disciplinary business skills.
- Analytical skills: The student learns to independently identify, analyse and provide adequate solutions for problems/challenges related to innovation and entrepreneurship within organisational settings. The student will learn to master knowledge of organisational entrepreneurship and to apply this in specific contexts.
- Communicative skills: The student learns to argue for, promote, and proficiently communicate entrepreneurial/innovative ideas in ways that take managerial decision-making as a necessary but insufficient point of departure for organisational innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Organizational skills: The student learns to analyse and understand the organisational conditions under which innovation and entrepreneurship take place. This involves a clear understanding of the organisational conditions (i.e. organisational politics, governance, power-relations and the role of informal decision-making), but also an ability to promote, create and facilitate the conditions necessary for organisational innovation and entrepreneurship (i.e. managing and leading heterogeneous groups).
This conceptual architecture, combined with the cross-disciplinary point of departure characterszing the OIE student’s competency profile, functions as the knowledge framework for building skills such as:
- Independently applying concepts and methods on concrete case studies focused on entrepreneurial modes of productions and value creation, organisational creativity, managing and leading innovation projects in organisations etc.
- Promoting entrepreneurial ideas, arguments and methods in an academically as well as a business- oriented manner
- Performing in and making creative use of the dynamics of heterogeneous (i.e. multidisciplinary, multicultural and diverse) organisation
- Writing with academic rigour so as to become skilled in analysing and presenting complex problems in a clear and logically structured manner.
In the academic profile you can find more information about the various competences you achieve on the programme: Academic profile for OIE