Transnational entrepreneurship, ideas and migration

Study Board of Business Economics

Teaching language: English
EKA: B150171102
Censorship: Second examiner: External
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Summer school (autumn)
Level: Master

Course ID: B150171101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 27-10-2020

Duration: 1 semester

Course ID


Course Title

Transnational entrepreneurship, ideas and migration

Teaching language


ECTS value


Responsible study board

Study Board of Business Economics

Date of Approval


Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Maria Elo Institut for Marketing & Management

Offered in




Offered in

Summer school (autumn)


1 semester

Aim and purpose

The objective of the course is to give students competences to understand, analyze and manage global and entrepreneurial talent in business organizations, entrepreneurship, NGOs and in the institutional context. The course provides novel interdisciplinary and critical thinking about global migrant talent as a resource and teaches to turn the lens to employ and develop global, cosmopolitan and transnational people’s capabilities to solve problems related to entrepreneurship, internationalization, diffusion of products, services and ideas across borders, regional development, sustainability, entrepreneurial ecosystems and transnational contexts. The course contributes to reducing brain waste internationally and developing business that is socially, environmentally and financially sustainable.

Students acquire: (i) knowledge about the key theories and concepts and analytical framings that are state-of-the-art, especially, in transnational entrepreneurship and international migration, and (ii) skills in the application of this knowledge
to solve practical business problems and address business opportunities and new markets.


Students gain views on main theories in transnational entrepreneurship, diaspora entrepreneurship and cosmopolitan entrepreneurship, related SME internationalization theories, network-stakeholder approaches, diaspora-migrant innovation views, product/service cross-over, glocal business development, social and geographic views on “making destinations”, transnational and entrepreneurial ecosystem, institutional views, and in-between advantages.

Global strategies of attracting talent, inward entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship, investment and ideas
Glocal strategies of developing solutions, new products and services and doing resilient business beyond the convenience zone 
Local and transnational strategies of making the place for new argonauts, hotspots for creative talent and trans/migrant businesses
Competitive transnational and entrepreneurial ecosystems, inward and outwards systems and relationships
Global diasporas, organization of global assets and delimiting liabilities of foreignness.
Providing value for the global economy- interconnectedness and embeddedness.

Learning goals

The aim is that students, after participation in this course can:

Description of outcome - Knowledge

• Understand the main theories and their interconnectedness, key concepts and mechanisms
• Students can explain the multiple/mixed embeddedness and main dynamics
• Students can explain how migration, diffusion of innovation and new ideas link to context

Description of outcome - Skills

• analyze TDE (transnational diaspora entrepreneurship) across context, their ecosystems and related business roles and value creation
• develop strategies for incoming entrepreneurship, including business models, and for engaging and retaining global talent
• assess global dynamics and changing influence factors
• understand and evaluate policy measures from the transnational entrepreneurial angle contextually
• formulate strategy and policy proposals
• address the sustainability of policies and solution models beyond host-home country dichotomy

Description of outcome - Competences

• student learn to do multilayered analysis that develops and offers solutions to real-life issues and challenges in a sustainable manner
• present solutions, discuss and argue between models and solutions beyond their own case


The course will make use of the following books:
Elo, M. & Minto-Coy, I. (2018) Diaspora Networks in International Business, Springer
Brinkerhoff, J. (2016) Institutional Reform & Diaspora Entrepreneurs, The in-between advantage, Oxford University Press
The course will, moreover, make use of articles from academic journals. 
Mandatory pre-readings are communicated in advance as syllabus.

Teaching Method

The classes start with preparations based on mandatory pre-readings that take place before the intensive summer course part. Lectures, cases and short workshop-based class interaction takes place during the first week. This is complemented with one extensive group case that the students develop in groups during the second week. The group case leads to the final presentation during the last day.
Active participation of students in group work across the course takes place, in smaller exercises and for the final group work, in collaboration with real-world actors/stakeholders.
Virtual guest lectures and experts as well as video materials are used, both synchronous and asynchronous.


Scheduled classes:
Week 1: 5 days intensive course lectures 4 hours a day with group exercises in August
Week 2: 5 days intensive group work with teaching supervision and guidance 2 hours a day in August and a 4 hours session of presentations during the last day.

The total workload of an average student is 135 hours.
The teaching activities result in the following estimated distribution of the work effort:
Lectures: 30 hours.
Preparation for/review of lectures: 55 hours.
Groupwork on the case: 10 hours
Homework on cases and exercises: 20 hours.
Preparation for exam and examination: 16 hours and 4 hours in total for presentations

Examination regulations





Exam: August
Reexam: September


Written assignment with a video element


Written assignment with a video element

Form of examination

Project report


Second examiner: External


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card - Date of birth




16-18 pages excluding appendix, total pages max. 30. Video element max 2 minutes.

Examination aids

All exam aids allowed. 

Assignment handover

Digital hand-out via "Digital Exam".

Assignment handin

Digital submission via "Digital Exam".

ECTS value


Additional information

The course is structured as on online course and/or blended course.

The assignment is a solution to a particular problem or challenge. This is co-created with a real-life actor/stakeholder that the students are responsible to identify and find. The assignment has a theoretical and practical dimension. 

The solution model is prepared as a report, as a group assignment. The solution is presented in the class during the last day. This uploaded report has as an attachment a digital video statement of 1-2 minutes per each student reflecting the justification and criticism of their solution or a reasoning why this is the best practice (“digital pitch talk”). 

The groups must consist of 2-3 students.

The grading is based on an assessment of the individual performance including the video and the designated individual part of the assignment (clearly mark ndividual parts and individual video attachment  with the student’s name). 

Examination form may be altered for the reexamination.
A change in the examination form will be announced no later than 14 days prior to the re-exam.



External comment

Used examination attempts in the former identical course will be transferred.
Courses that are identical with former courses that are passed according to applied rules cannot be retaken.

Courses offered

Offer period Offer type Profile Education Semester
Fall 2021 Exchange students

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