Minor Programme

Business Development

Undergraduate level 2

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Business, Law



At least two years (120 ECTS credits) of undergraduate studies, of which a minimum of 60 ECTS credits in Business Administration (or equivalent).


English, B1 level (Engelska 6)

The Courses

Classics of Organization Theory - 7,5 ECTS

As organizations play one of the most central roles in modern society, the subject of organizations and interrelated areas is studied from many different perspectives. This course gives a more in-depth knowledge of some major issues in organizational and managerial studies. One important step towards achieving this is to be familiar with the various schools of thought concerning organizations. Accordingly, we focus on different organizational and managerial paradigms and investigate the concepts, models and managerial practices related to different organizational paradigms. Topics include history, emerging patterns and some main streams of modern management thinking.


Business Ethics in a Globalized World - 7,5 ECTS

Ethical issues play an important role in various types of organizations in different parts of the world. This course problematizes and sheds light on ethical issues on different levels and in relation to different stakeholders. Key ethical theories and research are presented and discussed.

Organizations’ work with ethical issues as well as the effect of their actions are scrutinized. The individual’s possibilities for acting ethically are analyzed.

Different ethical issues and dilemmas are approached from a range of theoretical perspectives.

Entrepreneurship and Business Development - 7,5 ECTS

The aim of the course is to deepen and widen the student’s knowledge and understanding about entrepreneurship, from a theoretical as well as a more practical point of view. Students will learn about perspectives on entrepreneurship, as well as requirements and pre-conditions for entrepreneurship in different organizational contexts.

Sustainable Business – an environmental perspective - 7,5 ECTS

Resource use in production and impacts on ecological sustainability constitute challenges, but also opportunities, for private business. In order to integrate efficient resource management thinking in corporate strategy and realize potentials in clean-tech solutions, managers need a basic knowledge of the field of natural resource management, ecological sustainability and how these correlate to green business models, corporate brands and CSR work. In this course we will use the inter-disciplinary field of environmental science as a stepping stone to explore environmental challenges and potentials for private business.

International Business - 7,5 ECTS

The course intends to provide skills in describing the characteristics of the global business environment in general and national and regional business environments more specifically. The aim is to develop student skills in Market/Industry/Internationalization analysis in a global context. The institutional context and economic geography of international business, internationalisation strategies, organizational challenges and cultural aspects of decision making will be covered in this course.

How to apply

The application for spring semester 2017 will open in September with application deadline October 15. If you are selected by your home university please ask them to nominate you to All nominated students will receive an email as soon as the application form opens.

Application Procedure

When you have been selected by your home university, the application procedure will be as follows:

1. Search for courses in the course list above. Please see under "Course information and timetable" in the left hand menu before you choose your courses. Note that full-time courses at Faculty of Arts and Sciences run during four (4) periods per semester. You can choose only one full-time course for each period.

2, Check the specific requirements for each course that you want to study and make sure that you are eligible for all courses that you select.

3, Fill out the application form on-line which will open in September. The application form includes personal data, academic background, choice of courses and the period of study for your stay at Linköping University.

4, Upload the required documents:

- Transcript of records of all university education

- Proof of English*

- List of ongoing courses

- Degree certificate if applicable

All documents need to be scanned into one pdf file.

5. If you want to apply for accommodation through Linköping University make sure to cross that box on the application form. Please note that you also need to apply and sign up with other landlords and check the notice boards. Linköping University cannot guarantee accommodation.

6. Submit the form. A print-out version of your application will open for your reference.

7. Deadline for Spring semester 17 is 15 October 2016, 23.59 o´clock (UTC+2h).

8. Information and admission documents will be send during November 2016.

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