Facts about the course

Study points:
Responsible department:
Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences
Course Leader:
Bjørn Guvåg
Lecture Semester:
Teaching language:
½ year

ADM720 Managing value networks (Spring 2019)

About the course

Supply chains are, in reality, networks. Networks are complex webs of partly independent but interdependent organizations. Changes in supply chains and networks happen all the time. Creativity and change is needed at some point in the business life cycle and at other points structural arrangements and performance are or should be high lightened.

The first part of the course challenges the students on management and management styles. Learning that there is more than one reality and the reality as we as individuals or organisations recognise it, depends of many elements.

To generate relevant strategies in different developmental situations require understanding of structures and processes that respectively promote or hinder growth and success. Knowledge and understanding of above mentioned processes and elements are essential premises to perform effective or good leadership. Strategic challenges will in many ways be a continuous reconfiguration and integration of the organisations.

The course is connected to the following study programs

  • Master in Change and Management
  • Experience-based Master in Logistics
  • Master in Economics and Business Administration

The student's learning outcomes after completing the course

After completing the course the student should:

  • know how to reflect and conceptualize on what is going on in the business today
  • know how to play a part in the reconfiguration of value chains, networks and value systems
  • know how to reconfigure value systems and networks
  • know the need for, and understand, what kind of different leadership is needed through business life cycle, and
  • learn about own personality and leadership style

The main purpose of the course is to give students insight into the processes and structural arrangements in organisations that bring about growth but also stagnation and crises and what to do with it.

Forms of teaching and learning

3 timer forelesning per uke


  • Form of assessment: Written school assessment
  • Proportion: 60%
  • Duration: 5 Hours
  • Grouping: Individual
  • Grading scale: Letter (A - F)
  • Support material: Only general dictionary in mother tongue/Norwegian/English in paper version
  • Form of assessment: Home assessment
  • Proportion: 40%
  • Duration: -
  • Grouping: Individual
  • Grading scale: Letter (A - F)
  • Support material: All printed and written supporting material


Quinn, Robert E. 1991. Beyond Rational Management. Jossey Bass Publ.
Normann, Richard. 2009. Reframing Business. John Wiley & Son, Ltd.