The program Business Practice in Norway (BPN) is held each summer on the basis of Bodø Graduate School of Business, University of Nordland (Bodø, Norway). Since the start of the program in 2003 it has been the offer for Russian business students from Saint-Petersburg, Murmansk and Arkhangelsk. However, from the year 2007 the program was extended, and brought together managers and students from different Russian institutions and organizations. Traditionally, the trademark of the program has included visiting of specified Norwegian enterprises and getting experienced with Norwegian style of business administration. Taking into consideration growing interests to the industrial potential of the High North associated with increasing sustainability considerations, the Nordland county enterprises and their ways of handling these challenges have become the focus area of the course.


The focus of the Business Practice has been changing in accordance with global trends and local interests. Sustainability has become an important issue on the agenda of business and society. This lead to various practical implications and created many questions, both of theoretical and practical nature. How do government and business could successfully cooperate on environmental issues? What does it really mean to be sustainable for a company and whether is it possible to maintain sustainability and profitability? Which sustainable practices of the companies in the High North might be of a value for others and how these practices could be transferred to a new context? These and similar issues will be in a core of Business Practice this year.

For more information on the course, eligibility and application instructions, see the attached announcement. For the course schedule, see the preliminary program.