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Group307D11/Degree Programme in Innovative Business Services (Rovaniemi)
Study unit307D2A Northern and Peripheral Environments and Innovations, 5.00 ECTS credits, 133 h
Orientating into Glocal Environments
Time of implementationAutumn1/2011-2012
Responsible teacherKrastina Anzelika
Other teachersKärnä Veikko, Nevalainen Ari
Status of implementationFinished

Description status Ready
Language of instruction English
Starting and ending dates01.09.2011 - 31.05.2012
Minimum number of participants  
Maximum number of participants  
Enrolment period31.08.2011 - 15.09.2011
Implementation method
Virtuality 0 ECTS credits
R&D integration 0 ECTS credits
Resit dates of the exam
Koulutuksen aikataulu (www-linkki)
Description language English 

Learning outcome:  

After the course students are able to describe northern and peripheral environment and the role of innovation in this environment. They are able to describe unique geopolitical and socio-cultural characteristics of Barents Euro-Arctic region and Lapland region in Finland and its affects on existing business environment. They are able to connect the concept of “thinking globally” and “acting locally” to the northern and peripheral business environment. Students are able to name the business focus areas of RAMK and are able to identify the businesses and industries operating in the European North (focusing on Lapland, Finland and Barents region). Students are able to define the innovation and discuss innovation as a tool for regional business development. They are able to examine various business innovation support measures at national, regional and European level. The study unit will support students´ ability to examine the methodological challenges in the northern environment and business and operational business opportunities in the northern regions in question.

Assessment criteria  
Pedagogical arrangements

lectures, innovation business case studies, group project


Material will be provided during the lectures



Northern and peripheral environments as a potential platform for business operations
Introduction to northern and peripheral environments: geopolitical, economical and cultural perspective; focusing on general characteristics of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region and the Lapland region in Finland. Business and industry profile in the region.
Defining innovation. Various theoretical perspectives.
Understanding innovation as a tool for competitiveness and regional business development
Business Innovation support measures at the national, regional and European levels
Introduction to RAMK´s profile as a ”Northern Regional Influencer” and its focal areas
Discovering opportunities for business innovation locally and regionally

Business innovation in the northern environment: case studies  

PBL tutorials 10%
Journal of Lectures 50%
Innovation project case 40%
Grading scale:
Excellent (5) -….- Failed (0)
Self-assessment and instructor’s assessment