Nord University (Norway) и БГТУ «ВОЕНМЕХ» им. Д.Ф. Устинова (Россия)


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Business practices in Russia

ECTS credits: 5

Level of course: Master

Type of course: Compulsory for the master program «Sustainable Management»

Duration: 3 semester

Study start: Fall

Year of study: 2nd year

Study place: Saint-Petersburg

Language of instruction: English

Course responsible person: Volkova Marina, Vorobyov Leonid This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course evaluation:

The course is evaluated by students by way of course evaluation studies (mid-term evaluation and final evaluation).

Faculty responsible:

Baltic State Technical University

Course contents:

The participants will visit local enterprises in Saint-Petersburg to learn Russian business and companies and also experience of implementation of sustainability concept in Russia.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Implementation of sustainability concept in Russia
  • Perspectives of cross-cultural management
  • International business and cross-cultural communication
  • Management control in organizations: focus on sustainability

After visiting enterprises all students separate on groups of three (each group should be international). Each group will receive certain case-study to research, analyze and interpret information about visited enterprises (one enterprise – one case study). Case numbers are different for written case assignment and presentation. Each group will be given a case number after visiting enterprises.

Learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to develop and expand the knowledge about how enterprises and organizations operate Russian business environment. Student will be able to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge of Sustainable management and analyze a level of sustainability concept’s implementation in Russia. Based on the students' own experience from their countries will be able to comprehend similarities and differences in management practices in different business culture.

Especially recommended elective courses:


Offered as a free-standing course:



Students must be admitted to the two year Master of Science in Sustainable Management Program, or have explicit permission from the administration at HHB and BSTU.

Recommended previous knowledge:


Mode of delivery:

Face-to-face lectures, concentrating teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods:

Lectures, seminars and exercise.

Assessment methods and criteria:

a written case assignment report (consisting of several assignments from the company) with Norwegian grading system (A-F) account for 30% of the grade, final (oral) presentation of case studies (to be done in groups) for 30% of grade (A-F), team working for 20% of grade (A-F), activity (attendance of enterprises) for 20% of grade (A-F).

Work placement:


Study progression requirement:


Recommended or required reading:

Hens, L. (ed.) Environmental Management. Routledge, London

Overlapping courses:

Ecological framework and management systems: international and Russian experience, Sustainability in Finance & Logistics, State regulation in the field of environment protection based on St.Petersburg experience, Management in Situation of Crises


  • 22/07/2014 - 09:37 Enrollment to HHB 2013

    We would like to inform that the following students have been selected for study at Master of Science in Business program at Nordland University: