724816P Building Business Through Creativity and Collaboration

ECTS credits: 5

Language of instruction: English

Timing: Period D

Learning outcomes: During the course the student will explore entrepreneurship from the perspective of an artistic process and learn the process of designing improbable solutions. The students are challenged to question mainstream values, assumptions taken for granted, and ways of doing things. The course gives the student tools that are needed in developing improbable business models and solutions that can shift paradigms.

During the intensive workshops of the course, the student will work in teams and learn to regulate emotions, such as uncertainty, frustration, enthusiasm, and joy.

Upon completion of the course, the student will:

- develop entrepreneurial leadership

- increase abilities to build new inspiring visions

- master agile methods of creation to deal with uncertainty and risks

- learn how to use diversity and improbable encounters to develop business

- connect passion and convictions with a project which creates value

- leverage failure to increase creativity and resilience

Contents: Entrepreneurs develop activities that aim to challenge the status quo, break rules and subvert systems. Furthermore conflicts, emotional strains and uncertainties are often part of entrepreneurship. But how can such things be taught/learnt?

The course introduces Art Thinking, an agile method to create improbable outcomes with certainty. The method enables out-of-the-box thinking and creative productions where encounters of all sorts are key resources. Instead of writing business plans, the participants create during the Improbable workshops artistic prototypes and organize an art exhibition.

During the Improbable workshops students will are taught the Art-Thinking Method which involves 6 main activities. The students will:

(1) engage in gift-giving practices which foster new and unusual partnerships (Donate);

(2) “steal” from others to create unique propositions (Deviation);

(3) follow a journey without a clear goal but which will eventually make a lot of sense (Drift);

(4) challenge existing rules and values as well as their taken-for-granted assumptions (Destruction);

(5) accept criticism to learn from others (Dialogue), and

(6) exhibit their work to get feedback and find new partners (Display).


Mode of delivery: Face-to-face sessions and workshops

Learning activities and teaching methods: Participation in the workshops. Producing a piece of art and presenting it at an art exhibition together with others. Completion of the group work and individuals tasks, such as reading course materials and reflecting the learning experiences. 

Target group: Open to all

Prerequisites and co-requisites: No

Recommended optional programme components: The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Required readings: Materials will be provided during the course

Assessment methods and criteria: Compulsory participation and commitment to the teamwork. Assessment of the course tasks.

Grading: The course utilizes verbal grading scale “pass/fail”

Person responsible: Mia Kemppaala, Anne Keränen

Working life cooperation: Students learn practical entrepreneurial skills through artistic process.

Other information: The number of students is limited

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Last updated: 28.10.2019