PhD Course of High North Dialogue Conference, 3-7 April 2017, Nord University, Norway

Publish Date: Jan 19, 2017

Deadline: Feb 17, 2017

PhD course – Governance in the High North: implications for Arctic private and public sector

ECTS credits: 7,5
Level of course: PhD
Language of instruction: English
Course Responsible: Professor Anatoli Bourmistrov and Associate Professor Elena Dybtsyna, Nord University Business School

The course will take place April 3- April 7, 2017, in Bodø (Nord University).

The application deadline is February 15, 2017.

The objective of the course

The overall aim of the course is to learn and reflect upon multidisciplinary and multi-theoretical research approaches to governance in the context of the High North: what are implications for Arctic private and public sector. This course will focus on the particular ‘level’ of governance associated with a type of organization (including, e.g. public governance, global governance, and corporate governance). Firstly, it will be identified the nature of the concept itself. Secondly, it will be considered in the framework of the relevant theories, and then the different examples of implications of the governance for the public sector, corporate industry, and global actors will be discussed. Active participation at the conference “High North Dialogue Conference 2017: Innovations in the Arctic” will give an exemplification of the governance issues in the context of the High North. The scenario workshop is an important section of the course. During the scenario workshop, students will learn about different methodologies for scenario building and use one of them to produce scenarios. They will be working in multidisciplinary groups on specific scenario topic developed by relevant stakeholders in the Arctic and relevant for the High North Dialogue conference.

The examples of implications of the governance will be discussed based upon “level” of governance associated with the type of organization, i.e.:

  • Public governance
  • Corporate governance in different industries
  • Global governance (at the example of Arctic Council)

The course seeks to directly contribute to furthering the development of students own research theses/dissertations, deepen their knowledge of the subject and facilitate their methodological preparedness.

Expected learning outcomes


On completion of the course, the candidate will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Describe and discuss perspectives that are central for the governance concept;
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to governance in (e.g. legitimacy, stakeholder and institutional approaches to governance);
  • Challenges associated with governance in the Arctic private and public sector (regulatory, social, political and economic, etc.);
  • Implications of the governance research in the High North.

On completion of the course, the candidate will be able to:

  • Evaluate different perspectives and approaches in the research process;
  • Reflect on relevant theoretical and methodological assumptions and challenges to study a particular research problem;
  • Elaborate questions to facilitate data collection process;
  • Be able to discuss multidisciplinary approach to governance with representatives from other disciplines.

On completion of the course, the candidate will be able to:

  • Gather and analyze research literature within governance in different contexts;
  • Present own and others scholarly work in relevant forums;
  • Address the governance in relation to enterprises in the Arctic private and public sector;
  • Realize various opportunities for conducting his/her research on the selected topic;
  • Be familiar with methodological while doing research on the businesses in the High North;
  • Defend his/her choice of the theoretical and methodological approach to study the topic;
  • Position his/her research in relation to other disciplines and works and explain potential contribution and opportunities for further research.


The course is offered on a PhD-level from various fields (e.g. business studies, economics, public administration, political science, resource management, social science, etc.). It is relevant for students at any stage of their PhD project who are dealing with governance issues. The participators can be using diverse research methodologies.

This is an intensive course. It will be five days in Bodø with individual study required before and after meeting in Bodø. The course integrates lectures by experts in the field, participation in the scenario workshop, presentations and discussions of the course literature by the participants. Students are supposed to present and participate in exercises individually and in groups.

The participation in the course is based on the development of paper to be published in working papers series after the successful completion of the PhD course. The number of participants should be no more than 15.

Exit requirements

PhD student is required to complete the following. Participate in the course activities: scenario workshop, High North Dialogue conference, and research seminar. Attendance at the gatherings is required, shorter absences may be approved upon application. The workload of the course is 7, 5 ECTS and successful accomplishment will require:

  • PhD student will have to present his/her research work. The focus will be on methodological and practical implications associated with the research on different issues of governance in the context of High North. It will be supplemented with knowledge and experience sharing between the faculty and the students.
  • PhD student will need to submit the mandatory individual assignment. 15 one-spaced pages in length with size 12 font, is to be submitted within one month of the conclusion of the course.

There will be a pass/rewrite assessment for all papers.


The course fee, the conference fee, and meals during the events will be covered by the Nord University Business School. Students cover visa, travel and accommodation costs themselves. We can advise and book accommodation at student hostel for those who are interested, costs are 450-550 NOK/per night/ per person.

Accommodation grant

A limited number of hotel grants is provided. Accommodation is at a hotel, located in the center of Bodø, in rooms for two people. Grants are distributed upon evaluation of personal motivation letters. For applying for accommodation grants, students are asked to send a motivation letter describing their motives to take part in the course in light of their academic/professional achievements and personal interest to the issues of the High North. Those applying for grant should deliver full packs of documents including motivation letters before February 15, 2017.

Travel grant

High North Center for Business and Governance may be able to provide some funding to cover flights and accommodation for students from North America. Please contact Elena Zhurova ( to learn more about availability and selection criteria.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Elena Dybtsyna, Associate Professor at Nord University Business School,
by email:

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