Business Performance

  • Duration: Full semester
  • Spring semester , Exchange student
  • ECTS 7,5 ECTS
  • Application period Application deadline: 15 October

Business Performance is a 7,5 ECTS course during the spring semester on the master's level. A 2-day home exam finalizes the course.

The single course is only open to exchange students from our partner institutions. Students applying for the English full degree must view the webpage for full degree students. 

About the course

Possible course combinations

It is not possible to choose other combinations.


Learning outcomes


Upon completion of the course, the student can: 

  • describe the factors used to measure the performance of a business, 
  • distinguish between different tools and methods used in analyzing data, 
  • discuss the properties of different methods in relation to the data available, 
  • report the results from performance analysis and 
  • describe relevant actions that should be taken in a business to improve the performance. 


Upon completion of the course, the student can: 

  • identify relevant data to perform analysis, 
  • define determinants and/or environmental variables to capture heterogeneity, 
  • conduct productivity and efficiency analyses using parametric or non-parametric methods, 
  • use indices in measuring business’ performances, 
  • perform different types of benchmarking analysis and 
  • interpret the results from business performance analysis. 

General competence 

Upon completion of the course, the student can: 

  • design and conduct a proper analysis to measure business performance relevant for the current situation, 
  • assess the results from the performance analysis to recommend suitable actions to improve performance and 
  • propose changes in business’ operations to improve performance.


Course content

The following topics are covered. 

  • Collecting, adjusting and using data 
  • Identifying the main inputs and outputs 
  • The use of determinants to describe changes and differences in business performance 
  • The use of environmental variables to describe heterogeneity between firms 
  • Efficiency analysis using both parametric and non-parametric methods 
  • Optimization methods 
  • Productivity analysis and the use of indices 
  • Benchmarking


Teaching and working methods

The following teaching methods are used. 

  • Lectures 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Tutorial videos 
  • Case studies


Coursework requirements

  • Students must pass three out of four mandatory course requirements to be allowed to take the exam. 
  • 50% attendance in classes is required.



  • 48-hour individual home exam.


Examination support material

  • All resources.

Practical information


Students must be enrolled in a Master's degree within the field of Business Management, Economics or similar. 



On-campus housing is eligible for students applying for a full semester/academic year.

General information on accommodation at Campus Lillehammer

What does it cost?

Free for exchange students

Study start information

An Orientation Week is arranged in the first week of the spring semester. The first lectures of the course are expected to begin during the same/following week. 

Would you like to apply?

The course is available only for students coming from our partner institutions. Contact the International Coordinator at your home institution to find out if you are eligible for exchange studies at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University). Please notice that applications can be submitted for one campus only.

Application procedure and documents