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Nordic Essay Competition

Deadline for submission

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The top three contributions of Nordic Essay Competition has been published!

Read the contributions below

Nikolai Mikalsen, Interventionism inhibits innovation, From the University of Mannheim.

Ella Wiss Mencke, AI-Powered Education: A New Era of Learning, From the Stockholm School of Economics

Ole Tjelle-Heen, Talentsumenten: Hvordan dagens talenter er konsumenter av arbeid, From the Norwegian School of Economics.

In March 2023, we gather once again for the NHH-Symposium. This year, our focus is on a bold vision - to transform from Norwegian champions to world champions by 2030.

Do you have what it takes to be among the brightest young minds in the business world? Join us by participating in Symposiet2023's Nordic essay competition. If selected as one of the top three contributors, you'll have the unique opportunity to attend the two-day conference and network with experienced business leaders. Not only will you have the chance to share your ideas and perspectives, but you'll also have the privilege of representing the student voice at the conference. Don't miss out on this chance to have your essay published and printed at the conference, be inspired by impressive speakers, and gain a new perspective on this year's topic. Join us at Symposiet2023 and become a part of shaping the future of the business world. At Symposiet2023, we believe in the power of collaboration and diversity of thought. While the main focus of the conference is on Norway, we welcome and encourage students from all countries in the Nordics to participate in our essay competition. By bringing together diverse perspectives and experiences, we believe that we can achieve a stronger, more well-rounded understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the business community in the region. We believe that sharing experiences and ideas is crucial in becoming world leaders, and we are eager to see what new insights and solutions the next generation of business leaders will bring to the table.

Take part in the NHH-Symposium 2023's Nordic essay competition by answering one of the following questions

What steps should the government take to establish world-leading businesses in Norway and the Nordics?

Problem 1

We invite you to think critically about the role that the government can play in supporting businesses and entrepreneurs in the region. Consider what policies and programs would create a favorable environment for businesses and encourage responsible business practices that align with broader societal goals. Share your ideas and insights on how the government can support the growth of businesses in the Nordics and help the region become a world leader in the business community by 2030.

Problem 2

What actions should Nordic educational institutions take to create future world champions in business?

We challenge you to think about what steps schools and universities can take to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the business world. Consider what kind of programs and initiatives would help students become more competitive and innovative in their careers. Share your ideas and insights on how educational institutions can play a role in cultivating future world champions business.

What steps should Nordic corporations take to attract and retain the best talents in the world?

Problem 3

We challenge you to think creatively about how businesses can stay ahead in the competitive global market for top talent. What initiatives and programs can companies implement to foster a dynamic, inclusive, and innovative workplace that attracts the best and brightest from around the world? Consider the role of work-life balance, diversity and inclusion, opportunities for growth and development, and more. Share your vision for the future of work and how corporations can create a work environment that not only attracts but also retains top talent, positioning them as leaders in the business world by 2030.

Formal requirements


Essay (max 1000 words, excl bibliography)


English or Norwegian


12 March 2023, 11.59 PM, last time zone (UTC +1). Top three candidates will be announced Mars 13.


Your name or any identifying details must not be mentioned anywhere in the essay.


All sources must be citied and referred to the respective part in the essay.

File format



Enrolled in a university or similar in the Nordics

Conference date

22.-23. March


Why should you participate?

Participate in the NHH-Symposium2023's Nordic essay competition and you could be selected as one of the top three contributors, earning the opportunity to attend the two-day conference in Bergen , join the conversation with experienced business leaders, and have your work recognized and printed in the conference material.


Not only will you have the chance to share your ideas and perspectives, but you'll also have the privilege of representing the student voice at the conference. The NHH Symposium2023 will cover your flight and hotel expenses, as well as provide tickets to the conference and banquet.


Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind chance to network, learn, and grow in the business community while making a lasting impact!!

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