Office of International Programs

Travel - Iceland Business

Iceland: Leading Creativity and Innovation in Entrepreneurial Organizations

BUS 399, 3 undergrad credits

MBA 699, 3 grad credits

May 18 - 29, 2019




This course examines the ways managers and entrepreneurs lead the creativity and innovation process in organizations of all sizes. Examining the social, cultural, and economic environmental factors that are continually changing business, students apply creativity techniques to addrss the "wicked" challenges that businesses face, and use innovation to fuel success in the marketplace. Rapid changes in the global markets require new, and sometimes radical, thinking in order for organizations to survive.  Students in this course will master creativity tools and approaches required of leaders in the modern company. This 10-day intensive program will allow USM students to work closely with students and faculty at RU using many collaborative learning models. 



Richard Bilodeau

Professor Bilodeau is an entrepreneur who is an owner in two small businesses, a direct marketing company in the alternative health space located in Maine and a television network providing vacation information located in the South East. Prior to joining USM full time, Professor Bilodeau dedicated his time to starting and growing these two ventures while also teaching in the adjunct faculty. Over the years, he has taught courses in entrepreneurship, marketing, advertising, professional selling, CRM, and product development. He also managed the USM Student Business Plan Competition for 8 years and was a senior advisor at the Center for Entrepreneurship. Prior to his career in business, he worked in a clinical laboratory where he conducted research and testing involving tumor markers.

In addition to teaching courses in entrepreneurship, creative strategies, sustainability, and marketing in the School of Business, Professor Bilodeau serves as the Faculty Advising Liaison for his department, and is a member of the Advisory Panel for the Ci2 Lab.

In his free time, Professor Bilodeau enjoys yoga, meditation, traveling, drawing, and exploring the vibrant restaurant scene in Portland, Maine (where he resides) and Montreal, Quebec (where he visits often).


Heidi M. Parker

Heidi M. Parker, Ph.D.--Dr. Parker is a Sport Management faculty member with the University of Southern Maine School of Business. Her research centers on sport consumer behavior specifically focusing on factors that influence fan attitudes and perceptions. She has published in a variety of journals and presented her research at a number of academic conferences. Dr. Parker is a member of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and is a former Vice President of Inclusion and Social Justice for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).



Please submit your application by March 15th along with a $200 non-refundable deposit.

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor (recommendation cannot come from the faculty member leading the program)
  • Official copy of USM academic transcript

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Tuition and Fees

Students should expect to pay a subsized program fee of $675-775 + tuition.

This program is supported by an MEIF grant that covers the first ~$1,500 of the program fee. This fee includes international airfare, accommodation, in-country travel, site visits, some meals, and international insurance. Tuition and fees are an additional expense. All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The $200 deposit will go toward the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due APRIL TBD
Remaining balance due MAY TBD