Specialization Seminar in Strategy and Entrepreneurship


Course Objective

Upon completion of this course students will have:
• Developed knowledge of, and insight into, theories in the field of
strategy and entrepreneurship
• Acquired the ability to critically analyze and evaluate theories and
empirical evidence in the field of strategy and entrepreneurship
• Developed the ability to synthesize the literature and integrate
knowledge in the field of strategy and entrepreneurship
• Developed the ability to make an original scholarly contribution to
the field of strategy and entrepreneurship
• Developed the ability to effectively communicate with other experts
about current theories and research on strategy and entrepreneurship

Course Content

This specialization seminar provides students with a solid understanding
of the main theories in the fields of strategy and entrepreneurship, as
well as insights into the latest developments in these growing research
fields. Entrepreneurship research seeks to understand the actions and
processes that lead to the creation and transformation of firms and
markets, whereas strategy research focuses on how firms develop market
strategies, resources and capabilities that enable them to outperform
others. The seminar will, first, offer in-depth discussions of the
dominant schools of thought in strategy and entrepreneurship (“the
classics”), and second, engage students in detailed explorations of
several emergent streams of research (“hot topics”).

The schools of thought in strategy that will be discussed include:
• Industrial organization views of strategy (including the work of
Porter and cooperative game theory)
• Resource-based views of strategy (including knowledge-based and
(dynamic) capabilities views)
• Behavioral and evolutionary views of strategy

The schools of thought in entrepreneurship that will be discussed
• Economic theories of entrepreneurship (including work on opportunity
recognition and the role of risk and uncertainty)
• Psychological theories of entrepreneurship (including work on
cognition and emotions)
• Sociological theories of entrepreneurship (including work on social
movements and network perspectives)

The current research streams that will be discussed include:

• Stakeholder strategy
• Cooperative strategy
• Social and sustainable entrepreneurship
• Scale-ups and models of entrepreneurial firm growth

Teaching Methods

Four hours of classroom interaction per week involving a combination of
lectures and student presentations and discussion.

Method of Assessment

The final grade consists of the following elements:
• Individual examination (essay-type exam)
• Individual assignment (conceptual paper)
• Class participation


The literature for this course will consist of selected research
articles and book chapters in the field. In addition to the prescribed
readings, students will actively search for additional relevant articles
and there will be possibilities to compile a longer list of additional
readings for those students interested in certain topics in pursuing
this line of enquiry as part of their own research.

Target Audience

Due to the entry requirements of the programme, the courses of the
Research Master Business in Society are only available for students
registered for this master’s programme and, upon approval of the
programme director, to other Research Master programmes, MSc Honours or
PhD students.

General Information

Course Code E_BIS_SSSE
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator prof. dr. W. Stam
Examiner prof. dr. W. Stam
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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