Corporate Entrepreneurship

2019-2020

Course Objective

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
Explain and summarize the concept of corporate entrepreneurship using
individual and organizational level perspectives to peers,
colleagues and entrepreneurs;
Analyze, differentiate, and organize these multiple perspectives
of corporate entrepreneurship into meaningful and related parts;
Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of these multiple perspectives
of corporate entrepreneurship;
Apply multiple perspectives of corporate entrepreneurship to solve case-
based problems and develop ideas for internal venturing projects;
Use knowledge and skills of corporate entrepreneurship to critically
assess
potential ideas in terms of their innovativeness, viability and quality
as well as how to turn them into real business projects;
Work independently on assignments, reflect on his/her own work
and on the work of his/her peers that span these multiple perspectives;

Course Content

Nowadays, many scholars, public figures and corporate leaders assert
that entrepreneurship encourages innovation, increases social mobility,
enhances labor market flexibility, and is indispensable to economic
prosperity. Entrepreneurship can also help solve many social and
sustainability challenges. Furthermore it is often stated that
entrepreneurship in the context of established organizations helps those
organizations to meet the many challenges associated with an external
environment that is becoming more complex, dynamic and uncertain.
Entrepreneurship in the context of organizations can be looked upon at
different levels. It can be studied on an industry or sector level, but
also on an organizational and individual level. As the entrepreneurial
behaviors at different levels are interconnected, we pay attention to
both the individual as well as the organizational level perspective and
how they relate to each other. The entrepreneurial behavior of
organizations whether they are big or small, for profit or not for
profit often starts with the entrepreneurial behavior of individuals. On
an organizational perspective entrepreneurship often manifest itself in
entrepreneurial initiatives, as organizational level processes.
This course focuses on entrepreneurship in the context of existing
organizations and tries to find answers to questions like: What is
corporate entrepreneurship? How does entrepreneurship manifest itself in
the context of organizations? Why are some organizations more
entrepreneurial then others? What internal as well as external factors
drive the entrepreneurial behavior of organizations? These and other
related questions will be themes on which this course is build.
The concept of corporate entrepreneurship has become an area of academic
inquiry touching upon theories in the academic field of
entrepreneurship, but also on organization theory and theory on
strategic management. This course reviews, evaluates, and analyzes the
concept of corporate entrepreneurship and the elements that constrain
and enable corporate entrepreneurship.
Students will further apply these perspectives by developing and
studying initiatives and venturing projects to advance their knowledge
about corporate entrepreneurship. By the end of this course, students
will have a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship and the
entrepreneurial process in the context of organizations and will be able
to use these ideas and critical thinking skills in the courses on
Entrepreneurship Research Skills. They will also be able to use
knowledge and skills of corporate entrepreneurship to critically assess
potential ideas in terms of their innovativeness, viability and quality
as well as how to turn them into real business projects in the context
of established organizations. Lastly, this course will help students
narrow their interests for the Master’s Thesis at the end of their
study.

Teaching Methods

Format
Weekly: two two-hours lecture/meetings
Time
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Study materials
TBA. This will be communicated on CANVAS.

Method of Assessment

Assessment
The final grade consists of
Individual assignment (70%)
Group assignment (30%)
Re-sit
A second chance is allowed for the assignments and the examination.
However, the mark that one can obtain for a revision is capped at 6.

General Information

Course Code E_ENT_CENT
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. H.R. Denekamp
Examiner dr. H.R. Denekamp
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
Target audiences

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