Enterprising Skills


Course Objective

Upon completion of this course, students have:
- acquired knowledge with regard to enterprising skills;
- gained insight into, and developed their own enterprising skills;
- developed coaching and mentoring skills.

Course Content

This course allows students to practice as well as study so-called soft
skills underlying entrepreneurship: generating ideas for opportunities,
taking action, perseverance, teamwork, networking, and convincing
people. These skills are becoming ever more essential whether the
student will eventually become an entrepreneur (by any definition),
self-employed (or zzp’er), freelancer, contract worker, or as an
employee. Students will study the research and theory with regard to
these skills (or competencies), and then practice these skills in the
context of their own life. Moreover, students will also develop coaching
and mentoring
skills which are also highly relevant to any work in the entrepreneurial
context. Students not only develop their skills but also learn the
'deliberate practice' skill acquisition method.

Teaching Methods

A few lectures and mostly experiential learning

Method of Assessment

All (3) assignments are individual. Percentage: 40/30/30. All
assignments need to be passed (no compensation).

A second chance is allowed for all 3 assignments. However, the mark that
one can obtain for a revision is capped at 6. For second chance
submissions of entirely new assignments, no grade cap applies.


Articles to be found on http://www.enterprisingcompetencies.com → URL.
Geoff Colvin - Talent is Overrated (2010)
Additional literature to be announced.

Additional Information

This course is organised by the VU. For more information, please go to
entrepreneurship/programme/index.asp → URL.

Custom Course Registration

Please note that there is a capacity cap of 45 students

General Information

Course Code E_ENT_ESK
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. M.W. van Gelderen
Examiner dr. M.W. van Gelderen
Teaching Staff dr. M.W. van Gelderen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group, Instruction course
Target audiences

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