Course ObjectiveUpon having successfully passed this course, the student:
1. Has demonstrated thorough knowledge and understanding about the
entrepreneurial venture during its life cycle and is able to use that
knowledge and understanding (this learning objective is related to Exit
Qualification 1 of the Master).
2. Is able to apply his/her knowledge and understanding on the
entrepreneurial venture during its life cycle to solve problems and to
use opportunities (this learning objective is related to Exit
Qualification 2 of the Master).
3. Is able to integrate knowledge on the entrepreneurial venture during
its life cycle, handle complexity, and formulate judgments with
incomplete information (this learning objective is related to Exit
Qualification 3 of the Master).
4. Is able to clearly communicate effectively his/her findings related
to the entrepreneurial venture in its lifecycle, including the
underpinning knowledge and rationale, to entrepreneurs and
non-entrepreneurs (this learning objective is related to Exit
Qualification 4 of the Master).
5. Is able to study the entrepreneurial venture during its lifecycle and
apply his/her knowledge and skills in a largely self-directed way (this
learning objective is related to Exit Qualification 5 of the Master).
6. Has developed an attitude that is relevant for the development of the
entrepreneurial venture during its live cycle (this learning objective
is related to Exit Qualification 6 of the Master).
See the Teaching and Examination Regulations 2018-2019 for the full
description of the Exit Qualifications.
Course ContentThe focus of this course is on the changes of the entrepreneurial
venture during its lifecycle. These changes are dealt with both in an
actual way (how it is) and in a normative way (how it should be).
The ‘life cycle of the small firm’ model plays a pivotal role in this
course. This is the model in which the entrepreneurial venture develops
in size, through a number of different stages, as time develops. One
standard is to make a distinction between the stages of conception,
start-up, scale-up (or growth), maturity and decline, but other
approaches are possible as well. The entrepreneurial venture is not
dealt with in isolation in this course, but is dealt with within the
context of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the business environment as
The creation of entrepreneurial ventures and the further development of
entrepreneurial ventures is important for the economic and societal
development, especially (but not exclusively) for employment creation
and for the production of (sustainable) innovations. This interest does
not only apply to independent entrepreneurial ventures but it also
applies to new ventures and spin-offs from large corporates, from
(semi-)public institutions and from universities, and others.
Teaching MethodsLectures, workshops and practical study.
Method of AssessmentExam, individual assignment, and team assignments
Entry RequirementsSee program entry requirements.
LiteratureTo be announced.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||School of Business and Economics|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. E. Masurel|
|Examiner||prof. dr. E. Masurel|
prof. dr. E. Masurel
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Study Group, Lecture|
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