Course ObjectiveAfter having finished this specialization course successfully, the
student has a clear overview of the most relevant academic literature in
the field of new venture creation and further development of new
ventures along the lifecycle of the firm, with a focus on the role of
the entrepreneur. After having finished this course successfully, the
student has also gained experience in applying the involved academic
literature to solving practical situations and has gained experience in
the formulation of practical recommendations on the basis of academic
research. This is all in the context of new venture creation and further
development of new ventures along the lifecycle of the firm.
Course ContentThe creation of new ventures and the further development of established
ventures is of greatest interest for economic and societal development,
especially (but not exclusively) for employment creation and the
production of (sustainable) innovations. This interest does not only
apply to small business start-ups but it also applies to new ventures
and spin-offs from large corporates, from (semi-)public institutions and
This specialization course ‘New Venture Creation and Development’
focuses (but not exclusively) on the role of the entrepreneur during the
grwoth stage of the firm (and even before this stage: the start-up stage
and the nascent stage). The
entrepreneur in this context is predominantly the (small) business owner
but attention is also paid to employees who are responsible for the
launch and development of new ventures from their employing
organizations. The ‘firm lifecycle model’ plays a pivotal role in this
specialization course: this is the model in which the firm develops
through a number of different stages. The entrepreneur and the firm are
not dealt with in isolation (only) in this specialization course, but
are dealt with within the context of the entrepreneurial ecosystem as
This specialization course is built on two connected pillars: (i) the
study of academic literature; and (ii) the practical application of
academic literature. The academic literature has to be studied for the
exam. This academic literature may also be helpful for the NVCD Case,
but other academic literature should be studied for that purpose as
well. This connects to the lecturers in this course: both academicians
Teaching MethodsLectures and consultancies.
Method of AssessmentWritten individual exam (60%)
Individual essay (5%)
Group assignment (35%)
Small assignments (0%)
No compensation. All three must be sufficient (> 5.5)
Group assignment and essay can be resubmitted (but: grade cap at 6). No
grade cap applies to resit of the exam.
Entry RequirementsA valid registration in the MSc Entrepreneurship.
LiteratureTo be announced on Canvas.
Additional InformationThis course is only available for students registered for the Master's
programme in Entrepreneurship. For quality reasons, the course cannot
admit other students. This course is organised by the VU. For more
information, please go to http://www.feweb.vu.nl/en/students/study-
guide/msc-entrepreneurship/programme/index.asp → URL.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||School of Business and Economics|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. E. Masurel|
|Examiner||prof. dr. E. Masurel|
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Study Group|
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