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Course 2022-2023 a.y.


Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31

CLMG (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - M (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - IM (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - MM (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - AFC (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - CLELI (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - ACME (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - DES-ESS (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - EMIT (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - GIO (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - DSBA (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - PPA (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - FIN (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10)
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Classes: 31 (I sem.)

Class-group lessons delivered  on campus

Mission & Content Summary

Entrepreneurial activities have regained centrality in modern innovative economies, especially by establishing new firms, but also through the continuous starting of new projects in established firms. The course provides concepts and tools for understanding and crafting entrepreneurial structures and strategies, based on forefront research in organization and management, organizational economics, technology and innovation management. More than focusing on which types of products or services to devise and how to bring them to a market, the course distintively focuses on a process and organizational perspective: which decision processes for discovering opportunities, which channels and mechanisms for attracting and governing resources, which ownership and organizational structures fit entrepreneurial firms.

  • Theories and sources of entrepreneurship.
  • Discovering opportunities and entrepreneurial decision making.
  • Attracting and committing human and financial resources to new projects.
  • Organization and governance practices for entrepreneurial firms.
  • Internal and networked growth strategies.
  • Organizing environments for entrepreneurship and innovation (Poles, Parks, Incubators, RIS, Districts etc).
  • Elements of Corporate entrepreneurship.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
At the end of the course student will be able to...

Identify types of entreprenurial initiatives

Understand methods for recognizing opportunities

Distinguish the governance mechanisms for sustaining entrepreneurship

Understand how to manage relations within and around enterprises

At the end of the course student will be able to...

Analyse and assess entrepreneurial experiences

Develop entrepreneurial projects and business plans

Analyze and evaluate business plans

Design structures and mechanisms for new ventures

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Individual assignments
  • Group assignments
  • Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
Each session includes a simulation or mini case discussion from which to move toward a conceptual take away

Each module  is concluded with a key case study in order to increase the reception and long term retention of the key messages, as well as to contribute to forming a grade via intermediate assignments.

The course includes an ENT  LAB (a simulation covering various sessions), in which students can experiment some key phases of the entrepreneurial process (project formulation, the ‘pitch’, the relationship with financial investors) contributing to experiential learning and to the teamwork based component of the grade.

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  • x    
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  • x    
  • Active class participation (virtual, attendance)
  • x    
  • Peer evaluation
  • x    

    For attending students, evaluation is formed during the course, through individual take-home assignments (wrap-up case analyses in each part of the course), an entrepreneurial project developed in the ‘Ent Lab’ in teams, and class participation


    For non attending students, evaluation is based on an individual written test with structured questions in the official exam dates, based on the adopted book; and an individual written case analysis applying the learned tools to an entrepreneurial experience of their choice (to be delivered in the same session in which the test is taken)

    Teaching materials

    A. Grandori, L. Gaillard, Organizing Entrepreneurship Routledge 2011.

    Last change 31/05/2022 15:06