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Course 2019-2020 a.y.


Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English

Insegnamento riservato agli studenti in scambio (incoming)

Go to class group/s: 31

CLEAM (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - CLEF (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - CLEACC (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - BESS-CLES (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - WBB (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - BIEF (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10) - BIEM (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10)
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Classes: 31 (I sem.)

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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 distinctively focuses on a process and organizational perspective: which methods for discovering opportunities, how to attract and govern resources, how to design organizational structures and mechanism for innovation.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Distinguish  effective and ineffective cognitive and relational behavior in opportunity crafting under uncertainty.
  • List and recognize a range of organizational and governance practices for entrepreneurship, distiguished for new ventures and corporate entrepreneurship.
  • Discern which types of organized environments and external support (from incubators to public programs) can be properly used for a project.
  • Understand which are the possible different  modes and effective strategies for attracting and combining financial, technical and human resources .
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Apply appropriate cognitive processes and methods in innovative  decision-making, both individually and in team.
  • Devise entrepreneurial behaviors in established organization.
  • Construct an effective portfolio of relational ties for the exploration and exploitation of opportunities.
  • Draw up/evaluate a business plan.
  • Design a structure for a start up.
  • Conduct a colloquium with investors.

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)
  • Structural topics are developed with reference to key case studies, in order to increase the reception and long term retention of the key messages.
  • Behavioral topics are developed through simulations of product design, teamwork, and evaluation of real business plans.
  • The course includes a structured 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).

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

    Teaching materials
    • A. GRANDORI, L.GAILLARD GIORDANI, Organizing Entrepreneurship. Routledge 2011.
    • Course Slides (posted).
    Last change 29/05/2019 14:32