Insegnamento a.a. 2015-2016



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) - BIEMF (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10)
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Classes: 31 (I sem.)

Course Objectives

Through active case discussions and simulations, the course provides models aimed at forming competence on how to formulate and organize new economic projects, by constituting new entrepreneurial firms; and on how infusing entrepreneurship and constituting entrepreneural units within existing firms. Taking an organizational perspective, the course aims at improving the students' capacity of effective, innovative decision-making and relational behaviors under uncertainty, and knowledge of the most promising organizational and governance practices for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Course Content Summary

  • Theories and sources of entrepreneurship.
  • Discovering opportunities and entrepreneurial decision making.
  • Attracting and committing human and financial resources into new projects.
  • Organization and governance practices for entrepreneurial firms.
  • Firm growth as choice. Internal and networked growth strategies.
  • Corporate entrepreneurship.
  • Organizing environments for entrepreneurship and innovation (Poles, Parks, Incubators, RIS, Districts etc).
Each topic is developed with reference to key case studies, in order to increase the reception and long term retention of the key messages. 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 negotiation with financial investors).

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Class activities include assignments evaluated in points to be cumulated.
Students can choose at any time before the exam (depending on the amount of sessions attended and points earned in class), between the following two options:

  • An average of two grades expresses in 30/30 points :
    • A grade formed through in class individual and collective assignments and participation (if all the points offered are gained, the in class grade will be 30 cum laude);
    • An individual field mini project, analyzing a real situation with the tools learned in the course, to be handed in by a date of ‘prova intermedia finale’ to be defined, but antecedent to the first official exam session. If the overall grade is sufficient it will be registered without physical presence of students in the date of the exam session. In case of fail, the exam can be re-taken in the any official session with mode B.
  •  A one shot evaluation, in 30/30 points, in a final test on the adopted books and readings. Mix of definitional and applied questions; structured-interview-like responses.


  • A. GRANDORI, L. GAILLARD, Organizing Entrepreneurship, Routledge, 2011.
[‘There are many textbooks on entrepreneurship but none are quite like this. It highlights the impact of social networking and organizational structure on innovation and profit, and thereby places the study of entrepreneurship on a systematic basis. A distinguished contribution to the literature’ M. Casson]
Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)


No formal requisite. Being offered as a 3rd year optional course it is assumed that the majority of students have a basic preparation in organization and management.
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