Insegnamento a.a. 2017-2018



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.)

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. Taking an organizational perspective, the course aims at improving the students' capacity of effective, innovative decision-making and relational behaviors under uncertainty, and the knowledge of the best 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 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.
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 relationship with financial investors).

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

For attending students
  • Class activities and take home assignments (20 points).
  • Entrepreneurial project to be prepared in teams of max 3 members, to be presented at the end of the course, in written and pitch-like form (10 points, including peer evaluation).
For non attending students
  • Final test on the adopted books and readings. Mix of definitional and applied questions; structured-interview-like responses (20 points).
  • Field mini project on a real case of entrepreneurship, analyzed with the tools learned from the readings, to be handed in when taking the written exam (10 points).
Students can choose at any time before the exam (depending on the amount of sessions attended and points earned in class), between the attending or non attending evaluation modes.


  • 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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