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Corporate Entrepreneurship

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Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Master of Science (MSc) in Strategic Entrepreneurship
From November 26, 2018 to December 21, 2018
62 students

In this course, students learn how organizations can identify and pursue valuable opportunities that will help them adapt to changing circumstances. The course is part of the core curriculum of the Master of Science (MSc) in Strategic Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

I taught the course together with Justin Jansen and Lotte Glaser. I served as the coordinator of the course and gave the following two lectures:

  • Lecture 1 - An Introduction to Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Lecture 6 - Social Networks, Social Capital, and Intrapreneurship

Course Description

In today’s dynamic, turbulent, and continuously changing economic business environment, entrepreneurship is an essential and indispensable element in the success of every business organization—whether small or large, new or long-established and mature. Corporate entrepreneurship (or intrapreneurship) refers to activities involved in creating and exploiting new resource combinations in the context of existing corporations. Yet, the ability to think and act entrepreneurially and engage in ongoing processes of creativity often fails because established organizations present hostile environments for entrepreneurial ideas.

This core course focuses primarily on organizational and managerial efforts aimed at the identification, development and exploitation of technical and organizational entrepreneurial ideas, the management of new product or process developments, and on effective new venture management in the context of large corporations. Topics include ways how organizations can stimulate corporate entrepreneurship, intraorganizational networks, entrepreneurial action, work context and organizational ambidexterity.

Learning Goals

After following this course, students will be able to:

  • Conduct an “entrepreneurship audit” to assess how much the strategy and structure of an established corporation supports or constrains entrepreneurship
  • Explain how managers can overcome the obstacles to Corporate Entrepreneurship and explain how they can create work environments that facilitate innovation in established organizations.
  • Describe how technological and organizational new business development can be effectively implemented in a corporate setting
  • Explain the complexity of Corporate Entrepreneurship and describe its different forms, contexts and levels
  • Analyze strategic situations and design appropriate Corporate Entrepreneurship strategies
  • Distinguish different types of social capital and describe their effects on intrapreneurial behavior
  • Understand the dynamics of corporate-start-up collaboration
  • Explain the leadership challenges and managerial capabilities of scaling up

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