Entrepreneurship (PhD BA)

Course Description: 

The conceptual framework of entrepreneurship is young and its distinctive scientific contribution is frequently debated. Data for scientific research are difficult to obtain, many findings to date are the same as those generated in other areas. Anyway, the phenomenon of entrepreneurship provides research subjects and problems for different academic fields including economics, sociology, and psychology as the most important ones. Scholars working in this field are concerned with four basic sets of research questions: (1) why, when and how new opportunities for the creation of goods and/or services emerge; (2) why and how some people discover, analyze and evaluate those opportunities; (3) what kind of actions are used to exploit entrepreneurial opportunities, how new ventures are designed and launched; (4) how entrepreneurial organizations and complex ecosystems evolve.

This doctoral course seeks to develop students who can understand and meaningfully advance theory and practice within the subject of entrepreneurship. Students will learn about different perspectives, compare different methodologies, study and discuss research reports of other scholars, and make connections between theory, empirical research, and entrepreneurial practice. The general context is innovation, consequently our core emphasis is on innovative, growth-oriented ventures in high-tech industries.

Classroom sessions are highly interactive; students have to be well prepared, active participation is expected. There is some room for adaptation to individual research interest and goals. Depending on that, participants will get short research assignments including fieldwork and they have to present their findings on Session 8.

We look for participants with academic ambitions but also interested in practice and providing advice for practicing entrepreneurs, investors and government offices.

This course aims to provide PhD research-oriented students with the following:

  • comprehensive overview of the major fields and topics in international multidisciplinary entrepreneurship research
  • help for finding and defining hot research topics in entrepreneurship
  • support research activity with different kinds of literature reviews and fieldwork assignments
  • general overview of the entrepreneurial process and venture lifecycle
  • good understanding of potential business models for new ventures, trends and developments of business model innovation in the modern economy
  • overview on entrepreneurship in high-tech industries, description of how new business opportunities appear and evolve, how high-tech clusters emerge and develop
  • understanding of the complexity of the entrepreneur-investor relationship
  • overview of entrepreneurial risk, main reasons and key factors of entrepreneurial failure


Learning Outcomes: 
  • understanding the importance of entrepreneurship and its role in the economy
  • understanding the contribution of different scholarly fields to studies on entrepreneurship
  • getting up-to-date in scientific research on entrepreneurship, sources and publications
  • intellectual understanding of the conceptual frameworks and models relevant for entrepreneurship
  • being able to understand and articulate different perspectives and approaches in scientific research related to entrepreneurship
  • being able to summarize, integrate, evaluate, and extend the theory and research in entrepreneurship
  • being able to design and undertake valuable research related to entrepreneurship and the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • understanding the importance of teaching entrepreneurship at university level, ability to design courses for master programs

This course consists of 8 sessions, each is of 150 minutes classroom work plus 2 breaks of 10 minutes. For each session readings and research work is assigned as described by the schedule below. Students have to deliver presentations, initiate and moderate discussions, participate actively in classroom and Moodle debates. The sessions will be conducted as discussions about their major themes, students are expected to have red the pre-class articles, to come well prepared to discuss and critique them, and to play the role of the discussion leader when asked to do it.

At the end of the course an individual research paper between 20 and 25 pages must be submitted to the instructor.

Evaluation is based on the following components:

  • Individual and/or team presentations: 25 %
  • Individual class participation, including Moodle activity: 25 %
  • Individual research assignment (presentation + paper): 50%
  • Before the first class, registered participants are required to send a max. one page document describing their intellectual/academic/research interest related to entrepreneurship. Having a background in business studies is an advantage but not required.
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