Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship

NBD406 Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship

Spring 2019

  • Topics

    The field of innovation and strategic entrepreneurship covers a wide variety of topics varying from macro effects of innovation and entrepreneurship to micro level aspects on how to organize around these phenomena. Furthermore, given the widespread interest on topics of innovation and entrepreneurship, in small and large firms, within the public and private sector, and among practitioners and academics alike, the aim of the course is not only for students to understand the theories on innovation and entrepreneurship, but also the practical applications in real life settings. Students are thus encouraged to apply the theories and concepts covered in this course to their own experiences.

    This is achieved through discussion of the following topics:

    1. The "what" of innovation and entrepreneurship:

    • What is innovation and entrepreneurship?
    • What forms of innovation and entrepreneurship exist and how do we make a distinction between these forms?

    2. The "how" of innovation and entrepreneurship

    • How to manage the process of innovation and entrepreneurship?
    • What role do networks and alliances play in innovation and entrepreneurship?
    • How can we set up framework conditions both inside and outside organizations in order to foster innovation and entrepreneurship?

    3. The "why" of innovation and entrepreneurship

    • What role does innovation and strategic entrepreneurship play for firms, systems (e.g. regional systems and ecosystems) and countries at large?
    • What kind of innovation and entrepreneurship do we need?

  • Learning outcome

    Knowledge - the candidate

    • has advanced knowledge on theories and methodologies within the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship and how they interact.
    • has advanced knowledge and understanding, as well as the ability to critical reflect on, the processes of innovation and entrepreneurship.
    • has advanced knowledge and understanding on how to apply the theories and methodologies of the course on a real life cases.

    Skills - the candidate 

    • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of interdisciplinary information and use them in order to make decisions on processes of innovation and entrepreneurship.
    • is able to reflect on their own academic practice and adjust this practice under academic supervision.
    • can update themselves, critically reflect upon, and apply theories and methods in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship

    General competence - the candidate

    • is able to work both independently and in teams on practical and theoretical problems.
    • can contribute to the field of innovation and strategic entrepreneurship.
    • is able to communicate and exchange views and experiences about their academic field, using various forms of communication, to specialist and non-specialists alike.

  • Teaching

    The course will consist out of a mixture of 3- hour class lectures, guest lectures, case studies, article discussions, and group work. 

  • Requirements for course approval

    For the requirement of course approval students have to hand in their group-based course assignments. 

    The grading scale for course approval is approved - not approved.

  • Assessment

    Individual oral examination with point of departure in the group-based course assignments (100%). Duration of oral exam 45- 90 minutes depending on group size.

    Although the oral examination is group-based each group member is assessed individually.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    Tidd, J. and Bessant, J. (2013) Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change, 5th Edition, Wiley (ISBN: 978-1-118-36063-7)

    Other obligatory course material:

    • Course Package from Harvard Business Publishing (cases and articles)
    • Articles uploaded to Canvas


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered Autumn 2018

Course responsible

Bram Timmermanns, Department of Strategy and Management