Strategic Entrepreneurship

NBD406 Strategic Entrepreneurship

Spring 2021

Autumn 2021
  • Topics

    The topic of entrepreneurship revolves around the exploration and exploitation of opportunities. This exploration and exploitation can take place in the form of starting a new venture, but also occurs within the comforts of established firms. When we talk about the phenomenon of entrepreneurship we tend to focus on the more ambitious, growth oriented form of entrepreneurship that delivers high value, also for society at large.

    In order to achieve their value creating potential, the entrepreneur or entrepreneurial manager are faced with a range of complex challenges they have to address. These challenges vary from building a well.functioning organization and mobilizing necessary resources to formulating and excecuting strategies that allow them to take most advantages of the resources they have at their disposal.

    The aim of the course on Strategic Entrepreneurship is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competences to adequately address these challenges. This is done by offering a strong theoretical foundation on strategic entrepreneurship, combined with practical applications in real life settings. This is achieved by adopting a student-centric pedagogical model where we emphasize the use of case studies. In addition, the students are encouraged to apply the theories and concepts covered in this course to their own experiences.

    Within the issues that surround strategic entrepreneurship, this course pays particular focus to:

    • The Nature of Entrepreneurship 
    • The Entrepreneurial Mindset
    • Entrepreneurship, Scaling and Growth
    • Corporate Governance of Entrepreneurial Ventures
    • Financing of Entrepreneurship
    • Entrepreneurship and Business Models
    • Entrepreneurship in Ecosystems
    • Strategic Decisions of Entrepreneur
    • Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • Learning outcome

    Knowledge - the candidate

    • has advanced knowledge on theories and methodologies within the areas of strategic entrepreneurship and how they interact.
    • has advanced knowledge and understanding, as well as the ability to critical reflect on, the processes of strategic 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 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 strategic 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 strategic entrepreneurship.
    • can take responsibility for their own learning.
    • 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 of a mixture of 3 hour digital classes combining webinars, online group work and online exercises, mostly in the form case-based teaching. Students will work in groups on an assignment applying theories, models and framework on a startup business case.  Active participation is expected and we record attendance.

  • 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 (in english) 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

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


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered Autumn 2020

Course responsible

Professor Bram Timmermanns, Department of Strategy and Management