Course description

Organisational Behavior and Entrepreneurial Leadership


Entrepreneurs and corporate innovators face significant leadership and organizational challenges such as recruiting and leading an entrepreneurial team, leading explorative and experimental work on a shoestring budget, and building an organization from scratch. Successful entrepreneurship requires an understanding of these challenges and a set of leadership skills to overcome them. Furthermore, different entrepreneurial efforts and corporate innovation projects may face distinct challenges and require differentiated skillsets. The course will give students knowledge and understanding of theory and practice of leadership and organizing in entrepreneurial settings and prepare them for careers in start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate innovation efforts.

Course content

The course covers the following topics:

  • The leadership capabilities of an entrepreneur: start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate innovation and the different leadership capabilities they require
  • Building a team and leading people
  • Decision making in entrepreneurial settings
  • Leading and organizing innovative projects: introduction to Agile, Lean Startup, rapid prototyping, and Design Thinking methods
  • Organizing start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate innovation: the fundamentals of organization design

Learning outcome knowledge

Upon completion of the course, students should have knowledge of:

  • The leadership challenges and requirements of start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate innovation efforts
  • Leadership and development of people and teams in entrepreneurial settings
  • Methods for leading and organizing innovative projects
  • Decision making in entrepreneurial settings
  • The role of technology in leadership and collaboration
  • Organizational development and design of entrepreneurial efforts of different types and stages of development

Exam organisation

  • Class participation: 25%
  • Written assignment: 50%
  • Presentation: 25%