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Entrepreneurial Transformation in Corporations

Course code
EAI451
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
2,0
ECTS
3.0
Term
FS 2021
Language
Englisch
Lecturers
Prof. Dr. Dries Faems
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This course aims to provide students an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical challenges of entrepreneurial transformation in corporations. During the course, the students will be introduced to several strategies that corporates can use to engage in entrepreneurial transformation. By means of assignments, the students will be challenged to apply this knowledge.
Date Time
Thursday, 18.03.2021 08:00 - 11:15
Wednesday, 24.03.2021 08:00 - 11:15
Tuesday, 13.04.2021 08:00 - 11:15
In-depth knowledge on core strategies (e.g. corporate venturing, alliances, acquisitions) that corporates can apply to realize entrepreneurial transformation

Ability to apply these insights in real life setting to address particular challenges

Module 1: Introduction This module provides an introduction to why companies are forced to become more entrepreneurial than ever, and what prevents them from doing so. In this first session, the different assignments for this course (i.e. individual essay and group assignment) will also be introduced and described.Module 2: Mimicking startups: Stimulating intrapreneurshipIn this module, we discuss potential structures (i.e. structural and contextual ambidexterity) that companies can use to successfully organize for entrepreneurial transformation.Module 3: Investing in startups: Corporate venturing + Group Assignment 1In this module, we focus on how corporates can successfully invest in startups to stimulate entrepreneurial transformation.Reading material Lerner, J. 2013. Corporate Venturing. Harvard Business Review, 91(10): 86-94Module 4: Collaborating with startups: Alliances + Group Assignment 2Alliances are primary vehicles for develop new capabilities, identifying new business opportunities and accessing new technologies. In this module, we examine how corporates can successfully engage in collaboration with startups.Reading material Faems, D.; Janssens, M.; Van Looy, B. (2010) Managing the competition cooperation dilemma in R&D alliances: A multiple case-study in the advanced materials industry. Creativity and Innovation Management, 19: 3-22.Module 5: Buying startups: Acquisitions + Group Assignment 3In this module, we explore acquisitions of start-ups as growth instruments. Specific topics will include deal sourcing, target selection, deal structuring, valuation, implementation and post-acquisition integration.Reading material Kale, P., Singh, H., and Raman, A.P. 2009. Don’t Integrate Your Acquisitions, Partner with Them. Harvard Business Review, 87(12): 109-115.Module 6: Introduction to individual assignment
Lecture, Cases
Individual assignment (60%); group assignment (30%); individual participation (10%)
There are no prerequisites.
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