Corporate Entrepreneurship
(this course replaces 'Opportunities in Entrepreneurship')

1. Topics

Corporate entrepreneurship refers to entrepreneurial activity that occurs in established firms which compete in technologically sophisticated markets and search for entrepreneurial opportunities. Science and technology constitute a major foundation for the discovery and creation of opportunities in those firms. Opportunities typically arise from market conditions and the firm’s internal capabilities, resources and skills. In their search for opportunities, corporate entrepreneurs frequently explore technological frontiers within and outside a firm’s current business domain. The seminar will focus particularly on how firms get access to knowledge from external sources and how they can connect with external partners to discover and create entrepreneurial opportunities. In the seminar, students will present and discuss selected academic journal articles on the topic.

2. Target group

This seminar targets students from Business Administration and Management and Economics. It is also recommended (but not required) for students who have attended or are planning to attend the lecture "A Primer in Entrepreneurship". Students from Business Administration and Management and Economics can use the credit points for the course as follows:

• PPO2001/Oec: Wahlpflichtbereich BWL 5
• PPO2001/Oec: Wahlpflichtbereich MM 2
• PPO2001/Oec: Wahlpflichtbereich ME 2
• BA: Wahlpflichtbereich BWL 5

3. Application

The course replaces 'Opportunities in Entrepreneurship'. The seminar is limited to a maximum of 30 students (first come, first served). Beyond normal booking (Modulbuchung), a second application to the chair ist necessary by email: entrepreneurship@business.uzh.ch. It is not allowed to attend the seminar without confirmation from the chair, as there will be a waiting list! The papers will be randomly assigned to groups of two in the introductory session. If you have any preferences with respect to the person you want to work with, please let us know his/her name in your e-mail.  

4. Program

  • Introductory session: Participants are required to read the introductory papers in the literature list (6). This session will provide an overview of the topic and guidelines on how to prepare the paper presentation.
  • Presentation: Groups of two students need to present one paper. Moreover, a three-page summary of the paper has to be prepared by the group. The papers to be presented will be assigned randomly.
  • Credit Points: The seminar is worth 3 ECTS points. Students in the PPO 2001-program will receive credits on a pass/fail-base; there are no grades. Students in the Bachelor program will receive grades. To obtain the credit points, the following requirements have to be fulfilled:
    - Presentation (30%)
    - Summary (30%)
    - Quiz (30%)
    - Active participation during the seminar (10%).

5. Schedule

The preliminary schedule is as follows:

  • 21.3.2018, 9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00: Introductory session (Room: KO2-F-152)
  • 24.4.2018, 9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00: Block 1 (Room: KO2-F-152)
  • 25.4.2018, 9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00: Block 2 (Room: KO2-F-152)

6. Literature