Corporate 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. Innovation constitutes a major foundation for the discovery and exploitation 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 corporate venturing, strategic renewal, and innovation, with an emphasis on how firms get access to knowledge from external sources that can be combined with internal capabilities. 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 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!

4. Program

  • Introductory session: Participants are required to read the introductory paper in the literature list. 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, which will be assigned in the first session. Moreover, a summary of the paper as well as a discussion have to be prepared by the group.

  • Credit Points: The seminar is worth 3 ECTS points. To obtain the credit points, students have to prepare and deliver 

    - a presentation (40%)
    - a discussion (20%)
    - a summary (40%)

5. Schedule

The preliminary schedule is as follows:

  • 30.09.2020, 9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00: Introductory session (Room: tba)
  • 04.11.2020, 9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00: Block 1 (Room: tba)
  • 05.11.2020, 9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00: Block 2 (Room: tba)

6. Literature