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Cursus: 201600002
Entrepreneurial Leadership & Responsible Organizational Design
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)5
Contactpersoondr. N.S. Erkama
dr. M.L. Ehrenhard
dr. N.S. Erkama
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. N.S. Erkama
dr. K. Sigurdsson
dr. I. Skute
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After completing this course Master Students are expected to be able to:
  1. Explain the concepts of entrepreneurial leadership and responsible organizational design and its associated concepts in an international business context.
  2. Critically reflect on complex organizational problems and processes in relation to entrepreneurial leadership, responsible organizational design and the broader (international) environment of the organization
  3. Articulate how entrepreneurial leadership can aid firms in dealing with Schumpeterian creative destruction
  4. Evaluate how different perspectives related to entrepreneurial leadership and corporate responsibility contribute to long-term organizational survival
  5. Discuss how firms have a wider social responsibility beyond their traditional role
  6. Combine the different perspectives underpinning entrepreneurial leadership to develop responsible organizational designs fostering long-term firm survival
  7. Explain how entrepreneurial leadership can be implemented into responsible organizational designs
  8. Practice project management skills and teamwork skills to plan and coordinate the group assignment
  9. Reflect on (a) to what extent a self-selected organization is or is not leading entrepreneurially, and (b) the characteristics and behaviors of an entrepreneurial leader; and the implications for corporate responsibility and long-term organizational survival
This course is designed with the aim to both develop knowledge in the field of entrepreneurial leadership and entrepreneurial organizations and reflect on the role of leaders, firms and related responsibility in society.
Course description
Entrepreneurial leadership may be common sense for startups but is important for all organizations, ranging from multinational to nonprofit, for long-term survival, i.e. sustainable business. In this course, entrepreneurial leadership – leading the organization by encouraging pro-activeness, innovativeness, outward-orientation, ownership, and the like, among all employees – integrates a number of perspectives that contribute to long-term firm success. A number of questions will be center-stage during the course. First of all, what does entrepreneurial leadership entail? Second, how can firms manage to stay ahead of, or even shape the Schumpeterian creative destruction cycle by means of entrepreneurial leadership? Third, entrepreneurial leadership demands certain organizational characteristics, how to implement these if not or only scarcely present? Fourth and final, leadership also entails responsibility and hence substantial attention is devoted to the broader embedding of firms in their (international) environment as firms have an ever-increasing role, and thus responsibility, in our societies due to: the growth of entrepreneurial activity, the shift from public to private sector, and the emergence of global enterprises. What does this ever-increasing role entail for not only the management but also our conception of the firm? Students will study a number of perspectives, but will especially be challenged to reflect on the role of leaders, firms and related responsibility in our contemporary society.
Key words *(6-10)
Entrepreneurial leadership, strategic change, sustainability, ownership, entrepreneurial orientation, institutional entrepreneurs, market rebels, social entrepreneurship, social movements
To assess whether you reached the learning objectives and so successfully finalized this course, you have to engage in the following assessments and meet their criteria:
  • Group assignments  in groups of three to five a self-selected organization is evaluated to what extent it is or is not leading entrepreneurially (45% of the final grade)
  • Final assignment in the form of an individual essay on an entrepreneurial leader: you should score a sufficient or higher (55% of the final grade).

Contribution to the programme learning goals (*See appendix or click here for the aims and intended learning outcomes):
  • During the course, students have to read papers and discuss both the theoretical and practical relevance of findings into entrepreneurial leadership and associated concepts. As such, this course supports students to gain practical and theoretical knowledge of advanced issues in business administration (goal 1.1)
  • During the course students independently and critically describe, structure and analyse (goal 2.1), apply current theories, models and methods in the analysis of (goal 2.2), and draw and support reasoned conclusions of (goal 2.3) complex organisational problems and processes in relation to entrepreneurial leadership and the broader environment of the organization by writing and presenting a group assignment and writing an individual final assignment;
  • By writing a group and individual assignment, students are able to evaluate how different perspectives related to entrepreneurial leadership contribute to long-term organizational survival. This supports the learning goal that students have the ability to independently set up and manage complex projects and processes within the area of specialization (goal 2.4)
  • For their group assignment students have to identify and evaluate all relevant external interactions with organisational decisions (goal 3.1); systematically collect, assess and analyse information from all relevant sources using advanced means (goal 3.2); demonstrate all relevant effective individual and inter-personal skills, including learning skills (goal 3.3); give a structured presentation, both orally and in writing on their selected entrepreneurially-led organization to both specialist and non-specialist audiences (goal 3.4).
  • For individual assignment students have to systematically collect, assess and analyse information from all relevant sources using advanced means (goal 3.2); demonstrate all relevant effective individual skills, including learning skills (goal 3.3); give a structured presentation in writing on a topic in business administration to both and non-specialist audiences (goal 3.4).

Basic prior knowledge on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Organization Theory is desired.
Participating study
Master Business Administration
Verplicht materiaal
Aanbevolen materiaal
Colin Mayer, Firm Commitment: Why the Corporation is Failing Us and How to Restore Trust in it. ISBN 9780198714804, Oxford University Press.


Project onbegeleid


Zelfstudie geen begeleiding

(Group) assignments

Exam (40%) short academic paper (30%), short paper for general audience (30%)

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