Entrepreneurship and innovation
This course provides an introductory overview of the knowledge and skills needed for the identification, evaluation, and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities in a variety of circumstances and environments. The course focuses on the interconnection of entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.
Over the course we will expand the definition of an entrepreneur beyond what we typically consider an entrepreneur (i.e., a person who starts and/or runs a business) to include people who are entrepreneurs in various contexts within existing companies but also other types of organisations.
Indeed, entrepreneurship is not just about high-growth, high technology and innovative companies. It can be a family firm into its 5th generation with sustained profitability and moderate growth or a micro firm employing a handful of persons or self-employment. It can be women entrepreneurs who appear to be different – but are they? Entrepreneurship is not just the spectacular that makes front-page covers in popular press. It can be a lifestyle or a manifestation of ones values. These are all representations of entrepreneurship in contexts.
This course is designed to help you understand what it means to be an entrepreneur in different contexts and to help you decide if and when you want to follow an entrepreneurial path, and to give you some basic tools to pursue such a path successfully. In addition, the course explores innovation and open innovation networks; what are innovations, how do they emerge, where and by whom, and foremost, what is the link between innovation activity and entrepreneurship? During the course, you will learn about principles central to innovation and familiarise yourself with entrepreneurial innovation ecosystems.
- Explore the process of entrepreneurship with particular attention to the pre-startup and early stages of business creation
- Explain innovation and open innovation activities
- Recognise, define, test and exploit business opportunities, that is determine the feasibility of a business concept
- Fundamentals for Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur – From business idea to launch and management by Malin Brännback & Alan Carsrud, Pearson Education Ltd. 2016 ISBN 13: 978013396681
- Social Entrepreneurship. A practice-based approach to social innovation by J. Howard Kucher & Stephanie E. Raible, Edward Elgar 2022 ISBN 978-1-78897-422-6
- Articles according to instructions
Additional reading: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Risk and Decisions by Thomas G. Pittz and Eric W. Liguori, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-83867-874-6 (print); ISBN: 978-1-83867-873-9 (epub)
Lectures/workshops on campus with remote access on Tuesdays at 8:30–11:30.
- Teamwork, presentation and preparation of report 20%: the idea and the context(s)
- Team assignment 30%: context analysis
- Individual assignments 50%: key learning notes and individual paper
Includes teaching on campus, but can be competed fully online.
More information in the Åbo Akademi study guide.
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