Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Vakbeschrijving Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Collegejaar: 2015-2016
Studiegidsnummer: 6450ES8
  • Ir. S.P. Louwaars
  • Drs. G.J. Shimshon
  • Dr. C.F. van den Berg
  • Dr. R. Ortt (TUD)
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5.0
Niveau: 300
Periode: Semester 1, Blok I
  • Geen Keuzevak
  • Geen Contractonderwijs
  • Geen Exchange
  • Geen Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Geen A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Admission requirements

Admission is conditional on submission for the minor Entrepreneurship for Society
A knowledge of Dutch is not necessary. You should have obtained your propedeuse before starting this minor.


The course Entrepreneurship and Innovation teaches you (1) contemporary theory, tools and practices of innovation and entrepreneurship, and (2) how to develop a business concept.

This course presents the interdisciplinary fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. You are introduced to the main theories and methods used in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation. It considers the (inter) national governance perspective, the organisation management perspective, and a more team based human perspective. Though the teaching of tools and practices, you gain knowledge that is relevant for the development of your start-up initiative. In the end we want you to be able to advise on strategies for organisations to become more innovative and entrepreneurial .

Course objectives

After this course you will be able to:

… study contemporary theories in entrepreneurship and innovation
… assess tools used for the process of innovation
… reflect on practices used in starting an enterprise
… report on your study, assessment and reflection of entrepreneurship and innovation
… develop a value proposition
… create a business model canvas
… develop a business concept
… test your assumptions on the street


Sep 8/ 10h-13h: Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Sep 15/ 10h-13h: Innovation theory and methods
Sep 22/ 10h-13h: Business and innovation strategies
Sep 29/ 10h-13h: Effective start-up teams
Oct 8/ 10h-13h: Innovation ecosystems
Oct 13/ 10h-13h: Governance of innovation
Oct 20/ 10h-13h: Ethics and responsible innovation

Mode of instruction

Interactive lectures and workshops

Course Load

This is a rough breakdown of the course load
• 21 hours are spent on attending lectures and workshops;
• 21 hours are spent on preparing for the lectures;
• 8 hours to write an individual essay;
• 16 hours to write a group report.

Assessment method

Assessment and grading methods:
• Individual essay assignment 60% of final grade
• Group report 40% of final grade – rounding off grades to 0,5 decimales is subject to peer review
• Obligatory attendance of the seminars (Pass or Fail)



Reading list

Schumpeter, Joseph A. (1950) Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (3rd edition). London: Allen and Unwin. p81-p87 Available online
Deschamps, JP(2008). Innovation leaders, How Senior Executives Stimulate, Steer and Sustain Innovation, IMD, Jossey-Bass. Chapters 3 and 4
Guth, W. D. and Ginsberg, A. (1990). Introduction: corporate entrepreneurship, Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 11, 5-15 Available online
Ismail, S. Malone, M.S. Geest, van, J. (2015) Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it), Singularity University. Chapter 3 and 4
Micklethwait, J. & Wooldridge, A. (2005). The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea. Modern Library Chronicles.

The order of the literature varies and is subject to change, please check Blackboard for the latest update


You have to register for both the minor and the course in Usis. Registration for this course only is not possible.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs



Sjoerd Louwaars


This course is part of the minor in Entrepreneurship for Society. You can only take the course as part of this minor.