SEMINAR IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT
- Assessment methods
- Learning objectives
- Full programme
- Delivery method
- Teaching methods
TThe final assessment is based on the evaluation of:
- the student’s participation in class discussions and assignments (both individual and group). Student’s evaluation will be based on the quality and quantity of class participation and in articles discussion/review: 30% of the final grade;
- the final written assignment: write, present and discuss an individual project (a 15-20 pages academic paper) on a topic agreed with the professor: 70% of the final grade.
The goal is to assess the student’s ability to manage concepts and tools presented – and practiced - in class.
Tailor-made work assignments will be assigned by the teacher to students who are not able to attend the class.
The course aims at analyzing the relationship between innovation and entrepreneurship and international management in the current competitive scenario. Innovation pervades the value chain of established companies, which very often are disrupted by new ventures with innovative value propositions. In this context managerial, organizational and financial aspects are involved and strictly intertwined with entrepreneurship and innovation.
Course objectives involve students achieving some advanced learning outcomes, i.e.:
- a thorough knowledge of emerging research issues re: innovation, entrepreneurship and international management and their link to managerial, organizational and financial aspects;
- improve the ability to critically review and discuss the above-mentioned research topics;
- improve research skills and ability re: data collection and analysis.
At the end of the course students have to prove they have learned how to:
- analyze/review research papers and discuss emerging issues in the above-mentioned fields of study;
- write and present a research paper, by applying the appropriate structure and terminology.
In other words, students have to prove that they can manage the concepts and the tools presented in class.
This 40-hours course will focus on current issues re: innovation, entrepreneurship, and international management.
- Introductory lectures re: entrepreneurship, innovation and innovative startups in high-tech industry, international management (8 hours);
- Introductory lectures about conducting applied social science research (12/14 hours):
o how to structure a research paper;
o research methods (i.e. systematic literature review, empirical analysis, etc.);
o data collection and analysis: tools and techniques;
- Practical exercise (4 hours): discussion about how to review a research paper;
- Research topics for individual assignment: proposal and discussion (4 hours);
- Individual assignment: peer review (4 hours);
- Individual assignment: final discussion (4/6 hours).
Students should attend class regularly and prepare the readings that they are expected to discuss. As final assignment, students are expected to write, present and discuss an individual project (a 15-20 pages academic paper) on a topic agreed with the professor.
Before the beginning of the course, the detailed schedule of the lessons will be published on the e-learning platform.
Suggested introductory readings:
- Patton, M. Q. (2015). Qualitative research and evaluation methods. Integrating Theory and Practice. Thousand Oakes.
- Coviello, N. E., & Jones, M. V. (2004). Methodological issues in international entrepreneurship research. Journal of Business Venturing, 19(4), 485-508.
- Rialp, A., Rialp, J., & Knight, G. A. (2005). The phenomenon of early internationalizing firms: what do we know after a decade (1993–2003) of scientific inquiry?. International business review, 14(2), 147-166.
- Klotz, A. C., Hmieleski, K. M., Bradley, B. H., & Busenitz, L. W. (2014). New venture teams: A review of the literature and roadmap for future research. Journal of management, 40(1), 226-255.
Additional readings will be communicated at the beginning of the course through the e-learning platform.
The course is structured as a typical “seminar course”:
- Introductory lectures
- Class interaction/discussion
- Working assignments
The instructor will be available at the end of each class as well as in office hours that will be communicated at the beginning of the course and will be indicated on the instructor’s personal pages, with periodical updates