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World of Entrepreneurs




Admissions requirements



“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.”
— Peter Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (1985)

This course will introduce you to the innovator’s and entrepreneur’s disruptive role in society. The point is not that you need a special talent. It’s that you can identify and address a need.

Everyone has an opinion on what works and doesn’t work. Everyone can see how small or dramatic changes might improve matters. The problem is that few people agree on how to tackle problems. The challenge is thus to organize and make a difference. This class will focus on the influences and processes advancing or inhibiting change.

Course objectives

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Discriminate between incremental vs disruptive innovation

  • Explain the tensions among monopoly rents, innovation and social welfare

  • Compare past entrepreneurial cycles with current entrepreneurial activities

  • Identify a challenge

  • Investigate PESTLE influences on the challenge

  • Propose a solution for dealing with the challenge

  • Evaluate barriers and provide a constructive critique to the proposed solution


Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

The course is taught through two-hour seminars. Students will be expected to participate in both large and small group discussions and present and defend their ideas within an academic settings. The instructor will facilitate and ensure the efficient running of the discussion, but students are responsible for its quality. Required reading must be read in advance of class.


  • Class participation: 20%

  • Group project/presentation: 15%

  • Individual presentation: 15%

  • Critique: 20%

  • Class essay: 30%

NB: Plagiarism software will be used to assess written assignments.


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

Books and academic papers


This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact


David Zetland (
Leiden University College, Room 4.37
Faculteit Campus Den Haag


This class is open to all students, but it is also the first class in the social and business entrepreneurship minor