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Admission requirements



This course aims to provide students with basic knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship. In other words, this course is NOT a step-by-step guide for starting your own business. Through lectures, readings, and group assignments, students learn about foundational theories and frameworks from the Entrepreneurship literature, and link these theories to practice.

The topics of the course cover entrepreneurship from different perspectives (e.g. psychological, economic and process perspectives) and in different forms (e.g. new venture creation). In six lectures, we discuss the value and importance of entrepreneurship in the modern economy. We also discuss theories and models that help in explaining antecedents and consequences of behaviors regarding the discovery and the exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities. Moreover, we discuss how and under what circumstances institutions can promote entrepreneurship.

This course is intended for any students who expect to deal with entrepreneurship in their future careers. This could for example be as an entrepreneur/small business owner, an entrepreneurial employee in a large business, a consultant, a policy maker or a researcher.

Course objectives

This course provides students basic but broad knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship. At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Define entrepreneurship using various theoretical perspectives and distinguish different forms of entrepreneurship

  • Assess the value of entrepreneurship from a macro-economic perspective

  • Explain and apply underlying theories and models in the discovery of entrepreneurial opportunities.

  • Explain and apply underlying theories and models in the exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities.

  • Explain and assess the personality approach in studying the entrepreneur and entrepreneurial processes.

  • Describe the role of institutions in promoting entrepreneurship and assess the relationship between institutions and entrepreneurship

  • Reflect on the value and validity of scientific literature in the field of entrepreneurship by comparing it to real business contexts (i.e. through group assignment).


The schedule can be found on the LIACS website

Detailed table of contents can be found in blackboard.

Mode of instruction

6 Lectures of 3 hours per lecture. There are two weeks that we have more than one lecture per week (Detailed lectures schedule, refer to the timetable on the LIACS website)

Assessment method

Group Assignment (30%)
Individual Exam (70%)

The grade for the individual exam and the final assignment grade should be at least a 5,5 in order to pass the course.



Reading list

Chapters of the Reader (hard-copies) are available the first lecture.
The list of the scientific articles will be announced in the course manual and these articles are available via the digital library of the University.

Signing up for classes and exams

You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis. Check this link for more information and activity codes.

There is only limited capacity for external students. Please contact the programme Co-ordinator

Contact information

Programme Co-ordinator ms. Esme Caubo


There might be final adjustment. Therefore, students should refer to the course manual which will be uploaded a week prior to the start of the course for the detailed information about the content and structure of the course.