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Corporate Entrepreneurship


Admission requirements



In this course, we aim to study entrepreneurship process within established companies, i.e., Corporate Entrepreneurship (CE). Discussing the reasons why CE is socially and economically desirable, we focus on the impediments of corporate entrepreneurship from an organizational point of view. In doing so, we underline the roles of employees and managers of different hierarchical positions in the process through reading and analyzing how established companies boost growth and innovation from within or employing external venturing instruments. We also zero in on other organizational elements such as identity, culture, leadership, strategy, and structure to understand better how established companies can keep up with the entrepreneurial revolution of our era and stay competitive.
This course is designed for an audience of diverse interests: students with entrepreneurial intentions who aim to pursue a corporate job as an intrapreneur, R&D analyst, manager, business analyst, consultant, investor, and alike. Via investigating cases from various industries in this course, we leverage different audience backgrounds in science, engineering, medical science, and so forth.

Course objectives

The primary objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to navigate entrepreneurial projects in (large and) established companies. At the end of this course, students can

  • analyze the barriers of corporate entrepreneurship in established businesses,

  • strategize for navigating an entrepreneurial initiative within an established business,

  • understand how to secure critical organizational resource-holders' support for intrapreneurial ideas,

  • compare and interpret internal vs. external venturing opportunities,

  • evaluate spin-in and spin-off conditions,

  • relate CE and corporate social responsibilities to create value.


The schedule can be found on the Leiden University student website

Detailed table of contents can be found in blackboard.

Mode of instruction

The course emphasizes interactive teaching that focuses on both theory and real life cases.

Course Load

  • 6 classes (lectures 14:15-15:00, student presentations and tutorials 15:15-16:00)

  • Preparation for each class

  • Individual and group assignments, including brief biweekly progress presentation to receive tutoring comments. In the last session, student presentations will be evaluated.

  • 3-hour exam

Assessment method

Final exam (50%); Assignments (40%); Class preparation and participation (10%)
In order to pass students must have a total grade of at least a 6 (six). The final grade is rounded off to the nearest half or integer.



Reading list

Students will be given a list of readings 10 days before course starts.


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 coordinator



Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.