ENT4400 – Corporate Innovation Strategies and Project Management
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale.
As a general rule, exams at the MN Faculty will during the autumn of 2021 be conducted without physical attendance. For reasons relating to the course content, some courses will have on-campus written examination if the current infection rate makes this possible.
The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.
The course focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation within established firms (also known as corporate entrepreneurship). The course is broadly scoped covering several important subjects, including how to identify, analyse and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities, how to set up and run innovation projects both individually and as a portfolio, and how to take the particularities of the company and industry most effectively into account. The course uses the corporate entrepreneurship project in ENT4460 – Corporate Entrepreneurship Project as an active and practice-based learning arena for the topics covered in the course.
After completing the course, you will:
- Have a solid understanding about critical issues for entrepreneurship and innovation in a corporate setting, in particular how corporate culture, structure and processes can both limit and enhance a company’s ability to innovate
- Have advanced knowledge on different strategies that facilitate innovation in a corporate setting, and how to manage both individual projects and a portfolio of innovation projects
- Have a solid understanding about different sources and types of innovations as well as important dynamical patterns when new innovations are being developed in an industry
- Have advanced knowledge on defining an innovation strategy including overriding logic and rational, market timing, ecosystem collaborative models and different ways of protecting an innovation
- Be able to analyse and formulate an innovation strategy for a company tailored to the particularities of the company and the industry environment
- Understand the effect and importance of different leadership strategies and management approaches in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship
Admission to the course
This course is available only for students admitted to either Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (master's two years) or to Informatics: Digital Economics and Leadership (master's two years)
It is strongly recommended to take ENT4460 – Corporate Entrepreneurship Project together with ENT4400, for the best possible learning outcome.
Recommended previous knowledge
Either the following subjects for students admitted to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management master program:
- ENT4000 – Business Creation
- ENT4050 – Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership
- ENT4070 – Entrepreneurial Opportunity Evaluation
- ENT4330 – Entrepreneurial Finance
- ENT4340 – Managing New Venture Growth
- ENT4350 – Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing
- ENT4360 – Student Venture Creation Project
or the following subjects for students admitted to the Informatics: Digital Economics and Leadership master program:
The course is designed to be taken in parallel with ENT4460 – Corporate Entrepreneurship Project.
Weekly classes throughout the semester that include lectures, in-class activities and group exercises. In addition, readings and group/individual assignments between classes.
Due to the significant amount of group exercises and in-class activities in this course, 80% attendance of the lectures is mandatory. Completion of mandatory attendance is required in order to pass the course.
The course grade is calculated based on the following components:
- A final group assignment including an oral group presentation accounting for in total 50% of the score. Students in each group are given the same score. Group members who do not fulfill their obligations can be scored individually from the group.
- Individual assignments/quizzes given during the semester accounting for in total 50% of the overall score.
Failing a graded assignment does still allow participation in the remaining exams. All exams and assignments must be taken during the same semester.
Completion of mandatory attendance is required in order to pass the course.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester. Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.