Corporate Entrepreneurship (Spring Semester 2017)

General Information

ECTS 6 (= 4 SWS) 
Professor / Lecturer Prof. Dr. Philipp Sieger
Assistant Ilija Braun
Location Engehalde 8, Room 003

Credits acknowledged

For students specializing in management: in supplementary subjects (Ergänzungsbereich)
For students of other specialties: in elective subjects (Wahlbereich)

Target Group

Master students


English (course and exam)


Students are required to register for this course in KSL. Registration is open from January 9, 2017 to March 1, 2017. Manual registrations after the deadline are not possible. The number of participants is limited (max. 30).


Students should be proficient in English and should have a genuine interest in the topic “corporate entrepreneurship”.

Teaching Approach and Performance Evaluation

Individual Performance

  • Final written exam* (60%)
  • Participation in class (20%)


*Remember to register for one of the exams via KSL:

1st exam: dates of exam and registration period to be confirmed

2nd exam: dates of exam and registration period to be confirmed


Team Performance

  • Group assignment (group presentation) (20%)

Attendance of all classes is mandatory.

Course Description

Corporate Entrepreneurship: How to make companies entrepreneurial and successful?

To be successful in the long run, companies need to establish and maintain an entrepreneurial spirit within the firm. But how to introduce and foster firm-level entrepreneurship? This course takes a fresh and comprehensive look at different important elements of entrepreneurship within organizations.

First, it introduces the main underlying concepts and themes of corporate entrepreneurship such as:

  • Entrepreneurial orientation
  • Corporate venturing
  • Strategic entrepreneurship
  • Transformation and change
  • And more…

Second, it addresses the most important ways how to actually foster corporate entrepreneurship, particularly how to encourage employees’ entrepreneurial behaviour. Examples are:

  • Organizational culture
  • Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Human resource practices
  • Stock ownership plans
  • Financial incentive systems
  • Psychological ownership
  • And more…

The course is designed for students who have a strong general interest in the topic "corporate entrepreneurship". The classes will include a variety of didactic elements such as classic lectures, open discussions, short case studies, guest lectures, and student presentations.

Key Questions / Goals

  • Corporate Entrepreneurship: What is it, and why is it important?
  • Why should companies be entrepreneurial?
  • What are the key elements of corporate entrepreneurship?
  • How can corporate entrepreneurship be fostered?
  • What are the corresponding challenges, pitfalls, and success strategies?
  • What role are the firm’s employees playing?
  • How can corporate entrepreneurship lead to long-term success?
  • And many more…

Main Learning Outcomes

  • Gain in-depth academic and practical insights into “corporate entrepreneurship”
  • Understand the conceptual foundations of corporate entrepreneurship
  • Know and understand the main corresponding concepts and themes
  • Learn about the factors that influence the degree of corporate entrepreneurship
  • Develop/enhance own skills and capabilities how to make firms more entrepreneurial
  • Develop the foundations for your future corporate or entrepreneurial career

Course Material 

Course materials will be available on ILIAS every Friday before class.

Required and recommended readings

A list with required and recommended readings will be provided on ILIAS the week before every class.

Course Overview 

Date  Time  Topic Room 
22 Feb 9.15-12.00 a.m. Introduction: Corporate Entrepreneurship 003, Engehalde 8
1 Mar 9.15-12.00 a.m.
Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) 003, Engehalde 8
8 Mar 9.15-12.00 a.m.
Corporate Venturing 003, Engehalde 8
15 Mar 9.15-12.00 a.m.
Strategy & Entrepreneurship 003, Engehalde 8
22 Mar 9.15-12.00 a.m.
Growth & Transformation 003, Engehalde 8
29 Mar 9.15-12.00 a.m.
The Entrepreneurial Organization 003, Engehalde 8
5 Apr 9.15-12.00 a.m.
Entrepreneurial Leadership  003, Engehalde 8
12 Apr 9.15-12.00 a.m.
Creativity in Organizations 003, Engehalde 8
26 Apr 9.15-12.00 a.m.
Human Resource Management Practices 003, Engehalde 8
3 May 9.15-12.00 a.m. Stock Ownership Plans & Financial Incentives 003, Engehalde 8
10 May 9.15-12.00 a.m. Psychological Ownership & Entrepreneurial Behaviour 003, Engehalde 8
17 May 9.15-12.00 a.m.
24 May 9.15-12.00 a.m.
8 Jun 10.30-12.30 a.m 1st Exam Main Building, Hochschulstrasse 4, Room 106
15 Sep 13.00-15.00 p.m. 2nd Exam Engehaldenstrasse 8, Room 001