Corporate Entrepreneurship (Spring Semester 2020)

General Information

ECTS 6 (= 4 SWS) 
Professor / Lecturer Prof. Dr. Philipp Sieger
Assistant Ilija Braun

Credits acknowledged

For students specializing in management: in supplementary subjects (Ergänzungsbereich)
For students of other specialties: in elective subjects (Wahlbereich)
Additional format:
"Fachmodul Entrepreneurship"

(Being an Entrepreneur & Corporate Entrepreneurship)


Target Group

Master students


English (course and exam)


Students are required to register in KSL (first come – first serve). Registration is open from January 6, 2020 to February 17, 2020. Manual registrations after the deadline are not possible. The number of participants is limited to 36.


Students should be proficient in English and should have a genuine interest in the topic «Corporate Entrepreneurship».

Course Description

«Corporate Entrepreneurship»: How to make companies entrepreneurial and successful?

To be successful in the long run, companies need to maintain and constantly revitalize an entrepreneurial spirit within the firm. But how can firm-level entrepreneurship be enhanced in a sustainable way? 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 many more…

Second, it addresses the most important ways how to actually foster «Corporate Entrepreneurship», particularly how to encourage employees’ entrepreneurial behaviour. Examples are, among others:

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


Key Questions Addressed

  • «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

Teaching Approach

The classes will include a variety of didactic elements such as classic lectures, open discussions, short case studies, guest lectures and student presentations. Also, there will likely be an excursion (i.e., an on site visit at a company with a guided tour).


Performance Evaluation

Individual Performance

  • 24h exam* (60%)
  • Participation in class / case study solutions (20%)

Team Performance

  • Group assignment (group presentation) (20%)

Overall grade: pass/fail

Attendance of all classes is mandatory. To receive ECTS, all performance evaluation parts have to be completed. For the written exam, two possible dates will be offered (to be confirmed; registration via KSL).


Course Materials

Course materials will be available on ILIAS every Monday before class. In addition, a list with required and recommended readings will be provided on ILIAS the week before every class.

Tentative Course Overview 

No.   Topic Raum
1 19.02.
Introduction: «Corporate Entrepreneurship» Seminarraum 003, Engehalde, E8
2 26.02.
Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) Seminarraum 003, Engehalde, E8
3 04.03.
Corporate Venturing Seminarraum 003, Engehalde, E8
4 11.03.
Strategy & Entrepreneurship Seminarraum 003, Engehalde, E8
5 18.03.
Growth & Transformation Seminarraum 003, Engehalde, E8
6 25.03.
The Entrepreneurial Organization Seminarraum 003, Engehalde, E8
7 01.04.
Entrepreneurial Leadership  Seminarraum 003, Engehalde, E8
8 08.04
Creativity in Organizations Seminarraum 105, Hauptgebäude H4
9 22.04.
Human Resource Management Practices Seminarraum 003, Engehalde, E8
10 29.04.
Stock Ownership Plans & Financial Incentives
Seminarraum 003, Engehalde, E8
11 06.05.
Psychological Ownership Seminarraum 003, Engehalde, E8
12 13.05.
Student Presentations Seminarraum 003, Engehalde, E8
13 20.05.
Student Presentations Seminarraum 003, Engehalde, E8
14 03.06.  Leisungskontrolle 24h exam - Pass/fail
(15) 07.09. Leistungskontrolle 24h exam - Pass/fail