Theoretical Foundations of Entrepreneurship

  • 15-weeks
  • 3 credits
  • Prerequisite: PhD candidacy or instructor's permission

This course is designed as a broad survey of major topics in the field of entrepreneurship.  Its objective is to familiarize the students with some of the primary theoretical underpinnings of the field as well as some of the common and/or promising methodological approaches to the study of entrepreneurial phenomena.  Topics covered in the course include: a theoretical overview of entrepreneurship and research agendas, entrepreneurship motivation and opportunity, entrepreneurial attention and information processing, learning and knowledge related to opportunity, entrepreneurial decision making and biases, entrepreneurs’ human and social capital, strategic orientation and corporate entrepreneurship, new ventures (strategy, growth, performance), entrepreneurial failure, and international entrepreneurship.  Indirectly the course will also cover a dissertation in entrepreneurship, the journal review process, research methods, and presenting research papers. Class sessions will be devoted to reviewing and critiquing the readings associated with each of the aforementioned topics and generating research opportunities.

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