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Course module: 325067-B-6
Introduction to Corporate Entrepreneurship
Course info
Course module325067-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Management; TiSEM: Management;
Is part of
Minor Entrepreneurship
Minor Management
Minor Elective Minor
V. Chila
Other course modules lecturer
dr. L.C.I. Denoo
Other course modules lecturer
dr. N. Wang
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 14/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
This course is designed to introduce basic and fundamental knowledge of corporate entrepreneurship (the study of entrepreneurial behavior within established organizations). The knowledge obtained from this course is important in real-world business settings in two ways. First, for aspiring entrepreneurs the course is relevant as it addresses the challenge of how to remain entrepreneurial once ventures mature. Second, those that seek careers in established companies may gain basic and fundamental skills of how corporate entrepreneurship can improve firm performance.
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to
  1. Explain in their own words core concepts related to corporate entrepreneurship (e.g., disruptive and open innovation, ambidexterity, exploitation and exploration, corporate venturing…).
  2. Based on quotes, news articles, cases or videos, identify constraints to corporate entrepreneurship in established ventures (e.g. culture, structure, size…).
  3. Critically analyze established organizations in terms of their entrepreneurial activities (e.g. alliances and acquisitions, open innovation, crowdsourcing, blue ocean strategy…) and motivate how these activities can aid or impede established ventures from becoming more entrepreneurial.
  4. Evaluate corporate ventures based on articles, quotes, videos, and cases, and explain in your own words and while using class concepts and theories why they are unsuccessful or fail.
  5. Create an action plan for how a given established corporate venture faced with the need to engage in change can engage in that change and motivate which core concepts, entrepreneurial activities and constraints (from points 1, 2, and 3 above ) will likely be present in this organizational change.
Please note: students who follow all three of the courses offered in the Minor in Entrepreneurship may apply for an additional certificate from the Tilburg Center of Entrepreneurship.
For more details please contact the TCE office by email:

Minor in Entrepreneurship courses:
Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice
Creative Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Corporate Entrepreneurship
The course examines entrepreneurial behavior within the context of established organizations. It will discuss various topics ranging from entrepreneurship, creativity, leadership, and culture to innovation through corporate venturing, alliances and mergers and acquisitions. The first half of the course will introduce the theories and concepts related to corporate entrepreneurship, such as creativity, culture, corporate venture capital, strategic alliances, and corporate entrepreneurship through acquisitions. In the second half of the course, students will work on a group project related to corporate entrepreneurship that allows them to apply the theoretical concepts from the first half of the course into practice and to come up with potential solutions to real-life problems that corporate ventures may face.
Type of instructions
Lectures and tutorials
Type of exams
1. Written Exam: 60%
2. Group Project (including self-and peer assessment): 40%
3. Skills training (as part of the minor in entrepreneurship): Pass/Fail.
Students need a minimum score of 5 on components 1 (written exam) and 2 (group project) to pass the course.
Compulsory Reading
  1. Burns, P., Corporate Entrepreneurship: Innovation and Strategy in Large Organizations, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013, Third Edition.
Assumed previous knowledge
knowledge of management and business
Timetable information
325067-B-6|Intro. to Corporate Entrepreneurship
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Midterm / MidtermMIDTERM_01SM 1116-10-2018
Midterm / MidtermMIDTERM_01SM 1219-12-2018
Required materials
Burns, P., Corporate Entrepreneurship: Innovation and Strategy in Large Organizations, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013, Third Edition.
Title:Corporate Entrepreneurship: Innovation and Strategy in Large Organizations
Author:Paul Burns
Publisher:Palgrave MacMillan
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