At the end of this course, students are able...
- to analyze and evaluate challenges organizations face based on technological disruptions and market as well as nonmarket environments;
- to reflect upon how the organization can engage in strategic renewal, for instance through corporate entrepreneurship;
- to interpret the role of strategic leadership in renewal;
- to discuss how participatory policy exercises (serious games) can help organizations to tackle the challenges they face and engage in strategic renewal;
- to investigate a strategic problem in an organization or between organizations and to build a portfolio of relevant strategy process tools for this problem (including systems analysis, scenario development, strategy and impact tables, and a serious game).
The course encompasses 6 ECTS. Students who are not enrolled in the Master OS may participate in the course if they fulfill the respective requirements and if sufficient places are available. To receive permission, please contact the course coordinator.
Students are assumed to be acquainted with the basic strategy notions.
This course consists of about 12 lectures on 'Organizing Strategy and Entrepreneurship'. Central in this course is the idea that in order to remain successful, established organizations need to adapt continuously and, in doing so, have to overcome internal barriers to change. These barriers may prevent them from capitalizing on external opportunities originating, for instance, from technological disruptions or from challenges proceeding from market and/or nonmarket environments. In this course we discuss ways in which organizations renew their strategy through, e.g., corporate entrepreneurship, as well as the role of strategic leadership in managing this process.
Students will work in teams of about 5-6 persons on an assignment that is directly related to Organizing Strategy and Entrepreneurship. This assignment comprises a portfolio of strategy process tools and is aimed at testing an in-depth understanding of the core concepts in the literature as well as their application in a real-life situation. The assignment includes a written report as well as an oral presentation.
Type of instructions
Lectures, coaching/feedback sessions (compulsory) and gaming sessions (recommended)
Type of exams
Written exam (50%) and group assignment (50%). Each of these two evaluation forms has to be scored with a sufficient (5.5) grade.
A series of approximately 25 academic & applied papers. The specific papers will be listed in the course syllabus.