Entrepreneurial Strategy offers a choice-based approach to entrepreneurial education and practice. First developed at MIT and the University of Toronto, the course provides a deep understanding of the core strategic choices facing innovation-based entrepreneurs and a synthetic framework for the process of choosing and implementing an overall entrepreneurial strategy. A central theme of the course is that founders must balance the experimentation and learning inherent to entrepreneurship with the choices necessary to go from idea to impact.
The full teaching suite – draft textbook (forthcoming from Norton), 18 custom teaching cases, lecture slides, sample syllabi, and workbook materials – are available for instructors on our website, www.entrepreneurial-strategy.net. It includes teaching materials for the Entrepreneurial Strategy course as well as a broader Introduction to Entrepreneurship course. These courses have been adopted at business and engineering schools at both the undergraduate and master’s level, and many faculty have integrated the materials into their established entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology strategy courses. Please reach out to the 2021 award winner, Erin L Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you would like to discuss how to tailor the materials to your program!
Creativity, Innovation, and Design
The class mission is to give students an understanding of the sources and processes associated with creativity, innovation, and design - three interdependent capabilities essential to our own well being, as well as to the well being of society. We will study the internal and external factors that relate to our own ability to create, innovate, and design. We will also understand the factors that impact a group's ability to act creatively, to innovate, and to produce practical and appealing designs. The class will consist of readings and case studies as well as individual and group projects (more information here).
Teachers and professors wishing to get a complete syllabus and teaching guide to the class can contact the 2019 award winner, Prof. Derek B. Lidow, directly at: email@example.com
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Alternate Reality Teaching of Entrepreneurship
Looking Glass is a new type of learning simulation for entrepreneurship that puts students in the role of entrepreneurs after the company founder that hired them mysteriously quits. Using our platform over three weeks in real time, students navigate strategic issues, legal challenges, and personnel decisions that tied to a dozen learning objectives – from understanding team structure to dealing with feedback from early customers. So far, a total of 270 MBAs, undergraduates, and part-time students played the game entirely anonymously (selecting their own names and identities), allowing them to experiment with leadership styles and approaches. Engagement was very high: students sent over 30,000 emails and chats, and 2/3 of students surveyed indicated that Looking Glass was more engaging than traditional teaching methods, including cases. Looking Glass will be available widely in early 2017 for classroom use, more information will be available here.
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The Social Entrepreneurial Approach to Community Reintegration
The winner of the award for 2017 is Dr. Charlotte R. Ren, Associate Professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Senior Fellow at Wharton School’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management, for her graduate course entitled “The Social Entrepreneurial Approach to Community Reintegration”. This example of innovative pedagogy is part of a program called PREP (Penn Restorative Entrepreneurship Program), which Dr. Ren designed and launched at University of Pennsylvania while on a 3-year visiting professorship there. The program is geared towards helping formerly incarcerated individuals become legitimate entrepreneurs.
Our award winner Dr. Charlotte R. Ren has generously shared some example material for our members who are interested in innovating their teaching. The material can be found in the following links: