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Foundations of Systematic and Strategic Entrepreneurship in Complex Systems – High tech entrepreneurship in International Perspective (in English)

Degree programme:

Master Wirtschaftswissenschaften – Business B: Management & Organizations


Entrepreneurship II


Prof. Liudvika Leisyte


Seminar: 4 ECTS
Tutorial: 3.5 ECTS

Content of the Seminar:

In recent years, the quest for entrepreneurial success has become increasingly complex. Fast technological changes and highly permeable global markets are just two of the many forces that contribute to this dynamic. Yet, at the same time, some of the basic principles remain the same. The key characteristics of entrepreneurs as well as the process of creating new ventures are largely the same, although context dependent. In this seminar we will focus on high-tech entrepreneurship and academic entrepreneurs in an international perspective as this type of entrepreneurship is the most salient for the university environment. This seminar will use the latest international empirical as well as theoretical insights of entrepreneurship studies and innovation studies to increase your understanding of the process of creating new ventures. The tutorial will develop your capacity to generate business ideas, filter them, and recognize the most feasible and potentially profitable opportunities amongst all of the noise present in today’s marketplace. This seminar will improve your ability to champion your best ideas in writing.


All students are expected to actively participate in the seminar. Each of the sub-topics covered in the seminar will have compulsory and optional reading. It is expected that students will work on the assignment, present it and participate in the discussions. The assignment will consist of a case study of TU Dortmund and the Dortmund Technology Center. The number of participants of this seminar is limited to 20. The tutorial will include workshop on creativity to help you develop business ideas which you will be further elaborate in your assignment.

Seminar schedule (Seminar in SRG 3.032)

Session 1: Introduction to high tech entrepreneurship (distribution of topics)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 10.15-11.45

Session 2: Guest speaker Prof. Shaker Zahra, University of Minnesota:

“Industry Knowledge Characteristics, Prior Experience and New Venture Survival”

Tuesday, 28 April, 10.15-11.45

Session 3: Discussion of compulsory readings and Q&A regarding student presentations and papers

Tuesday, 12 May, 10.15-11.45

Session 4: Student presentations

Tuesday, 23 June, 10.00-11.45

Session 5: Student presentations

Tuesday, 30 June, 10.00-11.45

Deadline seminar paper

Tuesday, 21 July, 10.00

Tutorial (Übung) schedule:

Thursday and Friday, 21-22 May, 10.00-17.00 at CDI building (Vogelpothsweg 78, Room 114)


Seminar: 4 Credits; task for getting a grade: graded presentation and seminar paper
Tutorial: 3.5 Credits; task for getting the grade: active participation in the tutorial

Compulsory reading:

  • Link, A. N.  and Siegel. D. S. (2007): Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technological Change. Oxford University Press.

Other reading:

  • Etzkowitz, H. and Leydesdorff, L.A. (1997) Universities and the Global Knowledge Economy: A Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations. London: Pinter.
  • Yixin Dai & Lan Xue (2011): University technology transfer and commercialization in China: using Tsinghua University as a case. In: Poh Kam Wong (Ed.): Academic Entrepreneurship in Asia. The Role and Impact of Universities in national Innovation Systems, 223-253.
  • Krücken, G. Meier, F. and Müller, A. (2009). Linkages to the civil society as ‘leisure time activities’? Experiences at a German university. In Science and Public Policy, 36 (2), March 2009, pp. 139-144.
  • Leisyte, L. (2011) Research Commercialization Policies and their Implementation in the Netherlands and in the US. Science and Public Policy, 38 (6), pp. 437-448.
  • Elizabeth Popp Berman (2008): Why did Universities start Patenting? Institution-building and the Road to the Bayh-Dole Act, Social Studies of Science 38(6) 835-871.
  • Robert, Kneller (2012) Invention management at Japanese Universities and its implications for innovation: Insights from the University of Tokyo. In Poh Kam Wong (Ed) Academic Entrepreneurship in Asia, EE.
  • The Economist. (2013) Business Creation in Germany. A slow climb. Oct. 15, Available at: www.economist.com/news/business/21587209-vigorous-start-up-scene-has-yet-produce-its-first-big-breakthrough-slow-climb

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