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Entrepreneurship IV – Entrepreneurship Trends: Academic Entrepreneurship and Applying Academic Entrepreneurship (Focus: Academic Entrepreneurship)

Studiengänge / Module:

Master Wirtschaftswissenschaften: Modul "Entrepreneurship IV"


Seminar: Prof. Liudvika Leisyte
Übung/Tutorial: Anna-Lena Rose, Dr. Tobias Haertel and Dipl.-Päd. Claudius Terkowsky


7,5 ECTS

Content of the Seminar:

Today universities are expected to be entrepreneurial and engage with industry and broader society, entrepreneurship is seen as an engine for knowledge economies across the world. In this context the role of entrepreneurs at universities are emphasized. However, there is rather limited understanding on what types of entrepreneurship can be found at universities, what fosters entrepreneurship among students and academic staff, what bottlenecks do young entrepreneurs face in the university settings and how they can be solved? What are the facilitating factors for promoting entrepreneurship in academia? This seminar will use the latest empirical as well as theoretical insights of entrepreneurship studies to address the main trends in academic entrepreneurship. The tutorial will point to the practical aspects of academic entrepreneurship, especially including practicing pitching a business idea as well as developing the business idea further.
The seminar language is English and presentation has to be made in English. Nevertheless it is possible to write the paper in German. The tutorial will be in German.


The seminar will start with the lecture which will cover the main theoretical models applicable for academic entrepreneurship. The topics for assignments and the suggested literature will be presented and students will choose the topics. Each of the seminars will have a presentation from students followed by a discussion.
All students are expected to actively participate in the seminar. Each of the sub-topics covered in the seminar will have compulsory reading. It is expected that students will work on the assignment, present it and participate in the discussions. The assignment will consist of a presentation on a given topic and an individual written 3000 words paper on a given topic. The number of participants of this seminar is limited to 20.


Seminar: 4 Credits; task for getting a grade: presentation of the assignment and written paper
Tutorial: 3,5 Credits; task for getting the grade: active participation in the tutorial

Place and Time:

Seminar: Tuesdays 10-12 (Start: 25.10.2016), room: Seminarraumgebäude 1 - 3.032
Tutorial: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 9:00-16:00 and Friday, December 9, 2016, 10:00-17:00; CDI-Gebäude, Raum 114

Compulsory reading:

  • Geiger, R. L. and Sa, C. (2008) Tapping the Riches of Science. Universities and the Promise of Economic Growth. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • 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.
  • Stephan, P. (2012) How economics shapes science. Harvard University Press.
  • 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.
  • 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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