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Entrepreneurial Leadership in Practice

Course number

KTH: ME2831, SSE: 8075, KI: 2XX065, SU: FE6617, KFK: SSES32


Fall 2017


Fall 2017: October 30 - December 13


The course runs after 5 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays in 2-3 hour sessions

Worth: 7.5 ECTS-credits

Taught at

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

“Entrepreneurial Leadership in Practice” (ELIP) is a course about leading entrepreneurial enterprises effectively and ethically.

Classes include lots of hands-on learning activities in addition to lectures. The course addresses critical enterprise building skills, backed by both theory and practice, and it offers you the opportunity to develop a skill set that is essential for entrepreneurial leaders.

Special eligibility requirements

Students must have a minimum of 120 university points.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Develop their own approach to entrepreneurial leadership and industrial management and engineering
  • Critically examine different entrepreneurial leadership approaches and practices, focusing on ventures with technological and business model innovations
  • Develop new methods for recruiting, developing, and rewarding entrepreneurial leaders in the enterprise
  • Develop a shared purpose, values, and vision for an innovative startup enterprise
  • Develop judgment for when and how to use hard versus soft leadership approaches
  • Understand how to build a culture of empowered leaders in the venture
  • Explain the role of entrepreneurial leadership and scientific innovation in today’s economy


The course covers many business concepts but does not assume or require prior business knowledge or experience. Those new to entrepreneurship, leadership, and business should work to immerse themselves in key concepts and practices.

Over the course of seven weeks, the course covers the following main topics:

  • The Startup Leadership Context: Introduction to Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership Aims
  • Leading People in Startups (and Choosing Business Partners)
  • Setting the Foundations of the Startup Venture
  • Leadership Versatility in Startups
  • Developing Organizational Culture in Startups
  • Aligning Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Why Startups Break Down
  • Founders as Life Entrepreneurs

Teaching and learning activities

The course will mix and match lectures with debates, discussions and workshops by the students as well as leaders in the field.

Grades and form of assessment


Students will be required to satisfactory complete all of the course assignments in order to receive a passing grade. The student’s grade will depend on several factors, including:

  • Witten and oral assignments (individual and group work)
  • Contribution in class/ group activities
  • Attendance

Grading scale

Fail (F), Fail (Fx), Sufficient (E), Satisfactory (D), Good (C), Very good (B), Excellent (A)


Attendance is compulsory.

Additional information

The course language is English.
The course is offered within the framework of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.
Responsible institution: Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

Literature and teaching aids

Will be announced in connection to the start of the course and communicated to enrolled participants.



Gregg Vanourek

Vice Center Director and Course Director, KTH

Adjunct Lecturer, KTH

Gregg Vanourek (@GVanourek) is an entrepreneurial leader, author, teacher, and changemaker. He leads workshops, speaks, and teaches on leadership, entrepreneurship, and personal development. He is co-author of three influential books: Life Entrepreneurs (an acclaimed manifesto for living and leading with purpose, passion, and impact), Triple Crown Leadership (an International Book Awards winner, and called “the best leadership book since Good to Great”), and Charter Schools in Action. Vanourek is Vice Center Director for KTH and a Course Director for the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Royal Institute of Technology and teaches a course in the Stockholm Business School Executive MBA program. Vanourek serves on the board of SE Forum, a Stockholm-based nonprofit supporting social entrepreneurs. Vanourek runs Far Horizon, co-founded New Mountain Ventures, and served as a startup executive for K12 Inc. (now a market leader) during its startup years. Previously, he helped to launch the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and was a research fellow at the Hudson Institute. Vanourek is a graduate of the Yale School of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Claremont McKenna College.