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Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

Course number

KTH: ME2828, SSE: 8071, KI: 2XX048, KFK: SSES06, SU: FE6611


Autumn 2015


Autumn 2015: Nov 3 - Dec 17


The course runs after 5 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 2-3 hour sessions

Worth: 7.5 ECTS-credits

Taught at

Stockholm University

Swedish course name

Entreprenörskap i utvecklingsländer

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to an overview of the role of entrepreneurship for economical, social and ecological sustainable development, including poverty alleviation. Focus is on developing regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Entrepreneurship is most often related to the creation of new businesses. However, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial dynamics is as relevant to the creation of not-for-profit initiatives. It is about generating ideas, organizing, and hands-on action that can have many different effects.

Entrepreneurship can mobilize people, resources and innovative practices and are fundamental to the ways we organize societies. In this course entrepreneurship is put in the context of developing countries. Both economical aspects of business based entrepreneurship, social aspects of civil society based entrepreneurship, and aspects of combining economical/social aims in a sustainable development are elaborated on in this course.

The context of developing countries brings a focus on issues related to low economic development and poverty alleviation, economies in transition and emerging markets as well as development of both social and political infrastructure beyond what commonly is elaborated on in western dominated entrepreneurship discourse. Thus, it is also paramount to critically scrutinize entrepreneurship activities, the promises it stands for and the possible outcomes. In the wake of increasing criticism of the neoliberal market economy, the course opens up for new questions, such as: How can we know that a specific entrepreneurial activity is good?

Learning outcomes:

  • Describing the key development challenges facing the developing world in the 21st Century
  • Identifying opportunities for entrepreneurial initiatives in developing countries, especially in relation to different forms of politics
  • Analyse what ‘governmental techniques’, such as empowerment, that are used to develop entrepreneurial initiatives in developing countries
  • Evaluate leadership and managerial dilemmas in navigating risk and uncertainty in developing regions
  • Analyzing, from theory and practice, links between technological and/or social innovations, entrepreneurship and sustainable development
  • Identify and analyze the prevailing features of the overall policy and reform environment that shape entrepreneurial development in Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • Critically scrutinize and discuss intervention techniques, such as foreign aid, trade and foreign direct investment, as tools for developing capacity to do business for sustainable development


Karin Berglund

Centre Director & Course Director, SU

Associate Professor, SU

Karin Berglund, Associate Professor at Stockholm University School of Business, has in her research focused on how entrepreneurship has been manifested in different forms in contemporary society (e.g. in schools, public sector, addressing social and green issues, directed towards incorporating more people into entrepreneuring, e.g. women, immigrants, young people). In this work she has highlighted individuals other than the western male hero stereotype, and has drawn attention to processes other than those resulting in the establishment of new enterprises as part of entrepreneurship. Karin has been part of several entrepreneurship research projects and co-edited recently the books “Societal Entrepreneurship” and “Promoting innovation”.  Besides she has published in journals such as Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Action Research, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry.