The purpose of this course is to introduce PhD candidates to topics studied in Entrepreneurship (ENT) research. The focus will be on contemporary Entrepreneurship research, meaning topics discussed in the last 5 years in academic articles published in top Entrepreneurship (Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal) and General Management journals (e.g., Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly). On occasion, the course may employ articles published in related fields (e.g., Innovation, Information Systems, Psychology, Strategic Management) if the respective articles are discussing topics relevant for entrepreneurship research.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
The course objectives are twofold. First, PhD candidates will become familiar with the topics and debates currently active in the ENT research community, which may support them in choosing or refining the topic of their own doctoral dissertation. Second, PhD candidates will develop an understanding, in the broader sense, of what makes a paper publishable in top academic journals, and learn to critically assess academic articles (e.g., the relevance of the theoretical gap, use of theories, suitability of the methods for a specific research question).
Teaching and learning activities
Overall the course will have 8 sessions spread over 4 days (one session in the morning and one in the afternoon), each on a different entrepreneurship topic. The 8 topics I consider covering are the following:
- entrepreneurial decision-making
- entrepreneurial finance
- entrepreneurial/co-founder teams
- social entrepreneurship
- economics of entrepreneurship
- methodological advances in entrepreneurship research
- new venture creation
- new venture growth and failure
The course will take place face-to-face and attendance is mandatory for all participants. The Course Director assesses if and how absence may be compensated.
The sessions follow a “flipped classroom” model, where PhD candidates are expected to read the articles beforehand, and sessions focus on presenting and discussing these materials. Because the course is set as an intensive 4-day course, PhD candidates need to read all the articles before the course starts, reading carefully all the articles during the course days is not feasible.
Students are assessed based on
- active classroom discussions of the articles students have to read before the course starts
- presentation(s) of two or three articles assigned by the course instructor (depending on the number of students registered to the course)
- a proposal for a paper on one of the 8 main topics/themes discussed in the course (maximum 5000 words including references) due one month after the last session of the course.
LITERATURE AND OTHER TEACHING MATERIALS
22-24 academic articles on entrepreneurship topics published recently (i.e. last 5 years) or “in press” in top academic journals (downloadable from SSE Library’s databases).
Please see below a few examples of articles considered for inclusion (the list is neither exhaustive nor definitive):
Amore, M. D., Garofalo, O., & Martin-Sanchez, V. (2021). Failing to learn from failure: How optimism impedes entrepreneurial innovation. Organization Science, 32(4), 940-964.
Camuffo, A., Cordova, A., Gambardella, A., & Spina, C. (2020). A scientific approach to entrepreneurial decision making: Evidence from a randomized control trial. Management Science, 66(2), 564-586.
Douglas, E. J., Shepherd, D. A., & Prentice, C. (2020). Using fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis for a finer-grained understanding of entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Venturing, 35(1), 105970.
Eesley, C. E., & Wu, L. (2019). For startups, adaptability and mentor network diversity can be pivotal: Evidence from a randomized experiment on a mooc platform. MIS Quarterly, Forthcoming.
Eesley, C., & Wang, Y. (2017). Social influence in career choice: Evidence from a randomized field experiment on entrepreneurial mentorship. Research Policy, 46(3), 636-650.
Gänser-Stickler, G. M., Schulz, M., & Schwens, C. (2022). Sitting on the fence-Untangling the role of uncertainty in entrepreneurship and paid employment for hybrid entry. Journal of Business Venturing, 37(2), 106176.