Entrepreneurial Leadership in Practice


“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.

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


Attendance is mandatory.

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.


2018-10-29 - 2018-12-12

Course type



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

Course Number

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


7.5 ECTS-credits

Taught At


Swedish Course Name

Entreprenöriellt Ledarskap i Praktiken