2023-2024 / GEST3754-1

Entrepreneurship and Innovation


18h Th

Number of credits

 Master in management, professional focus in law and management3 crédits 
 Master in management, professional focus in law3 crédits 
 Master in management (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in management (120 ECTS) (Management of Transitional Organizational Systems (MOST))3 crédits 
 Master in business engineering (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in management (60 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...)3 crédits 


Frédéric Dufays

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims to familiarize students with entrepreneurship and innovation as a driving force of our economies beyond the sole creation of new organizations. Based on the analysis of concrete cases at the local and international levels, students will get acquainted with different forms of entrepreneurship and innovation (including for example intrapreneurship and social/sustainable entrepreneurship) and explore the main paradoxes and challenges associated with different steps of the entrepreneurial process. These processes and challenges will be examined in the light of the main concepts and theories on entrepreneurship and innovation. Beyond providing conceptual background and analyzing existing case studies, the course also aims to help students discover concrete avenues of entrepreneurship and innovation as well as the broader ecosystem supporting these avenues, in order to consider their own involvement in entrepreneurship and innovation based on their values, expertise and future career plans, including through the discovery of Design Thinking and Lean Startup approaches.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • locate and understand different forms of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • understand the different steps of the entrepreneurial process and apply them to existing cases
  • identify the paradoxes and challenges at different steps of the entrepreneurial process and connect them with relevant theoretical lenses
  • analyze the entrepreneurial ecosystem surrounding them and identify opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation.

Consistent with the intended learning outcomes (ILOs) of the Master's programs in Management Science and Management Engineering, at the end of this course students should be able to:

ILO 1. Know and understand the main theories

     a.       in the management fields: marketing, HRM,   finance and supply chain management

      b.      in political economics, micro and macro economics. And integrate them into the human context, social aspects and the legal framework

ILO 4. Analyze and understand the relations between the main functions of a firm, the human context, the legal framework and the social issues in order to solve a simple problem in management or in economics

ILO 7. Assess critically political, economic and business information at national and international levels

ILO 8. Develop a global vision

ILO 9. Demonstrate a sense of synthesis

ILO 12. Be able of a good written communication

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

This course is taught in English and includes interaction moments. Therefore, a good command of English is required.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Case studies, invited speakers, theoretical contents.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face (6 sessions)

Recommended or required readings

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Written exam with multiple choice questions and open questions

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Prof. Frédéric Dufays


Association of one or more MOOCs