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Foundations of Entrepreneurship - 5 ECTS - ONLINE

Date and time

Monday 12 February 2024 at 16:00 to Monday 18 March 2024 at 16:00

Registration Deadline

Monday 19 February 2024 at 23:55


Online Online

Foundations of Entrepreneurship - 5 ECTS - ONLINE

Course coordinator: José Mata, Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)


Professor Ulrich Kaiser (UK)
Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI), CBS

Professor José Mata (JM)
Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI), CBS

Associate Professor Ali Mohammadi (AM)
Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS

Professor Mirjam van Praag (MvP)
Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS

Professor Toke Reichstein (TR)
Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS

Associate Professor Vera Rocha (VR),
Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS


Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of entrepreneurship, innovation theory, economics, and quantitative research methods such as econometrics and experiments. A basic understanding of core theories of organizations, strategic management, and the economic theory of the firm will be helpful but not mandatory. This is one of the specialized courses offered to SI doctoral students at CBS and is open to all Ph.D. students outside the department.


The main goal of the course is to increase familiarity with and develop an in-depth understanding of the key themes and empirical research methods of entrepreneurship. Emphasis will be put on empirical applications to test theories. Most of the course will be devoted to teaching how to do empirical research in the domain of entrepreneurship, broadly defined. Focus will be on the contributions making use of quantitative methods and data including experiments. Theories, frameworks, concepts, and controversies that collectively form the foundation for entrepreneurship research will be discussed. 

The course will aim to build capabilities in critically discussing and developing research questions/projects in entrepreneurship. Students will get acquainted with various methodological approaches employed in the field and learn to analytically review and evaluate academic articles from a diverse body of literature relevant to entrepreneurship research.

Course content

Entrepreneurship is a multidisciplinary research area with contributions from economics, psychology, sociology, geography, and management, just to mention a few. No other subject has attracted more scholarly, managerial, and policy attention than the phenomenon of entrepreneurship in recent years. From macro- and microeconomics to demography and organizational sociology, from finance and business studies to cognitive psychology, the quest for understanding its antecedents, sources, processes, and consequences has produced a large, vibrant, eclectic field. And with the growing advent of cross-disciplinary, multi-level work employing specialized panel data sets and more rigorous econometric techniques, initial concerns that the field lacked “a professional identity defined by a unifying theory” have abated.

The magnitude of academic interest in entrepreneurship is not surprising given its centrality for several key outcomes. Entrepreneurship has long been considered an engine of economic growth and regional development. Entrepreneurs have been shown to destroy established organizational competencies, shape evolutionary trajectories of technologies, cause substantial regulatory changes and create, enact and obliterate social topologies, organizational forms, markets, and industries. They have been placed at the heart of the theories of income inequality, social mobility, social welfare, and ethnic absorption, and they have been acknowledged to be a critical driver of the flow and distribution of resources across physical space. Research has also associated entrepreneurial acts with firm growth and performance, organizational revival, and global corporate expansion.

Foundations of Entrepreneurship is designed to offer an integrative view of how to do research to better understand why only some individuals but not others choose to become entrepreneurs, why only some persons but not others discover opportunities and exploit them, and why and how eventually only some ventures succeed and have a positive impact in society. The course has a focus on quantitative methodologies, including methods for analyzing large administrative datasets, publicly available business registers, and experimental methods.

Teaching style

Lectures, student presentations, paper discussions, literature critiques.

Depending on who signs up for the course besides the PhD cohort at the Department of Strategy and Innovation, it is the intention to live-stream the sessions, so that remote participation will be possible.

Lecture plan

February  12 (9 am - 12 pm)
 – Reading and Writing Scholarly Papers in Entrepreneurship (JM)

February  12 (1 pm - 4 pm)
 – Founders and Founding Conditions (JM)
February  19 (9 am - 12 pm)
 – Organizational Heritage and Entrepreneurs (TR)
February  19 (1 pm - 4 pm)
- Field Experiments in Entrepreneurship (MvP)

February 26 (9 am - 12 pm)
 – Entrepreneurial Finance – theories and demand (AM)

February 26 (1 pm - 4 pm)
 – Entrepreneurial Finance - supply (AM)

March 4 (9 am - 12 pm)
– Entrepreneurship and Personnel (VR)

4 (1 pm - 4 pm)
- Inclusive Entrepreneurship (JM and VR)

March 11 ---------- (no lectures)

March 18 (9 am - 12 pm)
 – High-frequency data and entrepreneurship research (UK)

March 18 (1 pm - 4 pm) 
– Presentation and discussion of term papers (TBD)
Learning objectives

The course is organized around interactive lectures on specific topics. Professors will primarily discuss their own research to emphasize research strategies and challenges. Students are expected to prepare presentations and to actively participate in class discussion. Altogether, we make sure that a set of important topics is discussed and that classic contributions to the literature around these focal themes are included in the course as well. This course aims at developing the students’ ability to write research papers in the field of entrepreneurship. 
During the course, students will have the opportunity to develop a short research paper (or a research proposal) on a topic of their choice within the field of entrepreneurship. In any of the cases, there should be developed a brief conceptual part (introduction, theory, and hypotheses). The (tentative) data and the methodology should also be discussed. The difference between a paper and a research proposal is that in the research proposal, the actual empirical application has not been done yet. Consequently, in the latter, the discussion and presentation of results will not be included. As a guideline, the final assignment should be about 5-6 pages long. The last session of the course will be run as a series of parallel workshops in which students will have the opportunity to present their papers/proposals, which will then be discussed by fellow students and by a faculty member.

Assessment will be “pass/no-pass” based on the paper/proposal submitted and presented at the end of the course.
Course Literature

Registration deadline and conditions

The registration deadline is 08 January 2024. If you want to cancel your registration on the course it should be done prior to this mentioned date. By this date we determine whether we have enough registrations to run the course, or who should be offered a seat if we have received too many registrations.

If there are more seats available on the course we leave the registration open by setting a new regsitration deadline in order to fill remaining seats. Once you have received our acceptance/welcome letter to join the course, your registration is binding and we do not refund your course fee. The binding registration date will be the registration deadline mentioned above.

Payment methods

Make sure you choose the correct method of payment upon finalizing your registration:

CBS students:
Choose payment method CBS PhD students and the course fee will be deducted from your PhD course budget.
Students from other Danish universities: 
Choose payment method Danish Electronic Invoice (EAN). Fill in your EAN number, attention and possible purchase (project) order number.
Do you not pay by EAN number please choose Invoice to pay via electronic bank payment (+71). 
Students from foreign universities:
Choose payment method Payment Card. Are you not able to pay by credit card please choose Invoice International to pay via bank transfer. 
Please note that your registration is binding after the registration deadline.

Organizer Contact Information

CBS PhD School
Nina Iversen

Phone: +45 3815 2475

Organizer Contact Information

CBS PhD School
Nina Iversen

Phone: +45 3815 2475