Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies - 2 ECTS

The course provides an introduction to key theories and methods of entrepreneurship and their applications in emerging economies. The key question of the course will entail: why, when and how actors (e.g., farmers, founders of new ventures, business managers or leaders in public or non-governmental organizations) recombine resources (such as technologies, knowledge or other forms of capital) innovatively to seize opportunities or mitigate risks in the unstable, turbulent and dynamic context of emerging economies? To best support students from multiple scientific backgrounds in their PhD or MSc research proposal or thesis development, the focus of the lectures will be on three levels of analysis: individual, organizational/community, and institutional level.

Organised by Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

Wed 28 February 2018 13:30 until Wed 11 April 2018 17:00

Duration Registration deadline: Tuesday 14 February 2018
Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:     

  • Understand the established and most recent theories of entrepreneurship in emerging economies;
  • Articulate and discuss the key issues under debate facing entrepreneurs and organizations supporting entrepreneurship in emerging economies, especially in food and agriculture;
  • Integrate established theories, methods or concepts related to entrepreneurship in their research proposal or thesis development.


3 lectures and 3 tutorials (each lecture will be followed by one case-based tutorial) focusing on individual proposal or paper development.


The final examination will involve the assessment of a short written essay (100% of the final mark) that the students will develop on the basis of the lectures and tutorials followed during the course.


Session 1 28-2-2018 13:30-17:00 Definitions, concepts and views of entrepreneurship and relationships with resilience Domenico Dentoni
Session 2 14-3-2018 13:30-17:00 Organisational and institutional antecedents of entrepreneurship and innovation Valentina Materia
Session 3 11-4-2018 13:30-17:00 The entrepreneurial process: from ideas to action Thomas Lans

Target group and min/max number of participants:

PhD candidate and research-oriented MSc students at any stage of advancement of their thesis/dissertation: proposal, research design, data collection, data analysis or interpretation of findings.

Approximately, min 8-max 25 participants will be allowed to participate. 

Assumed prior knowledge:

Basic knowledge on research methods (i.e. understanding the difference between inductive versus deductive scientific approaches) will be required.


The sessions will be held in building “De Leeuwenborch”, Hollandseweg 1 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The exact rooms will be announced later.

Course fees

WASS, PE&RC and WIMEK/SENSE PhDs with TSP € 220
a) All other PhD candidates b) Postdocs and staff of the above mentioned Graduate Schools € 450
All others € 700

NB: for some courses, PhD candidates from other WUR graduate schools with a TSP are also entitled to a reduced fee. Please consult your Education/PhD Programme Coordinator for more information

Cancellation conditions:

Participants can cancel their registration free of charge 1 month before the course starts. A cancellation fee of 100% applies if a participant cancels his/her registration less than 1 month prior to the start of the course.

The organisers have the right to cancel the course no later than one month before the planned course start date in the case that the number of registrations does not reach the minimum.

The participants will be notified of any changes at their e-mail addresses.