Entrepreneurs, managers, policy-makers, farmers and civil society activists in emerging economies are exposed to processes of rapid change, unprecedented opportunities and turbulent environments. As such, they need to constantly balance business development and social/community development practices. In face of these challenges, academia has so far struggled to connect business strategy and social development in a joint discipline and a coherent theoretical framework.
Stemming from the hands-on experience of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation program (2012-2017), this course leverages recent theory development in the domains of entrepreneurship, innovation and marketing to tackle the following questions:
- How do stakeholders/farmers take strategic business decisions and actions in turbulent and uncertain environments?
- How do multiple spheres (e.g. family, community, farmer organizations, markets, other institutions) around stakeholders/farmers influence entrepreneurial practice?
- How do platforms, hubs or other organizations providing a (virtual and/or physical) interface among multiple stakeholders/farmers trigger or constrain entrepreneurial practice?
- How do existing organizations and institutions provide a better climate for entrepreneurship? And how can stakeholders/farmers keep entrepreneuring despite challenging organizational and institutional environments?
We developed this course especially for students who are interested in:
- Developing start-ups, especially hi-tech and design-thinking oriented, that procure from and/or sell to emerging economies;
- Working in companies, especially multinational corporations, seeking to addressing complex business-society issues at the bottom of the pyramid;
- Acting as civil society activists, development practitioners or local policy-makers with a focus on learning and the development of capabilities (i.e. entrepreneurship, innovativeness and market orientation);
- Advancing their PhD studies or deepening their theoretical and methodological understanding of recent entrepreneurship, innovation and marketing theories in emerging economies.
You can enroll for this course MST55806 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies– which will take place every year only in Period 1 (September-October) - here now!
Note: If you are interested exclusively on theory, a second short course focusing exclusively on recent theories on entrepreneurship in emerging economies (MST) will be given in period 4 and 5 (starting from from March to May 2018). The code for this course will be MST56302 and you will be able to enroll here.