*This instructor has left the University of Illinois
Entrepreneurial course developed by Professor Agarwal
Entrepreneurship in Technologically Dynamic Environments
This course introduces students to modern managerial implications of engaging in technology based entrepreneurship. It is an elective in two College of Business Masters programs, the new Master of Science in Technology Management, and the Masters in Business Administration. Additionally, the course material can be leveraged in existing Executive MBA course offerings on strategic technology management, giving students exposure to entrepreneurship-related issues in that context. The course is also a component of curriculum aimed at introducing Ph.D. students in science and engineering to important management principles, so that they are equipped to address issues that lie at the interface of science and society.
In terms of content, the course draws on cutting edge research, melding issues related to entrepreneurship with those related to technological change and the resultant dynamics of competition. Topics covered in the course include but are not limited to: entrepreneurial opportunity recognition and exploitation; knowledge sources of entrepreneurship (users, scientists, and employees of existing firms); intellectual property rights; value creation and appropriation; creative destruction and strategic advantages of entrants vs. incumbents; corporate entrepreneurship and co-evolution of firms and industries.