Doctoral seminar on entrepreneurship

Time: 25.5.-28.5.2015

Place: Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki

Learning goal and objectives: Offer the students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with some of the recent theoretical themes in Entrepreneurship research and to identify interesting research questions related to these themes.

During the seminar, through reading and discussion, the students develop an understanding of the current research on entrepreneurship and emotions, opportunity processes and firm exit. These themes have recently drawn the attention of entrepreneurship scholars and offer interesting avenues for future research. These areas pose challenges for research and we will discuss in class, among others, available study designs and data collection techniques.

By the end of the course, the students should have a basic understanding of some of the recent theoretical discussions in entrepreneurship research. They should be able to identify interesting research questions related to these current research themes, and to design studies seeking to answer these questions. The course will also give students an opportunity to develop their existing research projects through presentations and feedback from the instructors and the audience.

Instruction and examination: The seminar will feature discussion of theoretical literature and presentations made by the students. The seminar is held at Hanken’s premises in downtown Helsinki. The topics of emotions, firm failure and opportunity process are tentative. We follow the current discussions among entrepreneurship scholars, and also recent development in large scale data collection initiatives (e.g., EU Panel study of entrepreneurial dynamics) and in light of these developments, there might be a need to change the topics.

There will be both pre-course and post-course assignments.

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: Accepted or not accepted.

Prerequisites: Previous studies in entrepreneurship highly recommended

Admittance: 25 students. Apply by sending an e-mail and your research plan to Professor Pia Arenius, no later than 31.03.2015

Instructors: Professor Pia Arenius and Professor Maija Renko-Dolan

Course coordinator and contact information: Professor Pia Arenius,