BMO-55806 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)R Bender
Lecturer(s)dr. LJL Ploum
dr. VC Materia
MSc RJB Lubberink
R Bender
Examiner(s)prof. dr. WA Dolfsma
R Bender

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BMO-35306 Principles of Entrepreneurship (optional); BMO-32306 Strategic Change Management & Innovation. Students that did not follow the named courses can still fully participate to BMO-55806 activities if they put particular effort on the suggested readings.

Continuation courses:

YSS-32306 Technology Innovation and Strategy; AEP-90306 Business Cases Agri-Food Entrepeneurship; BMO-56806 Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies (PhD course).


Entrepreneurs and innovators face unique challenges when operating in, trading to or from emerging economies (e.g. Asia, Sub-Saharan African, Middle East and Latin America) given their context of market growth, political uncertainty and social turbulence. These challenges are globally relevant and need a specific understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation dimensions and practices in context. In this course, students will be exposed to several living cases related to lecturers' and guest experts' field experience and will practice developing innovative and entrepreneurial responses to complex problems. Some prior field experience in emerging economies, or at least a vivid curiosity in understanding their socio-economic dynamics, constitutes an advantage for the students in implementing the course activities.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand and apply recently established theories of entrepreneurship and innovation at individual, organizational and institutional levels in emerging economy contexts;
- analyze local, regional and global issues facing entrepreneurs and organizations/institutions supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, with a special focus on issues related to food and agricultural sector;
- develop entrepreneurial and systems-thinking competencies to thrive as entrepreneur, change agent or consultant in new or existing organizations established in, procuring from or marketing to emerging economies.


- lectures;
- tutorials ;
- group report;
- individual essay;
- role plays;
- final presentation.


Assessment will be based on:
- group or individual report, based on student choice (60%);
- final presentation (40%).
For all two parts a minimum mark of 5.5 is required.


Peer-review articles from entrepreneurship and management journals. Case studies supported by video interviews and web material.