BMO-56302 Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies (PhD-level course)


Credits 2.00

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Assumed knowledge on:

No prior knowledge on entrepreneurship theory and practice is assumed.


This course is part of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences Graduate programme in the MSc programmes MME, MID, MDR and MCH. You can register for the course via the registration form on the WASS website, For more information, please contact WASS via (practical information) or the course coordinator (course content).

The course provides an introduction to key theories and methods of entrepreneurship and their applications in emerging economies. In particular, the course aims to demystify the stereotypical view of entrepreneurship just as new business development and propose a broader view of entrepreneurship as deeply socially-embedded practice. 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.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion, participants are expected to be able to:
- understand the established and most recent theories and views of entrepreneurship in emerging economies at the intercross between multiple disciplines (sociology, education, economics, management and food/agricultural science);
- 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.


Three lectures and three tutorials focusing on individual proposal or paper development.


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


Academic papers.