YMS-31803 Entrepreneurial Thinking


Studiepunten 3.00

Individual Paper1
Excursion (one day)8
Course coordinator(s)dr. LJL Ploum
Lecturer(s)dr. LJL Ploum
Examiner(s)dr. ing. V. Scholten (TUD)
prof. dr. PJ den Brok

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Continuation courses:

YMS-31903 Entrepreneurial Skills 


In this course, students develop an awareness of what it takes to engage in entrepreneurial projects and start thinking about their own entrepreneurial competencies in terms of design thinking. Entrepreneurship may be manifested by various groups: individuals that are actively engaged in a new start-up, by business developers who are engaged in new venture development within established organizations, policy makers that are initiating new movements or academics that want create more impact with their research. What they have in common is that they all face complex, interdisciplinary working environments which are spiced with ambiguity and uncertainty. Entrepreneurial thinking and developing an entrepreneurial mind-set helps in tackling such challenges. One of the principles of this course is that everyone has a unique starting point: experiences, capacities and prior knowledge differ. Secondly, work environments differ in the way they afford and/or stimulate entrepreneurial thinking and acting. You are introduced to various theoretical models and design thinking methodologies to analyse entrepreneurial thinking,  -action and –behaviour. The lectures, entrepreneurship- and design thinking tools, feedback sessions and working on several cases will help you discover your position towards entrepreneurship.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to: 
- understand the basic scientific principles of and the importance of entrepreneurial thinking, -action and –behaviour;
- identify characteristics and steps of entrepreneurial processes;
- understand the basic principles of design thinking
- understand the “room to manoeuvre” in different working environments;
- understand the importance of entrepreneurial teams and networking;
- understand the role of entrepreneurship in different career paths and position yourself towards this.


During the course, several learning activities will take place, all contributing to your development as an entrepreneurial professional:
- lectures introducing key entrepreneurship topics (opportunity identification, effectuation, multiple value creation, teams); 
- lectures introducing design thinking as a methodology 
- guest lectures of entrepreneurial professionals from different work contexts;
- working on cases to understand and apply entrepreneurship theory;
- feedback sessions to assess and reflect on progress and development of your own entrepreneurial mind-set.


Students have to participate in all lectures. Moreover, students have to submit three home assignments (one-page essays) (30%). Furthermore students will work on a assignment to discover the first steps of the opportunity recognition process and will reflect on this process as a whole (70%). Both components of the examination require a minimum mark of 5.5. 


To be determined; generic materials for the case analysis and individual learning and personal development tools for the entrepreneurial role model report.

Verplicht voor: MMDMetropolitan Analysis, Design & Engineering (JD 2020)MSc2WD