Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies: Issues for the Enterprise after the Start-up

Entrepreneurship is a pure form of general management. This course traverses broad areas of owner and manager concern. We begin by introducing a variety of approaches to planning in businesses that are small, but growing or attempting to grow. We view planning as an iterative process that is continually driven by a stream of strategic choices made in dynamic and imperfectly knowable market, competitive and regulatory environments. We consider intellectual property rights, opportunity assessment, public and private financing, risk analysis, venture valuation, organizational structure and practices, marketing in volatile environments, employment practices, and deal structure. This is a challenging, instructive, and valuable class for students who may consider careers in entrepreneurship. The course is designed for graduate students who contemplate starting their own business or joining a growing business after graduation.

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