Entrepreneurial Journey


A. Knowledge and Understanding
• Understand what constitutes a business idea worth pursuing
• Identify stressors and develop frameworks of action to manage them
• Reflect on the decision making process of problem solving
• Understand the influence of leadership styles on group and venture performance
B. Subject-Specific Skills
• Identify feasible and viable business ideas
• Create effective strategies towards stress management and work-life balance
• Develop decision making frameworks to solve complex problems
• Adapt leadership styles to the challenges of a new venture
C. General Skills
• Personal development
• Team dynamics and conflict

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Avelino Miguel da Mota de Pina e Cunha


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Cunha, M.P., Rego, A., Simpson, A. & Clegg, S. (2019). Positive Organizational Behavior. London: Routledge.
Smith, W. K. & Lewis, M. W. (2011). Toward a theory of paradox: A dynamic equilibrium model of organizing. Academy of
Management Review, 36(2), 381-403.
Brown, T. (2009). Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. Harper
Sawyer, R. (2012). Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation. Oxford University Press, NY
Knapp, J.; Kowitz, B.; Zeratsky, J.(2016). Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. Simon &
Schuster, CA.
Wiklund, J.; Graham, C.; Foo, M.; Bradley, S.; Shir, N.; Nikolaev, B. (2019) Entrepreneurship and well-being: Past, present,
and future. Journal of Business Venturing, 34 (4), 579-588
E. Jennings, J.; S. McDougald, M. (2017). Work-family interface experiences and coping strategies: Implications for
entrepreneurship research and practice. Academy of Management Review 36

Teaching method

The course is designed to be highly interactive in a “flipped classroom” approach. Students are required to read the (prereading)
articles in advance of class.
Students will learn by doing, by experimenting, through individual and group dynamics.

Evaluation method

The evaluation of this course is based on participation.
Presence is mandatory and at least 80% of class attendance is required in order to pass.

Subject matter

The course is composed of 4 modules, each corresponding to a topic, as follows:
Module 1: Design Thinking
Module 2: Well-being and stress management
Module 3: Coaching
Module 4: Leadership


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