Innovation in an Entrepreneurial Environment
The way we live and work is shaped by numerous innovations reaching back over the centuries. Today, innovation is seen as a “science” that impacts economic growth and societal wellbeing – and it has become important to the fields of economics, business, technology, engineering and sociology. At the same time, entrepreneurship has become the backbone of innovative business growth.
How does a particular country create a business environment that encourages entrepreneurial and innovative start-up companies toward success? Focusing first on Italy, students learn to research and analyze a country’s policies that are essential to entrepreneurs in their development of innovative products, processes and services. Students are then able to assess the business environment that nurtures innovative and entrepreneurial firms in other countries and contexts.
The course covers a wide range of entrepreneurial companies and innovations through case studies, examples and student research. These include innovation in healthcare, biomedical research and drug development; innovation in food and agriculture; inclusive and green growth; and innovation in energy, education and information technology. The course is interdisciplinary, there are no prerequisites, and it is well-suited to students majoring in all fields of business, engineering and social sciences.