Intrapreneurship [ENIN 340]
"Like entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs take risks and find more effective ways to accomplish tasks. An intrapreneur, in the most basic sense, is a skilled problem solver that can take on important tasks within a company." -- Inc. Magazine
"One of the cardinal sins that many businesses commit – whether implicitly or accidentally – is to stifle the creativity of employees who are bright, ambitious and have designs on climbing the internal ladder. Nobody wants to be met with a metaphorical brick wall when attempting to present ideas and innovations..." --Virgin Group
Organizations big and small must continuously innovate in order to survive and thrive. Intrapreneurs are those people who adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and apply start-up practices within established organizations. Intrapreneurs are always looking for ways to make things better, and they become adept at using creative thinking and communication skills to arrive at new and innovative solutions to persistent problems.
This course will cover strategies that entrepreneurially-minded employees can use for identifying and eliminating bottlenecks, communicating ideas, securing buy-in for new ideas from colleagues and leadership teams, and implementing innovations that are in-sync with and complement existing organizational structures, advancing organizational goals.
Learners will develop knowledge on how to navigate the barriers to creating, developing, and sustaining innovative new initiatives within existing organizations.
For internal (“corporate”) entrepreneurship to succeed, the individual champions of innovation must be comfortable with uncertainty and risk, and have high levels of human initiative and persistence. Thus this course will also cover related topics of wellness innovation strategies to support intrapreneurial individuals to sustain their resilience, focus, productivity, creativity, and success.
This course launches in May 2018 and is offered exclusively online.
LEARNING HOURS: 120 over the term (84 Online + 36 Private study) (about ten hours per week)
PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or above (this means you need to be at least a second year student, but if you are not, and want to take this course, contact the instructor for a permission waiver!)
By the end of this course, students should also be able to:
1. Demonstrate their capacity for “seeing entrepreneurially,” to identify ways by which organizations and their management encourage entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, through conducting original research and composing a case study.
2. Describe and utilize the steps for identifying and analyzing entrepreneurial ideas within a corporate environment, through composing a creative research-based data visualization.
3. Discuss, describe, and critically reflect on the influence that corporate cultures have on the implementation of new ideas by participating in online discussions.
4. Self-reflect on their own development of a entrepreneurial mindset, including associated wellness practices through completing a short self-assessment writing assignment.
If you like the idea of this course, here are some sample resources you may find interesting:
Recognize Intrapreneurs Before They Leave. Harvard Business Review.
Five Insights into Intrepreneurship: A Guide to Ascelerating Innovation within Corporations. Deloitte.