The objective of this course is to provide a perspective on leadership in entrepreneurial companies. The approach taken will be to have two parallel components that will cover the topic of leadership from an academic and an experiential component. The academic component will proceed in workshop format to provide a forum for discussing leadership topics and issues from the recent literature. The forum will facilitate understanding leadership models and teams in various organizational settings. Students will be exposed to literature and visiting entrepreneurial leaders in this module. In the experiential component students will also be expected to work in teams on several projects in partnership with corporate sponsors. These capstone projects will vary from year to year. The students will focus on analyzing and implementing strategic, marketing, financing, or organizational development issues for emerging, growth, or mature organizations. These organizations may be located in Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley, Boston or other centers of innovation and entrepreneurship. There will be an emphasis on creating a pathway to achieving sustainable and profitable innovation and growth.
Topics to be discussed may include, but are not limited to: what leaders do, leading through change, models of leadership and teams, differences between leadership and management, the way CEOs lead, and ethical leadership.