Strategic Growth for Emerging Social & Commerical Ventures

This course explores the transition of entrepreneurial firms to professional management. The study of Entrepreneurship embraces the serial activities that begin with opportunity identification, resource assembly, and creation of an organization to pursue the venture idea. As a venture grows, however, the requirements for clarity and focus begin to overtake the initial vision, energy, and drive that brought it into the marketplace. As the successful start-up venture matures, founders and their venture teams face the more traditional challenges of professional management and strategic leadership.  In this course, we explore the dimensions of this transition to an emerging company that must grow not only to survive amidst competition, but also to thrive and remain profitable.