The approach will be based on the economics and finance of entrepreneurial firms and financial intermediation. The course has an analytical nature, not an institutional or descriptive one. The course will teach students how to understand rigorous theoretical arguments, read and perform simple econometric analyses, and analyze practical situations through case study discussions and group exercises. The course will require both individual and team work. Individual work will be necessary to prepare for class discussions and for the academic readings required for the exam. Team work in the valuation exercise and case studies will lead students to a unique opportunity to experience the discussion and management of complex, real-world problems.
Do note that this course is useful for students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a Management elective as well as a T&E elective. The project component may have a real client, so it is possible to expect considerable use of time for projects in this course as well as to have a serious nature to the project. Students will spend substantial time in the field performing observations and prototyping solutions.