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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 15.394 (Spring 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Designing and Leading the Entrepreneurial Organization 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Sloan School of Management 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Diane Burton 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 15.394 Designing and Leading the Entrepreneurial Organization

    Spring 2003

    Course Highlights

    This course includes detailed lecture notes that correspond to each session's readings and material. A description of the required student projects is also included.

    Course Description

    This subject is about building, running, and growing an organization. Subject has four central themes:

    • How to think analytically about designing organizational systems
    • How leaders, especially founders, play a critical role in shaping an organization's culture
    • What really needs to be done to build a successful organization for the long-term and
    • What one can do to improve the likelihood of personal success.

    Not a survey of entrepreneurship or leadership; subject addresses the principles of organizational architecture, group behavior and performance, interpersonal influence, leadership and motivation in entrepreneurial settings. Through a series of cases, lectures, readings and exercises students develop competencies in organizational design, human resources management, leadership and organizational behavior in the context of a new, small firm.


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