All sessions of the seminar will be held in English. Students can register themselves for this seminar via WUSEL. Slots are limited to 16 students and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The seminar is offered in cooperation with TransZent and is open to students from business and non-business Master studies. The course instructors have no formal restriction regarding the combination of this seminar with other Master courses or modules. For questions concerning the accreditation of the seminar, please contact the examination office.
While sustainability is gaining increased importance in the business environment overall, the particular field of sustainable entrepreneurship is still in its infancy. Sustainable entrepreneurship implies jointly integrating ecological, economical and social matters into the core of one’s business model and entrepreneurial endeavor. The main aim of this seminar is to generate a holistic understanding of sustainable entrepreneurship in theory and practice.
Assignments of this seminar include a project proposal, a presentation and a final paper. All assignments build up on one another and are carried out in teams of two students. Students will work on their own (fictional or real-life) sustainable business ideas and analyze those ideas based on the sustainable business model canvas with a specific thematic focus area. Teams and topics are selected during the first session. Throughout the course, participants will develop a project proposal on their selected topics and hold a team presentation. The final paper shall be handed in before Christmas. Grading will be based on the project proposal (10%), the presentation (40%) and the final paper (50%). Detailed information concerning the content, structure and assessment criteria of the assignment is provided in class.
Concerning the structure, the seminar will in total consist of four 3.5-hour group sessions and two 30-minutes individual feedback meetings. The first group session is an introductory session where organizational matters are discussed and an introduction to academic writing, research and sustainable entrepreneurship is provided. The second group session is a hands-on session with a practical workshop on sustainable entrepreneurship. Ultimately the last two group sessions are reserved for the team presentations. Next to these four group sessions, students will receive the possibility to schedule two individual team meetings per team with the course instructor to obtain feedback and to discuss remaining questions concerning the course assignments. All registered students will receive as preparation upfront a course manual with further information about the structure and content of this seminar. It shall be noted that all activities of this course will be scheduled until the end of December 2017.
Sessions will take place on the following dates:
11.10. / 8.11. / 15.11. / 29.11. / 6.12. / 13.12.