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Entrepreneurship / Innovation
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Entrepreneurship is a vital part of modern business.Entrepreneurial skills are critical for students interested in starting or growing a small business.They are also increasingly driving the success of managers in large corporations, who must identify and pursue new business opportunities in changing technological and consumer landscapes.In large corporations and other institutions many entrepreneurial activities are called business development.Courses such as Innovation Management and New and Small Business Ventures offer students tools to recognize and value new business opportunities, develop and design technology-related new products and services, and effectively start and grow new business ventures or develop new products and services within established corporations.

Whether you are working for an established company or starting a new venture, chances are you will be calling on skills developed in this area of concentration. Students select courses that best meet their educational objectives. Innovation is the process of identifying and driving productive change in organizations and the market. Understanding how innovation unfolds and how it may be managed to strategic advantage are the shared focus of most of this concentration’s courses.

Students concentrating in Entrepreneurship are strongly encouraged to participate in clinics and competitions involving the analysis of “live” opportunities, the development of business plans and the presentation of those plans to outside parties (e.g., venture capital firms). In cooperation of with the UC Davis Office of Research, a select group of scientists and engineers will be enrolled in some of these courses and work alongside MBA students, providing MBA students a unique opportunity to apply their business acumen to projects with cutting-edge technology and enormous commercial potential.

Possible Career Paths

  • Startups
  • Business Development
  • New Product Launch
  • Venture Capital

Suggested and Related Courses


244 New and Small Business Ventures

Emphasizes starting a new business venture or managing a small business during its formative stages. Topics include entrepreneurship, legal issues, financing the business, marketing research and the management team. Small teams of students develop a detailed business plan for a potential new venture.


246 Negotiation in Organizations

This course is designed to help students develop the ability to effectively negotiate in a competitive business environment. It focuses on negotiation skill-building in the areas of individual conflict management, team management, performance appraisal, corporate impression management and inter-organizational project management.The course will be taught largely through in-class simulations to provide an opportunity for experiential learning.The simulations will also allow students to develop a personal style of negotiation by discovering what works best for them in different situations.


251 Management of Innovation

This course focuses on the management of technology-based innovation. Topics include the impact of new technologies on industries, dominant designs, incremental and transformative innovations, and the life-cycle of products. The class will examine the organization of highly innovative firms, and the relationship of core competencies to both innovation and rigidity. Addresses the relationship of innovation to management practices such as leadership, competitive strategic planning and teamwork by using cases and field studies. Students perform an innovation audit of an area firm.


265 Venture Capital and the Finance of Innovation

This course examines VC finance and the related practice of research and development finance. The goal of the course is to apply finance tools and framework to the world of venture capital and financing of projects in high-growth industries.

Prerequisite: completion of first-year core courses


268 Articulation and Critical Thinking

Develop competency in business writing and oral presentations. Build critical thinking skills. Topics include behavioral economics, false claims, deductive and inductive reasoning, correlation/causality, business ethics.Formerly titled “Management Communications”. Course name/description change under review by Academic Senate.


274 Corporate Governance

Concentrates on the role of the independent public accountant as auditor, consultant and manager. Auditing standards, auditing procedures, professional ethics and internal control techniques are discussed. Emphasizes current issues confronting the accounting profession.


290 Entrepreneurship and Venture Clinic

Provides the necessary analytical and design tools to create and evaluate business ideas and refine potential business models based on emerging technologies. Students learn to work closely in small, interdisciplinary teams to synthesize technical, strategic, and marketing needs and resources into designs for new ventures. Topics include rapid market research, financial modeling, prototyping, and resource acquisition. Throughout the course, students will work in teams to develop and refine a set of new venture concepts, culminating with a well-developed venture pitch.


290 Leadership, Innovation and Enterprise Culture

This course will explore the intersections between Leadership, Innovation and Enterprise Culture. The perspective from which this course was designed was that of a company board member, a venture investor, an equity investor and an observer of business leaders from the inside over a career of forty years. These vantage points have informed the development of this course. The principal questions addressed revolve around what makes the leader of an enterprise successful over the long term?…what are the characteristics of these leaders?…what do these leaders do?


291 Leadership

This course will focus on effective strategies for leading and managing companies. CEOs and business leaders are scheduled to speak in class and share their experiences in leadership. The course will include strategies and tools applicable for managers at all organizational levels.


293 Product Management

The course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the requirements, issues, and tools involved in marketing existing products/services. The major topic areas covered include: The product management system, market planning, and control. Unifying and integrating marketing concepts from the core and the marketing electives (through the use of a marketing simulation).


291 Topics in Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly developing and changing business field in which business and nonprofit leaders design, grow, and lead mission-driven enterprises. As the traditional lines blur between nonprofit enterprises, government, and business, it is critical that business students understand the opportunities and challenges in this new landscape. Through guest speakers, case discussion, lecture, and student presentations this course will explore this emerging field. Students will be expected to develop a business plan for a social enterprise.


290 Scientific Discovery and Innovation at Scale in the Food and Agriculture Sector

Scientific discovery and business innovation within the food and agriculture sector profoundly influences the sustainability of society and enterprise competitiveness. Students will learn how business innovation models co-exist antagonistically or synergistically with scientific discovery and its influence on enterprise competitiveness.


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