Designing and Leading the Entrepreneurial Organization

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Spring 2003



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Course Features

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.

Diane Burton. 15.394 Designing and Leading the Entrepreneurial Organization, Spring 2003. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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