This course examines the entrepreneur as change agent within the evolving economy. Building on the premise that entrepreneurship presents the best contemporary outlet for agents of revolutionary change, students will examine how enterprising individuals create value for themselves and others, across regional, industrial, and social boundaries. This is a course for those whose long-term goals extend beyond creating personal economic gain and involve creating broad-scale value for multiple stakeholders. Although this course does not guarantee that every student will become a change agent or provide a step-by-step path for executing such change, our belief is that the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia corridor as an intersection of technology, capital providers, government agencies and officials, small and large firms, and universities provides a fertile environment for study. Therefore, the course will be delivered in-residence in the Washington metropolitan area.


Academic course objectives:


·         Understand the challenges entrepreneurs face in effecting change in their environments

·         Appreciate the interaction of forces that foster entrepreneurial action

·         Appreciate the personal competencies required to create change across sectors and students’ own competencies in these areas

·         Understand the factors that interact to create economic value and a personal understanding of the opportunities within these spheres


Elements of the course grade:


Class contribution                   30%

Individual paper/project          30%

Group paper/project                40%