Credits: 4

Schedule: 31.10.2019 - 12.12.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

II (Autumn)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course provides a holistic picture of what entrepreneurs and managers of modern technology based firms need to consider when establishing, developing and managing businesses. After the course you have a basic understanding of and the ability to systematically explore:

  • a modern technology based business organization and projects
  • basic product and process development in scalable digital business
  • basic entrepreneurial finance and financially managing new businesses
  • managing and developing human resources and related venture capabilities
  • value creation and capture, intellectual properties and related strategies
  • important elements and capabilities in managing a modern technology based venture in fast developing and turbulent business environments

Lectures include insights from case studies of real-world business organizations, first-hand experiences from industry guest lecturers and might include site visits to industrial and business environments.


Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The focus is on a management and development of a modern technology-based company. The course includes lectures and case studies on real high technology firms, affecting trends, business ecosystems and markets, organization and project management, new product and process development, entrepreneurial finance and human resource development. Special emphasis is on aspects related to factors of a successful business-level digital transformation strategy and the related capabilities such as organizational change management. The guest lecturers, content, and the case studies vary from year to year.


Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, assignments and an optional examination.


Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This is a 4 ECTS course. The expected student work hours are: Lectures 30h (includes pre-lecture material and a concluding seminar), group assignment part 50h, and individual assignment part 35h, total of 115 h. The work hours for lectures provide students time to prepare for lectures and to discuss them afterwards. Assignments consist of both working in groups and an individual part.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lecture materials, selected journal and practitioner articles and complementary materials. Materials will be announced at the beginning of the course.


Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces former course CSE-E4755 Management of a Technology Venture (6 op), CS-E5110 Management of a Technology Venture (5 op).


Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

CS-E5100 / CSE-E4751 Introduction to IT Business and Venturing, CS-E5120 Introduction to Digital Business and Venturing, or similar knowledge.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The number of participants may be limited. Registrations will be prioritized in the following order: The students that have the course as a mandatory part of their study program will be prioritized first. The students that are participating in the Aalto Ventures Program minor will be prioritized second. After this, all students are prioritized based on registration order.



Registration and further information