Course Details

Cases in New Venture Strategies

Innovation and invention are different concepts and both are important to start-ups and established firms. In a case-method course, we examine current companies ¿ several each week from a single sector ¿ trying to explain, exploit, and defend innovations and inventions that separate them from competitors. Many of the companies we study are raising capital or going through major transitions ¿ it is not unheard-of for a company we were planning to study in Week 5 to be out of business by the time Week 5 comes around. This is a fast-paced course where students are asked to adapt, contribute, discuss, debate, and do research each week ¿ the goal is for students to learn more than many people learn in a whole summer at a venture capital firm or in the private equity arm of a bank. A working knowledge of concepts of corporate finance, accounting, and venture capital is helpful, but not mandatory. The instructor will provide materials, though students will be expected to embark on independent research on the Internet and using other resources to better understand the companies studied each week. Assessment will be based on midterm and final papers that will examine specific companies, with students asked to justify their arguments through independent research on comparable companies, historical reference points, and competitors. Registration Requirements:Completion of Business Formation & Structure. Evaluation Method: Midterm and final papers will examine specific companies, with students asked to do independent research on comparable companies, historical reference points, and competitors to justify their arguments. Class Materials: The instructor will provide materials, though students will be expected to embark on independent research on the Internet and using other resources to better-understand the companies studied each week.

Catalog Number: BUSCOM 980-0


Course History

Spring 2017
Title: Cases in New Venture Strategies
Faculty: Muth, Karl Tan
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 12

Spring 2016
Title: Cases in New Venture Strategies
Faculty: Muth, Karl Tan
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 11