MSc in Social Science - Organizational Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The programme focuses on how to design and manage processes of innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels in society and businesses. In a co-creative and case-based learning environment, we will uncover both the theoretical and practical aspects of managing the processes that lead to the creation, implementation, and growth of innovative new ventures. With this approach you will acquire the necessary skills to start a business, create innovations, manage change and resources, and lead others in the process of turning a new idea into a viable business.


Courses and Content

Entrepreneurship is about pursuing opportunities, being innovative, and imagining an unknown future. The master program “Organizational Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (OIE) focuses on processes for designing and managing entrepreneurship and innovation in organizational settings. We see entrepreneurship and innovation as fundamental aspects of creativity: making the imagination real. Organizations are the medium for the construction of social reality, where intentions and actions develop to create the future.

In an experiential, studio and case-based learning environment, you will integrate theory, real-world practice and personal reflections on creating and growing innovative organizations. OIE prepares you to develop and utilize your entrepreneurial mindset, understand the complexity and diversity of entrepreneurship, and manage others in turning new ideas into new forms of organization. The program builds your problem-solving skills to create economic and social value in an ever-changing global economy.

The OIE program focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation processes at the societal, organizational, and individual levels. It addresses challenges associated with moving from an industrial to a postindustrial era when new ideas and organizational forms are needed. OIE provides you with a set of capabilities required to meet these challenges by offering experiences to design and test viable business models, products, services, and new modes of organization; develop sustainable innovations; identify and manage resources; and involve others in collaborative efforts.

Entrepreneurship and innovation take an equal role in the program. We are interested in organizations that bring novel products and services to market or reinvent how business is being done in an existing industry. We are not interested in the countless “me-too” startups imitating existing business practices or reverse engineering products and services that others have introduced. Entrepreneurial thinking is relevant for start-up companies and early ventures as well as for established organizations engaging in processes of serial innovation and creativity. OIE looks at the larger forces at play in these diverse contexts for entrepreneurship.

Structure of the Program

OIE is a two-year master program. The first year is structured with eight compulsory courses that provide the tools and knowledge needed for managing innovation and engaging in entrepreneurial organizations. The personalized second year allows you to dive deeper into preferred themes and reach a level of specialization that qualifies you for your professional goals.

Additional options

In the second year, students can then build upon this stable basis with electives, a minor, internships or studies abroad, and, finally, their master theses.

Course overview

1. Year 2. Year
1. Quarter 3. Quarter

Electives/Minor/Exchange /Internship

(30 ECTS)



Master Thesis (30 ECTS)



Novelty and Society (7.5 ECTS) Social Entrepreneurship (7.5 ECTS)
Business: Concepts and Prototypes (7.5 ECTS) Organizing Growth (7.5 ECTS)
2. Quarter 4. Quarter
Digital Entrepreneurship (7.5 ECTS) The Art of Innovation (7.5 ECTS
Creating Innovations (7.5 ECTS) Leading Ventures (7.5 ECTS)

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You can also find descriptions of the courses in the programme study regulations.


The page was last edited by: Student Affairs // 12/21/2016