15.394
Designing and Leading the
Entrepreneurial Organization
MIT Sloan School of Management
Mechanics of the Course
Grading: 50% Class Participation
(Optional Case Write-ups)
50% Final Project
Course Objectives
? Think analytically about how to design an
organizational system.
? Assess your own leadership ability, style and social
network.
? Recognize how leaders, especially founders, play a
critical role in shaping an organization’s culture.
? Understand what needs to be done to build a
successful organization for the long-term.
How this course fits in the
curriculum
Strategy &
Organizational
Design
Leadership Organizational Processes Human Resource Management
15.394:
Entrepreneurial Organization
Designing and Leading the
Entrepreneurship
This course is different
Material: Cases
Data: More qualitative than quantitative
Analysis:
Rigorous diagnosis
Careful action planning
Sophisticated cause and effect models
Frameworks:
Tools to develop your own “theory”
Answers:
Some are better than others
Starting Point:
You are not a blank slate
Goal:
Maximize your potential over long run
Types of learning
? Diagnostic tools, conceptual notes,
academic frameworks
? Action planning and implementation
? Personal learning, reflection
Case Discussion
Erik Peterson (A)
The Leader’s Network
Superiors
Subordinates
Government
Press
Public
Customers
Suppliers
Competitors
Peers General Manager Professional Contacts
Conclusion
? Next Class:
? Erik Peterson (C,D,E) and Richard Jenkins
? Course Overview, Expectations & Grading

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