Strategic Management of Start ups (in English)

llsms2081  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Strategic Management of Start ups (in English)
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Kamp Bartholomeus; Toney Bryan;
Good level of English and acquaintance with basics of business science and micro-economics.
Main themes
Part Bryan Toney:
  • Strategic planning for start-ups
  • Business opportunity identification and analysis
  • Marketing strategies for start-ups
  • Human resource strategies for start-ups
Part Bart Kamp:
  • Starting up a wholly new business
  • Growing a new business
  • Internationalization of new / young businesses
  • Decline and exit dynamics with regard to new / young businesses
  • Family business planning and transiting from one generation to the next

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The aim of the course is to comprehend and learn to analyze the management process related to business start-up, business growth, business internationalization and on success and failure factors in that regard. The course places a particular focus on start-ups and born globals.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course concentrates on the specificities of start-ups, young SMEs and born globals and the role of entrepreneurship and strategy for such businesses. It builds on entrepreneurship theories, theories of the firm, strategic management and international business.
It refers both to the start-up phase of SMEs, and to subsequent phases of the business life cycle: on how to manage and implement a sustained growth strategy (including the expansion to foreign/global markets) and on how to avoid decline or disappearance of a business.
Teaching methods
Part Bryan Toney:
  • Interactive seminar
Part Bart Kamp:
  • Lectures
  • Video case analyses
  • Text case analyses
Evaluation methods
Continuous evaluation
  • Date: Will be specified later
  • Type of evaluation: Group work
  • Comments: case analysis on a start-up or strategic management problematique. Write an essay during trimester april-June 2018
Evaluation week
  • Oral: No
  • Written: No
  • Unavailability or comments: No
Examination session
  • Oral: No
  • Written: 2x3 hours
  • Unavailability or comments: Bryan Toney's written exam is a sit-down exam and it will take place during the week he comes over to do his part of the course. Bart Kamp's written exam is a take-home exam and it will take place shortly after his part of the course has taken place. The weeks that Bryan and Bart provide their lectures are scheduled for April and May 2018
Online resources
Provided through Moodle
Support de cours
Fourni via Moodle
Références bibliographiques recommandées, lectures conseillées :
Fournies durant le cours via Moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Motor Skills: Physical Education

Master [120] in Law

Master [120] in Management

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] : Business Engineering

Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [120] in Management

Master [120] : Business Engineering