It’s such great fun teaching students who want to become intrapreneurs, and how to help companies get better at enabling innovators. Most of our students are very early in their careers, and are pummeled with the idea of becoming entrepreneurs as soon as they set foot on campus. So they join our Corporate Entrepreneurship course with no idea of what to expect.
Much of the course is devoted to showing them what doesn’t work. It’s disillusioning for them, for sure. But as we go through the different approaches to developing a sustainable capability for breakthrough innovation and corporate renewal that companies have tried over the years, students begin to understand the need for a complete management system whose purpose is to innovate in big and meaningful enough ways to enable corporate renewal. There’s no better way to get them engaged than to have them read about breakthrough innovation and corporate entrepreneurship in the news, interview intrapreneurs or Chief Innovation Officers, and write about it. So, I hope you enjoy this series of posts from students at RPI’s Lally school.