Policy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-GCSE007
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Institute for Science, Innovation and Society;
dr. ir. B.G.J. Knols
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dr. ir. B.G.J. Knols
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Contactperson for the course
dr. ir. B.G.J. Knols
Other course modules lecturer
dr. ir. B.G.J. Knols
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Academic year2018
KW2  (05/11/2018 to 27/01/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
  • You understand contemporary developments in the fields of Climate & Energy, Health, and Technology/Cybersecurity innovation.
  • You have been able to apply basic concepts used in business to develop a business plan. 
  • You are able to value and view different perspectives in society (e.g. those from the public sector versus those of the private sector).
  • You have obtained a good impression of the Science, Management & Innovation master specialization and what this specialization encompasses.
  • You are capable of successfully planning and executing a group assignment.
‘The company’ and ‘the government’ are the central actors in this course; both key players driving future sustainability. Sustainability is a concept with many different aspects like health, ecology and ecological balance, but also social and economic aspects.
Both the public sector (policy makers, government bodies) as well as the corporate sector struggle with the concept of sustainability and the implementation thereof. Innovation is a driving force in that regard; companies are striving to conquer market share through sustainable innovation and the public sector seeks to encourage the private sector, either voluntarily or through restrictions, to invest in a sustainable economy rather than operating within the status quo and ‘old’ economic drivers.
Introductory lectures in this course will focus on these developments, on how innovation operates both in the private and public sectors, and how these interact with societal challenges.  Climate and energy as well as health aspects will be discussed. Besides this, basic principles of innovation, business (models) and business cases will be presented. There is no exam for this course but you will be expected to incorporate elements of the lectures in your individual assignments (see below).
The remainder of the course focuses on the group assignment. Groups regularly meet with their supervisors to discuss the business proposition and progress in writing the business plan.
Test information
Group assignment: Basic business plan for a company (70%); individual assignment (30%).

The course ‘Policy, Entrepreneurship & Innovation’ (PE&I) serves as an introductory course for the Master specialisation ‘Science, Management & Innovation’ (SMI). Students in their 3rd Bachelor year from across FNWI are invited to take this course.

The SMI Master specialisation can be part of any of the 2-year master programmes within the Faculty of Science (FNWI). The specialisation focuses on a topic of societal relevance that is aligned with your interests, and prepares you for a career beyond scientific research or ‘the lab’. This could be a business or non-profit/foundation, a government institution or even your own company. The PE&I course is meant to expose you to the principles of the SMI specialisation and will enable you to determine if this specialisation fits with your career plans.

Contact information
Dr Bart Knols, Prof Dr Ir Egbert-Jan Sol

Recommended materials
Mariana Mazzucato, The Entrepreneurial State. Debunking public vs. private sector myths., Anthem Press: London, UK / New York NY, USA.
Shane, S., Edward Elgar, The Illusions of Entrepreneurship, Cheltenham, 2010
Kawasaki, Guy, The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything, Portfolio, 2004.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes


Group assignment
Test weight7
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW3

Test weight3
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW3