Master’s studies

Syllabus for Managing the Growing Firm I

Ledning av det växande företaget I


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2FE893
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Entrepreneurship A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2015-01-21
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Revised: 2016-02-19
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 35, 2016
  • Entry requirements: Accepted on Master Programme in Entrepreneurship.
  • Responsible department: Department of Business Studies

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given in Master Programme in Entrepreneurship.

Learning outcomes

This course builds on the foundations of entrepreneurship to address a number of issues that are particularly important for the continued growth of new business ventures. In simple terms, the course prepares participants for effectively growing the start-up venture into an established firm.

Having completed the course, participants will have deepened their understanding of what it takes to successfully develop a new business venture. From a practical point of view, participants will know how to:
- plan for the transformation of start-up ventures into growing and established firms
- distinguish between different sources of financing and select those that best fit the requirements of the growing firm
- estimate the value of new companies
- prepare for and carry out business negotiations


Although based on theory, conceptual frameworks, and empirical findings from entrepreneurship research and beyond, the course has a distinctly practical orientation. Particular emphasis is placed on developing the skills needed for taking the start-up firm through the growth stage and into maturity.

The main contents and core issues of the course include but are not necessarily limited to: basic conditions in and facts about growing firms, the commercialisation of technology-intensive products and services, sources of financing, the structure and logic of venture capital, basic tools for firm valuation, and business negotiations.


Teaching involves a set of lectures, exercises, and case discussions. It may also involve extracurricular activities and guest lectures on the core topics of the course.


Examination takes the form of written assignments and individual or group presentations. The final grade of the course is determined after taking into account the different parts of the examination. Grading criteria are presented in the study guide provided at the start of the course.

Grades will be given in accordance with the Swedish grading system. The following grades will be used: VG (pass with distinction), G (pass), and U (fail). Assignments and exams handed in late will not be graded. In addition, any remaining assignments and supplements must be completed and handed in by the deadline specified in the study guide otherwise the entire course (all assignments included) must be redone the next time the course is given, provided there is space in the course.

Uppsala University does not accept cheating and plagiarism. Suspected incidents of cheating or plagiarism are reported to the Disciplinary Committee of the University, which may issue a formal warning to the student or suspend the student from studies for a certain period.

NOTE: Only completed courses can be included in a degree.

Other directives

The course overlaps with Managing the Growing Firm, 2FE845.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 28, 2016

  • Case studies

    Department of Business Studies,


  • Barringer, Bruce R.; Ireland, R. Duane Entrepreneurship : successfully launching new ventures

    5. ed., Global edition: Boston: Pearson, [2015]

    Find in the library