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EGR 497: Entrepreneurial Leadership

EGR 497: Entrepreneurial Leadership

Derek LidowLast updated on November 14, 2012

The Keller Center is pleased to announce that Derek B. Lidow '73, the James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship for academic year 2011-12, will return as Visiting Professor to teach his course again in academic year 2013-14. The course, formerly in the catalog as EGR 495: Special Topics in Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial Leadership, will get a new course number. This course will now be known as EGR 497: Entrepreneurial Leadership, and will be offered in both fall and spring semesters.  

Check out this video for a quick overview of the course.

The mission of the class is to enable students to successfully create and lead enterprises by teaching the basic skills required to be a successful entrepreneurial leader. This class compliments EGR 491: High Tech Entrepreneurship, which focuses on 'giving birth to a company', by focusing instead on enterprise 'early child rearing'. The basic skills taught in EGR 495 fall into three major categories: how to create and manage powerful relationships, how to know and manage yourself, in addition to understanding how organizations work as they evolve from the idea stage to become value producing, self-sustaining enterprises. The class uses the Case Study Method, supplemented with reading from articles and books, and includes team assignments designed to practice the skills discussed in actual situations. Approximately 7 hours of homework per week, including team assignments. 

Classes will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-4:20PM. The course is not open to freshmen.

About Derek Lidow
Derek, the James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship for 2011-2012, is founder, president and CEO of iSuppli Corporation, which was recently acquired by IHS. Derek founded iSuppli in order to serve the critical need for data and analysis that can improve the performance of the global electronics industry value chain. iSuppli accomplishes this by gathering and disseminating unique value-chain data, and by collaborating with its clients to use this information to make smarter business decisions.

In addition to leading iSuppli as its President and CEO, Derek is also acknowledged to be one of the world's experts on the global electronics industry. His analysis of the electronics value chain is coveted by top executives and key government officials across the globe. Derek's comments on the electronics industry have received extensive media coverage and have influenced decisions by key corporations.

Prior to founding iSuppli, Derek was CEO of International Rectifier (IR), a leading power semiconductor company.

Derek earned a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University as a Hertz Foundation Fellow.