Driving Innovation and Growth: An Entrepreneurial Mindset

Learn how to drive innovation that unlocks new opportunities, uncovers strategic alignments, and makes more from the resources you have, helping your organization grow.

An entrepreneurial mindset allows individuals to take advantage of signals in the environment that represent opportunity. This way of thinking uses your curiosity to make connections that create value.

In this program, we will explore these concepts, then apply the insights you gain to organizational settings. We will discover how to use corporate entrepreneurship as a vehicle to power growth.

Through activities and group discussions, you will better understand the role of creativity in an organization, how the creative process works, and how to overcome mental blocks.  We will explore the circumstances that motivate entrepreneurial action, as well as the organizational constraints you might encounter. The importance of motivational management styles, and the control and performance implications of entrepreneurial activities, will be highlighted.

Key Topics

  • Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Recognizing Opportunity
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Initiatives
  • Creativity


Program Participants will leave with

  1. Tools to manage the complex array of factors influencing entrepreneurial decisions
  2. Resources to help you facilitate entrepreneurial action in a corporate setting
  3. Actions you can take to boost entrepreneurial thinking in your organization


Franz Kellermanns

Dr. Franz W. Kellermanns

Director, DBA Program and Professor and Addison H. & Gertrude C. Reese Endowed Chair, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Kellermanns is the Addison H. & Gertrude C. Reese Endowed Chair in International Business and Professor of Management in the Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds a joint appointment with the Center for Family Business at the WHU–Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany). He received his PhD from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Kellermanns research interests include international business, strategy process and entrepreneurship with a focus on family business research. He is an Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and former Associate Editor of Family Business Review. He is a co-editor of multiple books, including "Innovating Strategy Process" and “The Routledge Companion to Family Business.”


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Special Pricing Information:

Email Us to receive our discount for alumni, faculty, and staff of UNC Charlotte. Scholarships may be available for individuals from Small Businesses, Woman-Owned Businesses, Minority-Owned Businesses, and others who qualify.


Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be made in writing. Send a note to the Executive Education Manager  indicating that you wish to cancel your enrollment.  Cancellations received 2 weeks before the start of the course will be entitled to a full refund of the registration fee. Cancellations received less than 2 weeks before the course start date will be entitled to a refund less a cancellation fee of 25% of the tuition cost. No refunds will be given for cancellations received on or after the course start date, or for no shows.  One transfer (to a subsequent offering within 12 months) or participant substitution is allowed per enrollment and must be received in writing.