Entrepreneurial Management – II

Entrepreneurial Management – II (EM-2) focuses on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial management in startups.


Build a foundation for launching new ventures.

The Entrepreneurial Management – II (EM-2) course is an active learning course centered on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial management.

It is positioned as an entry point for students who think that they might want to start their own business “someday,” and want to learn about the startup process now. Specifically, the course is designed to help students develop a better understanding of how to

  • generate and identify business opportunities,
  • define potential business concepts,
  • refine the business concepts through creativity and business modeling,
  • translate the business concepts into minimum viable product definitions informed by design thinking and lean startup customer development approaches, and then
  • prepare to drive sales of the products through an online presence.

EM-2 is an active learning course designed for 21st-century learners.

01. First Day of Class

Friday, September 16th, 2022.
2nd Period – 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The first class will be held live via Zoom. To receive an email with the Zoom meeting id and password, please register on CoursePower. Additionally, please complete the Onboarding Survey by 22:00 on Thursday, September 15th.

02. Course Duration

September 2022 – January 2023.

03. Course Format

This course is lecture- and discussion-based, requires students to keep an online journal, and frequently makes use of in-class breakout groups.

Onboarding Survey

This is one path for entering the course.

Clicking on the button below will take you to the Onboarding Survey for the 2022 Fall section of Entrepreneurial Management II. Please try to complete the Onboarding Survey before the first day of class.

Entrepreneurial Management is the process by which opportunities are transformed into businesses.

Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goal

The Learning Goal of the EM-2 course is to acquire a better understanding of the fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Management.

Primary Learning Objective

The Learning Objective of the EM-2 course is to develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset while learning about topics related to Entrepreneurial Management and new business creation in startups.

Additional Learning Objectives

Additional Learning Objectives for this course include developing Critical Thinking, Communication, Leadership, Team Work, & Ethical Reasoning Skills.

Entrepreneurial Management leverages business design – a discipline; a set of tools and processes – in order to prototype business models and test them in the marketplace.


Sean M. HACKETT, Ph.D.

Sean M. HACKETT, Ph.D.

Professor, Graduate School of Business, Aoyama Gakuin University

Dr. Hackett is a Professor at the Graduate School of Business, Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU). Before coming to AGU, Dr. Hackett served on the faculties at Waseda University in Tokyo, Drexel University in Pennsylvania (USA), and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee (USA). His teaching and research interests are at the intersection of cross-cultural management, innovation, negotiation, and entrepreneurship with a focus on how digitalization transforms existing businesses and makes new businesses possible.

Dr. Hackett has a B.A. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN); an M.A. in International Relations from Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan), and an M.S./Ph.D. in Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). As a Rotary Foundation Fellow, Dr. Hackett also spent nine months studying the Japanese language intensively at International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan).

The experiences of having studied in academic degree programs housed in Colleges of Arts and Letters (University of Notre Dame, Sophia University) as well as in a School of Engineering (Vanderbilt University) – and having taught primarily in Business Schools (Drexel University, Waseda University, and Aoyama Gakuin University) but also in a School of Engineering (Vanderbilt University) – have enabled Dr. Hackett to see the world from a variety of perspectives. He connects easily with students and professionals from all walks of life.