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 17th, 2021.
2nd Period – 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

02. Course Duration

September 2021 – January 2022;
Fifteen x 90 minute Live Sessions.

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.

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).

Having studied in programs housed in Colleges of Arts and Letters as well as in a School of Engineering – and having taught primarily in business schools – has enabled Dr. Hackett to see the world from a variety of perspectives.