EGR 497: Entrepreneurial Leadership with Derek B. Lidow

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 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. Please see the Registrar's page for more information.

Sample Reading List

  • Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing
  • Andrew Grove, High Output Management
  • Robert Bolton, People Skills
  • Jason Fried and David Hansson, ReWork
  • Daniel Pink, Drive

See instructor for complete list 


Derek B. Lidow

Reading/Writing Assignments

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.


  • Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
  • Design Project - 25%
  • Class/Precept Participation - 25%
  • Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other Requirements

Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

Interest/passion in discovering how an idea can become a real company.This course is not open to students who took EGR 495 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Other Information

Goal is to provide an experiential learning opportunity showing how engineers, together with scientists and other professionals, really build companies.