5788 Personal Skills - Company Building
Dr. Lukas Meusburger, BSc.MSc.
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/09/23 to 02/23/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 05/31/23 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM D5.1.004
Wednesday 06/07/23 12:00 PM - 03:30 PM D5.1.002
Tuesday 06/13/23 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM D5.1.003
Wednesday 06/14/23 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM D5.1.004
Tuesday 06/20/23 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM D5.1.004
Thursday 06/22/23 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D5.1.004

Corporate Company Building means the development and implementation of new business models and radical innovation projects outside of the existing corporate structures – as newly founded startups. Company Building helps to free radically innovative ideas and concepts projects from structural barriers and is thus one of the most promising ways for corporates to overcome the innovator’s dilemma. Methodologically it blends Lean Startup, Service Design and Agile approaches yet distinctive Company Building methods have been developed over the past few years. As of today, company building is being applied by an increasing number of corporations, regardless of geography, size or ownership structure.

This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of company building, introduce typical phases and methods and give students an inside-view into this emerging field of innovation. The course is taught by Lukas Meusburger, who did his doctorate at WU on innovative strategy and innovation processes and is a founder and managing partner of Austria’s leading company builder V_labs. Lukas is also one of the Editors on one of the first books on company building. The course will thus be theoretically grounded yet focused on the real-life practice of company building and the skills needed to positively contribute to company building projects.

Learning outcomes

After the course, students…

- Know what distinguishes company building from other innovation approaches

- Will be able to assess when company building is an appropriate innovation vehicle

- Understand what advantages and potential downsides company building has

- Understand the difference between different company building setups and approaches

- Know how the phases of a typical company building project are structured

- Have insights into the methods used in each company building phase

- Know how corporate startups should be set up in order to be successful

- Know what team composition makes for a good company building task force

- Know the basics of stakeholder management in company building

- Have an understanding of the modes in which company building agencies and corporates can work together

- Are able to convincingly present a company building case study to a professional audience

Attendance requirements

Attendance in the main sessions is compulsory, the Coaching session is optional.

Teaching/learning method(s)

In the first sessions, we will look at the theoretical foundations of company building. Students will be introduced to the concept of company building, its origins, definition, boundaries as well as different setups for conducting it in practice. The course will then analyze typical project phases and the methods used in each, as well as success factors and potential obstacles. Prototypical project setups will also be discussed. In the later sessions exemplary company building projects will be presented and analyzed in class. We will look at examples from V_labs projects as well as other internationally known cases. Small group assignments will be worked on during most of the session. One session will include current V_labs employees giving an inside view into how it is to work in corporate company building and what it takes to deliver successful projects. Towards the end of the course, multiple real-life case studies will be introduced to the students. Students will work on those in groups in the following weeks. In the final session, the groups will present their findings and results and we will discuss and reflect on those findings in the group.

  • Case study presentations (60%)
  • Active participation (20%)
  • Short reflection paper (20%)
Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Registration via LPIS.


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Last edited: 2022-12-01