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2021 Summer special topics


  • Content in any given year will depend on the instructor
  • Enrolment is restricted to Rotman Commerce students
  • To take a 400-series course, 14.0+ credits are required; and for a 300-series, 9.0+ credits are required; except when otherwise indicated in the course descriptions below
  • Course descriptions may be found following the listings

Second-term courses

RSM319H1Y – Creative Destruction Lab (Intro Course)
RSM411H1S – International Entrepreneurship

RSM319H1Y – Creative Destruction Lab (Intro Course)

Instructor: Joshua Gans
Prerequisite: TBA

This course is suitable for students pursuing careers in strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, new product development, and economic development policy. The course will introduce students to a framework for developing an entrepreneurial strategy. This involves the key choices of customer, competition, technology and organization as well as whether ventures pursue a control versus execution focus. The course will also provide a discussion of intellectual property strategies for technology entrepreneurs.

This course will also introduce you to the business of artificial intelligence. You will explore what machine learning is, what its economic properties are, how it impacts on strategy, its risks and legal implications. As most ventures in the Toronto CDL have AI cores, this will also be essential preparation for the CDL Advanced course, as well as give you an introduction to AI in the real business world.

This course is a prerequisite for students wanting to apply for the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Advanced Course RSM 2013Y where students will have the opportunity to work directly with a CDL venture. Interested students should familiarize themselves with the Creative Destruction Lab and its various activities prior to registering for this course. You can find more information from our website

RSM411H1S – International Entrepreneurship

Instructor: Rebecca Reuber
Prerequisite: 9.0+ Credits, RSM 392H1
May be applied to the following focuses: International Business (Requirement 2), and Strategy & Innovation (Requirement 2)

Pursuing international opportunities is essential to the growth of entrepreneurial ventures, particularly in Canada and other countries with a small domestic market. However, internationalization is challenging for the leaders of young high-growth firms because of their financial and managerial resource constraints. This course highlights the challenges they face in internationalizing and the mechanisms they use to overcome them. It differs from a traditional international business course because it focuses on the early internationalization issues of young firms, rather than the issues of managing established multinational corporations. The course material is highly international, with most cases featuring the internationalization of young companies started outside North America. Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively in teams to apply the course concepts to the development of an internationalization plan for a real-world company that is located in Canada or in another country.

The course is intended for students who are interested in growing an entrepreneurial venture internationally, or working with internationally-active entrepreneurs as a manager, partner, consultant or investor. It is also relevant for students who want to lead the pursuit of new international opportunities in existing organizations. The course emphasizes the development of professional skills, such as discussions in groups, presentations, researching real companies, and teamwork.

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