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Entrepreneurship and top-class sport
In this module, students deal with the economic significance of entrepreneurship and the role of the entrepreneur. The main focus is on the founding of a company (entrepreneurship), but also on entrepreneurial activity in existing companies (intrapreneurship).

Learning objectives

In this module, students deal with the economic significance of entrepreneurship and the role of the entrepreneur. The main focus is on the founding of a company (entrepreneurship), but also on entrepreneurial activities in existing companies (intrapreneurship).
The module focuses on the person of the entrepreneur. Students learn what role the personality of the entrepreneur plays in the success of the start-up and the company. Among other things, psychological theories are used. The equally important role of the environment is only marginally dealt with in this module. Students will gain an understanding of the fact that the start-up process and the personality development of the entrepreneur can be seen as interacting processes.
In this module, entrepreneurs are related to top athletes. Entrepreneurial success and success in elite sports are partly based on similar personal resources and ways of acting. By comparing entrepreneurs and top athletes, students gain a deeper understanding of the success factors of entrepreneurial action. The examination of sports as a field not directly related to business trains openness in thinking, the transfer of knowledge to new circumstances and creativity.


1st lesson: Fundamentals of economics (Prof. Roos)

Entrepreneurship in economic theory (e.g. according to Schumpeter) - terms: entrepreneur, entrepreneur, intrapreneur, founder The economic significance of entrepreneurship (statistics, case studies) The person of the entrepreneur - personal characteristics, differentiation from the environment, development of the entrepreneurial personality.

In Moodle:
Date 10/25/2019: Economics basics (recording from the previous year!).

2nd lesson: Sports economics and training science basics (Prof. Ferrauti / Prof. Schlesinger).

Premises of training planning and control in elite sports System logic of elite sports (resources of the system; biographical fixation) Economic characteristics for the production of athletic performance Athletes as "entrepreneurs" - perspectives and strategies of self-marketing of elite athletes in less popular sports.

In Moodle:
Date 08.11.2019: Fundamentals of sports economics and training science (recording from last year!).


3rd lesson: analogy between founders and top athletes I (Prof. Roos, Prof. Kellmann, Prof. Schlesinger)

In Moodle:
Date 11/22/2019: Analogy between founders and top athletes I Part I / Part II.
Online synchronous appointment on Thu 25.11.2021 from 12:15 - 13:45 via Zoom.

4th Lesson: Sports Psychology Basics (Prof. Kellmann).

Bench appointment or competition - self-regulation is half the battle! Stress, coping and regeneration(-management) in life and in elite sports Compatibility of elite sports and studies/profession (dual career: time management, organizational control).

In Moodle:
Date 13.12.2019: Sports psychology basics.

5th lesson: analogy between founders and top athletes II

In Moodle:
Date 17.01.2020 Analogy between founders and top athletes II Part I / Part II Date 26.11.2020: Analogy between founders and top athletes III Visit to GRAUZONE on 10.1.2020 (recording from last year!).

6th lesson: final discussion

Online synchronous date, expected Thu 13.01.2022


Achievements to be made for credit - Students of sports-science


Services to be provided for credit - Students of economics

  • Independent review of provided instructional videos and lecture notes.
  • Reading of compulsory texts
  • Writing a term paper of no more than 15 pages (including cover page, table of contents, bibliography, etc.) on one of the following topics:
  1. What is the difference between entrepreneurs and managers?
  2. How are top athletes and entrepreneurs similar, how do they differ?
  3. What are personal success factors of entrepreneurs?
  4. What role does the environment of entrepreneurs and top athletes play in their success?
  5. What are the strategies for coping with uncertainty?
  6. How do entrepreneurs and top athletes deal with setbacks?

Use academic literature and material as the event videos and discussions to answer the questions. Explain their answers using examples of top athletes and entrepreneurs from the course.
Information on the formal requirements for the term paper can be found in the "Guidelines for writing seminar papers/theses" on the homepage of the Department of Macroeconomics.

The deadline for the submission of term papers is 18.12.2021.

Please submit the term paper as a pdf only at mak@rub.de.

Access to documents

Moodle Course: Entrepreneurship und Spitzensport (075610-WS 21/22)

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Infomaterial (PDF Download):

Course Outline

Registration modalities:

For students of economics:

Pre-meeting Thu 14.10.2021, 12:15 - 13:45 via Zoom.

Students of Economics have to pre-register at the latest in the preliminary meeting on 14.10.2021 (or before that by email to david.schulze-r2a@rub.de) and register later bindingly in FlexNow. Participation is not possible if you have not registered in the preliminary meeting. Likewise, you cannot receive an examination credit if you fail to register in FlexNow.


For students of sports science:








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