People Management for Entrepreneurs

By Professor Vasanthi Srinivasan   |   Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Learners enrolled: 5065
Welcome to the course People Management for Entrepreneurs.

Over the next six weeks, we will understand, critically analyze, and explore various aspects and concepts regarding how entrepreneurs can effectively and efficiently build, run, and scale their organizations.

We look forward to a great learning experience ahead, enriched by peer group interactions through the discussion forum.

Weekly topics summary:

In Week 1, the focus will be on understanding the significantly different thinking ways of an entrepreneur and a manager. The reflection of this week will be on the point of whether you are dominantly a founder or dominantly a manager?

 In Week 2, the focus will be on understanding organization growth, especially in the context of companies that experience rapid growth. The reflection of this week will be on the HR challenges that plague fast growing organizations, and the ways to mitigate them.

 In Week 3, the focus will be on designing an organization in such a way as to sustain the growth phase and successfully navigate the challenges discussed in the previous week. The reflection of this week will primarily revolve around the aspects of organization structure and culture as the pillars of building an efficient and robust organization.

In Week 4, the focus will be on understanding the importance of hiring the right talent. Effective people management lies at the heart of building a successful organization, and it is imperative upon an entrepreneur to have the right hiring strategy from Day 1. 

 In Week 5, the focus will be on creating a performance culture, especially with aspects of goal setting in mind. The reflection of this week will be to approach goals in such a way that they inspire excellence, and align with the larger vision and mission of the organization.

In Week 6, the focus will be on reflecting upon managerial, entrepreneurial and personal philosophies so as to attain a holistic understanding of living and leaving one's legacy.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 6 weeks
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 31 Jul 2023
End Date : 31 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 09 Sep 2023
Exam Date : 01 Dec 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Thinking Like an Owner or Founder
Week 2: Managing for Growth
Week 3: Designing Your Organization
Week 4: Getting the Right Talent
Week 5: Creating a Performance Culture
Week 6: Living and Leaving Your Legacy

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Books and references


Instructor bio

Professor Vasanthi Srinivasan

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Professor Vasanthi Srinivasan is a professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at IIM Bangalore. Her research interests are in the field of Multi-generations in the Workplace, Women in Management and Boards, Ethics Teaching in Business Schools, HRM in Rapid Growth Organizations and Ethics, and CSR in Micro, Small and Mid-sized enterprises.

Course certificate

Enrolling and learning from the course is free. However, if you wish to obtain a certificate, you must register and take the proctored exam in person at one of the designated exam centre’s. The registration URL will be announced when the registration form is open. To obtain the certification, you need to fill out the online registration form and pay the exam fee. More details will be provided when the exam registration form is published, including any potential changes. For further information on the exam locations and the conditions associated with filling out the form, please refer to the form.

Grading Policy: 

Assessment Type


Mid-Term & End-Term


Final Exam


Certificate Eligibility:
  • 40% marks and above in Mid Term & End Term
  • 40% marks and above in the final proctored exam


Type of Certificate



75 - 89


70 - 74


40 - 70

Successfully Completed


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