Creative Entrepreneurship Management

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Life is busy, and when it comes to being a creative entrepreneur, it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to fit everything in, especially when you need to be a manager, a marketer, a content creator, an accountant, and a salesperson all in same day, and yet find the time to create and have a life. Effective operations management is critical in today’s business environment; it is key to organizational success as well as an essential skill-set for every career. In this course, you will gain the knowledge and expertise you need to manage your time and operations practically and effectively in order to establish a clear vision for your business and devise a business model that supports your strategy, 


This course provides an overview of the theory and practice of project management. It is designed as an introduction to essential business strategy and operations management theory and with a view to the common practice of leading a heart-centered, savvy business. Taking Practical Operations Management for Entrepreneurs is intended for entrepreneurs who run or want to run their business online (e.g. bloggers, online retailers, etc.) with efficiency in their day-to-day work by applying proven strategic and business operations management practices without being overwhelmed. The aim of this course is to give you a deeper understanding of strategic management theory and build the competencies that will give you greater clarity and confidence in your business operations.

Class Outline

Class 1: We will start by examining your role as an entrepreneur, enabling you to create a vision for your business. You will learn the importance of time management and why “busyness” isn’t good for your business. We will also establish the key elements of the strategic planning process needed to run your business.

Class 2: In this class, we will look at defining your business’ purpose and core values as well as the need for strategic planning. Using what you have learned, you will then develop your strategic business model canvas.

Class 3: We will define the key business operations management concepts and establish the key components that you need in your operations manual. This will then be applied to design your Business Operations Playbook where you will develop and implement operations that can deliver business strategy.

Class 4: In this class, you will evaluate your time budget and any other special business considerations you have as well how you can plan for the unexpected. You will learn the importance of self-care in business and the resources that are available to help and support you. We will outline the lessons we have learned throughout the course and how you can put your operations plan into action. There will also be individual consulting sessions with the instructor.

Class 5: Capstone welcome and overview, Outline lessons learned, In-class exercise: Student presentation & consulting sessions.

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

- 01 ring binder
- 01 set of binder dividers
- Laptop required on first class

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Sun, 26 Jan, 2020
Thu, 30 Jan, 2020
Sunday through Thursday
5:30pm - 6:30pm
VCUarts Qatar
QAR 1000 (Discount for alumni)


Carina Lawson, MBA

Carina Lawson is a business strategy expert and a successful entrepreneur. She holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool, a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Business Management & Business Administration from Indiana State University, a Certificate in Higher Education Management from Georgetown University, and a Diploma in Sports Management (with distinction) from the Josoor Institute. She has more than 15 years’ experience in business and an extensive background consulting in operations management, business analysis, and quality management. She has successfully managed projects ranging from business process improvement and shared services implementation in semi-governmental, non-profit entities and their affiliates, corporate risk management system migration in the banking sector, to online businesses development for clients. Carina has been working at Georgetown University Qatar since 2013 and currently serves in the capacity of Associate Director for Academic Operations.