BUS1004 : Critical Perspectives on Business Growth
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Andreas Giazitzoglu
- Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
• To introduce students to the concepts of business growth and entrepreneurship..
To consider how nuanced theoretical questions and issues relate to the concept of business growth, e.g. to consider the ethicality of some business growth, to consider how gender and business growth intersect and to examine how a person’s identity is linked to their business growth
To examine what sort of people grow businesses and the features of those people who grow businesses (their risk taking behaviors, their opportunity identification, their creativity etc.)
To consider how business growth and entrepreneurship can impact society – both positively and negatively - at the micro and macro levels.
To encourage students to think critically about business growth and those who practice it in a multi-disciplinary way, drawing on thought in paradigms including philosophy, anthropology, sociology and psychology as well as the traditional business literature.
To introduce students to key works, theorists and perspectives relating to business growth.
To encourage students to explore the aspects of business growth that interest them most.
To instruct students about how to write appropriate essays and respond to exam questions competently
To encourage students to explore and present their ideas in a structured way, in both written and oral formats.
To instruct students how to locate and critically engage with related literature.
Outline Of Syllabus
Thematically as follow.
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Who/what is an entrepreneur?
Week 3: The nature/nurture debate and its relationship to entrepreneurs
Week 4: Illegal and immoral business growth
Week 5: Threats and remedies to business growth
Week 6: Guest speaker (1)
Week 7: essay workshop (1)
Week 8: essay workshop (2)
Week 9: essay workshop (3)
Week 1: Feedback (individual; none-compulsory attendance)
Week 2: Feedback (collective)
Week3: Business growth
Week 4: Organisational socialisation and the pursuit of business growth
Week 5: Human dynamics and their links to business growth
Week 6: Hegemonic and non-hegemonic actors and business growth
Week 7: Social mobility, enterprise policies and entrepreneurship
Week 8: Creativity and business growth
Week 9: Guest speaker (2)
Week 10: Exam workshop one (with a focus on case-study response)
Week 11: Exam workshop two (general revision)
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||18||2:00||36:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||60:00||60:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||2||1:00||2:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||52:00||52:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The course is structured over 24 sessions. Each session is organised around a concept/ theme. In semester one, the first seven sessions (or lectures) address themes that will appear on the first exam (to be taken in December). Students will answer one essay in the exam, as part of their assessment. Subsequent lectures in semester one take on a more practical/vocational dimension, and include a guest speaker. In semester two lectures are designed to give students the knowledge they need to pass their final exams. Several lectures in semester 2 draw upon Dr Giazitzoglu’s research.
Blackboard Learning Environment:
Lecture notes are uploaded onto Blackboard on a weekly basis. Generally Dr Giazitzoglu sends an e-mail to his cohort of students weekly or bi-weekly to help navigate and prepare students. (You can access Blackboard at http://blackboard.ncl.ac.uk).
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Students are assessed through through two written examinations which takes place at the end of semester one and at the end semester two. The exam in semester 1 counts for 35% of students’ final grade for the module, with the final written exam counting for 65%
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