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BUS3039 : International Entrepreneurship

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module will develop students’ understanding of entrepreneurship in an international context through considering a range of key issues and topics. The module adopts a critical and broad-ranging social science approach to the subject and aims to provide students with the ability to analyse entrepreneurship from an international perspective within the context of a wide range of management, organisation studies and social science debates. The module focuses on both the conceptual aspects of international entrepreneurship as well as some practical elements in order to equip the student with a valid grounding of both theory and practice.

The overall aim of this module will be to educate IBM students on the theoretical and practical aspects of developing and growing a small business internationally and advance cross-national comparisons of entrepreneurial activity. Students will develop insights, tools, concepts, and skills necessary to understand the challenges and opportunities of international entrepreneurship.

Outline Of Syllabus

Syllabus to include topics such as:
•International evidence on Entrepreneurship and Small Business
•A macro examination of enterprising nations and impact of cultures
•Small Firm Internationalisation strategies: stages theory, network perspective and born global phenomenon
•Research on IE: findings from GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

There will be the opportunity for group discssion during the two hour lecture slots in addition to the presentation of formal lecture material.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002,000 word assignment consisting of 2 parts.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will choose a geographic region for the context of their study.

Part A
•       Choose ONE of four discussion statements and conduct a critical evaluation essay in response to that statement that critically discusses the academic research in the field.

Part B
•       Identify an international company (start-up or growth SME) from their chosen region and develop an entrepreneurial SWOT analysis of their potential international growth and development.

Mindful of both practical and theoretical learning outcomes of this module, students are required to develop their understanding of international entrepreneurship from both perspectives. The literature review will be developed to demonstrate the students understanding of the core themes and issues in IE and their academic ability to focus on a particular area. The chosen area will be facilitated by the lecture content, which will focus on relevant IE topics, employing research evidence from a number of international contexts. Secondly, the Case study SWOT will focus student’s understanding of the practical relevance of IE and enable them to employ a degree of secondary research analysis. The nature of this activity will develop practical entrepreneurial skills and perspectives of creative problem solving, diagnostic skills and written communication, all of which are needed to grow a small business internationally.

Reading Lists