NBS8111 : International Entrepreneurship

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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, advancing cross-national comparisons of entrepreneurial activity and the nature of entrepreneurship in the context of global social problems. Students will develop insights, concepts, and skills necessary to understand the start-up process through the development of an international business concept.

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. The module focuses on both the conceptual aspects of international entrepreneurship and practical elements in order to equip the student with a valid grounding of both theory and practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

Eight two hour sessions incorporating lecture, discussion and case study teaching that facilitate the development of business concepts, complemented by 2 one hour seminars:

• International evidence on entrepreneurship and small business
• Small Firm Internationalisation strategies: stages theory, network perspective and born global phenomenon
• International entrepreneurship in the context of global issues and problems

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:0032:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The 2 hour sessions will be a combination of formal lecture and individual/group activities and discussion. Lectures provide the basic concepts and framework. These contribute to the module’s intended knowledge outcomes. The 1 hour seminars will complement the module themes and business development, working towards the assessment. Supervised group work give students the opportunity to use the basic concepts and frameworks. This addresses the module’s intended skills outcomes.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M1002,000 word report
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MStudents to receive feedback on business concepts through seminars
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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 report will ask students to reflect on the process of developing a business concept and their own role as an individual international entrepreneur, whilst considering the role of entrepreneurship in society more broadly The report requires students to additionally demonstrate understanding of the core themes and issues in international entrepreneurship and the key literature.

Reading Lists