NBS8134 : Business Enterprise Policy
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Professor Jonathan Sapsed
- Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
Despite free market rhetoric governments continue to initiate and operate policies to support business enterprise and innovation. Any entrepreneur or established firm is likely to become involved with business enterprise policy at some stage whether applying for resources or to participate in activities that are otherwise not available. Entrepreneurs may also become involved in policy as agents who contribute to its execution, such as providing advice or other services to support other businesses. This course will address fundamental questions on business enterprise policy including (1) what support do new or established firms need? (2) why should government support firms? (3) how does government policy support firms? and (4) what are the rationale for policy interventions and how can these be identified and applied? Answering these questions requires a working understanding of theories, such as market failure, systems failure, network entrepreneurship and appropriability regimes, yet the module also intends to develop students’ practical skills in diagnosing business needs and delivering innovation support services.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module is taught and delivered via a series of 6 (2 hours) lectures, followed by a one-day field study, a visit to the Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) or Incubator in the North –East region, and a practical three hour session, delivered at the University with an external expert experienced in business enterprise policy.
The lectures will cover the following topics:
What support firms need?
Why support firms? Market failure and system failure
What support is available?
How to support firms: Resources and activities
Networks and intermediaries
Appropriability regimes and Systems of Innovation
Following the delivery of lecture six, students are provided with a unique opportunity to witness at first hand the support available to business start-ups and SMEs. This session is held off-campus at a business support centre in the North-East region, such as the Business Innovation Centre in Sunderland, one of the largest BICs in Europe, with high technology facilities and business advisors, hosting over 140 companies on site.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||29:00||29:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||3:00||3:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||6||2:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||25:00||25:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||6:00||6:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||25:00||25:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures will be interactive in that students will be expected to comment on the content, to reflect on readings and to be ready to speak in an informed way on the themes of the module. There will also be group tasks as opportunities to test and apply concepts, including with the external expert.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||100||Individual assignment 2000-word maximum|
|Oral Presentation||2||M||Individual presentation outlining plans for summative assessment, with peer and Course Leader feedback|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
There will be formative tasks throughout the course but the assessed assignment will be a substantial written assignment to gauge the students’ absorption and ability to apply the concepts and practical skills of the module.