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BUS3060 : International Entrepreneurship

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jonathan Kimmitt
  • Demonstrator: Dr Eftychia Palamida
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 students on the theoretical and practical aspects of developing and growing a small business internationally, advance cross-national comparisons of entrepreneurial activity and consider entrepreneurship as a solution to global social problems. 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)
•       (Social) Entrepreneurship as a solution to global issues and challenges

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture182:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity125:0025:00N/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
Essay1M502,500 word assignment consisting of 2 parts.
Essay2M502,500 word reflective report
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MCase Study analysis
Written exercise1MExercise Essay Plan Feedback
Prof skill assessmnt2MWorkshop
Written exercise2MReflective report feedback
Oral Presentation2MGroup presentation of feasibility study
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Semester One
Part A
• Choose ONE of the 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 country 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.

Semester Two
In semester two, students will work in groups on projects around an entrepreneurial solution to a global issue. Emphasis is placed upon the development of business skills, awareness of new venture start up in a global context and social problems. In teams, students will endeavour to originate and plan an enterprise related to a particular global problem or challenge, involving the development of systems and procedures for operating the enterprise. They will be expected to develop a business idea and research its potential within a specific international context (community, region, country). Lectures will present conceptual debates as well as the tools necessary for start-up activities and case study examples that can stimulate ideation. Individually, students shall identify and evaluate their own skill development and learning in relation to set criteria.

Essay: Students will reflect upon their entrepreneurial experience, considering their own skill development and their perception of the role of business as a solution to global problems.

Reading Lists