BSc Management (Human Resources) with Industrial/Professional Experience
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course unit will provide students with knowledge of entrepreneurship and the different phases of entrepreneurship and new business venturing (i.e. the start-up phase, the growth phase and the maturity phase). Students will analyse the determinants of high-growth entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial success in the three phases of entrepreneurship. These determinants include traits and motivations of entrepreneurs, business models and business plans, risk management, the role of finance, growth strategies, alliances and joint ventures, corporate entrepreneurship and mergers and acquisitions.
Students must be registered on BSc Mgt/Mgt Specialism, IM, IMABS and MLBM to enrol onto BMAN31972.
The aims of this final year course unit are to expose students to practical examples and theories that explain the role of entrepreneurship in market economies and to provide students with a solid understanding of what makes entrepreneurs successful. The literature on entrepreneurship will be combined with case studies and practical examples to enhance students’ understanding of entrepreneurship.
Students will have to collect their own data on a company in the three different stages of entrepreneurship by using databases such as Factiva, ThomsonOne, Amadeus and Statista (available in the UoM library). They will have to write a group report in which they interpret the data using theory on entrepreneurship. Students will also read a biography of a successful entrepreneur, which allows them to recognize determinants of entrepreneurial success in a real-life context. They will have to write an individual report in which they interpret the biography using theory on entrepreneurship.
· Students will develop knowledge of entrepreneurship, different types of entrepreneurs (with an emphasis on gazelles and unicorns), and the role of entrepreneurship in a market economy.
· They will also develop knowledge on the different phases of entrepreneurship and new business venturing, including the start-up phase, the growth phase and the maturity phase.
· They will also acquire knowledge of determinants of high-growth entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial success in the different phases, including traits and motivations of entrepreneurs, business models and business plans, risk management, the role of finance, growth strategies, alliances and JVs, corporate entrepreneurship and M&As.
· Students will enhance their skills at report writing both individually and in a group context.
· They will develop data collection skills by using different UoM library databases on companies and industries.
· They will enhance their analytical skills by analysing the data and a biography in relation to theory on entrepreneurship.
Teaching and learning methods
Lecture hours: 20 hours - 1 x 2hr lecture for 10 weeks
Seminar hours: 13.5 hours - 7 x 1.5hr seminar for 7 weeks
Computer lab hours: 1.5 hours - 1 x 1.5hr seminar for 1 week
Q&A sessions before report submission: 1.5 hours during one of the seminars
Total contact hours: 32 hours
Private study: 168 hours
Total study hours: 200 hours split between lectures, seminars, computer lab, self-study, data collection and preparation for classes and coursework.
Informal Contact Methods
Contact by email and during office hours
Group report (40%) of 4000 words, excluding references and appendices, and applying the 10% rule. Presentations are obligatory for assessment of group report. The group report may include peer assessment.
Individual report (60%) of 2000 words, excluding references and appendices, and applying the 10% rule.
• Informal advice, discussion and feedback during lectures, seminars and office hours.
• Responses to questions and requests for feedback from students by email.
• Specific course related feedback sessions, including feedback on assignments.
• Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall course work performance.
Burns, P. (2016). Entrepreneurship and Small Business. Palgrave Macmillan, 4th edition, ISBN-13: 978-1137430359.
Articles and case studies will be made available on Blackboard.
One of the following five biographies:
Mandelson, P. 2015. A Bazaar Life: The Autobiography of David Alliance. Robson Press. ISBN-10: 1849541922.
Branson, R. 2009. Losing My Virginity. Virgin Books. ISBN-10: 0753519550.
Schultz, H. 2012. Onward: How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing its Soul. Rodale Press. ISBN-10: 9781609613822.
Isaacson, W. 2015. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography. Abacus. ISBN-10: 034914043X.
Vance, A. 2015. Elon Musk: Inventing the Future. Virgin Books. ISBN-10: 075355562X.
Karan, D. and Boyes, K. 2015. Donna Karan – My Journey. Ballantine Books New York. ISBN: 9781101883495.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||1.5|
|Independent study hours|
|Eva Niesten||Unit coordinator|
Programme Restrictions: Students must be registered on BSc Mgt/Mgt Specialism, IM, IMABS or MLBM programme.
For Academic Year 2019/20
Updated: March 2019
Approved by: March UG Committee