This module aims to give students an introduction to the theoretical literature on entrepreneurship. In doing so, the module will allow students to develop their critical skills and to analyse the internal and external factors that impact on entrepreneurship and how they intertwine to create success. Students will be able to develop understanding of how entrepreneurs use their social skills to acquire resources and the characteristics of ventures which are ethically and socially oriented. Through the assessments, they will be able to demonstrate how entrepreneurship connects to the development and performance of larger organisations and, through a series of examples of "real-life" entrepreneurs, how entrepreneurship theory relates to practice.
A. Describe and explain the concept of entrepreneurship and the types and characteristics of small businesses
B. Recognise and recall the psychological theories of entrepreneurship and analyse how entrepreneurs acquire resources and persuade others to invest in their novel venture.
C. Identify the various environmental factors, external to the individual, which can influence the extent of entrepreneurship in society
D. Describe and discuss the concept of social enterprise and corporate social responsibility
E. Outline how entrepreneurship connects to innovation in large businesses
This module will be delivered by a combination of formal lectures, tutorial, fieldwork and placement